1300 cc Hayabusa dragster at NHRA summit series barona drag
The Suzuki Hayabusa (or GSX1300R) is a sport bike motorcycle made by Suzuki since 1999. It immediately won acclaim as the world's fastest production motorcycle, with a top speed of 188--194 miles per hour (303--312 km/h).
Hayabusa (隼?) is Japanese for "peregrine falcon", a bird that often serves as a metaphor for speed due to its vertical hunting dive, or stoop, speed of 180 to 240 miles per hour (290 to 390 km/h), the fastest of any bird. In particular, the choice of name was made because the peregrine falcon preys on blackbirds, which reflected the intent of the original Hayabusa to unseat the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird as the world's fastest production motorcycle. Eventually, the Hayabusa managed to surpass the Super Blackbird by at least a full 10 miles per hour (16 km/h).
The high-powered lightweight engine in the Hayabusa lends itself to non-motorcycle applications. The Westfield Megabusa is an English sports car, based on the Lotus Seven, which uses the Hayabusa engine. Suzuki was the first to put the motorcycle's engine in a car, with two concept cars in 2001, the Suzuki GSX-R/4 roadster and the Formula Hayabusa, an open wheel race car "designed for a new Japanese one-make competition series."
Mike Akitoff's 2004 land speed record attempt Ack Attack streamliner used twin Hayabusa engines in an attempt to exceed 300 miles per hour (483 km/h) at Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2006 and again in 2008 Akitoff's Ack Attack, piloted by Ricky Robison, succeeded, first going 342.797 miles per hour (552 km/h) in 2006, only to be surpassed two days later, then returning in 2008 to set another new record of 360.913 miles per hour (581 km/h). That record stood until it was broken on 24 September 2009 by Chris Carr going 367.382 miles per hour (591 km/h).
Radical Sportscars designed a 2.8 L (170 cu in) V8 engine based on the inline-four Hayabusa engine and using the same head design, known as the Powertec RPA V8 engine to power their SR8 car. The 455 bhp (339 kW) sports car set the record for the fastest production car at Nürburgring. John Hartley, president of a custom printing machine manufacturer, also based a 75° V8 engine that weighs 200 lb (91 kg) on the Hayabusa engines, initially intended to power his Caterham Seven sports car, producing 400 bhp (300 kW) and 245--250 lb·ft (332--340 N·m) torque.
Eyewitness-1971 Jet Car Crash Dallas International Motor Speedway
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My memories of the day: There had been showers that morning and the sky was still a dull gray when I arrived at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. I was working part time for KTVT Channel 11 in Ft. Worth and had been assigned to shoot Art Arfons' 280-mph jet-powered dragster as he tried to better the world quarter mile land speed record. His new two seat "Super Cyclops" was scheduled to make 3 runs, the first, with a WFAA-TV news man.
As the car approached the line I pressed the shutter release. The ground was shaking and the sound was painful but even after hearing the incredible roar from the roll up I wasn't prepared when the Super Cyclops blasted into that quarter mile run. It parted my hair! The first thought in my mind was, there's no way I'd get in that car... My God, it could go straight up as easily as forward. I stayed with the shot, following the jet down the asphalt for the 6.01 seconds it took to reach the finish line and then beyond. The jet shut down and immediately there was the blue smoke of skidding rubber and wreckage flying. Then, farther down the strip, a column of smoke. I jumped through a break in the guardrail, and ran toward the crash.
As I got nearer I rolled film on a man who was crying and I asked if he was OK? He couldn't speak but gestured to a pile of debris down the track. As I ran closer I began to see it was a human torso scattered among several other body parts. After reaching a little over 183 MPH the dragster had blown a tire, spun 180 degrees and slammed through the guardrail on Thomas' side, striking a track worker with such force that it propelled him into another worker killing him as well. The carnage was overwhelming but I shot the scene as best as I could playing down the grim details I knew would never air anyway. I had shot all 100 feet of film but had another tin in my pocket as I and a young still photographer started to run the several hundred feet farther down the track to the burning jet car wreckage.
As we ran a car pulled in front of us, blocking our way, and several large security guys jumped out and backed us into a retaining wall. One of the men demanded we give him our cameras and to my surprise the young still photographer complied. The man immediately opened the back, pulled out the film and exposed it to the light. Although I was out of film I had pretended to shoot the man as soon as he got out of the car and was still doing so when he turned to me. The Bell and Howell's handy leather strap made it a pretty good club as I backed against the wall and raised the camera above my head. "I'm dropping the first guy that touches me", I warned. I wasn't the biggest guy in that group but I sure wasn't the littlest either. I was going to be a lot more trouble than that young guy with the still camera. They didn't come any closer and I agreed to stop taking pictures of them as more people arrived on the scene to see what was going on. A truce of sorts was worked out when the security man contacted the control tower about the situation. He talked in front of me on the radio to a supervisor who told them not to touch me or the camera and politely asked me to return to the tower with them. I agreed.
In the office I was met by Mike Landess who was working part time at WFAA and freelancing as PR for the track. There were several other people in the room who seemed to be speedway officials. They didn't demand the film but wanted to talk to my boss at Channel 11 and I gave them the number. I heard the conversation as they threatened to sue the station if we showed anything inappropriate. After several minutes they handed the phone to me and I was told to get shots of the wrecked car and then get back to the station with the film as quick as possible. The security people took me back to the crash site and I got my final shots. The story aired that night and the station never was sued.
Not long after the crash I was filming an interview with Harry Reasoner, then of ABC, at the Dallas Press Club when I ran into Travis Lynn, the news director at WFAA-TV. I'd been making the rounds of all the TV stations that summer trying to move up the news ladder, so Travis knew who I was. He complimented my work on the jet car crash and offered me a job at channel 8. This after telling me just a few weeks earlier that I needed more experience. I worked there for three years often with Mike Landess who I met at the track office and later worked with at KBTV. He's now an anchorman at KMGH in Denver.
So that's how it happened, my first TV news job in a major market. Although I took his picture, I never met, Ch 8's, Gene Thomas but his career ended the day mine really began. Life and death... My, how we blunder along. In the news business you're confronted with that over and over. After awhile you begin to see it's just part of the story.
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Top 10 Fastest Bikes in the World 2011!
Check out my Fastest Bikes In the World 2013, now updated and featuring the Suzuki Hayabusa...! : ) http://youtu.be/eg3Pah816iQ
You'll see 10 of the coolest & fastest motorbikes you can own and ride on the roads today! Complete with full stats... BHP, 0-60mph Times, Top Speed & New Prices (if you want to buy one!) Enjoy... : )
Drag Racing 2011 - Peter Svensson 5.964 seconds New European Top Fuel Bike Record - NitrOlympX
With the return of the UEM championship also Peter Svensson returned to the Hockenheim Quartermile with his completely self-built 4-cylinder nitro-burning racing machine.
Two years ago he tore down the 6-sec-barrier for Top Fuel Bikes in Europe without being able to set a record.
Watch Peter Svensson blasting the old Hockenheim Quartermile Top Fuel Bike track record to pieces off the trailer, then cutting down another tenth of a second in his third qualifying run before he lit up the 5.96 setting a new European Elapsed Time record in the last qualifying session.
Sunday afternoon after the rain intermission he also set a new European Top Speed record for Top Fuel Bikes. Unfortunately I was already on my way home....
Congratulations Peter and thank you very, very much for this show!
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Hayabusa at the dragstrip
Took my Hayabusa to test and tune night at Richmond Dragway. Stock length, foot shifting, 250# rider.
NHDRO 1: $10,000 Grudge Race and Mothug Doug wins Pro Street
NHDRO 1: $10,000 Grudge Race and Mothug Doug wins first round of Pro Street at the NHDRO May Bike Fest season opener! This is "Go Fast or Go Home" THE MOVIE, a documentary drag racing film created by Aries Xecutioner for Wyld Fantasies Media Studios LLC 2013. All video filmed at Lucas Oil Raceway, Indy, during the NHDRO Round 1 May Bike Fest season opener event. This epic weekend of racing was documented May 17,18,19th and features multiple classes of all motorcycle drag racing including Street Fighter, Street ET, Pro ET, Super Comp, Top Gas, Pro Comp, Pro Street and Grudge Racing. The Saturday Night Grudge Racing session features a $10,000 dollar big money grudge race between THE FUGITIVE, a red and white Nitrous Suzuki Hayabusa rode by Jeremy Teasley, and ORANGE CRUSH a Detroit Michigan built Nitrous Hayabusa rode by Ryan Schnitz. This film also features JAWBREAKER vs BLUE THUNDER grudge race and more $$$ action under the lights at NHDRO Round One! Sundays racing action features tons of eliminations, all pro classes and final races for almost every class including sportsman! The Grand Finale is an epic showdown between two of the fastest Pro Street bikes on the planet, and two of the best motorcycle jockey in the game today... Mothug Doug Gall on THE VIRUS turbo Hayabusa versus Bud Yoder from RMR, on the PINK FLAMINGO, turbo Suzuki Hayabusa both running low 7 seconds at over 200 mph in the quarter mile on a street tire riding 600hp monsters. Hope you enjoy these fast midwest bikes and great races, please like and Subscribe!
Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa - reviewed
The Suzuki Hayabusa (or GSX1300R) is a ferociously powerful motorcycle made by Suzuki since 1999.
It immediately won acclaim as the world's fastest production motorcycle, with a top speed of 189--196 miles per hour.
Hayabusa 隼 is Japanese for Peregrine Falcon, a bird that often serves as a metaphor for speed due to its vertical hunting dive.
In particular, the choice of name was made because the peregrine falcon preys on blackbirds , which, eeeerm - reflected the intent of the original Hayabusa to unseat the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird as the world's fastest production motorcycle.
Eventually, the Hayabusa managed to surpass the Super Blackbird by at least a full 10 miles per hour in top speed
In 2000, fears of a European regulatory backlash or import ban led to an informal agreement between the Japanese and European manufacturers to govern the top speed of their motorcycles at an arbitrary limit.
The much anticipated Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R of 2000 fell 4 mph (6 km/h) short of claiming the title, the Hayabusa secured its place as the fastest standard production bike of the 20th century.
Besides its speed, the Hayabusa has been lauded by many reviewers for its all-around performance, in that it does not drastically compromise other qualities like handling, comfort, reliability, noise, fuel economy or price in pursuit of a single function.
Motorcycle Consumer News commented, "If you think the ability of a motorcycle to approach a 190+ mph or reach the quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds is at best frivolous and at worst offensive, this still remains a motorcycle worthy of just consideration. The Hayabusa is Speed in all its glory. But Speed is not all the Hayabusa is."