Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: TX/AL, but stuck in Afghanistan
Well I had my first "in person" look at the GenII Hayabusa last week... Made a trip to a local bike stealership and was (surprise surprise!) treated like chit.... Hell he didn't even have the GenII in stock, and was pretty reluctant to even call around to another shop to see if they had one in stock.... Wasn't really happy with them....
But I came home and made a call or two... Called up a dealership up in Fayetteville and they actually had an Orange/Blk about to go out the door, and the black/blue and black/grey in crates which they were gonna be putting out the next day...
My first thoughts as I walked up next to the 1340 beast was "holy chit, the back aint bad at all!!!!" Dare I say lust at first site??? I think I do. The lines for the GenII Hayabusa are very clean...sharp... and flow very nicely.
So now it was time to actually get a feel for the bike... I stood next to it, grabbed the bars and squeezed the front break and gentle placed my leg over the beast of a bike...... God.... it felt good as I leaned it to the right, centering it up and off the stand. A bit heavier than my oldskool Katana, but damn... feeling those 1340cc's of goodness beneath me began to make my heartrate rise. The seating position did seem a bit more aggresive than on the GenI, but still felt good and gave a lot of comfort to the rider. Ride height was great. pegs weren't too far "up" to give me the feeling of being stuck in a cramped airline seat. I sat there for a moment, leaning in a bit to get the feeling of arm positioning and just feeling out the powerful machine. To me the bike seemed a bit larger in the saddle compared to the GenI but that just might have been the fact that it'd been so long since I'd seen a Hayabusa up close and personal.
I could have sat on the damn thing all evening long, but knowing that I had to pick up the SO shortly (and it was a rainy drive back to Huntsville) I was forced to cut my time with my dream machine short.... reluctantly I placed the Hayabusa back on its stand and dismounted. Damn, I felt like I needed a cigarette and a towel after my few minutes spent in the saddle again. i could smell the exhaust, feel the gentle rumble of the engine, the feeling of accelleration with the twist of the throttle and the vibrations of the wind against the back of my jacket as I would speed down the asphault..... I can't say I've ever really been struck with quite a sense of euphoria in a LONG time. God I've missed having two wheels beneath me.......yes, even if I was just stationary.
As I was walking back into the showroom we (me and the sales d00d) started talking numbers. I gave him my quoted price from the dealership in Scottsboro (sp? I'm still learning the towns around here) and he said he'd talk to the M.I.C. to see if he could match it....after a few minutes he came back a few dollars underneath what I asked....
So. I'll be putting down my deposit for my Gen II Hayabusa on the 13th when I'm heading towards Nashville. I just need to give them about 10 days notice when I'll be in to pick up the bike.... which I figure will be the day after I come back home for good in June.... I can't wait.
- 1992 KanTuna 600
2008 Black/Grey Hayabusa