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At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City last weekend, Suzuki announced the introduction of the 2011 BusaBeats MC Battle.
New this year is a partnership with Michael Jordan Motorsports, who will be building the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle winner – a customized 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.
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.
Actor John Hensley and Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn recently hosted the opening of "Celeritas," an art exhibition at SURU Gallery in Hollywood. The exhibition, which runs through August 16, was conceived to bring both fine and street art to the public through motorcycle culture and to raise money for Riders for Health, an international aid organization. Hensley and Hahn engaged a group of renowned artists to transform 13 motorcycle helmets, motorcycle leathers, and a Suzuki Hayabusa sport bike into a unique body of work.
Alpinestars is proud to be a part of the unique CELERITAS show, uniting motorcycle culture and art. Raising money and awareness for the Riders for Health organization, over seventeen artists contributed beautiful works of art, using motorcycle helmets, Alpinestars’ suits and a Suzuki Hayabusa as canvases. Curated by Nip Tuck’s John Hensley and Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, CELERITAS (Latin for speed) is a show that communicates their passion for motorcycle culture as well as fine art and street art.
The wide, bulbous bodywork flows across the bike like lava from a volcano. The long nose droops forward, almost over the front fender, and the sharp talon-like air-intakes stand ready to gulp huge lungfuls of air in order for this glowering bird to take flight. The newest edition of the Suzuki Hayabusa sits quietly for now, but for anyone daring enough to pull the hood from its eyes, this bird of prey is clearly ready to unleash its nigh-on 200 horsepower—and swoop down for the kill.
This styling was controversial when the Hayabusa was first released in 1999.
As with all bikes manufactured since the dawn of motorcycling history, Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX-14 accelerates when the rider applies throttle. However, unlike any mass-produced bike before it, the ZX-14 produces horsepower that has been measured within a few clicks of the 200 mark when ram air is in effect, essentially making it the fastest motorcycle on the market, at the moment.