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Suzuki TL1000S Faster than RC51

Well. It's official, I have had 3 Suzuki tl1000s and now I am on and RC51. I usually take my bikes to the top speed within weeks of owning them. But for some reason the conditions were never right with the RC. Until last week. I got her up to 260 kilometers an hour. Which is quite slow when I compare it to my old Suzuki I am a little bit disappointed. My friend had an RC51 before and we would race often. I would always win, but he always had some kind of an excuse. I always believe the RC51 was faster until now.
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Looks like I can't edit the RC52 in the subject line. Sorry guys
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What region is the RC51 from?

What gearing does it have?
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It could just be the sprockets. You have (OEM) 16/40?

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both bikes were OEM gearing.
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Doesn't really matter to me which is faster in a straight line, the Honda has the kudos two wsb championships in the hands of Mr Edwards, one ama championship with Hayden aboard and to top it off a fantastic booming soundtrack.
I do like the look of the Suzuki TL1000R and always wondered if Suzuki did enter it into wsb just how good it would have become.
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The RC51 is WAY WAY over-geared. The gearing is so tall that the bike doesn't have enough horsepower to reach redline in 6th gear. You have to lower the overall gearing to be able to use all the available revs and attain the actual top speed the bike is capable of. Not only does this allow the bike to go faster, but also accelerate quicker as well.
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Looks like I can't edit the RC52 in the subject line. Sorry guys
Fixed that for you.
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My first thought is who cares? The tls is so pug fugly it's embarassing


The 51 doesn't earn its merit with speed. Don't judge it based on something it doesn't pretend to be
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It was the same for me. My friend had the TL1000 and he would pull me on the highway; he was about 280lbs and I was 190lbs. Plus my bike was the quickest of any RC51 that was in south Florida; 2002 RC51.

However, I can't remember if I had the 520 conversion yet, with +1 tooth on the rear sprocket. I am thinking I did not at that time. He ended up getting killed near Deals Gap pretty early on.
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