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Take a Suzuki Swift and a Hayabusa… Get a Swiftabusa!

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It’s 1989, somewhere in America a proud owner of the new Suzuki Swift is driving home. Nailing both fuel economy and affordability.

Nearly 30 years later, that car is sitting on Craigslist powered by a new engine. A Hayabusa.

The, ironically named, Suzuki Swift is powered, in the most underwhelming of ways, by a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine producing 60 horsepower. It isn’t the sexiest of cars. It’s red, that about the only exciting thing about it. The fact it’s survived thirty years without being swept off someone’s driveway is somewhat surprising.

We’ve seen plenty of car/motorbike engine hybrids, so it isn’t an innovation. Usually, it’s a Mini or something with a little quirk that gets a much-needed boost. The madman behind the Swiftabusa decided to take things a little further. Ditching one of the most underpowered engines Suzuki have ever made, with one of the most powerful.

Today this dull little car boasts a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 197 horsepower and revs to 11,000 RPM. The Hayabusa was the world’s fastest production motorcycle when it was introduced in 1999. This really is the work of an evil genius.

The man behind the beast claims it was an “open checkbook build.” Stripping the car and rebuilding every aspect. With new paint, plastic the works. Inside you find the original motorcycle gauge cluster and a switch box for lights on the floor next to the seat. With a sequential style gear lever – it only moves forward and backward – we assume the motorcycle’s gearing has been retained.

According to the advert, the Swift is now a rear wheel drive. With all that power and weight on the front, it can’t be a particularly stable drive, but who wants a stable drive when you can drift your way through life?

With only 5000 miles on the engine, the Swiftabusa is also fitted with custom suspension with adjustable dampening and alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan tires. It’s street legal and currently registered in Florida. So what about the price?

Back in 1989, you could drive out of an American Suzuki dealership for $7,495. To purchase this little powerhouse is going to set you back around $9,900. A fair price to pay for a Frankenstein style car.

The owner claims the build was to create something entertaining that gave him the buzz of riding a motorbike. So he could have just – you know – bought a motorcycle… But that would have been too easy!

Update:

The Craigslisting has been ‘removed’. We can only hope that somebody, somewhere has paid the asking price and is now hooning it around their local neighbourhood like the legends that they deserve to be.

 

 

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters

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New Harley Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special come with new graphics, chrome and high bars.

There are a lot of new motorcycles coming out of the Harley-Davidson stable – at least one hundred by 2027 in fact, so we can expect a frequent flow of model revisions and changes to be revealed over the coming months and years.

The two new bikes announced today by Harley aren’t hugely new or exciting – but the new graphics are pretty sweet and ape-hanger bars are always worth clinging onto.

‘Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders’ -Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design.

The Harley Sportster was introduced in 1957 and has now hit somewhere in the region of 30 varying production models. Along that time owners have got pretty used to stripping their bikes down and customising/re-inventing them. It’s this fact that Harley say they’ve used as inspiration for their two, new machines.

The Forty-Eight Special comes with a tiny 10 litre tank, new, steamroller front-end and 8 inch high Tallboy handlebars. Compared to the regular Forty-Eight, there’s also a lot more chrome.

The Iron 1200 features a ‘fast-back’ café seat, mini-ape black handlebars and a glossy black fly screen. It’s also got more range with a 15 litre tank and fancy colour paint/graphics. There’s also a lot less chrome and a lot more black.

So that’s two more of the 100 bikes out of the way.  And a new electric just around the corner

 

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Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle will be a ‘Revelation’ (according to trademark filings)

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Harley-Davidson trademark casts revelatory eye into future of their electric motorcycle plans.

If you were to have said a year or so ago that arguably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand would be frequently linked with falling sales and financial woe then most people would have said that you were barking mad.

However, with recent stories of millennial woe and mounting board concern the immediate future of the famours Bar and Shield brand is far from certain.

With a commitment to releasing 100 new motorcycles over the next ten years however, the folks at Harley-Davidson motorcycles do at least seem to have a plan to tackle their problem, and – along with Indian Motorcycle – they are preparing to take that battle to uncharted territory.

Last month the news broke that Harley were looking to get their electric motorcycle out and onto the streets by the end of 2019 and now it would seem that we know a little more about what form that new electric technology might take. Or the name of it at least.

According to a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office then name that Harley Davidson will use to refer to their new electric drive-train technology will be ‘Revelation’.

The interpretation by our (genuine) friends over at Asphalt & Rubber is that this will not be the name of the final motorcycle however, but rather the name used to refer to the technology/motor itself.

We’re not sure if the final name of the electrified Harley will be that of the Livewire moniker attributed to its pre-production/concept that was produced as a test vehicle back in 2014, but the choice of ‘Revelation’ for the motor technology is an interesting one to say the least.

The company already uses similar sounding names for it’s Evolution’ and ‘Revolution X’ V-Twin engines, so ‘Revelation’ isn’t too far of a stretch for the imagination, but it’s certainly an interesting one…

The Book of Revelation in Christian faith is effectively an apocalyptic prophecy.

The notion that it will be the old, warhorse Harley-Davidson to be the first major manufacturer on course to release a production electric motorcycle could well be considered an event of almost biblical proportions.

Source: USPTO via Asphalt & Rubber

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