Posts by tag: Suzuki TL1000R

Suzuki November 20, 2018 posted by

Flawed Ducati Slayer: 2000 Suzuki TL1000R

By every objective measure, the Suzuki TL1000R fell woefully short of its design brief over its six-year run, missing the mark as a world-dominating superbike, Yamaha R1 competitor and genre-defining street machine. Plagued by its porky waistline and relative lack of power, and dogged by horrifying tales of its disappointing rotary damper rear suspension, the TL was a dud next to its contemporaries.

2000 Suzuki TL1000R for sale on eBay

All that said, the bikes are not without their merits. As street bikes in the hands of mortals, they’re a comfier alternative to the likes of the Honda RC-51, a cheaper, lighter and more powerful option than a Ducati 996, and still offer a scorching, torquey v-twin between the frame rails. They may not have been World Superbike conquerors, but that doesn’t make them all bad. To top it off, nice ones are cheap when compared to a 996 or contemporary R1, and there’s plenty of intel floating around on how to get out from under the stock suspension.

This 2000 Suzuki TL1000R has done a fair number of miles, but looks like it was babied. The pictures are a little thin on the ground, but from what we can tell, it is exceptionally clean and honest. Its owners apparently never worried too much about the rear suspension, which for street duty should be fine.

From the eBay listing:

For sale is my 2000 TL1000R. I have owned this bike for 3 years, always loved the big twins from Suzuki !!! I have personally known this bike since it was purchased new from the dealer. The original owner was an adult local dealership employee and friend of mine (cycle enthusiast). Second owner was another friend of mine (car collector), the bike was ridden sparingly by him. #3 owner is me. This bike has never been crashed, tipped over, on its side. This bike has never slept outside. Always loved and cared for by mature owners. I do have the stock exhaust on hand if desired. The bike is Thunderous with Yosh. If you have been searching for 1000R this may be your bike. I encourage that you contact me with with any questions regarding the motorcycle or sale conditions prior to placing any bids. If you are uncertain or unclear of anything please call me. I am not a big email guy, calls are the way to go to connect with me faster. Please read the terms and conditions below prior to any bids. SIX ZERO THREE 674.5572 cell.

Terms and conditions of the sale.

A deposit is due with 48Hrs. of Auction close in the amount of $500 via paypal.

Final payment within 10 days of close of Auction.

Payment is due in Cash-In-Hand in person or Bank Wire Transfer only.

No cashiers checks. No money orders. No Paypal for entire payment. Zero exceptions.

Shipping is the sole responsibility of the buyer. I will assist in any logistics necessary.

I am not a dealer, I am not a bike hustler, I dont really care to sell the bike. I am a serious guy that is super easy to deal with. Again please CALL if you have any questions.

Thanks !!!

For $5,500, this TL is probably near the apex of what these bikes are worth, but it’s unlikely that you’ll find one quite this nice on your local Craigslist.

Flawed Ducati Slayer: 2000 Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R

SOLD IN 24 HOURS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Suzuki TL-1000R was a bold but flawed stab at stealing big v-twin superbike dominance away from Ducati. The bike was a bit of a misfit, impressing neither road testers nor road racers, as it was overweight and fitted with a mystifying and dangerous radial damper rear suspension. Aside from a few privateers racing at the club level, the bike never achieved much on the track, and its street sales hurt as a result.

Superbike Universe aimed to solve that problem, taking on a used TL-1000R as a project and producing the bike you see here. It has been relieved of its butt-puckering rear suspension and given a traditional Penske clicker shock. The front end, heavy as stock, has been tossed in favor of a set of upside down forks off a 2009 Gixxer, which have been treated to custom internals. The brakes also got more than a once over, with stainless steel lines, Brembo Monoblocs and a radial master cylinder taking over duties.

From the seller:

Here is another result from the long brutal winters here in the Northeast. I started out with a stock TL1000R and set about stripping everything I could off of it to lighten it up. The super heavy front end was replaced with a 2009 GSXR1000 front fork with 25mil K-Tech internals. The brake set up is truly one finger amazing. I used a Accossatto Radial master cylinder, custom Core stainless lines and a set of Brembo Monoblack calipers from a 2014 GSXR1000. Those massive Brembo’s clamp down on a set of 330mm PVM superbike rotors. Out back I ditched that crazy Suzuki rear suspension box/spring thing that didn’t work and weighed about 30lbs. I replaced it entirely with a custom Penske triple clicker and a one-off billet Linderman linkage. Not only did I loose a ton of weight up high but the rear end works perfect now!. The bike rolls on a rare set of 5 spoke MARVIC magnesium wheels that allow for amazingly quick turn in. A very rare 2 in to 1 Yoshimura exhaust helps get rid of burn fuels and again a shit load of weight. All brackets for the rear sub frame and passenger accommodations were cut off and trimmed accordingly. A fiberglass single seat Sharkskin tail and a custom under tray tidy up the rear of the bike. In all I lost over 108lbs off the original bike. They say that the TL100OR weighed just 424lbs in the original bike specs but that is complete bullshit. It weighed 493lbs fully wet when I started this project. Now with it weighs a super light 384lbs fully wet and with three gallons of fuel. If you push this around you feel the super light weight. I had an awesome Lance Johnson Paint Worx Yoshimura paint scheme applied to the stock /aftermarket bodywork. It looks fantastic and rides great! Certainly one of a kind and is exactly the bike Suzuki could have ended up with if they continued development. Put this Superbike Universe special in your collection now for a fraction of the cost of development.

The real eye opener is the claimed weight loss: more than 100 pounds off the stock bike, via a combination of suspension, wheels, brakes and body work. The whole package, complete with a ton of one-off and rare parts, will set you back $7,500. If you have an affinity for odd ducks or under dogs, or just like the idea of a howling Japanese v-twin, this thing is your mount.

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki January 4, 2017 posted by

The Beast Below: 2001 Suzuki TL1000R

2001 Suzuki TL1000R on ebay

Back in the late 1990’s the motorcycling world was gobsmacked by the Ducati 916 – not only was it shockingly beautiful, it restored the v-twin as THE desired powerplant for the motorcycling cognescenti.  Given the impact of the Ducati 916 it wasn’t a surprise that the competition tried to build their own v-twins with the results including the Aprilia FalcoHonda Firestorm and Suzuki TL series (S/Street and R/Race model). While these bikes were each interesting in their own way (especially the Falco) none dethroned the Ducati.  The reasons for this were varied; the Aprilia was poorly marketed and simply bland looking in comparison while the Honda suffered from a very small fuel tank and poor (for Honda anyway) build quality.  As for the TL series, the issue was handling.

When the Suzuki TL series was introduced with the TL-S/Street version the 90 degree v-twin won raves for producing 125hp.  However the v-twin design meant that there was less room for the rear suspension so Suzuki fit a car-like rotary suspension system which involved a separate spring and rotary damper.  While this suspension is fine under most situations for the street, when the suspension came under heavy load it got hot and the suspension could struggle to respond quickly enough. The result was front wheel lift which could then result in tank slap.   The press jumped on the issue, declaring the bike as a “widow maker”.

Even as Suzuki worked to resolve the TL-S/Street versions handling issues the company launched the TL- R/Race version.  Like its year younger sibling, the TL-R had a great engine (tweaked to produce 135hp) that was now mounted in a GSX-R series derived beam frame and clad with full bodywork.   The TL-R came with a factory installed steering damper but despite the changes, still maintained its reputation for dangerous handling.  Sales were below target and after 6 years Suzuki decided to pull the plug on its V-Twin series efforts and refocus its attention on the GSX/inline four series.

This particular TL1000R is in the traditional late 1990’s blue and white Suzuki colors.  Personally I think it was a mistake for Suzuki to clad the TL-R in something that was so similar to the GSX-R series but the bodywork on this one does look to be pretty good.   The taillights, turnsignals, windscreen and frame sliders/crash bungs are aftermarket but could be restored pretty cheaply.  The seller does indicate some scuffs and a broken bit of fairing but also indicates that the sale includes some extra bits

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Mileage 11,338
  • Has a full Yoshimura exhaust system, Power commander + tune  
  • Included in the sale is a spare belly pan, tail fairing, and upper fairing and clear windscreen 
  • Chain and sprockets are in good condition, oil is fresh.  
  • Bike is lowered slightly but OEM shock with OEM ride height links that will go with the bike

So what is this V-Twin beastie worth?  Obviously its not a pristine bike and will require some attention if the intent is to acquire it for a collection.  However the price right now is stupid low at $2600 USD (which is barely above KBB trade in value) and these still have a reputation for being very good both as a daily commuter and on  the track.   Personally I think this one is a screaming deal right now.

Note: If you are interested in learning more about the TL1000R, check out some of our previous posts regarding the Suzuki TL1000R.


The Beast Below:  2001 Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki February 11, 2015 posted by

Unmellow Yellow Twins: 1998 and 2002 Suzuki TL1000R’s in AUS

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Happy Happy…here are two versions of one of my favorite bikes, the Sukuki TL 1000R.   The TL is a bike that even today reminds me of the “old” days of motorcycling; big, fast and something that didn’t suffer fools gladly. As noted in previous RSBFS posts, the Suzuki TL1000 series were V-Twins built in response to the enormous success of the Ducati 916/996.  Both the S/Street and R/Racing bikes were equipped with a 1000cc V-Twin torque monster engine that would let riders leave long marks off the starting line. However, the bikes were also equipped with a rotary rear shock system that was overwhelmed by the v-twin engine, which resulted in front end lift and for many riders, a different type of long black mark.

Sales of the TL1000R were also hampered by the fact that most riders were more focused on Suzukis big 4’s, such as the GSX-R750 and GSX-R1100. The V-Twin from Suzuki was a bit of an oddball and fell out of favor after a few years, finally leaving the Suzuki lineup in 2003.

1998 TL1000R on ebay Australia

1998 tl1000r1

Here is the first TL, a 1998 version located in Victoria.   This is probably my favorite looking TL1000R as it comes without the late 1990’s ey bleeding graphics that were so common at that time.  Also it isn’t in the traditional Blue and White Suzuki colors (some TL’s were offered with this package) and I think the all yellow look is the best of the TL schemes..

Note:  There is also a black and gray TL1000R version for sale on ebay australia right now that I think most people will agree looks a little dull in comparison

1998 tl1000r2

Mileage (40,000 kilometers) is higher than a lot of bikes featured on RSBFS but the bike looks pristine and the seller indicates lots of upgrades, include the all import rear shock being changed, as well as a full Yoshimura RS-3 exhaust system and new tires and wheels.

2002 TL1000R on ebay Australia

2002 tl1000r3

Here is the second one, a 2002 edition located in a different part of Victoria.   The graphics are a little more “robust” but the bike still looks great.    It has about the same mileage but I do see some evidence of scraping on the riders left side.

2002 tl1000r5

The asking price for these is between 6000 AUD for the first/1998 edition and 7000 AUD for the second/2002 edition, which is right in line with what we have seen these sell for previously.  Given that the weather will thankfully soon be turning a bit cooler in Victoria this might be a good opportunity for a AUS based RSBFS fan to pick one of these up.

Addendum:  While these will probably not be a high value bike for a collector, they would be a good get for someone who just wants to ride a big V-Twin sportbike and wants something other than the ones from Italy.  Also parts will probably be cheaper…I’m just saying..



Unmellow Yellow Twins:  1998 and 2002 Suzuki TL1000R’s in AUS
Sport Bikes For Sale September 21, 2011 posted by

Big V-Twin Party- 2002 Suzuki TL1000R

Location: Minden, Nevada

Mileage: 12,400

Price: Auction, current bid $2,025

Big v-twin race bikes. There was a time when many manufacturers built these, not just those little labels out of Italy. From this era came the Suzuki TL1000R, a direct competitor with the RC51, Honda’s version of the 1000cc v-twin race bike. There are many benefits to this engine set up. Anyone who rides a v-twin can tell you about the torque and the fun that brings to the street, even if the TL1000 was built for more top end. Granted, in-line four liter bikes have the torque too, but they don’t sound as good. Built to go after that small Italian maker’s race winning v-twins (much like the RC-51 was), the TL1000R did quite catch on the same way Suzuki’s GSX-R line did.

Here’s a bit of information from the seller-

Immaculate condition. Never dropped. Zero gravity double bubble windshield. Two Brothers full exhaust system. Turn signal mod in taillight. Flush mount front signals. Michelin pilot tires. Excellent condition. Service is up to date and a new battery was installed at that time. Runs and rides like new. Clear, clean title in hand and it is currently registered. Thanks for looking. E-mail me with any questions.

And some more pics for you to behold-

This bike looks clean and through the seller’s brief description seems to be well maintained. Also, I’m a big fan of Two Brothers exhaust and a full set up on this bike I’m sure sounds pretty awesome. So that piece seems to be a bonus. The seller also highlights some other modifications and you’ll have to decide if they fit your style. Overall though the mods don’t appear too major and mileage too high, if that’s a concern for any collectors out there. Some people may laugh at the collector remark, but I got a good feeling about these bikes (RC-51 included).

Not knowing the reserve, I don’t know where this bike will go price wise. I would say that I would suspect we are looking at the bottom of the market and that prices will gradually climb. This bike offers a lot for a little bit of cash considering what you would have to lay out to get a new equivalent.

So there it is. A big v-twin race bike sure to bring big v-twin fun. A good combo, so if you feel the need, go place your bid!