- The Bakker Barracuda ( Photo Credits : www.motorcyclenews.com )

It was 1997 when Suzuki launched the TL1000S, a superbike with a 1000 cc engine that exploited a special rear suspension set like the ones of the Formula 1 era.

The original Suzuki TL1000S ( Photo Credits : www.motoroso.com )

The original Suzuki TL1000S ( Photo Credits : www.motoroso.com )

This meant that the spring was separated from the shock absorber and it was located on the right side of the bike. Then the shock absorber provided damping by using some rotating arms.

This solution turned out to be a complete failure, making the bike unstable and unbalanced both on the road and on the track.

For this reason, in 2001, the last year of production of this unfortunate motorcycle, the Dutch technician Nico Bakker produced a variant that solved manoeuvrability problems.

The 1000 cc engine of Barracuda ( Photo Credits : www.ytimg.com )

The 1000 cc engine of Barracuda ( Photo Credits : www.ytimg.com )

This is how the Barracuda was born, powered by the same 1000 engine of its predecessors, only updated with an Akrapovic exhaust system consisting of a double titanium exhaust terminal. Managed by a six-speed gearbox, it was able to deliver the power of 127 hp with 103 Nm of torque.

Front section ( Photo Credits : www.bakker-framebouw.nl )

Front section ( Photo Credits : www.bakker-framebouw.nl )

To start solving the problems of the TL, it was decided to reduce the weight by using titanium bolts, carbon fibre for the body elements, and an aluminium fuel tank. This lowered the weight from 182 kg to 154, almost 30 kg less.

Rear section ( Photo Credits : www.bakker-framebouw.nl )

Rear section ( Photo Credits : www.bakker-framebouw.nl )

Later, the original tubular frame was replaced with a longer model, made of chromium-molybdenum steel 4130 to give it an adequate resistance to mechanical stress.

Side Section ( Photo Credits : www.raresportbikesforsale.com )

Side Section ( Photo Credits : www.raresportbikesforsale.com )

At last, with an installation of a new aerodynamic fairing similar to the one of the Ducati 916 and a braking system consisting of a double Brembo disc coupled with Tokico sporting pliers.

The instrument panel ( Photo Credits : www.ww.tlzone.net )

The instrument panel ( Photo Credits : www.ww.tlzone.net )

The result was extremely satisfying and the bike was considerably more manageable and stable than the original model. This ensured a fair commercial success even among sports customers.

Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation

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