1997-2000 SUZUKI TL1000S

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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....

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