Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hot Rod: Hank Young’s custom Hayabusa


With 170bhp and the Ford GT40-inspired paintjob, this Hayabusa should be plenty fast. We don't like the spoked wheel and the tubular swingarm though...

After 20 years of building hot rods, Hank Young decided to try his hand at bikes, and Hank Young Choppers was set up in the year 2001. And even with motorcycles, Mr Young apparently wasn’t happy doing only cruisers, which is probably why he decided to start customizing sportsbikes - hence the much-modified 2002 Hayabusa you see here.

Speaking to 2Wheel Tuner magazine, Hank says, ‘I thought they were really cool looking when they extend the swingarms. So I figured I’d put my touch on one. It’s just a diversion, something else to do on the weekends.’

Not that this could have been your regular, backyard, Sunday-morning project. ‘Everything I do is antique. The motors I run are 1940s, ’50s, ’60s. Old. I don’t know anything about fuel injection, and modules and sensors or any of that stuff. Of course I didn’t know anything about Japanese sportbikes whatsoever, but that’s just part of the attraction for me because I like the learning process,’ says Hank.

The bike has been fitted with two small HID headlamps, a Bonneville land speed-style front fender, an extended, tubular swingarm, and spoked rear wheel. The Gulf Racing-inspired paintjob – Hank loves Carroll Shelby’s Ford GT40 racers from the late-1960s – was done by Platinum Customs.

More pics and details on Hank’s website here.

More customs:
Howard Killer Customs: US$150,000 cruiser, with hubless rear wheel!
In XESS: Honda CB1000R-based custom sportsbike...
American flyer: The Buell XBRR Chronos!
Techno Bikes' custom V-Rod...
Jack Lilley's Speed Triple custom...
Italian racer-chic: Ferrari bikes!
The very cool Celtik custom trike...
The 30bhp, US$39,000 Pi X Bonneville racer edition!

External links:
Behind the scenes: Inside the Ducati and Aprilia factories...
From Slovenia: The art of Akrapovic...
Biker chick on the beach (NSFW!)

2 comments:

first_synn said...

The yank who started the "trend" of pimping out sportbikes needs to be pushed off a cliff.

Thrice.

mad_max1 said...

yeah, I agree with you...

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