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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #225 on: November 19, 2011, 04:26:25 PM »
Okay, in all seriousness, I purchased the Hayabusa as my first motorcycle on a dare.  My youngest brother and I were cruising through a motorcycle dealership, and we paused to look at a brand new blue 2000 model year Hayabusa.  My brother dared me to buy it, as it was the fastest motorcycle money could buy, so I did. 

I immediately got my learner's permit, made some new friends, and began riding with them.  Within a few months, I had learned wheelies- first gear, then shifting into second, then second gear wheelies, second gear stand-ups, third gear stand-ups, and two-up wheelies.  I learned stoppies at about the same time. 

My wife and I rode the Hayabusa on our honeymoon, tent-camping on Fox Hill at Laguna Seca for the WSB/AMA double-header.  We did about 2000 miles two-up in one weekend.  We crashed one of the VIP parties when someone mistook my petite young wife as an umbrella girl, and assumed that I was her security.  My wife met Jake Holden's sister, who invited us back the next year, for the two of them to be Jake's umbrella girls.

Racing looked like fun, so I participated in "A Taste Of Racing" at our local road race facility.  I enjoyed it enough that I subsequently signed up for the novice road racing school.  I couldn't afford to buy another motorcycle, so I just used my Hayabusa.  Upon seeing a Hayabusa show up for novice class, there were a number of derogatory comments made about the bike and it's alleged inability to brake or turn.  Upon seeing my first green flag, I wheelied through the entire field, and made it to the first turn by about a zip-code.  I watched video of it later, and every time I came down the front straight, it looked like someone had fired a Tomahawk cruise missile alongside the other race bikes.  Gixxer 1000s could not stay in my draft.  I led the first two laps, and began catching back-markers on my third lap.  The closing speeds were so stupendous, that they decided to kick me out of novice by giving me my expert road racing license after my first weekend, for safety reasons (they ran Open Supersport with 600 Supersport, in two waves, and I was catching 140 mph 600s at 190 mph, just as I was shifting into high gear.  I represented the Hayabusa community well, and was awarded the Top Novice award at the end of the year.

the following year, I began serving a race official, and was invited to be an instructor for the novice road racing school and for the Taste Of Mowing.

My wife, who had by then done a couple of track days, then took her novice road racing class on her hot pink pearl Halfabusa Supersport race bike. 
-Kirk

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #226 on: November 21, 2011, 09:33:11 AM »
you lost me on the  fur covered gixxer

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #227 on: November 21, 2011, 01:50:03 PM »
« Last Edit: November 21, 2011, 01:55:55 PM by Kirk »
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #228 on: November 21, 2011, 01:59:21 PM »
Now THAT,, is some serious riding there!  :tu:
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #229 on: November 21, 2011, 02:02:37 PM »
Never did care for the Star boyz...
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #230 on: December 02, 2011, 06:46:33 PM »
Started riding in 1974:

Honda XR75
Honda SL100
Honda SL250
Suzuki RM250
Montessa 250 Desert racer
Honda CB350 Twin
Honda CB750F Super Sport (1976)
Honda GL1000 Goldwing
Suzuki Katana GSX600F
Suzuki GSXR 600
Suzuki Hayabusa '00  3 weeks ago :)

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #231 on: January 03, 2012, 10:47:48 PM »
Started riding a Honda VT500 when I was 33
Bought my first Busa when I was 34  :D
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #232 on: January 12, 2012, 03:39:53 PM »
Took MSF class in September 2000. Picked up brand new 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa in May, 2001 (Lay-away program). Hadn't ridden all winter. Never had a problem. Excellent bike for all levels as long as you respect it.

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #233 on: March 06, 2013, 07:41:09 PM »
As far as sport bikes/sport touring: NONE.  The Busa was my first sport bike.  I wanted to drag race and get something I wouldn't outgrow. I never did.

Prior to that I had had three Harleys:  a 2000 Sportster 883 Hugger, a 2001 Heritage Softail, and a 1995 Ultra Classic.

Guess  I went backwards.  I don't have any of the HDs anymore, but still love my Busa.
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #234 on: November 07, 2013, 04:46:50 AM »
I have been riding for about 15 years before buying my 06 hayabusa and now its 21 years of riding.
06 Hayabusa RED/BLACK
Gipro w Tre, K&N air filter, Pair mod, Factory shift kit, Akrapovic full Ti/carbon exhaust, PC III, 3+ Vortex rear sprocket, Galfer brake and clutch lines, Speed Bleeders, R1 throttle tube mod, Titium spark plugs, Tox rear brake reservoir, Speed O Healer, Small Air Box Mod, D3 Grips, Cox Rad Cover, Xentec Hid, GsxrBots's Rim Decals, Muzzy Fan Blade

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #235 on: November 09, 2013, 09:56:08 AM »
I have never drives motorcycle, before I meet my husbend. He teach me everything. My first bike was Honda 650 and then Gen1 and now I have my dreambike Gen2 ProBoost turbo. Now I found 1/4 mile hobby. Hayabusa is must on it  :)


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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #236 on: March 14, 2014, 01:50:13 PM »
Started riding when i was 9 I'm 54 now and on my 3rd Hayabusa .............

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Hey everyone, I'm new here. Just picked up my Hayabusa this past Friday. This is my first bike, but I've only been on a 600 that was my friends. I love the bike so much power and so smooth  :lol: :tu:

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45 years. This isn't my 1st Liter bike. Or, my first Rodeo.

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Been riding big road bikes since I got a GPZ900 Kawa back in '95. Went to GSXR1100's and never looked back. Converted my 1100 to a '7/11' ( slabside) and then also a GSXR750J with my 1100 engine shoehorned in to her.  Just bought a '99 Busa last week and I am waiting for delivery of it next week...CAN NOT WAIT!!!!   I currently ride a KTM 990 Adventure, and prior to that a KTM 950SM, before that a GSXR1000K6. I was hanging out for another big multi road bike so splashed out on the Busa spontaneously as I was trawling thru the big bikes on 'Trademe.co.nz',  NZ's answer to Ebay. I am mid 50's now and needed a new riding challenge to keep me energized lol!  That's my story... theres more but that will keep for later!
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Rode my dads Harley in his funeral procession and a few times after that.  Bought the busa.  Thats all the bike experience I have.  Had it for about 3 months now. 

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I've ridden since I was a lil dude. My dad was a small engine mechanic on a golf course & had access to all kinds of home made goodies. Always loved speed & adreniline. Dirt stuff mostly.... then came the busa, 1st Gen Yahooo !!
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Since everybody here knows I'm a old fart anyways, I started rideing a Vespa in 1959  :lol: been on two wheels of some sort since
The older you get do you notice you start chickening out way before the bike does

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #243 on: January 28, 2016, 08:09:52 PM »
Been on 2 wheels most of my early life.
First bike


Second bike


Third bike


The one that put me in a cast my Sophmore year High school

Then for almost 3 decades nothing until I once again felt the itch and bought a Blue 2004 Blue/Silver Hayabusa that was stolen a year later and I rebounded and bought this


Divorce claimed this one.

But working out of town at a Nuke Plant in Georgia on Christmas eve I rode from the Augusta area to Bowling Green, Ky, took two weeks salary and came home with

 
In a month you won't recognize it
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #244 on: February 14, 2016, 10:15:20 PM »
Started riding in 1969:

1969 Triumph Bonneville (used) 1970-72 (sold)
1975 Moto-Guzzi 850T (used) 1975-77 (sold)
1977 Honda 750-K (new) 1977-79 (wrecked)
1973 Kawasaki Z-1 (used) 1979-81 (wrecked)
1987 Kawasaki GPZ 900 Ninja (new) 1987-92 (traded-in)
1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 (new) 1992-2000 (sold)
2000 Suzuki Hayabusa (new) 2000-08 (sold)
2006 Suzuki Hayabusa (used) 2008-13 (wrecked)
2004 Suzuki Hayabusa (used) 2013 to present

Here is my latest Busa...

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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #245 on: February 15, 2016, 08:24:41 AM »
Started in 1968 with the BSA 650 Hornet. - new $1135
1970 Triumph Bonney - Used $1100
1973 Harley Superglide  - new $2535
1974 Norton 850 Interstate - Used $1200
1979 Harley Low Rider - new $4995
1985 Complete Custom Harley Stroker - Home-made $15,000
1995 GPZ 1100 Kawi - new $6995
1998 ZX-9R - New - $9,250
2001 Busa (turbo) - New - $10,000
2006 Busa (TMH's Old Bike) - Used $10,750
2010 Busa - Stock w/Pipe - New $ 11,000
2014 Busa (Being Turboed) - New $12,200 + turbo work

Here is the BSA and The Harley Custom and the current Busa.
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Re: How much motorcycling experience did you have before buying the Busa?
« Reply #246 on: February 25, 2016, 01:30:28 PM »
Anyone can tell their opinion but only u know if you can. The Busa is amazing to ride and if people rode one the would love it!