While the heavily updated electronics package on the 2021 Busa is the talk of the town, there are also talks about the motorcycle’s 1340cc, inline-four motor and its decrease in power. While it has the same displacement as before, Suzuki has tweaked the motor to churn out 188bhp; nearly 7bhp lesser compared to the previous model’s 194bhp while the 150Nm of torque comes in earlier at 7,000rpm. Regardless, the Suzuki Hayabusa continues to boast of an electronically limited top speed of 299kmph.
And unlike many other superbikes of today that are capable of crossing that mark, Suzuki has chosen to keep the Hayabusa as a relatively more useable motorcycle with its focus on low and mid-range performance. The engine feels smooth and composed even under 5,000rpm with only a minor buzz on the pegs at higher revs. With tractability as one of its strong traits, the Hayabusa is completely capable of trodding at 40kmph in fifth gear.
Now, Suzuki even claims that the 2021 Hayabusa accelerates faster than the older bike. While we don’t have the numbers to back that claim, the 2021 ‘Busa does feel blistering quick off the line. Whip the throttle and the needle would be at 160kmph in a blink of an eye. Once tucked into that enclosed cockpit, the perception of speed changes. You’d need to look down at the speedo to realize the needle has already crossed 200kmph.
And thanks to the long, 1480mm wheelbase, the Hayabusa feels stable while at it. For 2021, Suzuki has kept the frame and swingarm the same, only making changes to the sub-frame to distribute the 266kg kerb weight evenly. While that number on the scale isn’t like your regular GSX-R, on the go, the weight is hardly noticeable and the tweaks have made it a slightly better handler than before. The turn-ins are sharper yet predictable and the corner speed it manages to carry is impressive for a motorcycle of this size.