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Update of 25/03/2001

I'm still recovering from this flu type virus, it was really bad.  This week I've updated the stats page and tweaked wording etc... throughout the site.  I've started working on some new articles too which should stir up a few comments.

My own Busa is finally alive !  The battery arrived this week and I've installed the thing an been for a ride for the first time in weeks.  It was great !  Being away from bikes due to illness and being busy I had a chance to ride both the CBR6 and Busa back to back.  The CBR does handles very well, it feels really light, comfortable and certainly needs revs.  I hated the need to be awake at the lights as the clutch is immediate compared to the Busa and the downshifts required concentration to prevent the rear wheel from locking.   When I rode the Busa the differences where obvious.  Very little throttle was needed for acceleration, when changing down gears the Hayabusa was infinitely better requiring little planning.  Perhaps its just me ?  Anyway one thing that did make me whinge was how heavy the Busa is to park esp if there's a slight incline and backwards !

I must thank Ashley at Suzuki Territory for the help in getting the battery because he fantastic at helping source the battery !

I also must emphasise the relativity of some of my comments.  Eg when I say the Busa is easy to ride, I should add, for a very powerful bike, or for my level of experience (eg if your moving up from say a 250 it my be a bit of a handful) or when I it handles really well, I should add the way the Busa is set up suits my riding style that is : it does everything I want the way I expect it to.  

Update of 18/03/2001

I've got a cold or some sort of flu.   Been pretty sick past 2 days hence unable to do very much at all.  So I've updated as much as I could. 

Update of 11/03/2001

This week I've been patiently waiting for the new battery to arrive and using the intermittent mail system.  Should be fixed mid week.  I think I'll scrap the planned video as I just don't have the computer power or the software to make it possible.  It's simply not high quality enough.  Any sponsors out there ?  Apart from that the new content is coming along just fine.   The new graphics though are taking the longest to do.  Hoping to finish them off for release sometime next month.  Apart from that site updates everywhere.   I've now created a music page where you can find all the midis used by my site !

Update of 04/03/2001

This week there's been some problem with the mail servers hence some mail not getting through and mail unable to be sent by myself.   Regardless I'm in the process of refocusing objective of the site.  Since there's way too much info happening world wide I feel this site is losing some appeal since I'm not a mechanic hence and live in an isolated place which is hard to get any sort of information confirmed quickly.  Still focusing on the Hayabusa but definitely expanding into motorcycle culture and trends, the original purpose of why I put up the site.  So stay tuned for even more interesting stuff.

Why ? I don't want the stereo type bikie image speed junkie rebel  (How many people have experienced the parental pressure NOT to ride a motorcycle.) or if you're older the common mid-life crisis tag ??  to be placed on everyone that rides a motorcycle.  Yes I am often cast in that light by others and it may be partly true but it tends to restrict the motorcycling cause.  I don't want motorcycles to fade away as other forms of transport or trends in history.  I also want current riders to not lose out to increasing road degradation and traffic measures aimed at cars.  Yeah, roundabouts are a hoot ! but not when there's gravel laying on it as are speed humps if you've got a trailie.  Wouldn't it be nice if one-day a kid could ask their parents whether they could get a bike and they would say sure that is a sensible thing to do ! 

Hypocritical you might say due to the sale of my own Hayabusa within a few months,  it's because I simply will not be able to afford to keep it running.  I'm considering moving overseas and need the finances to resettle.  Where ? NZ of course however due to the recent political spat it might be delayed though ... 

For now my bike is laid up awaiting a new battery.  The battery is a 12V 10amp battery however its smaller than the norm in size.   Same size as a 8amp battery.  Shouldn't be too difficult to get..however it doesn't seem to be listed in the catalogue...