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2009 Suzuki Hayabusa Tribute Bike Debut in DUB Booth at SEMA Show in Las Vegas
Charles Mask Lewis 2009 Suzuki Haybausa outfitted with numerous aftermarket parts including K&N air filter, part number SU-1308
Tribute 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa in honor of TapouT founder Charles Mask Lewis
The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa auction proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and TPOA Children's Charitable Foundation
Custom 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa on display in the DUB booth at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada
Killer Kreations Custom airbrush took more than 300 hours to complete the job on the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa named Believe
Jason and Meredith Peterson, owners of AKA Custom Cycles have information on the $10 donation for raffle tickets
A sobering tribute to mix martial arts mogul and co-founder of the TapouT brand clothing label was on display in the DUB booth at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
TapouT Corporation teamed up with custom bike builder AKA Custom Cycles to construct a tribute bike in memory of Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr.
The finished product is a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa named Simply Believe. It will be raffled to help underprivileged children and children with life threatening medical conditions.
Lewis died after a Newport Beach, California car accident in March, 2009. The proceeds from the $10.00 a piece raffle tickets will be donated to the Make-A-Wish and TPOA Children’s Charitable Foundations, said Peterson.
Jason and Meredith Peterson, owners of AKA Custom Cycles selected the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa as their project bike and outfitted it with aftermarket and custom fabricated parts.
“The only person for the paint work was Fred Sicoli of Killer Kreations, Inc.,” said Jason Peterson. “There is over 300 hours alone into the airbrush job. The art looks just like the photographs of Charles.” Lewis was known for his signature war paint and outfits that branded him with the nickname Mask, along with his multi million dollar clothing company,
“Mask’s personal motto, Simply Believe is part of the paint job,” said Meredith Peterson. “That’s only one of the eye catching images on the Busa that separates it from the average bikes you see rolling down the street.”
Other modifications on the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa:
Air Filter: K&N air filter, part number
Exhaust: VooDoo Exhaust System
Fuel Management: Power Commander V
Oil Filter: K&N oil filter (
Stator Covers: VooDoo
Grips: STM Grips
Busa Top Triple Clamp
Seat: AKA Custom Cycles
Fuel Tank: RIS Designs
AirScoops: HotBodies, Oversized
Swingarm: Greggs Customs: Single Sided
Spoke Wheels: Ride Wright Custom
Tires: Metzler, Front 130/70/18
Metzler, Rear 250/40/18
Rotors: STX Braking Front Wave
Brake Lines/Pads: Galfer Brake Lines and Pads
Rear Sets: Vortex Adjustable
Lowering Links: Vortex
Kickstand: Myrtle West
Custom Paint: Killer Kreations Custom Paint
Lewis was posthumously inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July, 2009 as its first non-fighter. He had his own reality television show called TapouT where he scouted mixed marital arts fighters across the globe to train and sponsor. Simply Believe will tour other car shows throughout 2010 and will be auctioned in August 2010.
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