1998 Suzuki TL1000R
Grunty, challenging, and a pure blast
Purchased as a street fighter race bike and trying to convert it to fairing stock form. Some parts are hard to come by.
Coming from the world of a cruiser turned bobber, I went to a friend's dealership looking for a 600 sport bike. I quickly made eyes with a Mad Max Street Fighter-esque TL1000r. He told me I'd be bored with a 600 in a week, and to take it for a spin, it was one of his race bikes from home.
At first start, I wasn't used to the torque and low end power and weight; gotta say I was nervous as Hell and a little scared as s**t, but after mildly going around the block I realized I was in love. This was a more challenging bike than the sport bikes I've rode off and on over the years... The power delivery, the turning, everything required a lot more of me as a rider. Challenge accepted.
I learned it has lower geared sprockets, which explains why some of the 1st gears felt a little tight at first, Ohlins suspension, and a Power Commander 2.
Over time the only thing I can say about the TL1000 is it's definitely a different breed of bike and I don't think it fits everyone. I'm always learning on it and appreciating its features over other bikes. I enjoy its weight and the bulky fairing I've now installed. And I have a love for other v-twin sport bikes. If this one ever stops, I'd only hope I can find another TL one day to replace it.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2017
3rd Nov 2017, 16:17
One thing I have honestly noticed about the TLR is that the gentler you are with them, the faster they fall apart. I'm not joking. These bikes almost seem to thrive on being pushed to the limit on a daily basis. The moment you start treating it like a prima donna, the bike will start acting like one.