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    If my history of bike ownership tells you anything, it's the fact that I have never been satisfied with any one motorcycle.
    My first bike was a Katana 600. I have to admit, I am glad it was my first bike. The Katana was stable, easy to work on, and easy to ride, but no one's first bike is their dream bike is it?

    My second bike was a 1986 GSXR750. You got it, OLD SCHOOL. This particular GSXR had some history with it. There is a very good chance that MY GSXR was the first GSXR to ever touch American soil. The serial # was 000027. Production date: 8/85. Hawaii is the first stop anything coming from Japan has, and my bike was special ordered by of all people, the Snap-On tool guy back in 1985 when the rumors of the first race replica motorcycle from Suzuki came out. I know it was the first GSXR registered in the state, and as I said, it could have been the first GSXR in America. So what did I do with this piece of history? I wrecked it of course! The bike lived on after a friend of mine rebuilt it, but it was a total rebuild. I bent front and back rims, forks, tank, all the bodywork...it was bad. I ended up in the Hospital for a week.

    Since then I have owned a '87 Hurricane 600, '90 GSXR750 (that I stuffed an 1127cc motor in) a '93 CBR900RR, another Katana 600 (I got in a deal, man that bike is fun) a '91 ZX7RR, a '92 FZR600, a '98 & '97 TL1000S, a '98 R1, a 2001 R6, a '98 GSXR750 and finally my TL1000R. I love Sportbikes.

    I think I was like most people. I would get a bike then read some article in Sportrider about the new "Bike of the Year" and want to get it after hearing about how "nothing to this point has been so good" Blah blah blah. Well, as odd as it may sound, I think I am finally satisfied with what I got, my '02 TLR. No magazine has ever declared my TLR as "the best bike ever".

    In fact, most magazine reporters agreed that the TLR & TLS were "flawed" or too heavy, or ill handling. They all seemed in agreement that the engines on these things are "Brilliant", and I couldn't agree with them more (well other than the stock TLS's behavior at about 3K rpm). What convinced me that the TLR I am riding now is the BEST bike for me was a ride. During my "down time" after my accident I have had some time to think about how far am a willing to go with this bike. I ride for fun. I don't race, or show my bike in any car shows. My bike is a hobby, and I like cool stuff, and this is the only reason why I would consider "building up" this bike.

    Things are different in my life too. My shop is doing well, and for the first time in my life I am not stuggling to make ends meet. I can finally afford to spend a little more in my hobbies and not have to worry about it as much. I still remember how it was to search through the couch cushions for loose change so I could buy gas to go to work, so I am NOT in any way able to bring myself to spend money freely. LOL! But...I am in a better position to build a bike the way I want to. I am happy with the TLR. For the first time in my life I am satisfied with what I have. Before I bought the TLR, I was in the position to get pretty much any bike (shy of a Bimota SB8 or anything like that) but I chose the TLR based on my experience with the TLS. The bike I chose was chosen not as a status symbol, or a race tool. My bike was bought as a source of entertainment, my stress relief, and a mode of traspotation on sunny Hawaiian afternoons. This bike was aquired so that I could travel my favorite road as the road was meant to be ridden, and for this, I feel the TLR is MY perfect bike. I have decided to build her up a little, nothing out of hand, but up to the point where I can help her reach her potential. She already has the looks and the soul, and those 2 things in my opinion cannot be improved upon.

    While I ain't too pleased with how my pride and joy looks like at the moment, I can't help but have this feeling of optimism when I look at her. The damage is minor, and temporary, and as soon as the new parts get in I can start on this next adventure in my life. I have decided to build her up slow, and enjoy her as she goes through her changes. I have a feeling she isn't the only one that will be changed by all of this, in fact I know it.
    Your Friend in Sport,

    Edwin

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    good on ya buddy, enjoy it
    double bubble tinted screen, TLPlanet sticker (5hp), BRAKING rear wave rotor, Busa front calipers (Gold) Ivans TRE, Gixxer rear caliper (gold), Yoshi s/s cans, Galfer front & rear s/s lines, Galfer & EBC pads, Heel guards (magiver), TALON GOLD front & rear sprockets, 520 conversion, RK gold chain, Speedo Healer, Smoken's sliders, Bitubo steering damper, Clear clutch cover,GPI (pedro), Power commander,Tail raise spacers, Bitubo Rear Shock, Rifleman Gap Mod, ET's undertail, ufo tail light, yoyodine led indicators, licence plate holder, Tinted headlight protector, GCC tank protector,

    Waiting for: carbon air intake covers, carbon mini hugger

    To be fitted:
    Race Tech springs, Race Tech Gold valves, Brembo clutch master cylinder,

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    • #3
      Yeah, that is a nice feeling...
      I kinda went through the same process, in thought that is, never owned so many bikes, what's up with that?

      Anyway, I'm slowly starting to upgrade my Tiller too.
      I didn't want to spedn any extra money on it in case I would want to get rid of it in a few years.
      But I've decided to stick to it, it kinda grows on ya and I'll ride it till it cracks or breaks so now I will spend some cash here and there. Just to make it look even better, perform even more...
      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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      • #4
        Exactly Buddy.

        Well, I tell ya. Back when I owned the GSXR750/1100 I thought I was satisfied. You got a good gameplan Schussboelie. See, I can say that I am satisfied with the TLR because I've owned so many bikes. I have figured out what I like in a motorcycle. It took me over a dz. bikes to do it, but I figured it out. Guess my 2nd grade teacher was right after all, I am a slow learner...

        Anyway, for ME the TLR is it. It won't be my last bike, but she is a keeper. I've gotten to ride a GSXR1K at speed, and even a new CBR600RR so it's not like my preference for the TLR is based strictly on older bikes. I've ridden some of the new stuff, and personally I wuzn't impressed. Chances are the TLR ain't your last bike Schussboelie, and the chances are, she probably won't be on the top of your list when you get as long in the tooth as me.

        Like you, I don't have plans on bustin my bank account on this bike, but I do wanna get her a little more custom fit for myself.
        My Akropovic Exhaust is ordered, so the next big $$ item will be my rims. I'm OK with the rotary damper out back, but will probably try a Penske shock because of all the recomendations they have got here. Other than that, it'll be small stuff. Maybe some brake upgrades, but that'll be later. I'll just take it in steps.
        Your Friend in Sport,

        Edwin

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Edwin
          Chances are the TLR ain't your last bike Schussboelie, and the chances are, she probably won't be on the top of your list when you get as long in the tooth as me.
          Probably not! I'd be surprised, hell even disappointed, if in the next 20 or so years no one can build a bike that'll suit me better!!!

          But I'm happy for now.
          I'm getting a new fairing (it's being painted right now) cause of some minor damage due to a crash.
          I will also do the airbox mod with new filter, TRE and such.
          And prolly the shock too

          I just love my Tiller.
          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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          • #6
            Word

            I have went through the same feelings over and over again. It's always something that starts to annoy in certain bike, then you look alternatives and they look so much better.

            TL best feature is the strong motor and ok chassis(TLR very good, TLS good enough) So thats good starting point.. And it's hard to give that up to any 1000cc I4's, eq. I love the look and driving position of new fazer1000. But the motor is just boring. Nothing low down and it takes for ever to build the revs up. And when the straight is over you get massive kick(thats nice, but not very usefull, not even in track use.)

            Also somehow v-twin feel more like a real motorcycle. I4's can be loud, but they never sound right to me. No thumps... If harley would have been I4, it would have gone busted in 1930's

            T:JarkkoT.
            I take no liability if someone burns up his/her TL with Jarkko/Sparkko/plus mod It's safe if it's done right....

            quote:
            Originally posted by tv1000s
            "If i had a garage half the size of the smallest garage you guys had i would build a tl powered airplane with lazers"

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            • #7
              Re: It's weird to be totally satisfied with a Motorcycle..

              Originally posted by Edwin


              While I ain't too pleased with how my pride and joy looks like at the moment, I can't help but have this feeling of optimism when I look at her. The damage is minor, and temporary, and as soon as the new parts get in I can start on this next adventure in my life. I have decided to build her up slow, and enjoy her as she goes through her changes. I have a feeling she isn't the only one that will be changed by all of this, in fact I know it.

              Im in the same possition. My Suzzie aint looking sharp right now. But, I have ordered new hammerIt farings and once I get them, and whored a bit to get some money to paint it shes going to be soooo nice again.

              Im very happy with my TLR, tho, I donīt have the expericens you do. Shes only my second streetlegal bike. and all my friends have puny 600īs. And, they didnīt suit me att all. I like, noo, I need the torque comming form low rpm, or I just aint digging the bike. Bikes that need 12k rpm to wake up does nothing for me.

              I would LOVE to have a Yellow 02 TLR.
              My current 99 is nice, but I got it second handed, and quite a bit secondhanded...
              I new that when I bought it, but I wasnīt prepared to fall in love with it. I thought the Tiller was just a bike in the crowd. Oh so wrong I was!
              TLR

              A 02/03, low millage. That is my weet dream - motorcycle wise...
              To bad I have to import one from US to get one.

              And, like you, unless the TL brakes sheīs a keeper. But I have no intention the let her sleep alone in the garage. I want at least two bikes all the time. The question is only what the mix is going to be.
              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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              • #8
                Edwin,
                As far as your 86 being the first to touch american soil....I don't know. A good buddy of mine went to canada in 85 and smuggled a GSXR into the states. I'm sure you remember 86 was the first year in the US, 85 in europe and canada. He still has that bike today. It's amazing how far production sport bikes have come in a mere 17 years.
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                • #9
                  i dunno if this sv1k will be my keeper or not, but i am really diggin this torquey engine. its my first v-twin streetbike, and my 4th bike overall. my first twin experience is my 88 hawk gt racebike, and i love it to death. i know i'm keepin it for a long while, i miss the revvin to the moon and power of my gix750 but this sv is much more "streetable" if you know what i mean. for now i am satisfied but that what i said about my last bike so who knows. i think this will be the first bike i actually do internal engine mods, 107hp just ain't cuttin it. i need 130rwhp atleast.
                  "I know I was born and I know that I'll die, the inbetween is mine"

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                  • #10
                    I can't get over how good my TLS sounds and looks, a keeper for life (just like the wife & she helped me pick out the bike)...

                    I shopped for a long time before I decided to take the TL plunge and I spoil her every chance I get since I don't plan to ever leave her (yeah & the wife).

                    I guess I'm glad that I live in Japan where you can get a good used car for ~$1,000.00 that way I have plenty of $$ too spoil my TL
                    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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                    • #11
                      I feel the exact same way. It's something my friends just don't understand. Just a few days ago I was discussing form planned mods and a friend said, "you need to stop modding that thing and buy a new bike".

                      Even a year after I got the TL, I still go out in the garage sometimes just to her.

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                      • #12
                        i have had had shedload of bikes since i was 9 years old,,,

                        everything from ty80's to cr250 ,,x7 250,,,big thumpers,but never really had a superbike up until 1999 when i got my 95 gsxr 750...shit that felt so fast and i thought for the 1st month or 2 that i would never max her out or tame her,,,and certainly never get rid of her,,,

                        well i finally chopped her in in may this year for a 98 tiller that had been down the road,,,had started to be rebuilt but never finished,,i got her back on the road after a few weeks,,

                        i found her to be a breath of fresh air,,she was so easy to ride (was doubtful with it being a lot bigger than gixxer)

                        handled really well....and low and behold,,,suddenly i had regained that power of the single cylinder that i had been longing for...its like 2 bikes...loadsa power for wheelies etc(not that i am a wheelie king) and loadsa speed to boot..

                        definately the best thing i have done regarding bikes...and i think if she ever does go...it will only be for a newer version,,,
                        "Sorry Officer ! I thought you wanted to race"

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                        • #13
                          RIP Ron
                          Sept. 12 2004

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by itsmyforte
                            i dunno if this sv1k will be my keeper or not, but i am really diggin this torquey engine. its my first v-twin streetbike, and my 4th bike overall. my first twin experience is my 88 hawk gt racebike, and i love it to death. i know i'm keepin it for a long while, i miss the revvin to the moon and power of my gix750 but this sv is much more "streetable" if you know what i mean. for now i am satisfied but that what i said about my last bike so who knows. i think this will be the first bike i actually do internal engine mods, 107hp just ain't cuttin it. i need 130rwhp atleast.
                            Be honest with your self...you don't NEED 130rwhp...

                            What am I saying yes you do...and so do I!!
                            If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by f4X
                              Be honest with your self...you don't NEED 130rwhp...

                              What am I saying yes you do...and so do I!!
                              Doesent everybody need that
                              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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