Thursday, March 04, 2010

1997 Suzuki TL1000S streetfighter

Suzuki TL1000S streetfighterSuzuki TL1000S
From left: Sean's TL1000S streetfighter and a regular, stock TL...

Featured in a recent issue of Super Streetbike magazine, this Suzuki streetfighter belongs to one Sean Sullivan, who bought a 1997 TL1000S more than a decade ago and has since then lavished much love, care and aftermarket parts on the machine. ‘I was looking to make a great streetbike that was unique, so I started fabbing stuff in the garage. Many hours of wrenching and months of tweaking resulted in what I have here,’ he says.

The TL’s 996cc v-twin and fuel tank are just about the only bits that are still stock. Almost everything else has been changed – the bike has a GSX-R1000 headlamp, Carozzeria V-Star aluminium wheels, custom-built tail section, a one-off subframe, Bitubo rear shock, custom exhaust and tiny Motogadget instrument cluster. The engine makes 109 horsepower, and with the bike’s 160kg kerb weight, performance should be sprightly enough. Yup, we like this bike…
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