The ‘Moscow Unlim 500+’ is a drag-racing event organized by Russian website dragtimes.info which attracts plenty of European enthusiasts that want to see what their beloved cars are capable of. The format is the usual one: a quarter of mile straight (402 m) starting form standstill.
However, at the latest edition of the Russian happening there were two pretty interesting special guests: a Suzuki GSX R-1000 Stage 2 and a Suzuki GSX 1300R HayabusaTurbo K3, both of which quite heavily modified in order to obtain the maximum performance for the drag-racing formula and credited with an output of 200 and 270 hp respectively.
The organizers of the event have just released an official video featuring the head-to-head race of these two motorcycle as well as the one with the Gixer ‘thou taking on a 600 hp Nissan GT-R Mk 1. Since it is drag-racing we are talking about, it is definitely not hard to foretell who the first vehicles to cross the finish line were in both races, but still it might be interesting to see what sort of gap there was between winners and runners-up. Then again, just notice how the Hayabusa got at the end of that straight at 306.11 km/h (190.21 mph).
Would you buy a Ducati 1098 custom if it exsisted and could it be a rival for the Harley Davidson V Rod?
This concept designed by Luca Bar, called the Ducati D66 could be an interesting idea and it would certainly round out Ducati’s models after the ST series. Thought up principally for the American market it could be customized and tuned with all sorts of variations as the Hayabusa usually is.
The Kawabusa is a special model, halfway between a Kawasaki ZRX and a Suzuki Hayabusa (like when you can’t decide which you prefer).
In this gallery is the Kawabusa II, 2008 edition, created in the US with a chassis and tank from the 2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200R, and the suspensions and engine of a 2005 Hayabusa. Other mixed elements inclde the instrumentation of the Suzuki GSX1400 and the tail of the GSX-R1000, to finish with Renthal handles.
As can be noted, the air intakes have been specifically studied, now more horizontal, and the whole look has handcrafted style. The owner says that he built it because he loved the riding position of the Kawasaki ZRX and the power of the Suzuki. DYI motorcycles, and let your imagination run free!
The 2008 AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year Award was presented to Leslie Porterfield. Porterfield became the official fastest female motorcyclist in America this summer at the International Speed Trials by BUB with a top speed of 234.197mph. In addition, she broke three land-speed records and became the first woman to enter the Bonneville 200 mph Club on a conventional “sit on” motorcycle.
Leslie Porterfield’ s records include 209mph on naked Hayabusa, 192mph on a production class CBR1000RR and 234mph on a 2000cc class Hayabusa.
“Setting three land-speed records was something that took a lot of determination and hard work; especially after coming back from my horrific accident last year at the Salt Flats,” said Porterfield. Last year, Leslie was airlifted when she wrecked-out at 110 miles per hour. She suffered seven broken ribs, a punctured lung and was knocked out.
“I am very fortunate to have a really great crew and friends and family behind me. I truly love motorcycles and the people involved in motorcycling. It is a special honor to get this award and to be acknowledged with so many other great riders,” added Porterfield.
The 32-year-old Porterfield is also the owner of High Five Cycles, a successful, used motorcycle dealership in downtown Dallas. She has been riding and racing motorcycles for sixteen of her 32 years.”I’m hopelessly hooked on motorcycles,” she said. “My first mode of transportation was a motorcycle.”
Source | motorcycle-usa.com