When the Hayabusa was introduced to the road motorcycle market in 1999, it became a class in its own. This motorbike introduced two main controversies that would eventually become iconic: its unique styling and its ability to beat any other motorbike on the showroom floor.

Nine years later, the 2008 Hayabusa for sale received a powerful blow from the Kawasaki ZX-41. The ZX-41 was not only more powerful, but it was also comfortable and offered a smoother ride. Regardless, the classic Hayabusa still remained popular and enjoyed unmatched street cred. Fearing a backlash from straying too far from the original design, Suzuki manufacturers decided to keep the 2008 Hayabusa as close as possible to the classic version.

The new bodywork is the first thing that will grab your attention. But the incredible engine inside this bike is what made the 2008 version so popular. It is both durable and potent, and people who have taken this bike to the max never want to go back. The 2008 engine received a 2mm longer stroke to crank out 1340cc instead of the previous 1299cc. The new pistons are stronger, lighter and produce a higher compression ratio.

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While the return of swallows to San Juan Capistrano, California and buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio are the first signs that spring is in the air, anyone who has been to Daytona Beach in early March knows that in this part of the world the arrival of flocks of bikers is confirmation that winter is over.

It is estimated that half a million motorcycle enthusiasts wend their way to Daytona each March for Bike Week. When you add on the opening weekend, the week is actually a10-day vroom festival, packed with everything from huge, planned, public events to small, private, intimate opportunities to get together informally at local bars and bistros to chow down and have a beer or two.

It’s common to see license plates from 49 states and every Canadian province during Bike Week. When someone comes up with a cheap way to ship a bike from Honolulu, there is not doubt that residents of the aloha state will proudly join the crowds of cruising guys and gals as they zoom up and down Main Street and along the shore on A1A.

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