Cool, thx for Scott's #! I'll give him a shout!
I understand that it could be removed, but why would Suzuki place that there for reinforcement, and more importantly, what would cause the frame to flex outward enough to break the support clean off on one end and fracture the weld on the other side?
When I bought the bike, my hayabusa buddy that rode down there with me noticed the inner, front fairings missing, along with several of the plastic push rivets all over the bike. We took it for granted and didn't even consider taking the fairings off to inspect anything. Like you say, John's a good guy and we did business in a professional matter.
When we got it back to Amarillo, I let a really good rider take her out and tempt him with buying it from me for more than what I had in it. He came back and said that it got unstable right around 160 on the speedo. From there, I posted this: CLICK HERE
on the Hayabusa Board to pick the brains of those guys. After talking to the guy that got it up to speed, he said he'd go out to that same stretch of road and look for grooves, uneven pavement, etc. I shrugged off that instability issue and went ahead with getting the bike ready for an inspection sticker. This all came to present itself when I was trying to find the missing horn wires.
So, yes, it does act weird at higher speeds where it should be smooth.
I'll call Scott ASAP and discuss this a little with him. If some of the turbo busa guys (Not the 2 in Amarillo, I just talked to the guy that built them) cut that support off, then why is this thing acting weird at higher speeds???
Oh hell, I hope something else isn't jacked up