If you’re fired up from the airbrush work on the right side, swing over to the left for an even cooler surprise.
There is no going back now.
A flaming skull isn’t traditionally blue but that’s where it gets its cool factor
A shot of nitrous propels this two-faced ‘Busa to maximum velocity.
The colors are light but the boost is heavy. This sought after 2000 model was once the biggest hammer in the toolbox and is still swinging harder than ever.
There is nothing soft about this warrior princess, she gives this bike an edge.
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.
Fuel To The Fire
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.
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.
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.
2007 Suzuki Hayabusa
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
Paint: Red Ember Cycles
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
Owner: Danny Martin
Builder: Danny and Mitch Martin
If Danny’s bike went to high school with his cousin’s ride, there’s a good chance they’d sit at different lunch tables. On the other side of the tracks lives this turbo-charged heathen. With power as goal one, the core of this bike is a punched-out 1363cc block surrounded by subtle custom paint. Sporting innocent-looking turbo plumbing, this bike might try to hide next to Danny’s louder counterpart but don’t be fooled. With a ball-bearing Garrett GT25 turbo freeing gasses through a short downpipe, there’s no ignoring this bike after the starter button is thumbed. Built to honor the legends of high speed, the motor leaves nothing to be desired. With 83mm JE pistons sitting at a turbo friendly 9.5:1 compression ratio and Carrillo rods supporting the set, big power development was in order. Mitch is no stranger to performance and knows ignoring the details can set you back a motor. With a turbo system in charge of pumping out the ponies, keeping components lubricated is essential. Mitch chose to keep everything sliding via an Orient Express oil pump gear wetting APE bearings. Choosing a reasonable 6-inch over stock stretch by way of Exotic Stretch extension blocks helps keep the front down while spinning a stock rear wheel and sticky rubber. Aftermarket clutch systems are a necessity when pounding the drag strip every weekend and Mitch took aid in the form of a Kevlar clutch spun on a Robinson Industries output shaft. Bloody knuckles from wrenching and a built-not-bought attitude makes launching off the light all that much better. The sum of the parts had the bike lay down a claimed 8.89 ET during its shakedown pass with more in the tank as development continues.
Danny summed up the pair of ‘Busas best, “My cousin’s bike was all about the speed, but it still had to look good. We didn’t want to put a big tire on it and take away the power, it was built to race where as mine was built to ride and have fun. Both bikes get a lot of attention and the best part is we ride them, we don’t trailer them.” And while these bikes aren’t two of a kind, they’re definitely all in the family.
2000 Suzuki Hayabusa
Front End: Aftermarket chrome wheel, stainless steel brake lines
Rear End: Aftermarket chrome wheel, Exotic Stretch swingarm extensions, stainless steel brake line
Motor: Garrett GT25 turbo, JE Pistons 83mm pistons, Carrillo H-beam rods, APE bearings, Orient Express oil pump, RCC fuel rail, Kevlar clutch, Robinson Industries output shaft
Paint: Red Ember Cycles
Accessories: Vortex rearsets, chrome components, custom seat
Owner: Mitch Martin
Builder: Mitch and Danny Martin