2002 Suzuki TL1000R Ghetto Blaster Super Streetbike

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2002 Suzuki TL1000R Ghetto Blaster Super Streetbike


There are lots of things in life that take time getting adjusted to. Sushi is definitely an acquired taste, just as a dirty martini and the notion that the beautiful Beyonce is married to jowly old Jay-Z are rather hard to swallow.

The same can be said for Suzuki’s somewhat bulbous and misunderstood TL1000R. Like the aforementioned rapper, the TL’s low-slung cheeks add to the bike’s quirky appearance. And with a V-twin rumble blasting from its stock dual exhausts, it simply left many a sportbike enthusiast more confused than amused.

Its history on the racetrack isn’t one that would inspire many bedroom posters either, so the poor TL became a discontinued model shortly after its introduction-and not many were sad to see it go.

Those in the know, however, have cherished their beloved beasts and taken solace in the fact that the TL actually has a few secrets. Though its appearance may initially seem obese, after a couple quick blocks it softens up nicely. Before you know it, the TL actually looks svelte and sexy.

It offers a good ride with plenty of chunky power, but only those who gave it a chance would know such things. After all, to many of us, the TL’s great personality isn’t as important as prettier bikes’ drop-dead curves.

Owner Kris Cottrell was kind enough to give the TL a chance, and the things he eventually did with his ride most of us can only dream of and lust after. He’s created a unique custom that will leave many newer and sophisticated rides shaking in the corner-literally.

The bone-rattling effect comes from more than the striking paint job, though. Besides Head Trip’s wild orange base and 3rd Element Designs’ intense graphics setting the room on fire, the bike has a physical tendency to set everything around it shaking. Cottrell explained the motivation for installing the audio system.

A year ago I came up with the crazy idea of putting a radio on my bike. I didn’t want a small iPod with two-inch speakers, though-I wanted it to bump.

I took the Pioneer flip-screen radio out of my car and went to Head Trip for installation, and two weeks later came the custom-molded tank to fit a car stereo.

That same year, I went to the Laguna Seca MotoGP with the bike, and with my luck, Pioneer saw it. Then came a phone call from a Pioneer executive telling me to come to the office and pick up the newest stereo model. Integrated Innovations came up with the speaker pod where the gauges were, and cut the crossovers through the plastics.

They also spent many hours wiring the system, cameras, speakers and battery isolators.

Though the notion of installing a subwoofer in place of the gauges might indicate a blatant disregard for the law, we really can’t think of any better way to do it. After all, if you’re going to have a DVD player molded into the gas tank, it only makes sense for there to be a good surround sound system backing it up.

Along with the dual 5-inch speakers, two Moto Cam cameras are molded into the tail section and display the rear scenery into the coordinating left and right mirrors. Cottrell has given the TL’s notoriously plump rear an even larger waistline, but it’s been padded with the proper electronics to make it worth the extra girth.

Pulling it up from the side is a single beefy dual-port Blue Flame can that hammers the exhaust out in the TL’s signature melodic pulse. It’s attached to Hindle headers, but otherwise the motor remains largely unworked.

It’s mostly about the look here, but there are still some trick gadgets working away; though not as electronically involved as the audio and visual gear, the Hi-Low Rider air suspension does its own dance with a 10-inch over CS; Customs swingarm. The North Carolina firm knows its stuff, and this one-off TL arm is yet another fine example of its custom swingarm mastery.

Fitting in with the hefty rear end is the first ever 360-section rear tire on a TL1000R. Hosting the fat rubber is an 18-inch wheel from newcomer Urban Industries. RIS Designs knocked out some custom rotors front and rear to mate the wheels.

Their slick powdercoat, however, wasn’t from the company that wanted a K-note to do the job. Cottrell recalled the tale. I wanted to make the wheels stand out more, and powdercoating the centers wouldn’t be enough.

I went to a local powdercoat company and it wanted to charge me $1000 to mask the wheels and powdercoat them. I left the shop and spent six hours masking the rear wheel and four hours masking the front, then went back and spent $100 for the job.

Suzuki TL 1000 R

Sometimes, it literally pays to take matters into your own hands, which is exactly what Cottrell does for a living in his company’s production of motorsports videos. The bike’s paint scheme reflects his company name and serves as a nice advertisement for his work. But perhaps bike design should be added to his rsum because he’s done things to this TL we didn’t think were possible-with results that can rock the house.

The Buyer’s Box

2002 Suzuki TL1000R

Original Make/Model: 2002 Suzuki TL1000R

Front end: Urban Industries Inc. wheel, RIS Designs rotors, steel braided lines

Rear end: Hi-Low Rider air suspension, Urban Industries Inc.360 wheel, CS; Customs 10-inch over swingarmbrMotor: Hindle headers, Blue Flame exhaust, Driven sprocket

Paint: Dale at Head Trip, graphics by Corey Saintclair at 3rd Element Designs

Polish/chrome: Chrome Effects www.chromeeffectsbikes.com

Bodywork: Custom tank, speaker cowl, Honda 954 headlight mod, 2005 R1 taillight mod, Aprilia mirrors, custom tail section

Accessories: Pioneer stereo system, Avic N3 head unit,600-watt amp, Moto Cam camera, RIS Design Grip Ace system,RIS Design fork spikes and gas cap, Driven Racing chains,Odyssey batteries, Vortex rearsets

Other: GPS, Drastik Plastix neon

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