Hayabusa, meaning and other uses. Pics!

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    Radar
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    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.

    More info here:
    https://www.hyp4r.com/hayabusa/misc.htm

    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

    Nakajima_Ki-43-IIa.jpg

    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

    hayabusa.jpg

    But nothing touches the original…

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    So there you go!!

    #57912
    HippoDrones
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    tis a pretty bird, funny use of the name and pretty apt! :D

    #57913
    imperialdata
    Keymaster

    Remind me to sit next to you on the next pub quiz.

    As long as it’s an automotive pub quiz of course…..

    #57914
    Radar
    Moderator

    I am a sad git lol!

    #57915
    Radar
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    #57916
    HippoDrones
    Participant

    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?

    #57917
    Radar
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    It still impressive, but you do have a point Pete

    #57918
    Radar
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    #57919
    HippoDrones
    Participant

    WOWZERS, bet that is an utter beast! :D

    #57920
    Radar
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    The space probe is still out there

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44603120

    #57921
    Radar
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