Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3k: BikeTruck: 1990 Daihatsu HiJet, GSX600r-powered

The Daihatsu HiJet is a truck of many virtues. It's mostly at home hauling small loads around small obstacles while consuming small amounts of fuel. They're cheap. They're illegal on highways in most states, which is a moot point given their low top speeds. Now, a methed-out MacGyver has spliced the rear half of a "Gixxer" with a HiJet, at the expense of a few of those virtues (payload and 4WD) while adding a new one: 100 mph and beyond. Find this Half 1990 Daihatsu HiJet, half 1994 Suzuki GSX600r for sale in St. Cloud, MN for $2,500 via craigslist.


Few engine swaps result in a lower displacement figure. The Corvette TDI was one. This is another. Going from 660cc to 600cc in this case results in a massive horsepower spike: from 40 to 106.


In the ad, two pictures and one grammatically defunct sentence mean the tech specs are a guessing game. It looks like the seller found a LHD version and retained its steering wheel, but the throttle linkage mechanism is a mystery. "Any questions call Mark at [phone number]." Questions? Let's put it this way: the number of questions I have is more than the number of empty whiskey bottles in Mark's back yard.


(The Hi-Jet's interior, as evinced by a previous take on the dinky Daihatsu. In case you were curious.)

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18 comments:

  1. I can't imagine 100 mph in this. Frightening. Equally frightening is that this is still faster than the 996 as it sits.

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  2. Well, it might actually be safer than its cousin the Bombardier Can-Am Spyder.

    [img]http://www.digitaljournal.com/img/8/7/8/i/5/1/0/o/Bombardier-Spyder02.jpg[/img]

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    1. This is the third time I've posted this picture here on DT.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/oFcdauS.jpg[/img]

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    2. I don't know, the Spyder is surprisingly stable (think Morgan trike), whereas the little HiJets weren't particularly stable at speed with *four* wheels. This has a distinctive, "Today is a good day to die" feeling about it. I might not drive it, but for the record I am glad it exists.

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  3. This is the answer to a question that has never and will never be asked.

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  4. I would guess no reverse on this?

    I wish people would do a little more work when trying to sell something. A video would be great as well as some better pictures.

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  5. Anyone else think the sling shot could have been styled better????
    I've never seen so many shapes run into each other.
    [img]http://cdn.dealerspike.com/imglib/v1/800x600/imglib/trimsdb/2025511-0-5283341.jpg[/img]

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    1. Saw one on the road last weekend. It didn't work at all for me but somehow it made me happy to see it. We need more odd and different in this world. I'm all for thinking outside the box. But the folks in it did look ridiculous, that was impossible to ignore.

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    2. I drove one Easter Sunday and it was a hoot! Even if it was 46F outside.

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  6. This is the kind of vehicle which needs a video included in the ad. If anything just for internet proof of the insanity.

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  7. Sorry, but one trip to Home Depot and this thing would roll like Clarkson in a Reliant.

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  8. Four wheels good, three wheels bad.

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  9. Love this though
    [img]http://cdn3.automobilesreview.com/img/2011-ktm-x-bow-r/slides910/2011-ktm-x-bow-r-02.jpg[/img]

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    1. +1. I could even see driving around on the street in one of these wearing a helmet. Maybe that would make the Polaris Slingshot look better to me if the driver and passenger were wearing helmets. Maybe not. Ariel Atom though...sign...me...UP! With or without helmets.

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    2. You mean wearing a pink helmet?

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    3. Why not? Pink is the new...uh, orange?

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