14 August 1999

Latest update 14 / 8 / 1999 : Following my incident with the metal bolt I had to replace the rear tyre.  As expected, it proved impossible to get the J spec Bridgestone BT56.  As a result I made do with a standard BT56.  Physically the standard BT56 looks smaller due to the more rounded profile.  The thread looks deeper and feels sticker than the J spec.

Differences in the Hayabusa’s handling characteristics are noticeable straight away.  The Standard BT56 tyre provides much more feedback that the J spec.  However it is definitely not as stable in the straight line.   The bike feels much like a bike sports bike than a high speed cruiser now.  Around town the standard BT56 is great however on my latest high speed run down the track proved that the J Spec is the better tyre.  Thread wear on the standard BT56 seems greater then the J spec.  The BT56 is showing more thread lacerations than on the J Spec.  For your information I prefer the J spec.

The Hayabusa’s headlights are very good, both low beam and high.  The high beams looks pretty cool from your riding position.  Initially I though the high beam was directed a tad low, however I soon realised that the beam goes directly ahead so anything in your path can easily be seen quite far ahead,  but if there’s nothing ahead the beam doesn’t light up anything, pretty cool huh ?

After riding a normal Honda CBR600 again I found the differences very noticeable.  The 600s really need to rev but even then there is little sense of speed, I guess its all relative.  I found it quite unnerving to be overtaken by my own bike and had no recourse.  Mind you I was in top gear but then so was the Hayabusa.

Normal standing starts especially at traffic lights (from idle) will see the Hayabusa take off effortlessly (changing up at about 3500-4000).   A 600cc (regardless of make) unless revving it past needs 7000-9000rpm simply to keep up.  Sure the CBR is a nice bike and I love the handling but I miss the power of the Hayabusa more.

Note : that the Northern Territory does not have posted speed limits outside of towns.  The law recommends that you should travel at a safe speed.  With the large number of wildlife crossing the road I think that is sensible rule besides there’s too much to see along the way.   There are also the numerous road trains that are speed limited to 100km/h.

(Update: The laws have now changed and hence speed restricted to 130kph. However and as expected, just to show how stupid we are in believing politicians and seeming road safety experts the road deaths have INCREASED. Speed does not kill it is stupid people and the ones to put the speed limit in are guilty of those deaths.)

26 November 2000

Update of 26/11/2000 I had a great holiday in New Zealand. The country is full of corners and great roads. However I don’t think it’s Hayabusa territory. Only because the best roads are really tight. A 600cc – 250cc would be pure joy. I also noticed that there where few new bikes. Large capacity bikes where even less noticeable. Lots of 250s though, but they where late 80s rather than 90s models. Of the new bikes I saw they where mainly 125cc ! Half faired Suzuki’s ! Maybe I was there in the wrong season ? You Kiwi’s have truly one of of most entertaining countryside in the universe. (Pity I was in a car. 20’c is equivalent to -20C for me I would have frozen to the bike) Anyway, the best price I saw for a new Hayabusa was $24,990 NZ dollars.

Whilst on the way back home I stopped by the Sydney Motor show. Lots of new and very desirable machinery. One thing that did disappointed me was the Nissan orchestration of the 200SX or Silva release in Australia. Why hide it and make ‘mysterious’. Whilst in NZ I had already seen heaps of them including the ‘special’ Spec R versions. It’s been around for 2 years overseas, so its not exactly new. Put me off it really… The other bike that grabbed my attention was the new CBR600. It looks great, very modern and very sporty in a classic sort of way.

As for my bike I came back to sightly flat battery. As in it wouldn’t crank fully over so needed a small push. The recall work has been done and hopefully will need no more attention whilst under my ownership. It seems to be a but rougher than usual when cold but smoothed out nicely when warm. More on the ride opinion as the weeks go by. Lots of mail and info to reply and follow up so only really juicy stuff posted ASAP. Also a Hayabusa scale model available, see the accessories page for further details.

New survey form is now available and an Other Problems page more Enhancements you can try and lots of various data updates. The site is getting to point where info on related stuff is literally everywhere so I be consolidating heaps of stuff and a better index over the next few months. See the News page for a speeding ticket for doing 304kph. Also check out the news page for more stuff regarding the Sub-Frame issue including a letter Suzuki UK sent to to owners.

Don’t forget to check out the Hayabusa Print ads on the Brochure page.