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2001 Suzuki Hayabusa
other bikes: 1977 BMW R100/7 (sport-touring, commuting)1975 Honda CB360T (occasional commuting)1973 Yamaha RD350A (restoration project) owner's life: I own it ;-). Age: 32 (12 years of riding experience) City: near Pittsburgh State: PA bike info: Mileage: 6700 and counting (not bad for two months, eh?) I am the original owner. I commute five days per week,rain or shine, between 37 and 48 miles each way, dependingupon the time of day (the longer route is the twisty, funroute). Most appreciated features: torque, torque, and torque. Smoothpower delivery at owner mods: Cigarette lighter adaptor to power my Valentine One. I had a Widder harness, but one of the wire pulled out of the plug (common problem with Widder connectors)and will have to be repaired. When/if Hepco & Becker comes out with a luggage rack for thisbike, I'll add hard bags. If H&B doesn't come out with that, thenI'll fall back to Givi. costs: The biggest expense (as withany motorcycle) is tires. I woreout the stock BT56 rear in 5400 miles,and the replacement BT020 was $140 withshipping.I do most of my own maintenance (except forwarranty work), so my expenses will not berepresentative of the typical owner.Oil and filter change: $16 (I'm still using dino juice at this stage).Valve clearance check: $5 per shim.Tires: $120 for a front, $140 for a rearSpark plugs: $12, mail order (probably less)Gas: 43-47mpg. I run 89 octane @ $1.44 per gallon, althoughI could probably get away with 87 octane were I not chicken totry it. Maybe in the winter, when the risk of heat-induced pingingis reduced. personal info: Hometown: West Newton, PA (although I no longer live there) Occupation: Software engineer Hobbies: riding motorcycles, wrenching, computers, music, guns Favorite books: anything by P.J. O'Rourke, _Into Thin Air_, _Against the Wind_ (about the '95 Iron Butt) Favorite movies: _The Matrix_, _The Dark Crystal_ Favorite foods: pizza, pizza, and pizza, in that order. If I won a million dollars, I'd pay off all of my consumer debt and invest the rest formy family's future (retirement, kids' education, etc.). Chris BeHanna