2007 Suzuki GSXR-1000

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki GSXR-1000

Name: Christian Hawkes

From: Invercargill

When and why did you buy it? I bought it a year ago as I was looking for something fast that lets you know you’re alive

What is the vehicle’s history? It has done a bit of circuit racing, other than that it is just an everyday road bike

Have you altered it in any way? I haven’t, but a previous owner had opened up the exhaust and removed the mufflers

What’s it like to drive? A dream… It is very responsive, whether accelerating, braking or throwing it into a corner. It’s also quite comfortable for a sports bike

What’s it worth? Just market value

Where’s your favourite stretch of road (or road trip)? There’s a few good ones, anywhere with good sweeping corners, Milford Sound and the West Coast I enjoy

Top speed? 300kmh

Best riding experience? Racing at Teretonga, or putting the bike through its paces through a good set of twisty roads on a good day

Worst riding experience? Trying to get through Central Otago with vehicles coming at you on the wrong side of the road through corners

What other vehicles of note have you owned? A worked LS1 V8 Commodore that I have had down the quarter-mile at Teretonga a few times, a few bikes and some old 80s-era two-stroke ones also

Best music to drive to? The hark of a loud V8, ha ha

Describe your driving style: Drive to the conditions

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle it would be a…? Probably the new Kawasaki H2R or a Bugatti Veyron

What was the first car you ever bought? First car I owned was a 1990 Toyota Corona

Do you belong to any clubs? Southern Dragways

EVENT: Third Pointscore Round, Sunday, April 23, Teretonga Park. Engines and scrutineering, 10am-noon, racing starts at 1.30pm, including Have A Go class for new racers. All racers must wear overalls and a helmet. Spectators, adult $15, under-13 free, or $45 for a family pass (two adults and two or more 13 to 16 year olds). For more information, visit www.southerndragways.co.nz or Southern Dragways Facebook page.

Engine: 1000cc

Transmission: Six speed

Colour: Red

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