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Update 24/09/2000 : This week I splashed out for a new front tyre.  It's the Bridgestone BT56FB which is exactly the same as the Jspec, infact it's got a J on the side wall ! (So my last weeks concern that it wasn't the same tyre was unfounded)  And the results ? Well, as expected no more noise when cornering and no more shimming at 80kms.  So it's the front tyre all along.  Cornering feel has also improved again.  I should re-assess the Hayabusa front end feel by saying that it has a sticky and stable front end feel, still a tad remote but not bad at all.

This just goes to remind me (yet again) how tyres are extremely important part of a motorcycle's handling and feel. 

Also checked out the Aprilla Pegaso this week.  Looks like a great bike for off-road and some distance use.   Also checked out the new Goldwing which is an amazing bike.  If only I could get the funds for that thing. 

Update 17/09/2000 : The 27th International Olympics are on in Sydney !  I wish all the competitiors well I'm sure there's a few Hayabusa owners participating !  If there are drop me a email !  Can't use the logo as its trade marked... Speaking of which, I bet there was few tense moments when the frame machine jammed !

Whilst been busy is my normal day job I've had a bit of a lax time with the site.  Partly due to the 4 weeks or so the email server was not working properly -  I think I've caught up now ???.   and the fact that its damn hot up here at the moment. 

My Busa is getting its last set of new tyres and servicing to see it through till one of my mates gets the funds to buy it off me.   Yes, so it stays in the family so to speak.  I still need transport so I feel a cheaper probably some 2nd hand trail bike will do until my own funds rebuild.   Details on that shortly.

Hayabusa news this week includes more cam chain worries for '99 owners and believe it or not 2000 models, check out me news page for more details.  Speaking of tyres, when I tried to order a new front tyre I was shown the Bridgestone catalog which revealed a new tyre coding at least for Australia.  No longer is it the BT56 J Spec.  I shall have more details next week.

Update 10/09/2000 : The 'build up' has arrived in Darwin  hence extremely humid weather.   My place is 30'C and 70% humidity, needless to say the air-conditioner is on very frequently.  A quick ride this morning had me quite soaked. Not the best time of the year to try and sell a bike that's for sure.  Site updates include more on the ride summary, enhancements page and a new pic on the pics page.  Don't forget all ride reports are being summarised on the 'review' page.

G'day to all 5000 US marines/sailors who have come to visit Darwin on their way to the Gulf.  (USS Tarawa and USS Anchorage)   I'm sure there's few Hayabusa owners in the lot... 

Update 03/09/2000 : Check out the latest NEWS page for more info on the sub-frame breakage.   The Max load is apparently 195kgs.  I can accept that there is a max limit but I don't accept that the manual does not contain any reference to this.

Anyway, I've put up more stuff on the enhancements page, more on my ownership experience of the Hayabusa on the Review page.

Update 27/08/2000 : Lots of updates to the site : more links, more Hayabusa enhancements details and more on my opinion on riding the Hayabusa and ownership details.  So check it all out.

Also the infamous cam chain tensioner recall : Click here