Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1
Merry Christmas everyone! Got my Megabusa ready just in time before the festivities commence! This is the Tamiya 1:12 kit, and it goes without saying that it was a kit of their usual standard, nicely detailed and fit together perfect.
The X-1 was the Yoshimura racing version of the Suzuki GSXR 1300 Hayabusa, which took victory in 1999 and 2000 in the Suzuka 8 hour race X formula class, a 750 cc plus competition for modified machines.
The main difference between the X-1 and the standard Busa is the exhaust system. It is a single can Yoshi system called the Tri-Oval developed specifically for the bike, where as the standard Busa has two exhaust cans set either side. The front twin headlights are also noticeably different compared to the large central headlight on the production model. The bike was also lightened and finely tuned by the Yoshimura team, and was reported to have 200 bhp measured at the rear wheel. Which if you are a biker you will know that is a lot of them to have there!
After the success of the X-1, Suzuki made 100 limited edition replicas, 99 of which still remain in Japan in private collections! If my sources are correct, there is 1 somewhere in Europe.
I have pretty much stuck to the colour scheme of the original X-1 here, but have replaced the front mud guard and belly pan with carbon fibre. I also used a detail kit from Crazy Modeler for the brake discs and various other bits and bobs.
Cheers, have a good Xmas everyone and a merry new year. Rich
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