Alright folks, it’s official, the Suzuki Hayabusa, the bike that was greatly responsible for the birth of unreasonable fast motorcycles, is back. Nearly 2 decades ago, Suzuki unveiled a motorcycle that would forever change the game in the world of performance motorcycles. Fueled by a rivalry between Honda, with its CBR1100XX Blackbird, Suzuki decided to put an end to the feud by launching the GSX-R1300, which was named ‘Hayabusa’, or Peregrine Falcon— bird of prey whose meal of choice was in fact the blackbird. This was undoubtedly a fitting name, as the Suzuki Hayabusa reigned supreme as the fastest production motorcycle in the world until Kawasaki took the throne with the ZX-14R in 2006.
Fast forward to today, 22 years later, Suzuki has brought the Hayabusa back to life. Although no longer gunning for the record of the fastest production sportbike—a record still held by Kawasaki in the form of the Ninja H2—the Hayabusa undoubtedly continues to hold a place in the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts all over the world. That being said, what exactly can we expect from the brand new Peregrine Falcon? Well, read on to find out.
As far as styling is concerned, the new ‘Busa looks thoroughly modern, while still retaining the original essence of this iconic motorcycle. Suzuki’s designers have done an amazing job in adapting the Hayabusa’s voluptuous curves, leaning them out, and giving the bike a more muscular appearance. The bike’s styling still exudes 100-percent Hayabusa energy. As far as features go, the new Hayabusa gets outfitted with tons of tech—a night and day difference when compared to the mostly analog previous bike. That said, it now comes equipped with a six-axis IMU which governs a suite of sophisticated rider aids consisting of traction control, cornering ABS, wheelie control, and a whole lot of other techie doodads. Additionally, it comes Suzuki’s advanced Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-A), which comes equipped with three preset modes, three customizable settings, and thereby adjusts the settings of the bike’s throttle-by-wire system.
Last but not least, let’s move on to the Hayabusa’s powertrain. While speculations were rife that Suzuki would up the displacement of the Hayabusa, this apparently didn’t happen, as the bike continues to bear a displacement of 1,340cc. With that however, come a vast array of updates in order to make the engine compliant with various emission standards, as well as produce as much power as possible. For starters, the new engine now makes just 188 hp, as opposed to the predecessor’s 197 ponies. This comes due to an updated exhaust system which, not only gained a few pounds, but also required Suzuki’s engineers to run a different tune in order for the bike to meet the necessary emission standards.
Nonetheless, the Suzuki Hayabusa will surely be a favorite among motorcycle enthusiasts both old and new, young and old alike. The heritage that this bike carries with it is just too great to ignore, and despite it losing a few ponies through its transformation, it still is one of the fastest bikes you can hop onto out there. That said, we can expect Suzuki to bring in the Hayabusa in limited numbers into the Philippine market—it’s only a matter of time until we begin seeing some examples on the streets. For reference, the outgoing model came with a sticker price of P924,000. If and when the new GSX-R1300 does come to the local market, we can surely expect it to fetch well over P1 million.