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Suzuki TL1000S

Year of specifications 1997 - 2001
Engine 996 cc, V-twin
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed -
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 125 hp @ 8500 rpm
Weight 187 kg / 411 lb
Seat height 835 mm / 32.9 inches

The Suzuki TL1000S motorcycle was introduced in 1997, production ceased in 2001. Although the v-twin engine of the TL1000S is still found in the SV1000, SV1000S, and SV1000SZ.

Unfortunatley the Suzuki TL1000S suffered from handling problems, and a front end which could go light at speed. In 1998 Suzuki acknowldged the problem and fitted the bike with a steering damper and a remapped ECU. They also recalled and retrofitted the upgrades to 1997 bikes.

The TL1000S is notable for an unusual rear shock design. The rear spring is mounted seperatley from the rotary damper unit. The damper uses a series of vanes in an oil filled chamber. Not a conventional piston damper unit.

Despite the changes made to the TL1000S, many potential buyers had already lost confidence in the design. The overall outcome was that the TL1000S didn't sell as well as Suzuki had hoped for. The TL1000S was discontinued in 2001. Although the fully-faired and redesigned Suzuki TL1000R contined until 2003.

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