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    The Test Ride.

    As I said yesterday, I took my best friend on a TL test ride today.

    First of all, I want to tank everyone for the "before TL ride, think of this" tip. All of them.



    The ride went well, acctually, VERY well! Now he´s thinking of buying a TLS.
    And, this is an I4 die hard guy.


    Well, Im taking it from the beginning.
    It was a beautifull Saturday - 20C (~70F) in the air, few clouds. Perfect!
    I came home to him "early", but we didn´t get away until around 11. Damn telephone...
    Anyway I had my Bulldog, and he was supposed to ride the TL. But, he havent been on a bike for some time, so I said he had to ride the Bulldog for an while first. To get used to ride again - it´s no freaking car you know...
    He was cool with that since he wanted to test it anyway before I sold her. (The BT is fully covered.. so it was economically safe to let him ride...)
    Of we went. And, you could tell he havent been on a bike for a few months...
    Got better and after an hour on the Bulldog hee looked smooth. First coffe brake.
    Lots of chit chat. Used to a CBR600 he was amazed of the TORQUE my Bulldog delivered (106 NM at the rearwheel...and 90% at 2500rpm... ). Didn´t matter which gear he had, it pulled strong. bla bla bla. This was supposed to be about the TL, so I´ll skip the rest.
    He looked happy anyway.
    He wanted some more time on the BT, to better get the feelign for her (I was SOO supriced!!! ) So Anohter hour on the BT.
    The TL needed som fuel (suprice...) and the driver too. Coke and sausage. Lots of uninteresting bla bla about the BT.
    Now, it was TL time. I had been on him all mornign about the cluch, easy on the power, and the weight. Well, turned out that his CBR weighted 185Kg, so that´s about the same as my TL...

    Gave him the key and he had a mini test run at a closed street. 1 minute later he was one of the happiest people I have seen in a loooong time.
    Oh man, was all he manged to say at first... It gives the Hard on! (his word, not mine... ) I love it, he then managed to say. (Yeah, I KNEW you would!!!)

    Good, time to hit the road for real.
    I let him ride first, so he could ride at a pace that suited him. Oh man, I almost fell a sleep...
    Anyway, he soon picked up some speed. (he know the bike isn´t fully covered...)
    At a STOP sign I came up beside him. Oh that SMILE he gave me told me everything.
    I knew he was sold now.
    2 horus later.
    Foooooood, again. W/ coffe and icecream.
    I think the first thing he said was: The bike is amazing, It never stopps pulling! It doesn´t matter which gear I have, it so strong!
    I know, I said with a HUGE smile, but still only a shadow of the smile he produced.
    Here followed A LOT OF talking about the TL, how amazing the TL is etc. He now said he understood what all the fuzz was about. I must Admit, I have been a pain in the ass for him naggin about him MUST get a new bike FAST. And, TLS is a nice bike, I know a few that is for sale...
    He looked really happy.
    (I like that, makeing people happy)
    Back on the bikes again. Wroom wroom...

    We came home 18.15. His girlfriend mad as hell because we promised to be home at the latset 17.00 - I did NOT!!! or did I... I promised to get himn home safe, cant remember sayin any time he would be home...
    He is so sold on the TL now. With some luck he´ll dump the R1 hunt and go TL hunting instead.

    I could have gone on for a long time, but I guess you´re half sleep already...


    7 hours on the bikes on a beautifull saturday with a good friend. Can it be much better??

    Sometimes life is soo sweet!
    TL1000R -99. Yellow/Black.
    M4 Full system(Alu), K&N Filter, TRE mod, removed Pair valve. Yoshimura clutch cover, removed Scissor gears, Carbon fibre hugger, carbon fibre rearhugger, HammerIt TLR/R fairings, Gilles Toolings rearset. Pazzo racing levers, shorties, Öhlins rear, Brembo front brakes, ET79 undertail, blah blah blah...
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  • #2
    Another one turned to the Dark Side

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    • #3
      Great story PL, Im not surprised he fell They are such kick ass bikes



      You guys sure do eat a lot over there...
      TLOTM:
      May 2003
      August 2004

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      • #4
        SD, forgot to say, he payed for all the food...

        Bluberry icecream
        TL1000R -99. Yellow/Black.
        M4 Full system(Alu), K&N Filter, TRE mod, removed Pair valve. Yoshimura clutch cover, removed Scissor gears, Carbon fibre hugger, carbon fibre rearhugger, HammerIt TLR/R fairings, Gilles Toolings rearset. Pazzo racing levers, shorties, Öhlins rear, Brembo front brakes, ET79 undertail, blah blah blah...
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        • #5
          Way to lure an I4 guy to the dark side Putte!! Great story!

          I was prolly smiling the same way you buddy was today. Adjusted the TPS at a friends house and then went for a testspin...
          She is sooo smooth an delivers instantly now, no stumbles or anything. Haven´t been riding in a couple of weeks so it was like the first time again, you know...

          MAN I LOVE THIS BIKE!
          PCIIIUSB::CZ wheels::Akra f/s custom cans&hangers::Bitubo shock::GSXR750 K4 legs::R1 calipers::GSXR K2 rear caliper::ExtremeTech damper::Race rearsets::Joe V mod::K&N filter::Van's CCC+PP::Barnett springs::GiPro ATRE::1/5 throttle::C/F mirrors+hugger+fender+tankprotector::LP screen::mod subframe w/ gap tray::undertail::flush indicators::Van's rear cup::Brembo 19x18::Braided lines::Galfer wave rear rotor::Speedking mod OEM rotors::Van's ecc::WC clipons::520 @ 16/40::Van's spr cover::TWM cap::

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          • #6
            PL the crack dealer.. You're first hit's free.. Now you gotta pay for it!

            Glad you guys had a good time!
            I've got a huge penis, You've got a huge penis, even Tim over there, yup you guessed it, huge penis. Good, now that that's out of the way, let's go ride

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            • #7

              Good job!
              If You're Not Living On The Edge, You're Taking Up Too Much Space


              [SIZE=1][B][COLOR=firebrick]
              Show Mods: HammerIt TLR/R Fairing, Tail and Undertail, Hugger and Fender * Custom

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              • #8
                Sounds like you guys had a great day...

                Another TLS to join the board soon
                Just a few mods:

                Silver, the fastest color!

                On the inside - HID type bulbs, K&N filter, Iridium ix plugs, 16T front sprocket, Coerce billet sprocket cover, Yosh re-map +5, +5, +5 11 o'clock, Scorpio SE-i500 system from my GB and an ATRE.

                On the outside - TLR forks, front carbon fender, 5/8th master brake cylinder, black SS brake lines (frnt & rear), braking waves all around with Ti bolts, Brembo gold front calipers & a busa gold rear caliper, flush mount signals (frnt & rear), ZG DB scr

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                • #9
                  Nice going PL
                  Originally posted by TLCURT
                  Because TL's fucking rock.

                  It's a cult thing...to own one is to love one.

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                  • #10
                    You make us proud !
                    `99 TLR - 2 into 1 60mm Ti Yoshi headers with custom can, Cams, Flowed, Skimmed, Custom airbox, K&N, Silverline TLRR kit, Motostyle sliders, Powerbronze Double Bubble Screen, Harris Grips, Bitubo rear shock, adjustable rearsets.

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