1993 Yamaha T80 Townmate from United Kingdom
There was a lot of rust on the surface of the frame, and the spokes and wheels were rusty.
The air filter had broken down to dust.
The front brakes were sticking.
For a 79 cc bike, it is very nippy, very comfy, and costs almost nothing to run.
When I ride the bike, it sounds and feels like I'm on a bigger bike.
For a bike that was designed in the early 80's, it feels very modern.
Parts are very, very cheap and easy to get hold of.
My main dealer sold me an air filter for £5, a headlamp bulb for £1.50, and front brake pads for £5.30; amazing.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd November, 2012
I've had the Townmate for 8 months now and it's never let me down. 3k miles and used weekly for a 10 mile trip to work...
I ride it hard to keep up with traffic, and it still returns over 80 MPG. A full service with the best oil cost me £20, and a top spec tyre only £21.
I have never had to use the choke to start it. Its MOT is due soon, but everything works, so fingers crossed. Regarding top speed, 60 mph downhill with the wind assisting, 45 on the flat and 35 up any hill; not bad for a twenty year old 80cc bike.
Highly recommended for a very cheap way of getting to work...
Yamaha T80 exhaust system
Brituro Engineering http://www.brituro.com/page/products_and_services can supply an exhaust system for the Townmate (part No 180 BES 180 YAMAHA T80 TOWNMATE). They are £56.25 each excluding VAT (£67.50) with a £10 delivery charge. I have one on my bike, very well made in UK, they last well, fit OK, & the performance of the bike is good.
OK, you can buy cheaper ones made in China or India, but will they last or fit?