Long before our current era, when automakers are rolling out super fast supercars to the point where some of us might feel, a little cynically, as if nothing could impress us more, there was a time when we were all a little more innocent, a little more capable of finding joy in the simple pleasures of one man in a motorcycle, popping a wheelie at 215 mph.
It was the early 2000s, and speed fans around the world were united by the beating of their hearts, all beating in unison with an unhealthy fast-paced rhythm in their dizzying excitement for “Ghost Rider.” The pseudonymous motorcyclist, presumably Swedish, began circulating images of his death-defying stunts, performed at humiliating speeds for police on streets across Europe, in 2002. He immediately achieved mythical status and just as quickly inspired a group of imitators (which was warned, for their part, that some ended up arrested and, worse still, others ended up dead). By the time he released his sixth video in 2012, “Ghost Rider 6.66: What the F ** k,” the daredevil hooligan’s identity was pretty much confirmed – it is now commonly accepted that the man behind the mask is the former competitive racer / el Stunt rider and mechanic Patrik von Fürstenhoff.
Although rumors from time to time about the death of Ghost Rider / Fürstenhoff have circulated on various internet forums, a quick Google search reveals that he is still alive and (mostly) fine. According to Tribe DriveHe is now around 52 or 53 years old; some online have said he is a loving father of two (at least one child is prominently featured on Fürstenhoff’s Facebook page); others have said that he now lives a quiet life working at a Subaru dealership in Stockholm. That’s all very well for Fürstenhoff, but what about the certain star of all those illicit videos?
What, in the minds of many viewers, was not the Ghost Rider at all, but rather his insanely impressive Suzuki Hayabusa, that record-breaking speed demon who was an instant legend that had European regulators grabbing for their pearls late. from the 1990s and early 2000s. The history of the motorcycle, sadly, comes to a sadder end than that of its rider.
A cash-strapped Fürstenhoff allegedly raffled off his own untamed two-wheeler in an internet competition in 2012; And less than a decade later, Suzuki would decide to cease production of this seemingly supersonic marvel of engineering (although, fear not, they couldn’t keep this bike down for long). As legion as Ghost Rider’s copy cats can be, could anyone’s YouTube exploits compare to what Ghost Rider performed in his monstrously modified Hayabusa turbo? This is what happened to Ghost Rider’s Suzuki Hayabusa, from the happy times of its illegal heyday, to its devastating demise, to its Phoenix-like rebirth.
The details on Ghost Rider’s super-tuned Suzuki Hayabusa
Internet forums abound with users nostalgically speculating about what happened to that Suzuki Hayabusa from the Ghost Rider videos, but the thing to remember is that we’re not just talking about a motorcycle here: the black-clad automotive adventurer outmaneuvered Maniacally hit the streets in several different vehicles throughout his filmography. However, Ghost Rider could often be seen speeding up the bejesus of a Suzuki GSX-R1000 or a Suzuki GSX-1300R, his most beloved Busas of all, of which he could be seen in various model years, each with its own. own unique model. modifications, natch.
For example in Ghost Rider goes crazy in Europe, our eponymous hero was filmed astride an all carbon fiber GSX-R1000 K4. In the next year The ghost rider goes undercover, I preferred a GSX-R1000 K5 with more than 280 brake horsepower. It’s that last motorcycle that probably won the more hearts and minds among Ghost Rider fans. This wasn’t just any ordinary GSX-R1000 K5, it was a very, very special one, built for Ghost Rider with love by MC Xpress, a Sweden-based company founded by racing bike enthusiast and hobbyist engineer Erik Marklund in the early 1960s. 1990.
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