- Wednesday 05 February, 2014
The ’04 Suzuki Hayabusa that Summit Motorsports Park Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike rider Perry Paugh bought toward the end of last season from fellow rider Wade Klun is a runner and a stunner.
After a 6.20 at 142 mph in the eighth-mile and a semifinal finish at the Halloween Classic via its Pro Stock chassis built by Trac Dynamics and close-to-stock turbo-charged engine, it earned first place in the Performance Custom Class at last weekend’s Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Cleveland, Ohio.
“The bike is a good, reliable piece that I have tuned to go 8.0 for consistency, but it’s capable of 7.49 in the quarter-mile,” said Paugh, who watched his uncle, Bryan Davis, race a bike in ’86 and decided to enter the motorsport in ’91. “The money that I won at the show will be used for my racing program.”
Last season, on his previous bike, a Kawasaki amped up on a KZ engine, Paugh laid down a 8.63 at 144 mph, qualified for the North Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Team Finals and finished sixth in points.
“I think this will be a positive year for me, and my goal is to win a championship,” said Paugh.
By Mary Lendzion