It is nothing short of extraordinary how different people perceive motorcycles as. More often than not they are personified and are almost considered as an extension of the riderâ€™s character. They are not just owned, they are lived with. So much in a bikerâ€™s life depends on them. It should make you wonder, does a mere mention of personification enough for a motorcycle that you so dearly love?
Unsurprisingly, the machine can make a person feel confident and powerful. A bit too much at times!
Meet the Hayabusa based on the theme of one of the most popular Superheroes today, Ironman. The owner of this particular Suzuki Hayabusa, Mr. Naveen Gowda, went to great lengths to further bulk up the fat of the motorcycle. While the front is unchanged, it is the rear end which has received quite a bit of custom treatment.
The help comes in the form of Roaring Toyz, a US brand specializing in providing some of the most outrageous modifications to the motorcycles appearance and suspension. Other than the tail-section bodywork, the whole rear chassis, suspension and tyre have been changed. The new rear tyre is an unbelievably massive 330 mm and to accommodate it, the swing-arm is different as well. Everything comes from Roaring Toyz.
Colour red is an important part of Ironman (suit) and so, the motorcycle is in red colour. But, what about the ride? That 330 mm rear tyre must make things a bit complicated, wonâ€™t it? Well yes, it does. Hayabusa is not a small motorcycle even though the low seat height makes it quite approachable for shorter people as well, however, it is, by far, not a lightweight sportbike and it wonâ€™t filter through traffic like one especially through any tight spaces. That ultra fat rear tyre only makes things that much more difficult to manage. Extra effort is needed by the rider to turn the motorcycle whether to manoeuvre it in traffic or for a turn. Straight lines are fine and the motorcycle feels super stable.
This â€œIronman Hayabusaâ€ can make any rider realize the importance of a strong core (lower body strength). You just canâ€™t muscle it around using only the hands and shoulders, you need your legs, especially thighs, and the lower back strong to help it change directions.
However, the biggest gain of all these changes remains with the visual impact the motorcycle creates. It just makes everyone drop their jaws on the road looking at that tyre. It doesnâ€™t even feel like a motorcycle at times. Lastly, the after-market exhaust is from Brocks Performance. After all, the bikeâ€™s sound should complement the looks. And itâ€™s loud!
Suffice it to say that if Ironman would ride a motorcycle, this would be the likely one. Hayabusa is one of the worldâ€™s fastest motorcycles in production and its legend about being the first ever road-going bike to cross the 300 km/h mark will always remain unmatchable. What else could have been a better choice for a motorcycle than this Japanese Hyper-sport.
While this is a one-off, you can always find a Hayabusa under your budget as a second-hand on OLX. So give it a try and you can make your own Ironman Busa!
We would also like to thank Mr. Naveen Gowda for sparing his time and letting us spend some truly enjoyable moments on his special Suzuki Hayabusa.