By John Burns
1999 Top Speed Shootout
Birds of Prey
July 6, 1999, Los AngelesIt may be too distinct looking for a few of the combed-over (or soon to be combed-over), middle-aged white guys who comprise much of the motorcycle industry — as well as a few consumers. But for the girls cruising the Sunset Strip, it’s the bomb.
“What kind of bike is that?” shouted a hottie from the passenger side of her equally-as-hot friend’s red Boxster while sitting at a stoplight on Los Angeles’ Westside.
“It’s a Suzuki,” our editor answered, yelling through his half-opened full-faced lid. “It’s the new Hayabusa.”
“Hi-ah-boo-sah. It’s a Japanese Falcon.”
“How fast does it go?” Even the uninitiated understand that Suzuki created the Hayabusawith one overriding purpose in life.
“About 190 miles per hour, if you’ve got the $*&%# to do it.”
“That’s too fast!” The hotties squealed in unison and giggled in delight. Fast is dangerous, dangerous is thrilling, thrilling is powerful and powerful is sexy… or something like that.
When the light turned green, the girls flew away while …read more