I actually had intended
to get an 2001 Yamaha R6, and I had a deposit on one, but I wanted to
check out the new 2001 Suzuki GSX-R 600 and 1000's, so I stopped by the Stamford
Motorsports, CT, Suzuki-Honda dealership in mid January to see if they
were in yet. They weren't, but as I wondered the showroom floor, I
saw a left-over 2000 Suzuki TL1000R in Suzuki Blue and white. (A Diamond
in the Ruff) As if
my eyes didn't open enough to see a 2000, when I saw that they were
asking about $900 off the MSRP, I knew I was looking at my next bike. I thought I was dreaming. I
had looked at them over the summer, and they had caught my interest, but
with a sticker price of $9,599, it was a little more than I wanted to
spend. Leading my interest back to the less expensive 600 class.
But at the price they were asking, how could I say no.
After owning the bike for two
weeks, and only ridding it twice, I got the Competition Werkes fender
eliminator kit, and Lockhart-Philips flush mount turn signals. The
next modification ( and probably the last ) will be to replace the exhaust
system. I plan on getting a full Yoshimora Titanium system. After talking to many
TL1000R owners, we all agree that doing anything to the air box only causes
the bike to become louder, so I'll just be replacing the stock air filter
with a K&N.