Speedwrench's dynamometer proved Rob was on the right track. With the Hayabusa pulling 160 horse power at 200mph, most builders would have been content, but Rob was dissatisfied. Gasoline seemed too limiting. He wanted the power that only Nitro methane can deliver.Evolution
On a whim, Rob Williams accepted an invitation from Colorado Speedwrench's Randy Miller in 2009 to accompany him to Bonneville. He walked the pits, talked to participants, and lit a spark for his own entry the following year. “I knew as I was driving home that I would have a bike on the salt in 2010.”
Just what that bike would be was not as sure. Rob bought a 2002 Hayabusa in October and began some of the obvious modifications. “It had been ridden by a mature rider. The tank was clear-braed, with extended mirrors and hand-warmer grips.” There were 50,000 miles on the odometer, but the engine was strong.
Rob spent the winter making the ‘Busa into a race bike. He lengthened the swing arm, installed a Vance and Hines exhaust, and adapted a NANO nitrous oxide system.