April 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm #13646
The Suzuki GSXR1300 Hayabusa
Based on many sources I have ascertained the following historical information about the Hayabusa. The name, as you may have already heard, comes from the Japanese for Peregrine Falcon. It is one of the few animals which can travel at about 300km per hour (in a dive). The designer apparently came up with the name whilst walking along the beach and seeing this bird. The colour scheme of gold/bronze and silver for the original launch model are similar to those of the falcon its self. Believe or not it is said that this falcon often hunts actual Blackbirds which some thought to be a PR stunt aimed at Honda’s Blackbird, the fastest bike in straight line at the time of the Busa’s birth in 1999! However its actually a fact that falcons do hunt black birds, amongst other birds.
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Another fitting use of the name came with the 1940’s fighter plane the Nakajima Ki43, This was widely used by the Japanese Army Air Force in WWII was also named Hayabusa
The name has also been applied to a high speed passenger train in Japan
(Image from Wikipedia)
There was even a small, rectangular space probe, that wasn’t exactly the starship Enterprise that was called Hayabusa
But nothing touches the original…
So there you go!!April 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm #57912
tis a pretty bird, funny use of the name and pretty apt!April 8, 2009 at 10:37 am #57913imperialdataKeymaster
Remind me to sit next to you on the next pub quiz.
As long as it’s an automotive pub quiz of course…..April 9, 2009 at 7:36 pm #57914
I am a sad git lol!June 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm #57915June 4, 2011 at 12:45 am #57916
that engine is gonna be a bag of nails after sitting that deep into the red, I don’t get why people down gear their bike so much that they need to bury the needle into the red so far in top?June 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm #57917
It still impressive, but you do have a point PeteJune 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm #57918October 11, 2016 at 12:32 am #57919
WOWZERS, bet that is an utter beast!June 27, 2018 at 11:03 pm #57920
The space probe is still out thereJune 4, 2019 at 7:50 pm #57921
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