Had the 02 TLR. Sweet bike.. Rear Rotary damper was the shitz. Replaced with a Bitubo. Bike feels big when tracking it. Does everything pretty well, and plush compared to the RC for long hauls. Check the rear seat/solo cowl locking mechanism. I lost my rear solo cowl twice and the seat.. Was never recovered!!
Sold it for an 07 GIXX1000. Different beast altogether
Had an 01' three years ago and got rid of my 03' to get my RC. I found not cut frame sliders, a clear clutch cover (sweet!) and a tail rizer bracket setup on TLPlanet.com People still call the TLR "The widowmaker"
My good friend has a 2001 TLS and he has it done up right.
With 60K plus on the odo.. it still pulls like a freight train!
Like the RC it needed a rear shock/damper, but the RC doesn't get so squirley like the rotary did.
He did that, re-built the fork internals with racetech goodies/valves then the scotts damper up above... Goes and feels great!
Still, The TL felt like a tank compared to the RC....
And.. the WindowMaker was my old Kawasaki H2....
The TL's certainly had a stout motor.
I've wondered how it would've turned out if Suzuki had equipped the bikes with a chassis to match.
I think WSBK would've been even more exciting than it was with Edwards and Bayliss.
There was UK magazine entry where he did put a TL1000R engine in a Ducati 916 frame.
And while it took some very serious fabrication to fit, the outcome was stunning.
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