There aren’t many painters who can spray a caliper, wheel hub and fork lowers with this much detail.
Bucking the trend of a GSX-R1000 tail conversion, La Bruja keeps its booty big with a Gen 2 tail that houses a rear-facing camera.
The chain is one of the few items that hasn’t had some sort of modification.
At a glance the airbrushed slits mimic holes in the bodywork.
Note that even beneath the grip, the clip-on has been painted.
Don’t write this ride off as just another cookie-cutter custom because it hides more detail than a lot of show bikes boast in their complete package. Make no mistake, this 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa doesn’t stun with a huge turbo or one-off bodywork, but a trained eye will soon identify the follow-through and attention to detail that elevated this ‘Busa above the rest of the herd.
Owner Jose del Valle had his family on hold and his build crew jumping through hoops over the course of the bike’s construction, and where the project ended compared to where it was originally headed is vastly different. Only a single red remnant remains from its former guise to indicate that the finished bike was intended to be anything but what it is today (see if you can find Waldo).
Most striking—and arguably garish—is the dominant paisley theme that encompasses the bike from nose to tail. While typically reserved for bandannas and old men’s socks, the pattern somehow works in its application. Jose’s bold decision to apply the potentially disastrous design stemmed from a much softer idea:
“When the bike first went in the shop it was meant to have a Disney theme because I have two daughters. Not only was I going to do a Disney bike but it was going to have a princess motif as well.
It ended up being a headache for me as well as the painter to figure out how to lay this all together. As time went on I started to change my mind because I didn’t really want to be riding around on a bike with princesses all over it! Then I saw the “Sharpie Lambo” and loved the black and white theme, so we started to look at all kinds of new designs.
Vinny (the painter) told me to just sit back and let him play with it. Meanwhile we took the bike apart to the ground and powdercoated every nut and bolt. Mind you, it was already about 85 percent chrome which is why it took so long to paint.”
During the course of the build Jose coined the bike La Bruja (The Witch) due to its direction.
“I think the best way to put it is that it became the anti-princess. From all the pretty faces that were originally supposed to be on it comes this totally different, aggressive bike.”
Almost lost in the overpowering paint are the tribal patterns in the design that were executed with such perfection that they appear as cutout reliefs in the bodywork. At the front, marks in the fender and upper fairing flow like flames and go nearly unnoticed until the eyes adjust to the copious detail. Moving rearward, the patterns are sparingly repeated until they conclude on the converted second-generation tail section—another in-your-face mod that’s concealed under the manic overall composition.
A very popular mod for both first and sec- ond generation Hayabusas in recent years has been swapping out the bulbous tail for a svelte GSX-R1000 unit, but Jose chose another unlikely route to help further distinguish his bike as anything but cliché in the custom Hayabusa realm. La Bruja sports a tail from the redesigned 2008-2011 model that’s an undeniably sensible upgrade. Jose explained why he bothered to add such a subtle mod that, to many, would go unrecognized: “I actually thought about doing the 1000 tail, but the Gen 2 tail has such a unique look to it. The 1000 tail is too small for the ‘Busa and takes away from the big look.”
The unconventional tail mod has more purpose than pure aesthetics as it houses a rear facing camera that feeds images to a triple tree-mounted screen. The monitor pulls double duty and functions as a GPS unit when it’s not displaying the sights of the street from behind.
There’s nothing subtle about this ‘Busa, and “understated” apparently was a curse word during the build. While most bikes sporting such a thorough and detailed paint job would hold the paintwork as their claim to fame, La Bruja just doesn’t stop. Performance Machine wheels take it to a new level with their intense pinwheel pattern that have an effect much like a hypnotist’s spiral. Following the rest of the bike, the trippy design offers more than first meets the eye—the paisley pattern is repeated within the black sections of the rim.
From the unique wheels to the fully finished dash controls there isn’t a single component that’s been neglected. And best of all, a big name shop isn’t responsible for the work. Instead, a small group of guys who happen to have magic in their fingers and the integrity to finish off every nut and bolt before the job is called complete get the credit. There are no shortcuts to be found from front to back, making this one of the most meticulous custom builds we’ve ever seen. SSB
2007 Suzuki Hayabusa
** **Front End: Performance Machine “Cartel” wheel, Myrtle West brake rotor, Galfer brake line
Rear End: C&S; Customs 8-12-over swingarm, Performance Machine “Cartel” wheel, Myrtle West rotor, Gen II tail conversion, Galfer brake line
Motor: Boz Bros exhaust, Power Commander V
Paint: Vinny’s Custom Art Work
Accessories: Rear camera and GPS system, axle, fork and frame caps, Roaring Toyz mirrors, grips and switch housings, gas cap, LED light kit, tank cushions
Owner: Jose del Valle