Church of MO: 1999 Top Speed Shootout

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By John Burns

Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south? Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high? Yea verily we know naught what any of that means, and yet a mere 20 years ago, Honda and then Suzuki were both secure enough in their motohood to launch a top-speed war. Maybe not a war so much as a friendly competition, Blackbird versus Hayabusa. That led to the Germans suggesting a gentlemanly agreed-upon top-speed limit of 300 kph (186 mph), for safety of course, which lasted just long enough for BMW to build an S1000RR that could go a little faster.

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.”

    GSX-1300R 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.”

    GSX-1300R HayabusaGSX-1300R Hayabusa

    “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

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