Suzuki TL1000R Overview
One thing is for sure, the SuzukiTL1000R isn’t a bike for the inexperienced rider. It houses an extremely powerful V-twin engine and is one of the most unpredictable rides you will ever experience making it great fun; if you know what you are doing. The engine is what really sets this bike apart with Suzuki claiming that it can easily reach 135bhp. The fuel injection seems to help with this and what you are left with is pure, raw power. However, this power isn’t helped by the build of the bike and if you don’t know what you are doing then you may find it difficult to control at high speeds with corners making the bike particularly unstable.
That said the finish on the TL1000R is flawless and although it’s better used as a fair weather bike, with regular servicing it should throw up no obvious issues. Left out in the cold and wet and you will be faced with rust and corrosion but this is likely to occur on any bike and the TL1000R is certainly not alone here.
With the more popular TL1000S on the market, there isn’t as much demand for a TL1000R anymore but what this means is that, if you feel up to the challenge, you can pick one up for a couple of grand.
It isn’t a bike to be ridden lightly – however many owners have reported that it can feel like a risky ride if you don’t know what you are doing. It is certainly worth seeing if you can take one out for a test drive before you commit any hard earned cash.
Suzuki TL1000R Spec
- Top speed168mph
- Average fuel consumption35mpg
- Seat height825mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC, 4v
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Smooth and fast, lots of torque and lots to play with.
In my opinion, the best V twin engine ever.
A digital speedo would make things easier and having more options for frame sliders without the option of cutting into the fairings.
Absolutely solid bike, strong frame.
Great brakes 6 piston calipers big & strong