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Video: Joey Gladstone Hits 217 MPH On A Wheelie Bar-Less Suzuki Hayabusa

Video: Joey Gladstone Hits 217 MPH On A Wheelie Bar-Less Suzuki Hayabusa

Professional motorcycle rider Joey Gladstone is no stranger to running demented motorcycles in a drag strip. That’s where he made his name and quite frankly, he’s become well-known for it. Recently, Gladstone showcased his motorcycle drag racing prowess at the Maryland International Raceway where he successfully rode the fastest “no wheelie bar” bike to a quarter-mile time of just 6.56 with a top speed of 217 mph.

This video showcases Gladstone’s incredible run, which was largely made possible by this heavily modified Suzuki Hayabusa that shot to that top speed without the benefit of wheelie bars installed on the back of the bike. That’s an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that hitting a top speed of 217 mph is normally reserved for modified street cars. Even in the case of motorcycles, covering that much ground so quickly usually comes with the help of the aforementioned wheelie bars instead of the more traditional drag swingarm that Gladstone’s Hayabusa had.

Any which way you want to slice it, Joey Gladstone once again showed us that when it comes to pealing off a piece of a drag strip with insane runs like this, there aren’t a lot of riders who can do it quite like him.

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Video: Suzuki Celebrates Return To MotoGP

Video: Suzuki Celebrates Return To MotoGP

Suzuki’s long-awaited return to MotoGP is being milked by the company for all its worth. Can you blame them though? It’s been four years since we last saw Suzuki compete in the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and as much as the past few years have brought us some exciting races, it still isn’t the same without Suzuki in the mix.

Well, the House of Hamamatsu is back in the saddle, ready to return to MotoGP with a bang. To commemorate the occasion, Suzuki, or as it will come to be known, Team Suzuki Ecstar, spent some time at the company’s headquarters in Hamamatsu to celebrate its return to MotoGP.

Fitting that Suzuki would celebrate so early into the season, but I’ll give them a pass since they’re probably excited to be racing again in MotoGP. Riders Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro were both on hand and as you can expect, the celebration evolved into some kind of pep rally. Typical, isn’t it?

Once the merriment was done, the team went back to business, paying a visit to Suzuki Plaza before going to the Ryuyo Laboratory to undergo wind tunnel testing, followed by a few hot laps aboard the RM-Z450 motocross bikes.

Team Suzuki Ecstar should make the most of its time during the last vestiges of the offseason to enjoy themselves as much as possible. Once the season starts, it’s going to be game on and Suzuki should be all hands on deck if it wants to have a successful return to MotoGP.

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Video: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Ferrari 458 Italia

Video: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Ferrari 458 Italia

There aren’t a lot of cars today that can match wits with a Ferrari 458 Italia. The same can be said for motorcycles, but if there’s one super bike that can hold its own against Maranello’s finest, the Suzuki Hayabusa is one of them.

The Hayabusa was at one point considered the fastest motorcycle in the world, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph. That number is not too far off of the 458’s own top speed of around 200 mph.

If you needed any more proof that the Hayabusa has the wheels to match up against the 458 Italia, this video posted by GTBoard will have all your answers. The video itself is pretty dated, but who cares! It’s a Ferrari 458 taking on a Suzuki Hayabusa!

That’s the kind of cross-world match-up that will get auto and bike enthusiasts lining up just to witness. The Hayabusa may have won this particular showdown, but the real winners here are those who were able to see the two machines go head-to-head.

Now, can somebody do this again in a more modern setting? We all deserve as much, right?

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Video: Take a Look behind Guy Martin's Passion For Life

Video: Take a Look behind Guy Martin’s Passion For Life

The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race was once considered the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world. It’s since ceded that title to MotoGP, but rest assured, there are still a lot of people who consider themselves as avid fans of the Isle of Man TT.

For these fans, especially the current ones, the name Guy Martin usually evokes a mixed bag of reactions. Some people enjoy watching him ride with the Tyco Suzuki racing team. Others, though, are less enthused about the man, especially the way he conducts himself in front of fans and the media. I polled a couple of friends who watch the Isle of Man TT regularly and the word “mercurial” was thrown in on more than one occasion.

Whatever you think of Martin, you can’t deny that he’s a maven on two wheels. Sure, he hasn’t won the Isle of Man TT yet but since competing in the race in 2004, Martin already has 15 podium finishes to his name. That’s the mark of a man with supreme talent. So if you want to learn more about Martin and what makes him tick, the UK’s Channel 4 On Demand has released a short documentary, featuring the enigmatic rider.

In it, we get to see Martin in his thick Lincolnshire accent talk about the things that he enjoys about competing in the Isle of Man TT and what he’s like when he’s out of his racing suit and enjoying his life as a regular man. It’s probably one of the most insightful looks we’ll ever see of Guy Martin so if you’re a fan of the rider and the series, this is as good an opportunity as any to get to know the man behind the mask.

Trust us when we tell you, you’d be surprised at how the word "mercurial" gets thrown out when you see him in plain clothes, enjoying, among other things, painting his house.

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Bill Warner becomes the first person to break 300 mph on a motorcycle

There’s a saying that records are always meant to be broken and Bill Warner recently proved that in scintillating fashion.

With a high-powered Suzuki motorcycle, the resident of Wimauma, Florida used the Loring Timing Association Land Speed Race as the site of his record-breaking run, becoming the fastest man on a motorcycle with a top speed of 311.945 mph.

What’s more impressive than Warner breaking the record at such a sprightly age is the fact that he completely blew away the existing record of 273.356 mph with relative ease.

The event was organized to host a number of record-setting attempts, but none came in a more convincing fashion than the way Warner blew past the existing mark, even if the attempt brought some certifiable danger to it. It certainly goes without saying that breaking 300 mph on a motorcycle presents certain dangers, including the ability to keep the bike in control at such high speeds. "The bike was bouncing, hopping, skipping and sliding," Warner said. "Needless to say, I got it stopped safely. It was a little scary."

Congratulations to Warner for his record-setting achievement. Just goes to show that with a lot of hard work, coupled with some luck, any record can be broken on any given day.

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Mulholland and GSX-Rs [w/video]

Mulholland and GSX-Rs [w/video]

Mulholland a.k.a. The Snake seems to have a bad relation with motorcycles in general and GSX-Rs in particular as the highway’s often challenging curves happen to throw off the seats even the most experienced riders. We’re not sure if that’s the case with the next two examples that we came across, but they’re enough to make a point. The first rider lowsides and the second highsides, both while riding a Suzuki GSX-R on the same section of The Snake. Hit the jump to see the videos.

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Video: how the Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike is born

Video: how the Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike is born

A couple of months ago we posted an official Suzuki video showing how their 1993 GSX-R750 came to life. While that was very interesting despite the age, imagine how exciting it is to see how today’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike is born at the Japanese plant in Hamamatsu. The attached video takes us through the most important fabrication processes, allowing riders to understand just how brilliantly their bikes are being put together.

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1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750 production process

1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750 production process

See how metal turns into motorcycle in a promotional video released by Suzuki in the early 1990s to show how their GSX-R 750 supersport motorcycle came to life. As you can suppose, the engine is their main focus, so if you incline towards engineering and often get your hands dirty yourself, this is the kind of video during which you drink your coffee and draw inspiration from. We sure like it and hope you do too.

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Video: the Suzuki way of life

Video: the Suzuki way of life

Suzuki are backing up their “Way of Life” motto with a funny video showing regular people with a passion for Suzuki motorcycles working in an office and acting like they’re actually riding their bikes.

I wonder if companies willing to improve work efficiency would consider hiring bikers to do the job in their unique style.

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Self assembling Suzuki GSX-R

Self assembling Suzuki GSX-R

Leaving the parts of your Suzuki GSX-R spread around the garage turns out being an inspired choice as the magic attraction between these get the bike together in less than five minutes.

Actually, this video was done with the use of stop-action photography in order to show the most important steps of the assembly process without showing the actual people that got the job done. I wonder if that’s also the way things get done back in Japan.

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Travis Pastrana does backflip with the SHOE BIKE!

Travis Pastrana does backflip with the SHOE BIKE!

Master of backflips Travis Pastrana together with Ken Block and the guys at DC shoes have come up with a unique customization idea for the FMX Suzuki bike ridden by Travis. They thought at getting rid of the tires (they were too comfortable anyway) and slip the bike into something more stylish, like these pares of shoes. Said and done! The bike is featured in a DC ad and on an episode of MTV’s Nitro Circus, where you can see Travis doing a backflip and finally tearing the rear wheel apart in one of the sickest burnouts we’ve seen in a long time. See it all for yourself in the video attached after the jump.

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Tokyo 2009: Suzuki presents three world premieres

Tokyo 2009: Suzuki presents three world premieres

Suzuki released BURGMAN FUEL CELL SCOOTER, GLADIUS400 ABS and BOULEVARD400 as its world premieres at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 on October 21.

The fuel cell of BURGMAN FUEL CELL SCOOTER is air-cooled and concomitantly light, compact, and structurally simple. A 70MPa hydrogen tank (the highest-pressure tank used on a bike thus far) allows a usable riding range. And the tank is mounted within a robust frame for safety.

The Gladius 400 ABS is a stylish naked bike with a 400cm3 V-twin engine. It features a truss frame that combines rigidity with great looks. And its newly designed V-twin engine delivers plenty of power in a rider-friendly way.

The Boulevard 400 is a performance cruiser with aggressive bikini-cowled looks and a 400cm3 engine. Low, flowing body lines that give an unmistakable sense of performance are combined with inverted front forks and stylish cast wheels. The engine is a narrow-angle (45°), liquid-cooled V-twin with fuel injection.

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Dyno blows up during Suzuki TL1000S test run

We can’t figure out if either this Suzuki TL1000S is too powerful for the respective dyno or that thing that flew towards the testing equipment determined it to crash, but the footage is purely awesome and makes the bike look much more powerful than it actually is. The slow motion is even greater.

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Deliver boy wheelie

Deliver boy wheelie

When you have a job to do, I say stick to it as tempting as the vehicle you’re commuting on might be. This guy clearly didn’t and all the fooling around on his supermoto bike messed out his delivery. Just wait for the second run.

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Motorcycle jewel robbery caught on tape by CNN

Motorcycle jewel robbery caught on tape by CNN

A CNN crew filming a book release on Oxford Street in London suddenly got lucky when four riders on two motorcycles smashed the window of a jewelry store and grabbed as much valuables before making their escape. Although the guys look like amateurs, they actually planned the heist pretty well. For starters, it didn’t take them long and the highly revved engines covered the sound of the shop windows as they were broken with a sledgehammer.

The police was soon on the scene, but neither the helmet wearing riders nor the bikes have been identified yet.

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Combining work with pleasure – the motorcycling dentist

The patient of the motorcycling dentist apparently wanted to combine pain with pleasure (which are close, but not that much) and things didn’t turned out in his favor. His stumble had the nurse and dentist take out the heavy artillery – a Suzuki GSX-R1000 – and the result is as satisfying as it is traumatic.

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