In a previous life as a motorcycle salesman, if there was ever a bike I didn’t have to try too hard to sell it was the Hayabusa. Anyone who came in and started sniffing around the GSX1300R already knew they just had to have it. Unless you’d been living under a rock since 1999 everyone had heard of the rivalry between Suzuki and Honda and their goal of building the world’s fastest production motorcycle.
I love the story behind the naming of the Hayabusa – Japanese for Peregrine Falcon, because it preyed on Blackbirds. It’s like an old mythical fable, the stuff legends are made of. You can almost picture a Japanese Manga-style cartoon with a Falcon swooping down on a defenceless little Blackbird with a Tarantino-esque soundtrack. Or maybe that’s just me.