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Suzuki Hayabusa - A 6 year long dream and obssession! turns into reality!

post #1 of 214
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I just put a down payment towards a brand new Suzuki hayabusa 1300R in black and silver trim!

I first saw this bike in a T3 magazine nearly 5-6 years back and since then I wanted one...I downloaded pics/vids/docs and devoured information about this particular model...I thought the day would NEVER come when I could actually afford one...

But it has...

I took a test drive and the dream was partially realized...couldnt go higher than 2nd gear (even on the interstate...) before the speed limit was LONG GONE

I will post pics and vids when I go to pick up the beast! I am sooo excited...I drive a crap car that I bought for $1100.00 and a superbike that costs a neat $12300.00


Now all I have to do between now and delivery of the bike is - LOSE SOME FREAKIN WEIGHT so that I can fit into the darned suit and helmet

Anyone else have a hayabusa?

gs
post #2 of 214
Congratulations!! and be careful. IMHO the best all arround motorcycle made.

You must be buying the warranty cause the Bussa retails for 10,850?

If you have any questions feel free to ask. I've owned my 2000 red and silver for 5 years now.




My Baby. 166 rwhp 102 ft/lbs
post #3 of 214
You must have some big cojones riding those machines.

I hard a hard time convincing myself to ride a gas moped
post #4 of 214
Congratulations! It's a beautiful bike.
post #5 of 214
You're a crazed man I've often looked at those, but that's years away... no way I'm getting something that fast without years of experience.

With that said, good choice Busas are lovely machines.
post #6 of 214
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Originally Posted by gsferrari
I took a test drive and the dream was partially realized...couldnt go higher than 2nd gear (even on the interstate...) before the speed limit was LONG GONE
No speed limit on many highways here.
Nenenenenee
post #7 of 214
Thread Starter 
I am VERY aware of the safety concerns. Enrolled for a 2 week long riding program which deals with everything that there is to learn about normal road riding (first week) and advanced performance riding (second week). I start on Monday and they supply the bikes (Honda Goldwings for the first week and GSX-750s for the second week) so no problem scratching them up.

I was up there yesterday and they were actually telling people to fall off their bikes at 30mph...apparently there is a RIGHT and WRONG way to fall (high-slide is the wrong way...low-slide is the right way). I hope it never comes to that (but it probably will anyway ).

My experience with bikes is severely limited to classicand vintage sports bikes. I have a Royal Enfield Bullet (400 cc single cylinder "Thumper" from 1960) and a Matchless (again 1958 350cc thumper). The performance bridge from those bikes to the Hayabusa is HUGE...incomparable! I was breathless just doing 80 on the freeway...the sense of space, power, speed is UNREAL!

The worst thing...80mph feels like a stop-sign

They could sell this bike with 3 gears...I never once got into fourth...getting into 3rd was a HUGE occasion

Yeah...I hope the training will help and I WILL take it slow and steady until I build up:-
a) Fear
b) Confidence


I think being scared is good...I can be scared without losing confidence...a little bit of "fear" in the back of the mind is always good


Now I am more worried about other drivers bumping me around...seen a LOT of that...people just dont seem to be able to see bikes on the road.

Anyone else nearly take a sh*t when you suddenly have to come to a halt from 80mph on a heavy fast bike? Yeah...it is fun but a good lesson in keeping distance t the vehicle in front Hairy stuff!!
post #8 of 214
5 days ago eating the cost of a pair of headphones damaged in shipment was going to break you; now you are buying a $12.3K motorcycle. Seems as though your fortunes have changed since last week.
post #9 of 214
Congrats on the new bike. Thats way too fast for the country you live in. Maybe you should think about moving to a european country with no speed limits. Or maybe you should take it to a race track after you take all your classes.
post #10 of 214
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Originally Posted by gsferrari

My experience with bikes is severely limited to classicand vintage sports bikes. I have a Royal Enfield Bullet (400 cc single cylinder "Thumper" from 1960)

NO WAY! That was the first bike I rode. Yep.. first. My grandad's old hulker. Do you have one here? I didnt know they were sold in the US.

I've got an old school honda CB1, and I'm eventually going to plunk down some cash for a used duc monster.

Boy, it'll be hell of a change going from a bullet to a busa...
post #11 of 214
A co-worker showed me a video today of a turbocharged Busa. The rider had a camera aimed at the dash the entire time.

It was disgusting watching how fast the needle went from 80-95-110-130...just like someone was moving it with their finger. Then when it came time to shed that speed, you would have thought it ran into a wall it slowed down so fast
post #12 of 214
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Originally Posted by john_jcb
5 days ago eating the cost of a pair of headphones damaged in shipment was going to break you; now you are buying a $12.3K motorcycle. Seems as though your fortunes have changed since last week.
Different budgets for different priorities...The $300.00 was a significant portion of my audio budget (30% to be exact) and it is GONE without serving any useful purpose. What a waste
post #13 of 214
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Wow...someone outside UK and India actually KNOWS what a "Bullet" is?

They are sold in the US but the prices are crazy. My grandfather bought the one I have in india for the equivalent of $300.00. You can get good solid 1980 models in India for around $350 - $400 TOPS!

If you REALLY want one I can arrange to have one sent your way...cheap solid bikes. What I love about them is how you can fix EVERYTHING with just a hammer and a screwdriver I did most of the tuning on my own...painted it myself but I messed up with the mixes so after less than 5 years the paint is sort of rubbing off...

Wait...let me post a few pics of the old beast...only proper before pics of the new beast come up




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Originally Posted by rmx
NO WAY! That was the first bike I rode. Yep.. first. My grandad's old hulker. Do you have one here? I didnt know they were sold in the US.

I've got an old school honda CB1, and I'm eventually going to plunk down some cash for a used duc monster.

Boy, it'll be hell of a change going from a bullet to a busa...
post #14 of 214
gsferrari,
Congratulations!! You need to be super careful on that thing man. Remember it is you and many others on the road.
post #15 of 214
Please be extremely careful with the Busa since it is a real powerful bike.
Not to mention the unpleasant memory but I do remember your post about your cousin in his Porsche (hope he is doing well now) and Busa's protection is none compare to the Porsche in case of the accident.

One specific character for the Busa is that it has longer wheel base than most bikes which should make the bike more stable in the straight way. Aerodynamic of the fairing also help. But not sure if it does require a bit more effort to control the bike on the curve comparing with some other bikes like R750/R1000. The Busa is not the replica bike, it is more like a sport tourer (like ZX-12 which is also extremely fast) so hopefully it will be more relaxing to ride on than the newer breed like the ZX-10,YZF-R1,R1000. But please don't let the confidence overcome your awareness, and please invest on the good helmet and riding suit.
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