Hayabusa 10th Anniversary
As Alexander Hamilton wrote nearly 235 years ago in The Farmer Refuted, "A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired." While the first Secretary of the Treasury could not possibly have had the Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle on his mind, even with access to the most prescient of performance prognosticators of the period, Gregg’s Customs Suzuki-commissioned 10th Anniversary edition of the Peregrine Falcon undoubtedly pays homage to Hamilton’s words.
Californians love to customize. Perhaps it is the ripple effect of the perpetuity of pilgrims seeking stardom at The Dream Factory, but it seems everybody in the Golden State has their own shtick. California culture is all about making life, and especially work, serious fun. And why do business if you can’t be casual?
Bimota SpA imported only 22 motorcycles into the United States last year, but the bike brand is fully aware that individuality is relative. Under their Private Client Services division, Long Beach, California-based ArthaWorks / GP STAR has kicked off a new project that enables motorcyclist to create their ultimate bikes, built entirely to personal specifications. In much the same way that Prada or Gucci offer private services more than a notch above their ready-to-wear lineup, a thinner slice of Bimota’s two-wheeled lifestyle is now available.
"A great flame follows a little spark," wrote the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. His country has proven over and over again that intimate, passion-driven designers and craftsmen can grow into robust enterprises whose business model remains true to their original spark.
So it is with Spidi of Vicenza.
Accelerated ZX-10 Superbike
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the racetrack, or so it goes. Recently, on my way to Thunderhill Park Raceway in Northern California, I decided to visit the Monterey Peninsula and say hello to my friend Dan Kyle of Kyle Racing Engines. In a conversation about what’s new, Dan showed me the daily ride he’s using to get back and forth between home and shop. At first look, in the dark confines of the shop, I thought it was merely a cleaned up Kawasaki ZX-10.