1998 Suzuki TL1000R

SOLD FOR: $5,350

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Description

Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this Suzuki TL1000R. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Following the success of Ducati’s V-Twin-powered racers in the World Superbike Championship, other major manufacturers followed suit by developing their own race-bred V-Twins. Suzuki’s first attempt at a performance-driven V-Twin model came in the form of the TL1000S in 1997, though the next year the Japanese marque would follow up the half-faired 1000S with the even racier TL1000R. “The concept behind the TL1000R is simple: Build a V-Twin with the potential to win Superbike races,” explained Hiroshi Moritake, who led the TL-R project.

While the 1000S and 1000R models both shared the same engine, the R-spec was far more than just a full-faired version of its predecessor. The 1000R featured a beefy aluminum twin-spar frame based on the GSX-R750. The frame was complemented by a new braced swingarm, a standard steering damper, and a revised version of the 1000S’s notoriously finicky rotary damper spring unit with new linkages.

The V-Twin motor was also updated for the TLR, getting a revised ram-air-box, Mikuni electronic dual-injector throttle bodies, upgraded cams, forged pistons, beefier connecting rods, improved ignition timing, and a 1,000 rpm higher redline. The changes to the liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 996cc, 8V, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin ultimately afforded the TLR a cool 135hp at 9,500 rpm and 78 ft-lbs of torque at 7,500 rpm. And despite the bump in performance, the V-Twin retained its reputation for bullet-proof reliability.

The Gixxer-derived chassis was paired with a set of 43mm inverted forks and a Progressive link shock, both adjustable for spring preload, rebound, and compression damping. Slowing the twin-cylinder superbike was a pair of 320mm front discs bit by six-piston calipers and a single 220mm disc with a dual-piston caliper in the rear — all provided by Tokico.

Weighing around 430 lbs dry, the TL1000R sported wind-tunnel-developed bodywork including a distinctive “shark nose” fairing, which helped the 135 hp V-Twin cut through the air and reach speeds of up to 170 mph. Suzuki also offered a myriad of trick factory race kit parts for the TLR, including upgraded internals, and a wide array of chassis adjustability such as swing-arm pivot position, ride height, and steering stem rake.

Despite Suzuki’s ambitious plans for WSBK domination, the TLR would only achieve a single race win before the company opted to revert to its four-cylinder GSX-R platform in WSBK competition. By the close of 2003, Suzuki had phased out the TLR in favor of the new SV1000(S), which still utilized a version of the TLS’s V-Twin platform. While the TLR never shaped up to be the podium-topping WSBK performer that Suzuki had hoped for, it nonetheless proved to be a stellar sport bike for the street, combining a relatively comfortable riding position with sharp cornering, solid wind protection, and a punchy, rock solid, high-revving engine.

Built in May of 1998, this example is VIN: JS1VT52A2W2101922.

The odometer shows 16,680 miles.

The seller acquired it two years ago, noting that he acquired it from a long-term owner who had it sitting in the corner of his garage with a cover on it. The current owner brought this TL-R back to life and has covered approximately 100 miles with it since.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please schedule an appointment for a viewing), this TL-R is offered on a clean California title with current non-op registration.

It is equipped with a Vance & Hines exhaust. The sale includes the passenger seat (not pictured)

We also note an aftermarket blue windscreen.

It is in excellent cosmetic shape for its age – we just note some scratches and a couple of stickers in the lower left fairing.

This was recently serviced by Lee’s Cycle Service in San Diego with a complete fluid flush, new brake pads, new tires, and a recently-installed OEM rear fender.

Have any TLR stories or questions about this listing? let us know in the comments below!

Additional Information

Year

1998

Make

Suzuki

Model

TL1000R

Mileage

16, 680

Title

Clean

Private Party/Dealership
VIN

JS1VT52A2W2101922

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