1987 Yamaha T80 Townmate from United Kingdom - Comments

20th Aug 2007, 11:36

Help! My baby the T80 needs a new swing arm. I'm in Bermuda and desperately need a new one because the old is completely rusted. email pross@bsg.bm if you have a source for parts. I would hate to put her down; she's reliable and I haven't been caught speeding for years!!!

12th Oct 2007, 11:35

Well my T80 has done 20 odd thousand miles. I need a new back wheel.

I take mine over fields; it's OK, but a bit slow on grass and that you can have a laugh with it.

If anyone has got back wheels in the London area, contact me at freddie_king2004@hotmail.com

19th Oct 2007, 04:18

Hi, I have a 1987 T80 and it is absolutely brilliant! I am a gardener (female) and I carry all my tools in the original panniers. Chain saw and all. I have done 2000 miles in three months and most of that up and down bumpy, hilly country roads. I get a real kick weaving in and out of traffic loaded up with my tools. That wipes the smile of the smug car driver's faces. I must admit it isn't inconspicuous though.

I agree that the indicators are dim, especially on a bright day, and the lights are not great in the pitch black at night round my way.

I think I might need new rear shocks soon as it bounces a little disconcertingly.

Does anyone know the top speed the T80 does as my speedo is a little out. It reads 53mph, but we reckon it is nearer 55-60mph.

1st Nov 2007, 08:36

115 miles? Wow, this brings back memories! My first bike was a Townmate back in '88; bought that and a Jack Mix '88 LP on the same day and felt very big and clever.

I wrecked it within 18 months by crashing repeatedly into just about anything and everything in range. I used to do Pompey to Brighton daily on it, and even rode to Lands End and back after a mate bet it wouldn't make it. I looked him in the eye and set off right there and then, didn't even finish my pint!

I lived on that thing, it went everywhere. Took it on the M25 once at 48.5mph and blurred vision for a dozen miles after a wrong turn on the way to the Smoke.

Dead easy to fix/hack/bend back into shape etc. Got almost 180 mpg on one run at a steady 30mph just to see if it would reach the magic 1 penny per mile running costs!

It went commuting to work and college, carrying 3 mates back from the pub, all around the south east and up to Brum a few times, even scrambling on a Sunday although it did fall apart after one whoop went a bit too high (back wheel collapsed, suspension studs broke off and the exhaust snapped in two).

All in all, a great giggle, and only a bicycle was cheaper.

25th Jan 2008, 13:26

Well guys, I love my Townmate since I brought it 3 months ago! Well it only had 2 owners from new and has 31000 miles on the clock!! And it's still running fine.

Andy.

7th Feb 2008, 10:52

I bought a Yamaha Townmate for £40; it is a great little machine. I use it as a field bike (it's great fun).

8th Feb 2008, 14:01

Dose anyone know if there any races for Townmates in East Anglia?

19th Feb 2008, 14:04

Had my T80 for about 18 months now. Love hacking through rush hour traffic, and diving into roundabouts grinding the pegs out.

I do prefer it to the C90, but as regards the gearbox, my clutch seems to slip a bit when I'm upshifting; does this happen to anyone else?

Also, has anyone got tips for power gains out of the little beast? Mine will do 48, but takes an age to get there, and sounds like it wants to explode!

13th Mar 2008, 02:42

My T80 has no problems shifting gear, but I don't know about how to get more power.

14th Mar 2008, 02:43

Well, guys I am from Greece and I have a T80. My first gear is broken down and I do not know what to do? This is a problem with the T80 isn't?

17th Mar 2008, 15:00

The T80 does have gearbox problems. Usually the left hand output shaft bearing wears out causing a deep rumble. In bad cases, this may lead to gear selection problems.

3rd Apr 2008, 18:59

Just got myself a Townmate; so far so good, started up with a couple of kicks after standing all winter in a friend's back garden. Needs a good clean and wire brush on the swinging arm and paint. I might be tempted to strip and can spray the T80, as I think the colour lets it down.

Looking forward to good summer so I can really go to work and treat the bike.

Glyn.

9th May 2008, 10:30

Hi, bought two townies for £100. One I took apart and ferreted away round the garage, and the second one has just passed it's second MOT.

Love the guy's comments of 4g in the bank his wife knows nothing about LOL!

26th Jul 2008, 11:43

After trying to undo my tappet covers on my T80, I found myself filing a chamfer on o/dia and hit with a screw driver with little success on 1, so I need a new one.

26th Jul 2008, 18:26

I had a 1984 Townmate for a loan in the 90s when my Honda Cub 90 was stolen, and I can tell you I didn't want to give it back!! I'm trying to get one for the last couple of years, but there s only 7 registered in Ireland!! (I work in the motor vehicle office). I'd be happy if anyone in Eire or the UK has one for sale. I can be contacted at shaypigeons@hotmail.com

21st Oct 2008, 10:41

Just bought a T80 off eBay, to use for work. It's in good condition, hardly any rust anywhere. It's been through Portugal and Spain, admittedly the previous owner had it strapped to the back of his camper van at the time, so it's actually done 5000 easy miles.

First registered in 1999; yes I thought he must mean 89, but no it's 99, so I guess it must be one of the last ones.

Didn't start too well after I got it home, but it had been standing couple of years, so drained the tank and put fresh fuel in, oil change, valves and cam chain set, clutch too, now she starts pretty much first time every time and ticks over like a swiss watch as they say!

Sailed through the MOT, a bit embarrassed when I filled her up first time after going to work and back for a week, pulled in the filling station and could only squeeze £2.90 in tank, came out at 110 mpg!

She only does about 45-47 flat out though, but the shaft drive is great.

Just bought it to go to work, but somehow you start to get interested in them, or I do. Might strip the wheels out before the British winter starts it rusting, and will waxoil it to make it last longer.

Noticed there aren't as many parts available as there are for the C90's on eBay. Anyone know good source for spares?

13th Jan 2009, 14:20

Just bought one off of e-bay. Still have to pick it up, looking forward to the cheap running costs hopefully, is the guy who had the Laguna still commuting on his one??