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    Hello all,
    If this is a question that pops up all the time please excuse me for asking again. I couldn't find an FAQ so had to inquire. I currently have a '99 GSX-R600. I will be buying a TLR in the next few weeks. I wanted to know is there anything to watch out for? Is there any parts that go bad\wrong\leak, etc. Are there any indicators I can watch for that'll tell me if ones been abused or not looked after properly, any tell tale signs? Alot of TLR's out there have aftermarket end cans, what do I need to do to make sure the feulling has been setup correctly for whatever cans are on it. What mods are definetly NOT a good idea and a bike with them should be avoided? Having looked over all the color schemes available I find myself drawn to the black ones? Is this a rare scheme or should it be easy enough to get one in that color? Are TLR's expensive to run? Any other information you might be able to provide me would be great. Sorry about all the questions and thanks...
    Jay

    Black ones are faster

  • #2
    Normal stuff Super, check for oil leaks on the left side near the front sprocket. TLR's normally leak a bit from the countershaft seal going bad.

    Make sure you take it for a ride and listen to the motor, it should tick ever so slightly.

    Black ones are hard to find, I think they were only made in 99-2000:dunno for sure you can always paint it


    Get one, you will not regret it
    TLOTM:
    May 2003
    August 2004

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    • #3
      Superfly First of all Welcome
      The TLR is prone to backfire, even more with aftermarket pipes. There are plenty of posts around to remove the pair valve to fix this problem although I have not done this myself as I don't mind scaring the shit out of people in cages now and then. But be prepared to buy some exhaust gaskets over time.
      Overall the TLR is a well made bike so look for the obvious things as with any bike such as front fork seals and clunky gearbox a sure sign of the bike doing lots of wheelies. Also bar end scrapes or a polished frame is sure way of finding out the bike has been crashed.
      Try to find a bike with less miles on the clock and not worry about the year so much as Suzuki never really updated the model apart from body graphics.
      A lot of people do not favour the rear shock, but setup correctly (lots of posts available) will do nearly any street rider.
      Make sure you get your TLR because it the best fun you'll ever have.
      It may not be the lightest, fastest bike around but this is my sixth bike and I will never sell this bike. Enough said
      mattbl
      Another sold out former TLR owner!!
      Last edited by mattbl; 09-11-2003, 11:41 AM.
      Retired the TLR for a Gixxer 1K. Sorry boys I sold you out

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      • #4
        Welcome!

        TLR's are pretty bulletproof.. Look for obvious signs of abuse.. Check the tires.. Check the bolts for little saftey wire holes in them (it's been raced) ...
        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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        • #5
          I have 4400 on my 02 now... still nothing beyond tiny pops for backfires that you normally here from just about every motorcycle on the street.
          TL1000R: For those who like to drive high speed tanks

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          • #6
            Welcome to da planet!!!
            RIP - The Pig (Stolen July 2006)

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            • #7
              WooHoo!

              I sold my GSX-R600 on Friday. Now I'm properly ready to go and get a TLR. Is there any members on this forum from either Ireland or the UK?

              There are very few TLR's advertised in Ireland (where I'm from) so it looks like I'll have to take a trip over to the UK and purchase one from there. Any UK owners out there that know of any TLR's for sale at the moment? perferably either red or black (talk about a squid statement!). Let me know.

              If I can't get a TLR with end cans it'll be the first thing I buy. I've heard that carbon cans could crack\explode with big twins. Is this true of the TLR? The reason I'm asking is because they look class. If I fit aftermarket cans do I definetly need a power commander and K&N to compliment it? What would happen if a bike has been running cans without altering the fueling?

              Do many TLR owners upgrade their suspension, specifically the rear rotary damper? If so what brands are worth while apart from Ohlins. What about the front forks and the steering damper?

              You think this is alot of questions, wait till I get a bike. Then I'll be pestering everyone. Thanks for any and all help you can give.

              Jay
              Jay

              Black ones are faster

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              • #8
                bitubo makes a great replacement for the rotary damper. $450 or so. i guess with carbon cans you must repack them otherwise they get too hot. oh yeah, welcome to the planet
                Last edited by horkn; 09-15-2003, 05:40 PM.

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                • #9
                  Hey!!!!!!!

                  I went from a 00' GSX-R600 to a Tiller!! You will be a very happy man!!

                  2003 TL1000R

                  "Aint ever seen it.....but I have heard it." - Neil

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SDTLR
                    Normal stuff Super, check for oil leaks on the left side near the front sprocket. TLR's normally leak a bit from the countershaft seal going bad.

                    Make sure you take it for a ride and listen to the motor, it should tick ever so slightly.

                    Black ones are hard to find, I think they were only made in 99-2000:dunno for sure you can always paint it


                    Get one, you will not regret it
                    what about if it ticks louder than ever so slightly.....

                    SD where are you mine is definately a louder than my mates 99 tiller tick...mine is quite loud ? heeeeelp!!!
                    "Sorry Officer ! I thought you wanted to race"

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                    • #11
                      oh yes i forgot....welcome superfly

                      where o wher are my manners..tut tut
                      "Sorry Officer ! I thought you wanted to race"

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