Adventure riding is a great way to discover unique places off the beaten path. With dedicated adventure bikes like the BMW R 1250 GS HP, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Bristol Venturi 500, BMW G 310 GS, and the KTM 790 Adventure which we've all tested at MotoPinas.com, there is no place where a rider can't go, even when the road ends.
Of course, with the right set of skills and tools, you can actually ride any bike anywhere. That's what Juninho Silva from Brazil believes. For him, the real adventure is riding a Suzuki Hayabusa to places that even experienced riders on their big adventure bikes, wouldn't dare venture.
For those of you who are not familiar, the Suzuki Hayabusa, powered by a 1,340cc inline-four engine, is a sport bike. Designed for high speed riding, it could reach speeds in excess of 312 kilometers per hour. When it was first launched in 1999, it was the fastest production bike available in the market. It is, by all means, a “hyper sportbike” and was designed for road use only.
Silva, who hails from Rio do Sul in Brazil, shared with MotoPinas.com that he's been riding his road bikes to odd places for years now, to add a bit of spice to his adventures. “6 years or so [when] I started doing this with a Kawasaki Z750, and I never stopped.”
He's been riding to different and interesting places in South America, rolling through gnarly trails where only dirt bikes would go. Then about a year ago, he got his hands on a Suzuki Hayabusa. While most people would only ride it on highways where they could squeeze every bit of the Hayabusa's acclaimed speed, it was a different story for Silva. “It's my pleasure to use a sports bike [like a Hayabusa] to do off-road, I like that it's different.”
He admits there's some challenge and difficulty brought about by bringing the wrong bike to do adventure riding. Still, it gives him so much pleasure and there isn't a similar sense of accomplishment if he travels the same roads with a dual-sport motorcycle.
So far, he has already clocked more than 20,000 kilometers of adventure riding with his Hayabusa. Some of his more notable destinations are breathtaking locales like the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru, and the Yungas Road in Bolivia (infamously called the Road of Death) for its poor maintenance, steep drop-offs, high altitude, and foggy conditions.
When asked if he plans to travel around the world with his Hayabusa, he happily answered: “I'm working hard to fulfill the dream.”
If you have a similar motorcycle, would you follow in Silva's footsteps?
Follow Juninho Silva's adventures through his YouTube channel (above) and Instagram account Desatinados Pela America.