The Modern-Day Widowmaker – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

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Post-Sale Update: The seller yanked this Suzuki TL1000S from eBay.

Back in the 70s, the Kawasaki H2 developed the reputation of a ‘widowmaker’ due to its incredible power and complete lack of handling. The Suzuki TL1000S also earned such a reputation when it was released in 1997, for slightly different reasons. This bike was introduced with a very unique rotary rear damping system, which seemed to perform just fine in pre-production models. Once bikes were sold in the United Kingdom, however, it became clear that the damping had some serious issues. Tank-slappers became a too-common occurrence, and after several high-profile accidents (and one fatality), Suzuki initiated a worldwide recall to install a steering damper. You might think that this would have killed consumer demand for the bike, but motorcyclists are an odd breed. If anything, the Suzuki TL1000S became an instant cult classic with the mystique of a difficult-to-tame beast.

Suzuki TL1000S - Front Right

Most people think of Ducatis when they hear “V-Twin sports bike”. But this Suzuki changed some minds, with 125 horsepower, 96 pound-feet of torque, and incredible throttle response that could bring you up to a top speed of 165 miles per hour. As long as you don’t get too choppy with the right wrist, you can enjoy a surprisingly relaxed ride. This bike is narrower than you might expect, due to the compact nature of the engine. High-tech featuers like the trellis frame, fuel injection (first application in a Suzuki sportbike), torque-limiting clutch and inverted front forks make this an explosive but civil ride – lots of people consider the Suzuki TL1000S the most exciting commuter ever made.

Suzuki TL1000S - Gauges

This specific Suzuki TL1000S in great shape and has just under 9,000 miles. The original decals have been removed – this is one of the rare cases where we think the bike looks better without them. There are a few upgrades, like a polished frame and swingarm, a carbon fiber front fender, braided brake lines, and a full stainless M-4 exhaust.

Suzuki TL1000S - Rear Right

Find this Suzuki TL1000S for sale here on eBay with a BIN price of $2,750 in Airville, Pennsylvania.

Suzuki TL1000S - Front