The ex-Holeshot Racing, Jarrod 'Jack' Frost, UK Land Speed Record-holding
1999 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Turbo
Registration no. T390 VWY
Frame no. JS1A1111100100677
Engine no. W701-104208
The awe-inspiring motorcycle offered here was developed by sprint/drag racing specialists Holeshot Racing to make an attempt on the UK Motorcycle Land Speed Record, which it took in 2001 at a 222.19mph average for the flying quarter-mile. Speed records are set by averaging two runs in opposite directions, taken within 15 minutes of each other, and with the wind behind it the Turbo 'Busa was approaching 230mph. With the Mitsubishi turbocharger's boost set to 1.5bar, the 1,298cc Suzuki motor produces a staggering 440bhp, more than enough to provoke wheelspin at over 200mph. Backing off the boost to reduce power to below 400bhp improved high-speed traction and paved the way for 'Jack' Frost's successful record attempt, which was made on the runway at RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk. Frost and the Hayabusa also took the flying kilometre record at 220.37mph, eclipsing the old mark by some 4%. (Holeshot has since upped the record to 257.4mph using a 700bhp Turbo Hayabusa).
Despite its stupendous performance, the Holeshot Hayabusa is road legal and surprisingly docile below 5,000rpm, though a lengthened Harris swinging arm is fitted to reduce the tendency to wheelie. Nevertheless, it's still possible to lift the front at speed, as Superbike magazine's tester discovered when they tried the bike in 2000 (November edition, copy article on file). 'I can only liken it to being strapped to an honest-to-goodness solid fuel rocket, fins and all in terms of sensation, noise and feel. I've never been on a bike that accelerates so hard. It picks the front wheel up at 160mph, and from 140mph indicates 200mph in the time it takes to look down, up and down again.'
Towards the end of 2008, the Holeshot Racing Hayabusa, which cost £40,000 to build, was advertised for sale and in April 2009 was bought by Aled Jenkins, only its second registered keeper. Much shown and written about, the bike has been signed by Suzuki racers Chris Walker, John Reynolds and Guy Martin. Walker (who has tried it) reckoned the Turbo 'Busa' probably the most impressive thing I have ever ridden in my life' praise indeed. This historic, record-breaking motorcycle is offered with assorted press cuttings and photographs, Holeshot Racing information sheets, sundry invoices, dynamometer printouts, SORN paperwork, Swansea V5/V5C documents and two expired MoTs (most recent issued May 2010 at 2,215 miles).
- We are unable to inspect the engine number due to bodywork.