Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Welcome - En­joy the mag Jim Moore, Ed­i­tor

THE WORLD’S fastest pro­duc­tion bike is al­most 20 years old. Suzuki’s first gen Hayabusa is still the guv’nor when it comes to mind­warp­ing speed.a su­per­car of sim­i­lar ca­pa­bil­ity costs six fig­ures.a ’Busa can be yours for £3K. Or less...

If a GSX1300R’S mod­est price sends a shiver of plea­sure down your spine, a ride on one will blow your nerve end­ings to atoms.the sheer oomph of a ’Busa on full gas is enough to tear the hori­zon from its moor­ings and seem­ingly turn the laws of physics into re­verse. Philwest re­dis­cov­ers why this mis­sile of a ma­chine has be­come such a cult hit and still re­mains the ul­ti­mate in pure, undi­luted speed (page 52).

That’s not the only Suzuki lay­ing down a per­for­mance marker in this is­sue.alan straps project X7 Gamma to a dyno for its shake­down test. Find out how well our two-stroke hy­brid per­forms – or not – from page 89.

Lust­ing af­ter a 200mph hy­per­bike or build­ing a one-off spe­cial are both com­pletely un­der­stand­able aims, but why would any­one ever go to the trou­ble and ex­pense of restor­ing Kawasaki’s much-ma­ligned GPZ305?

We had to find out, so we met a man who has, Mike Smithers. He lets us into the se­cret just over the page.

There’s loads more be­sides in this is­sue, too, from buy­ing a new-old-stock bike, to an amaz­ingyzr500 replica.

Big, bad ’Busa. Still crazy af­ter all these years Man sam­ples rare un­ex­ploded GPZ305

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