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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2001, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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im thinking of getting a TLR and cant afford a new one, is there any advice to be given on used models i should know about? does any certain year have improvements or problems i should be aware of while looking? thanks for any help.

I confess, Im a poser...................... every time i stop long enough for someone to see my bike!!!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2001, 11:57 AM
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Check for oil leaks, as you should do with any bike, but some TLR's had a problem with, I believe, the countershaft seal leaking. The only other problems my TLR-owning friend has had have been a cracked solo-seat cowl, busted fork seals, and the radiator falling off several times (all of those being the ill effects of riding wheelies).
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i found this one locally for $7000, its a '99 with 2300 mi on it. i havent looked at it up close yet (gotta sell my buell 1st)



there is another at a dealer i need to go check out as well.

I confess, Im a poser...................... every time i stop long enough for someone to see my bike!!!

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My friend blew his forg rings out from doing stoppies everytime we stopped on his 98 gsx-r750, heh. I also HATE the angle on Suzuki seats. I even noticed that still, on the 2001s they still do it. I bought the Motor Cyclist that compares the big 4's liter bikes and they even mention it, and you can tell the Honda 929 seat leans forward just a few degrees more than the Suzi1000. What it translates to is when you launch or lift up the front wheel it presses you into the seat, rather than bunny hop you into the cowl. It has taken a lot of getting used to and I smack my cowl regularly when wheelieing. One of the many little things that made me love my F3 so much, and why my next bike will most likely be a Honda.

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2300 miles on a '99. That is not many miles. I am not real sure about the $7K price. That may be a little high. From what I hear they can be bought new for significantly less than MSRP. This due to posers talking all kinds of negative BS about the bike.

The rotary rear damper has taken a beating in the mags and by posers on the internet. The TLR is a way underrated bike and 99 out of 100 street riders wouldn't know the difference between the performance of a standard shock and the rotary shock if it bit them in the ass... they just won't admit that their ability isn't that good.

The bike has a butt load of horsepower and torque. With new exhaust and remapping the bike will kick out quite a bit more. The bike can be lightened quite a bit too.

It's no RC-51 but it also isn't nearly as expensive and there are plenty of parts available for the TLR. A few fellow RC riders have ridden the two back to back on the street and some on the track. The general consensus is that the TLR is not that far off of the RC in performance and the big hit is that the bike feels heavy compared to the RC. The TLR is a little heavier and they say you can actually feel it in the handling. This is from guys that owned both bikes.

Don't get sucked into the negative poser feed back.

To sum this up. I really like the TLR and think it is a capable bike. I haven't had the pleasure of riding one but most owners I have talked to or ridden with really like theirs. Not to mention they sound great with an M4 exhaust system.

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it's funny magazines are so full of b.s.

they rave about the 996, but blast the rc51 and tl-r, say they are overweight. i think a 996, tl-r and rc51 are all a tank of gas within each other in weight.

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Thumbs up Buying a TLR?

I have a `98 TLR and have alot of fun on it.Things to check-rear cowl if the latch has been modified,there was a recall on a hose in the gas tank that connected to the fuel pump.I haven`t had any problems with oil leaks but have noticed when ridden hard the mileage plummets but GOD the power is very addicting.Another thing the gearing is tall so you have to learn to slip the clutch slightly when leaving a stop and when it stalls,your boys become very friendly with the tank,OUCH!.(I don`t remember my old `92GSXR1100 stopping as abruptly)Granted,TLR`s were cheaper to buy than RC-51`s and both Honda and Suzuki claim the same dry weight-434lbs and the same horsepower-134.So it all comes down to suspension and how each bike carries its weight.You certainly won`t be dissappionted with the power.For more opinions check out www.tl1000.com.

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it's funny magazines are so full of b.s.

they rave about the 996, but blast the rc51 and tl-r, say they are overweight. i think a 996, tl-r and rc51 are all a tank of gas within each other in weight.
No shit, those pasta eatin bastards.

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No shit, those paste eatin bastards.

Sorry for the harshness ladies and gentlemen.
Ay,ay ay........wassa matta you!!!!!!!
LMAO John!!!!
Also the "R" model weighs more:434lbs dry vs 421lbs dry for the "S" model.
The "S" has 106hp vs 121hp for the "R".
Also "S" has half fairing vs full fairing for the"R".
Both models ARE underrated!!!

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Thumbs up tlr?

Orchid, its a good bike, magazines are full of s**** on one of my more bone headed days, a guy on a piped an chipped tlr ran with my gixxer pretty well, we both were toching over 135 and he was only a few bike lengths behind. TL1000R IS A GOOD BIKE I SAY





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