Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: London (Cbus), OH
Motorcycle: GSXR 1000 Race Wera 283 and 2009 GSXR 1k
Re: What the are the TL1000R and TL1000S?
TLs is about on par with todays GSXR 600 in power. The TLR is closer to the GSXR 750 but not quite as powerful. Each has about 45lbs more then the GSXR 1000 even.
The TLs is the old model of the SV1000. Both the TLS and TLR hadnling wise can be made to very good but the extra weight doesn't help. For street use they more then capable once the rider is used to the bike and has some skill.
TL s are almost just opposites of the GSXR. GSXR smooth engine, TL you can feel the engine working and revving, GSXR power surges at certain RPM where power builds (usually 6000rpm and up) TLs have more power then GSXR in the 2k-5k rpm range but have surges at 6k and 8K.
My dad prefers the twins, and after riding both TLS, TLR, GSXR 1k, GSXR 600, I prefer the smooth engine feel of the GSXR as it does not affect my hand going numb as bad as the TLs. Now some people, the 4 cylinders bother their hands more then twins. TLS is a little more comfortable then the GSXR but the TLR is about the same.