This is where it all goes Pete Tong for the Suzuki TL1000S. The rear shock's damping action is controlled by a teaspoon of oil being forced through valves - it doesn't work. The rear end starts moving, plus the front end of the TL1000S is liable to flap about as the sheer grunt lifts the front wheel. Result; one scared rider, and possible excursions into the scenery. The Suzuki TL1000S also chews chains and rear tyres easily.
The Suzuki TL1000S barnstorming motor, even today, with 125bhp ready to kick your arse within two seconds of opening the throttle fully. Gearbox and clutch are OK, but repeated wheelies can knacker clutches quickly. Early Suzuki TL1000S models had on/off fuel injection, some stalling problems, but most will have been sorted out long ago by now.
The build quality is patchy. Some Suzuki TL1000S machines were rusting when new. Paint rubs away, alloy discolours, electrics and the fuel injection can play up. Luckily, owners are quite fanatical about the Suzuki TL1000S and it's common to see beautiful used examples with a host of mods up for sale in the £2000-£3000 bracket.
As a used buy the original gangster Suzuki TL1000S is likely to hold its value better than the slightly saner TL1000R in the long run. If you can find a truly original, unmodified Suzuki TL1000S, especially in red, then buy it because you won't lose money on it. The Suzuki TL1000S is now becoming a cult bike. Find a Suzuki TL1000S for sale.
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The TL1000S has some decent brakes, forks and a half fairing, but it never looked as well equipped as some rivals from the late 90s. Details on the Suzuki TL1000S like the rubbish front mudguard, the crude fairing struts, sticky-out subframe and the lack of rear grabrail all hint at a bit of a rushed development.