Suzuki TL1000R Reviews

2001 Suzuki TL1000R from United States of America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki TL1000R

Summary:

Best bang for your buck

Faults:

Sprockets wear fast because of torque from the v twin. They need to bring back the TL; they are lasting longer than the GSX.

General Comments:

This is the all around sport bike. Not the fastest, but the best built all around.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2010

16th Jan 2014, 06:43

Everybody seems to slate these bikes in the biking world, but with some small improvements for what I think is little money, major changes can be made to one brilliant motorcycle. Hence I have owned one for a number of years now, and really can't see anything on the market at the moment to better what I have with the improvements I've made to her. Go buy yourselves one, and try one awesome bit of kit. You'll not be disappointed.

Regards, Jim Rizla TL1000R

2000 Suzuki TL1000R from Australia

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha YZF-R1

Summary:

What a bike, V-Twin King

Faults:

Cam chain tightener replaced.

Gaskets replaced.

Fuel tank diaphragm replaced.

General Comments:

TL1000R... I have never been so in love with a machine. I have owned and ridden bikes from the age of 5 and have "Always" owned a bike from that time, even if they did sit in the garage for 3 months at a time. I have NO idea why it is people have put this bike down.

I thrash the living hell out of this poor thing, and have done for 4 years and it hasn't missed a beat. This includes using it for the last 2 years as my main transportation. It rarely has the front wheel on the ground, this is me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6bsG64rb94 and I kick the crap out of "ALL" the 4 cylinder boy racers on all the twisties (happy to prove that by the way).

If you have owned one and didn't like it, you simply didn't know how to tame the beast. 4 cylinder is the way for you.

I truly believe though that this is a big mans bike, I am 6'4 and I am positive it's the reason I can throw it around. My last bike was an R1, and while it was enjoyable, it was and never could be a TLR. Not just that, R1's, GSXR's, Ninjas, blah blah, they are all very common.

I highly recommend Metzeler M3 tyres. They are the best I have had on the Beast so far, and improved rideability 100%.

If your thinking of getting one, don't let anyone talk you out of it; I almost did, and I can't believe what I would have missed out on.

Don't be scared... tame it if you can, it separates men from boys.

LONG LIVE TL1000R.

What the hell do I buy next??

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2008

21st Aug 2012, 21:38

A 2005 RC51 should be your next toy if you like the TL1000r.

2002 Suzuki TL1000R from United States of America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VFR750

Summary:

This beast rocks!!!

Faults:

I had to replace the clutch at 10,000 miles. I only drag raced the bike one night on the street from light to light with a friend, and never did any burnouts.

The tabs on the rear cowl broke almost completely off (this could be from doing 180 mph on the bike).

General Comments:

This bike is the perfect balance between comfort, power, and handling. Not for beginners. Wheelies are very easy (no clutch needed). Acceleration is awesome.

This is my fifth bike, and by far the best. Very comfortable for both the driver and passenger, and the exhaust note is simply amazing. I will own this bike for a very long time (16000 miles in two seasons = 1 very big grin that does not go away).

Check out www.TLPlanet.com to see how many people love this bike. I am da-rainman

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2006

2002 Suzuki TL1000R from Australia

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance20100 kilometres

Summary:

Lots of character, don't expect to tame it!

Faults:

Thermo fans not kickin in earlier.

A1.

General Comments:

This is a great bike if you want something different with some character, but don't expect to tame this beast.

Steering damper is too stiff for around town, but excellent in 100+ klm corners.

Might want to add a tooth on the rear sprocket to add a bit of excitement in lower speeds; this bike wants to boogey past 140 klm.

Each side of the seat where the inside of your leg touches the frame, it gets REAL hot!!

The best headlights I have ever experienced.

This is a real head turner, I have the 2002 yellow model with twin Yoshi kits and the note sounds awesome!

Doesn't have a helmet lock.

Blinkers look a bit dorky as they stick out a bit too much.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2005

5th Feb 2006, 17:25

There is a helmet lock. Two tabs under the seat, and the seat needs the key to be removed.

The bike does need a Timing Retard Eliminator (TRE) to get rid of hesitation when WOT. Up three teeth in the rear is the best cheap mod, but I only have +1 and it is fine for now.

This bike is truly unique. If you can get a hold of one, do it. You will not regret it. Check out TLPlanet.com - I am da-rainman.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews