Suzuki TL1000SAugust 11, 2018
Why did I buy this deathtrap?
The motorcycle press had dubbed it ‘The Widowmaker’ 🙁
And I knew that, yet still I sprinted all the way to the bank to withdraw the dough. Crazy me.
The downright nasty beast that is… the Suzuki TL1000S.
It’s dangerous handling caused by a twitchy rear end is infamous. Just ten minutes on this thing and you’ll never complain after a curry night ever again!
All the online information I read about ‘The Widowmaker’ before buying it was correct.
This bike is dangerous!
And it has nothing to do with bhp, cc or top speed!
There is some design fault with the TL’s rear end that causes it to unexpectedly slip out from underneath you as you take even the friendliest of corners.
The flaw has actually killed riders
😮 Search online and read for yourself.
I’ve had quite a few bikes since I was 16 – this is the scariest I’ve ever owned!
Actually I cleaned it more than I rode it. Like stroking a lion, while it’s under anaesthetic!
I only kept the TL1000S for about a year, and managed to sell it (to another crazy fool) for a few pounds less than I bought it for. That was in 2012.
I hope he’s survived!
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