I am in Australia and still posting here because, well, my group here, Pertstreetbikes, is kinda lame. Anyways. Have a new ride. Yamaha TRX850, 1997. I don't know if they were imported to Canada or not, I haven't ever seen one in N. America. They weren't much of a success over here either, due to their high initial purchase price.
I haven't had a chance to take pics of mine yet, but mine is Dark Green with a black frame.
Mine also has aftermarket pipes , Yamaha off road only ones (really loud, I am going to look into going back to stock).
It's a 850 cc parallel twin, tuned to make it sound and ride like a vtwin. Good forks and shock (for it's age) and fairly light. Makes about 85 hp factory. Mine might make more, with the pipes and jets done, but there is no seat of the pants way to tell.
With the trellis frame and the way the rear end is, it kinda resembles the unholy offspring of a Ducati 900SS and a 900 Monster. Sound like a Ducati as well, with a dry sump engine. Does have a wet clutch as well.
How does it ride? Think SV650 with a much better suspension and more power, or an SV1000 with less power. Lots of vibration and the seat is hard as a rock. The pegs are oddly quite high, and the clipons are low. I kinda expected more of a sport touring setup.
The cylinders have 5 valves each (why? I don't know...I guess it's a 90's Yamaha thing).
It's tuned oddly, with not a huge amount of bottom end, and it has a small top end rush like an I4. It's like an SV650 with a better suspension in that it's easy to ride fast. I have already scraped the pegs on it and I am a pretty cautious rider. I would say on a twisty road, I would be able to ride it faster than I was able to ride my ZX9R, however that says more about me as a rider than it says about the bike.
I doubt yamaha (or any other company) will make anything like it again.