Look no further than this Hayabusa duo to see why Suzuki has a chokehold on the big budget custom build scene. The iconic platform delivers, the aftermarket is abundant, and these two garage-built falcons are testament to the feverish following. Tag-teamed by the Martin cousins, Mitch and Danny, these two hyberbikes have earned overachiever status, although in very different ways.
Danny and his fat tire ’09 Hayabusa cruise around on his proverbial third charm after he ran into bad luck with his last two ‘Busas. His first custom was claimed by a deer on the way to the prison where he works. His second bike was stolen while he was working security for Daytona Beach Bike Week. Undeterred by the setbacks, Danny convinced his wife it wasn’t over and went all in; his third show and go ‘Busa takes on all challengers.
If you’re fired up from the...
If you’re fired up from the airbrush work on the right side, swing over to the left for an even cooler surprise.
Power adders are abundant for the thunderous 1300cc’s and nothing remained untouched internally, making this engine ready for war. A Falicon Performance 5mm stroker crank and matched H-beam rods fling a compression ratio of 12.3:1 with the help of 81mm JE pistons that pump through the stock bore. To take advantage of the bulletproof bottom end, Orient Express camshafts huff an air/fuel mixture guided by 44-lb. injectors that receive their instructions from a Power Commander.
With a built motor and an upgraded fuel supply, nitrous was the next logical choice for in-your-face performance, giving Danny 75 extra ponies that roar out of the Brock’s Sidewinder exhaust if he feels the need to squeeze. With the bump in power it was time to bring the visuals in order. Adding an intimidation factor prior to paint came in the form of a button that, when pressed, releases a plume of vaporized nitrous through a release lit by blue LEDs out back.
From the right, an inferno runs down the plastics but from the left, a sub-zero theme adds a completely different level of cool. Red Ember Cycles finalized the theme which was spawned from Danny’s dual forearm tattoos, “I had it painted fire and ice not only because it’s tattooed on me but because I wanted my bike to be different. I wanted this bike to stand out and be remembered. I like that it looks like two different bikes,” said Danny.
There is no going back no...
There is no going back now.
A flaming skull isn’t traditionally...
A flaming skull isn’t traditionally blue but that’s where it gets its cool factor
A shot of nitrous propels...
A shot of nitrous propels this two-faced ‘Busa to maximum velocity.
Custom RC wheels complete the look with spinners that sit an additional 16-inches apart from one another thanks to the extended Myrtle West swingarm slung on an Arnott air ride system.
With the equivalent of a college tuition tied up in this motorcycle, Danny could have chosen to cart his bike around in a trailer, but he’d have none of that. He rides the bike to work daily, and he’s not shy with the throttle either, claiming the bike was stable on a recent 170+ MPH burst. We only hope that was on a closed course.
Front End: RC Components Gladiator wheel, stainless steel brake lines
Rear End: RC Components Gladiator wheel, stainless steel brake line, Vortex sprocket, 530 chains, Myrtle West swingarm and jackshaft, Roaring Toyz lowering links, Arnott air ride system
Motor: JE Pistons 81mm pistons, Falicon Performance 2.5mm rods, billet crank and transmission kit, World Wide Bearings ceramic bearings, Orient Express clutch basket, friction plates and cams, APE cam chain tensioner, 44 lb. injectors, Edelbrock 75-shot nitrous system, Brock’s Performance exhaust
Accessories: Chrome components, aftermarket tank pad and license plate bracket, custom skid plate, undertail, shift linkage and windscreen, Alpine speakers and amp, smoked headlight and blinker covers, LED kit, spike kit
Builder: Danny and Mitch Martin