1997-2000 SUZUKI TL1000S
996cc liquid-cooled, dohc, 8v 90-degree V-twin, 191kg, 125bhp, 162mph
What is it? Legendary V-twin sports bike with ferocious power delivery (early models) and a dangerous to know attitude. Now a proper cult bike and loved by those who know and own them. Why you want one? There’s nothing else like an early TL. The first year’s bikes had a light switch ECU, ensuring a tidal wave of stomp met the back wheel in one huge thump. Like a 750 H2 Kwak, RG500 and early ’Blade the TL’S reputation precedes it. The ‘dangerous’ rep is slightly unfair. Issues only arose if the chain was overtightened and the rider’s throttle hand was too eager over uneven surfaces. Ridden with nous, a TL-S is neck-strainingly fast. Prices won’t stay this attractive for long. What if I can’t find one? Only ’97 models pack the full-fat punch; later bikes are still fast and well worth a look, just not as visceral. The TL1000R is a very different animal, as are Honda’s VTR1000F and Ducati’s 916. If you want a TL-S, be patient and keep looking. You’ll not be disappointed. What to look for: Original downpipes’ finish only lasts five minutes – stainless are a better bet. The front of the motor takes the brunt of road filth too. Hideous bolt-ons (screens, mini winkers, chrome chain guards) are all too common. An aftermarket shock is a good upgrade.
What we found miles, same TL1000S, 37,900 serviced, 1997 Suzuki maintained, just years, well owner for 13 ’bars,£1650 MOT, high-rise well cared 12 months to have), and model (one Owned We say:early R6 shock. swapped for for. Rotary damper Bargain....