I agree with the man above me! I'm 5'11'' and 165 lbs, I throw this bike to the GROUND at any speed and feel the weight of the bike is responsible for its stability and perfect balance. I can actually roll backwards down hill without dropping a foot due to the PERFECT balance of this motorcycle. **Always remember** In a world of dainty and small sportbikes, THE FAT GIRLS NEED LOVIN TOO!!! (They'll do you right everytime;)
The Tl1000R, like all Sport Bikes, is only as fast as the rider is willing to push the envelope. True, the latest crop of litre bikes are lighter and more powerful, but ask any owner of a Tiller with the complimentary modifications (Power Commander, Full Yosh exhaust, sprockets, and dropping the nose to quicken the steering) and you'll find out that the TL is capable of not only keeping pace, but when conditions are favorable, out gun about anything rolling.
Now on the other hand, the TL is heavy and requires you to man handle the beast. Stepping off of a Yamaha R-1 onto the Tiller, the R-1 feels like a very fast dirt bike, the TL feels like (Forgive me fellow Tiller owners) a ZX-12 that handles. All true fans of the Tiller know the advantages of the V-Twins broad torque curve, (even if it is down on horse power compared to in-line fours). Once you've ridden a Sporting V-Twin, and felt that seat of the pants feeling of having torque everywhere, and a exhaust note that turns heads, you'll be hooked.
I agree with all said. I have an 02 tiller, I'm only 5'7" and 185 and I love to toss this bike into turns. In trying to find this bike, I rode a busa, gixxer 1000 and a cbr 954, and while they have their respective place (the gixxer was the most fun of the three), nothing brought a smile to my face like the raw sound of the v twin. Torque everywhere, and I felt like I was holding it back rather than making it go. She sounds angry and has the walk to back up the talk.
While you are going to spend a little more in aftermarket (than others) getting this bike to where it was meant to be... it's well, well worth it. I'll take (and have) anyone who tempts, and unless you are planning on doing a top end race at 170+ or whatever insane speed (see you in the morgue), you won't find much that will keep up.
The TL1000R is an awesome, torquey bike.
Lean angles are amazing, even at low rpms.
The major issue I have with this bike is the FUEL TANK LEAK, from around the fuel pump area. The only safe proper fix is a new tank... very disappointed.
Sounds massive with the Yoshi RS3`s.
FUEL TANK LEAK was a major issue and headache... not happy.
I originally wanted to buy a ZX-10 for my first sport bike. I found a 2001 TL1000R for sale with only 2300 miles on it. I went and looked over the "beast", and immediately fell in love with it. The sound, the body style, the absolute power behind it when I took off. Everything about the bike is amazing.
The only thing I'm having a problem with is the bike doesn't want to accelerate now... If anyone can point me in the right direction of how to fix this, I would really appreciate it. It originally ran fine. I also heard the clutch on this bad girl usually goes bad because of the high torque. So if anyone has the same problem, please hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am also looking for a new fairing kit, email me if you know a good website to go to.
God bless all that ride the TL.