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Hakuchou
Hakuchou-TLAD-front
A Hakuchou in The Lost and Damned.
Vehicle type Civilian motorcycle
Body style Sports bike
Capacity 2 (rider and passenger)
Appearance(s) The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Manufacturer Shitzu
Related vehicle(s) Hakuchou Drag
NRG 900
"Fuck if I could pronounce it, but a "Ha-Ha-Coochie-koo" is now in your possession, Angus."
Johnny Klebitz.

The Shitzu Hakuchou is a sport bike in the The Lost and Damned and in The Ballad of Gay Tony episodic packs for Grand Theft Auto IV.

Design

Haku badges

The bike is clearly based on a base-line 2008–present Suzuki Hayabusa; in addition to similarities in its body design, the Hakuchou also features Kanji letter "死" (translated as "death") on both sides of the body, in a similar manner to the Hayabusa's Kanji "隼" (referring to the "Peregrine Falcon") on its body.

Similarly, the Hakuchou's name "hakuchou" (ハクチョウ) is "swan" in Japanese, is a reference to the decision to name the Hayabusa after a bird (ハヤブサ). The term "hakuchou" in Kanji is 白鳥 (white bird) or simply くぐい(鵠), both means swan.

Performance

The Hakuchou is depicted as a beefier, more powerful sports bike compared to the Bati 801, with a bulky body shell and frame that implies the bike is also tailored for comfort. Because of it's heavy weight, this bike is amazingly stable and almost never bounces on any bad-condition roads.

Despite its bulky design, the bike performs relatively well, with similar performance traits as the Bati 801, Bati 801RR and Double T (with a top speed of 155 kmph, a weight of 250 kg, 50 kg lighter than any chopper, and stiffer suspensions) but featuring improved acceleration.

Locations

The Lost and Damned
Hakuchou tbogt

A Hakuchou in TBoGT.

The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • May spawn when riding an Akuma in Star Junction, but it is very rare.
  • May spawn when driving a Coquette in Star Junction, but it is very rare.
  • Available for races during Multiplayer mode.

Availability in TBOGT

TBOGT-screenshot-Hakuchou

A pre-release screenshot showing Luis Lopez escaping on a Hakuchou.

According to early screenshots and the game files, the Hakuchou was meant to reappear in The Ballad of Gay Tony, but not many players find the bike on the streets or in a specific spawn location.

This is due to a typing problem in the game files, one can edit it personally using notepad by going to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\EFLC\TBoGT\common\data\cargp.dat" and change the capital H to small (E.g. Hakuchou to hakuchou). After doing this the Hakuchou will spawn normally.

Variants

HakuchouCustom-TLAD-front

The Hakuchou Custom, as seen in TLAD.

Main article: Hakuchou Custom

The Hakuchou Custom is a customized version of the Hakuchou, being based on custom Hayabusas in real-life. The Hakuchou Custom is the fastest bike in The Lost and Damned, and the whole series.

Trivia

  • The default radio stations on the Hakuchou are.
  • The game stats states that the Hakuchou tops out at 155 km/h (96 mph), but the onboard speedometer shows its maximum listed speed as 200 mph. This is due to the fact that it shares the speedometer layout with the NRG 900.
  • In an apparent inability to pronounce its name, Johnny Klebitz calls the bike "Ha-ha-coochie-koo" after one of Angus' possible motorcycle thefts that involves the theft of a Hakuchou, however, if you call Clay to order a Hakuchou, he will pronounce the name correctly.
  • Johnny Klebitz's aversion against imports is expressed if he orders this bike from Clay; he will often call it "Jap Scrap" and "Rice Rocket."

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