1998 Suzuki TL1000R from United States of America
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