Active Hayabusa gets supercharger

Published: 05 April 2007

Massively-powerful turbo Hayabusas might normally be the realm of American tuners but Japanese tuner Active has created its own take on the theme for the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

The firm has opted against the normal turbocharger in favour of a Rotrex supercharger, cranking power up to over 250bhp. The supercharger is plumbed into a one-off air intake plenum, offering up to 14lb of boost, and the engine breathes through a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system.

Unlike the usual dragbike-inspired American specials, the Active machine is designed to look subtle, with no extended swingarm or massive rear tyre. In fact, it’s gone the other way, and in an effort to prove you can have massive power without ruining the handling, the firm has opted to add lightweight Galespeed wheels to reduce unsprung weight. The bike is finished off with a subtle matt black paint scheme, and carbon-fibre inserts in the front fairing where the indicators normally are.

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