Suzuki TL 1000 (S / R)

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Suzuki TL1000R

Suzuki TL1000 appeared in 1997 with the introduction of the Suzuki TL1000S model to the market. A year later, in 1998, the Suzuki TL1000R model was added to the lineup, which was distinguished by more sporty characteristics and was intended for use on the racetrack. The TL1000 series was focused mainly on the export market - Europe, North America, Australia. In Japan, this model is practically not represented.

The TL1000 series was driven by Suzuki's desire to enter the 2-cylinder sports bike class and, most importantly, compete with the Ducati models that dominated the market. The first versions of the 1997 Suzuki TL1000S had a number of technical problems that almost completely buried the model's reputation. And although in 1998 most of the problems were solved, the demand for the model was low. Only towards the end of production, true admirers of the concept appreciated this model, making it truly iconic in some countries. Also, the TL1000 experience has been successfully used in subsequent models of the DL and SV series from Suzuki, as well as by Cagiva and Bimota.

The Suzuki TL1000 was based on a 2-cylinder V-shaped (90 °) liquid-cooled engine, 996 cc, producing 125 hp. power on the TL1000S model and 135 hp. on TL1000R version. Due to the characteristic forward tilt of the cylinders, this arrangement is often called L-shaped. This engine was subsequently also installed on models Suzuki SV1000 and Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom.

Among the features of the TL1000, one should also highlight the timing system (combines the use of chains and gears), an aluminum frame, fully adjustable sports suspensions, a 6-speed gearbox, powerful 4-piston (on TL1000R - 6-piston) front brakes, a 17-liter fuel tank and from 187 kg dry weight.

The rear suspension system of the motorcycle is also noteworthy - along with the classic swingarm, a rotary-piston shock absorber is used, which is fixed almost horizontally on the right side of the motorcycle and provides damping by means of special rotating rods. This system does not lengthen the wheelbase of the motorcycle, as opposed to using the classic central monoshock. This design is reminiscent of the suspensions of Formula 1 racing cars.

2001 was the last year of Suzuki TL1000S release, and in 2002 the Suzuki TL1000R version finally left the market. Meanwhile, these models still have many clubs and a large army of admirers in many European countries.

The main competitors of Suzuki TL1000 in the class:

Model Issues

  • Rear suspension overheating. Inadequate heat dissipation from the rear cylinder resulted in excessive heating of the rear suspension and poor handling.
  • Unsuccessful weight distribution. When accelerating, the motorcycle is prone to a wheelie (the front wheel is lifted off the ground). Also, a too light front end often provoked wobbling.
  • Unsuccessful injector settings. At low revs, there are jerks and uneven acceleration, enrichment of the mixture.
  • Slipping clutch. Due to the frequent enrichment of the mixture, part of the gasoline got into the oil, which eventually led to clutch slippage.
  • Leakage of gasoline from the tank. Due to cracks in the gasket, gasoline could leak at the junction of the gas tank and pump.
  • Oil starvation. With very sharp accelerations and driving on the rear wheel, oil starvation of the engine could be observed (this is characteristic of all V-shaped engines with a classic lubrication system - a wet sump).

Most of the problems listed above were fixed already on the 1998 models, which received a new engine control unit (the mixture became correct, the forced enrichment was no longer needed), a steering damper in the drain, a reinforced clutch and a gas tank with additional supports in the frame.


Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki TL1000R


Specifications Suzuki TL1000S / TL1000R:

Model Suzuki TL1000
Motorcycle type sports
Release year 1997-2002
Frame aluminum
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped 90 ° (L-shaped)
Working volume 996 cm³
Bore / stroke 98.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.3: 1 - TL1000S

11.7: 1 - TL1000R

Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system Injector, 2x - TL1000S

Injector with SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve), 2x - TL1000R

Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 125.0 h.p. (92.0 kW) @ 9200 rpm - TL1000S

135.0 h.p. (99.3 kW) @ 9500 rpm - TL1000R

Maximum torque 104.0 Nm (10.5 kg * m) @ 8000 rpm - TL1000S

106.0 Nm (10.7 kg * m) @ 7500 rpm - TL1000R

Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 120 / 70ZR17M / C (58W)
Rear tire size 190 / 50ZR17M / C (73W)
Front brakes 2 discs, 320mm, 4-piston calipers - TL1000S

2 discs, 320mm, 6-piston calipers - TL1000R

Rear brakes 1 disc, 220 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension 43mm Inverted Fork (adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping), 120mm travel - TL1000S

43mm Inverted Fork (preload adjustable, 12-stage compression and rebound damping), 115mm travel - TL1000R

Rear suspension swingarm with monoshock (adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping), stroke - 128 mm - TL1000S

linkage with monoshock (adjustable preload, 26-stage adjustable compression and rebound damping), stroke - 125 mm - TL1000R

Motorcycle length 2045 mm - TL1000S

2065 mm - TL1000S (Germany, Switzerland, Australia)

2085 mm - TL1000S (Austria)

2100 mm - TL1000R

2145 mm - TL1000R (Germany, Switzerland)

Motorcycle width 715 mm - TL1000S

740 mm - TL1000R

Motorcycle height 1175 mm - TL1000S

1120 mm - TL1000R

Wheelbase 1415 mm - TL1000S

1395 mm - TL1000R

Saddle height 835 mm - TL1000S

825 mm - TL1000R

Minimum ground clearance 140 mm - TL1000S

120mm - TL1000R

Acceleration to 100 km / h 3.40 sec - TL1000S

3.22 sec - TL1000R

Maximum speed 251 km / h - TL1000S

267 km / h - TL1000R

Fuel tank capacity 17.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry) 187 kg - TL1000S

197 kg - TL1000R