2000 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa X1
Registration no. W212 HKL
Frame no. JS1GW71A6Y2100904
Engine no. W701-113948
The Japanese factories' abandonment of their voluntary 125bhp upper horsepower limit in the mid-1990s paved the way for a new generation of 'hyper-sports' bikes, the first of which was Honda's CBR1100XX Super Blackbird, launched in 1996. However, the 178mph Blackbird's reign as the world's fastest production motorcycle only lasted until the arrival of Suzuki's Hayabusa in 1998. Boasting 1,300cc to the Honda's 1,100, the Hyabusa aced the Blackbird courtesy of a whopping 150-plus brake horsepower and a top speed of 193mph, at which velocity the speedometer would be registering over 200mph... Despite exploring limits hitherto unknown to production road bikes, the wind tunnel-styled Hyabusa proved as stable at 170mph as it was at 70. 'Riding the Hyabusa is like grabbing a surface-to-air missile by its fins and riding the mother at a distant target,' enthused Bike magazine. However, scare stories in the press about 200mph road-going motorcycles soon caused a rethink in Japan, and today's hyper-sports roadsters are electronically limited to a top speed of 300km/h (186mph) which, if nothing else, made the early pre-limited examples all the more collectible.
Shortly after the Hayabusa's launch, legendary tuning firm Yoshimura developed a very special 'X1' version to race in the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hours race's prototype class in 1998, which it won. A replica of the race bike soon followed and 'W212 HKL' is believed to be the only UK-registered example of the 100 built. Producing a measured 190bhp at the rear wheel and weighing under 200kg dry, the Hayabusa X1 possesses a mind-boggling power-to-weight ratio, which when Aled's was tested by Performance Bikes magazine in 2006 resulted in a 0-100mph time of 5.44 seconds and a top speed of 188.73mph, making his X1 the fastest machine at that time.
Carrying a plaque identifying it as number '41' of the series, this X1 was imported by 'grey import' specialists BAT Motorcycles and first registered in this country on 11th October 2002. Aled Jenkins acquired the Hayabusa from BAT in 2004. The machine is offered with expired MoT (March 2007), Swansea V5/V5C documents and various magazines featuring it.
- We are unable to inspect the engine number due to bodywork.