2000 Suzuki TL1000R from United States of America
The TL1000R truly still is the only one of its kind
Outer clutch cover leak.
Push-rod seal leak.
Blown fuse - fuel pump.
Common charring on voltage wire (solid red) leading to starter relay.
I have owned a lot of bikes over my 15 years of riding, to include the GS550E, GSX-R 1100, ZX7R, and Daytona T595 to name a few, but the TL1000R is by far my favorite. The best comment I can leave is one quoted from a forum I once came across, where an OP questioned the difference between an inline-4 and a V-Twin. The answer given was flawless - "An inline-4 sounds like a bumble bee farting in a tin can, where the V-Twin sounds like the devil and his horsemen coming for you on a thundery night." The proof is in the pudding. After racing through the canyons one day, I actually had a fellow rider confess that I scared him when I went past. How many folks can say they've been told that about their inline-4s?
Sound and esthetics aside, the bike is comfortable and solid. All things being equal however, the TLR does require some modifications in order to correct well known design defects. Seals, wiring, etc... It can be a real headache, but well worth it in the end.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th October, 2015