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The TL1000R first appeared in 1998, it was brough in to act as Suzuki's v-twin superbike.

The Suzuki TL1000R was a fully-faired version of the Suzuki TL1000S which had been introduced a year earlier.

Aside from the styling changes Suzuki also took steps to improve the handling and performance of the TL1000R, as the TL1000S had come under fire for unpredictable handling and front end instability. The changes included a retuned engine which developed more power thanks to timing and fuel injection modifications, a sturdier frame, a steering damper (retrofitted by Suzuki to the TL1000S), redesigned steering geometry which provided better stability, and superior six-piston brake calipers.

The TL1000R was originally designed to compete in the World and American Superbike Championships, although it achieved only one race win before Suzuki replaced the bike with the lighter GSX-R750.

Due to slow-ish sales and a less-than-perfect reputation Suzuki decided to drop the TL1000R in 2003. Although the bike still enjoys considerably popularity among dedicated enthusiasts.

Year of specifications 1998 - 2003
Engine 996 cc, V-twin
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Max speed 168 mph
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 135 hp @ 9500 rpm
weight 190 kg / 419 lb
Seat height 810 mm / 32 inches

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Review by: Erin
I recently purchased an '03 TL1000R and I have to admit I love riding it more and more everyday. I've owned a 2000 GSXR750, a '93 CBR600F2 and a '97 CBR600F3. I've ridden many bikes including CBR900RR, CBR929, R1, R6, and a few others. I can honestly say the TLR lacks a little bit on handling compared to the inline bikes I've ridden, but that was to be expected due to the weight differences. The motor more than makes up for it with more power than you can use on the street and a rumble that is amazing. I get respect even from the Harley/Crusier groupies. And as far as comfort of riding, it feels like a Cadillac compared to some of the other bikes ive ridden. My bike is stock except for PCII and full Micron system. All in all, I love this bike and would recommend it as part of anyones toy collection!

Review by: Tiller069
The TL1000R, was an AWESOME bike, admittedly it was my first sport V-twin. No internal work, no exotic exhaust (just modded the orginal cans and painted them black), PCII, PAR Valve removal etc. If Suzuki was to bring back the EXACT BIKE (limited number production) I would buy at least one. I orginally went in to buy the 750 GSXR, but that SEXY thing was just sitting there. I admit it was love at first site. She even moved in (doors).

I'm still looking for a Yellow one!! But, I do know where there is a couple of blues, and if I have found a yellow one by spring(ish), ....well, you know where I was going with that. If not, blue it is.

Review by: "J"
I have ridden the RC 51, Ducati 999 and the TL1000 both the R and S models. Personally the TLR was the finest V Twin that I had the pleasure of riding! I thoroughly loved the bike, yes it was heavy but there is nothing like the sound of that V Twin rumbling through a full Yosh system with PC3. The rotary shock was not great and got worse the longer your ride went but that was easy enough to replace. I regret selling the bike and plan on adding one to my collection when the time and money is right. It is too bad that Suzuki quit building this bike in 03'. "J" (Twentynine Palms, CA)

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