This bike is a diamond in the rough. My '97 has been stone reliable, but the suspension sucked and the handlebars were torture rack low. The engine is a gem, smooth and strong, but the low rpm fuel delivery is dodgy and lean. I did the following to my '07 TL1000S 1) Lindeman valving to the forks, heav...
This bike is a diamond in the rough. My '97 has been stone reliable, but the suspension sucked and the handlebars were torture rack low. The engine is a gem, smooth and strong, but the low rpm fuel delivery is dodgy and lean. I did the following to my '07 TL1000S 1) Lindeman valving to the forks, heavier .95 springs replaced the wimpy .75 (not enough for a 600, much less a 1,000 sport bike) fork springs. 2) Penske rear shock kit and heavier 800 lb spring, again from Lindeman. Uncheap at $1,000, but worth it. The bike tracks over bumps now and feels "slow" and stuck to the road instead of harsh and twitchy at high speeds over rough curvy moutain pavement, much like my buddy's RC51. 3) Helibars. Gotta have 'em. They make the bike at least 60% more comfortable and their extra width makes steering lighter. 4) Dynojet Power commander. Richens up the lean bottom end, leans out the rich top end, the bike barks and howls beautifully now. Also running a K&N air filter and I yanked that infernal airbox flapper valve and probably picked up 5 horsepower at 3,500 rpm. 5) Yoshimura slip ons. Dunno about extra power, but the thing sounds sweet and throttle response is much sharper in concert with the modified fuel curve. 6) Cobin seat, unlike the stock seat, it keeps my balls from smashing into the gas tank, a worthwhile comfort mod. 7) Hyperpro steering damper. I have not had much in the way of headshake problems, but I do the occasional wheelie. I look at it as insurance. 8) Metzler Sportec tires. The bike loves them. 8) Peel off all the hideous factory decals. ACetone did a good job of dissolving that tough Suzuki glue. Well I have made a lot of mods and probably coulda bought an Aprilia or something for what I have sunk in this bike, but that is life. The thing rocks now. I am gonna keep her! Here is a pic of my pride and joy in action :) http://duken4evr.homestead.com/files/bikeshots/SigPic.jpg