The Hayabusa is synonymous to superbike enthusiasts the world over. First introduced in 1999, it was the fastest production motorcycle then and continues to keep up with the quick young guns of today. The ‘Busa’, as it is popularly known in the motorcycle world, kicked-off the big bike trend in India.
The Hayabusa sports a curvy yet aerodynamic design which has not changed much since the first generation of this bike was introduced. It is powered by a 1340cc liquid-cooled inline-four cylinder engine that puts out 197bhp at 9,500rpm and 155Nm of torque at 7,200rpm. This unit is mated to a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. The power output can be controlled via the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) which allows the rider to select one of three engine control maps for different riding conditions.
Apart from the engine control modes, the bike gets a dual channel-ABS. This unit supports the Brembo front calipers that hold onto 310mm twin discs and the rear Tokico caliper with a 260mm disc. Suspension is taken care of by 43mm KYB inverted front forks and a link type rear suspension. Tipping the scale at 266kg, the bike sports a 21-litre fuel tank capacity.
The Hayabusa’s instrument cluster features a set of four round analogue gauges that display the tachometer, speedometer, fuel meter and coolant temperature. It also gets a round LCD display which shows the gear position indicator, clock, odometer, trip meter and S-DMS map indicator.
The Suzuki Hayabusa has been available in blue with white graphics, white with black graphics and black with red graphics. Two new paint schemes have been added for 2019: a metallic grey and a metallic black. The bike rivals the Kawasaki ZX-14R, Team Green’s sport tourer offering.