Since bursting onto the scene in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa has been lauded by reviewers as one of the best motorbikes on the market in terms of all-round performance. As if the Hayabusa’s fierce reputation for speed and power wasn’t enough, this 2013 model features performance upgrades that would make the most experienced of riders shudder with fright (or soil their pants).
Why bikes for you over cars?
Its a hobby that I picked up from my dad. I just really enjoy riding bikes, its so much fun. Just a sense of freedom, speed and adrenaline.
What bikes have you previously owned?
Over the years I have pretty much owned or ridden everything. From Kawasakis to Hondas and now the Suzuki Hayabusa.
Have you modified any previous bikes, or is this your first?
I have tinkered around with all bikes I’ve owned but my previous modifications were just bolt-on’s. This here is the first bike I’ve really deeply modified in terms of engine perspective.
Why a Suzuki Hayabusa?
Firstly because of the look. I just love the way it has that aggressive, mean looking stance. But also because its aerodynamic and has a very powerful engine to start off with.
How does your bike differ from others in the range?
My bike as you can see and hear is a highly modified bike and has a whole load of accessories. I mean there are other Busas and then there is mine.
Did you buy this bike with the intention of modifying it?
Honestly no, but when I joined the Monday night drag races down at the BIC that’s where the bug to go faster kicked in. I really enjoyed the experience and said to myself why don’t I join in?
How long have you had the bike, and how long before you decided and started the modification process?
I bought this bike the same year of it production in 2013 and the next year I decided to modify it.
What was the real reason for creating this monster?
Mainly just to join in with the drag racing in the Gulf. I love going fast, and it’s just a safer way to race, and way more fun.
Talk us through how you have modified the bike in terms of speed, power and appearance?
I have modified the bike with APE (American performance engineering), they were very helpful in terms of suggesting what to do to - adding more power as well as maintains engine safety. The engine now is fully re-built as a total racing engine.
Where have you got the majority of the parts from?
My engine was built with APE only and I plan to continue working with them on further modification’s.
Have involved where you with the mods? Did u get your hands dirty?
Well I’d say as involved as I could be. I got my own engine parts and had them fixed with MRB in Kuwait.
What are the before and after affects?
Besides the phenomenal acceleration the original top speed on this bike would be around 320 – 325km/h. But now its more than capable of pushing 340km/h.
What’s the max speed you have done on this bike?
Honestly I haven’t tried to max out the speed because there isn’t really anywhere in Bahrain I can ride it, but I am planning on joining the Qatar mile, and I will test it out then.
How much time have you spent on this bike? And has it been an enjoyable project?
I have spent almost 2-3 months on my bike. It has been a very enjoyable experience because I learnt a lot of things through this period, about mods and the entire modification process.
Do you plan to make future modifications to this bike, if so what?
Well at the moment no, but if I do decide to modify it I will jump it up to the next stage.
Do you ever race this bike? Or is it more of a show piece?
I modified the bike with the purpose of joining the drag race, so yes, I do race it. I have reached about 258km/h in a quarter mile drag.
Would you do this again? with another bike and modify it?
Yes definitely, when the new Hayabusa gets released.
If money was no object what would be your dream modification project?
A Nitrous/ Turbo Hayabusa.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about modifying their bikes?
My advice to anyone that wants to modify their bike, is to work with APE. They are amazing. I would also want to thank my friends who stood by me in this build and supported me. Special thanks goes out to Suzuki Silver and Zero Gravity for their support.