Suzuki enthusiasts were enamored when the Japanese manufacturer announced that it will be reviving what could quite possibly be the most legendary motorcycle in its roster, the Hayabusa. This powerful motorcycle attained legend status nearly two decades ago when it made its debut as the fastest street legal production motorcycle in the world. Although the tides have shifted in favor of Kawasaki, with their groundbreaking Ninja H2 R taking the cake as the fastest production motorcycle thanks to forced induction, the Suzuki Hayabusa continues to be a favorite among enthusiasts.
That said, Suzuki is surely updating their legendary bike. In fact, the Japanese company has announced that it will be unveiling the next gen ‘Busa on February 5. So, what exactly can we expect from this new bike? Well, we will find out the details this Friday, but for now, here’s what we think we’ll find on the new bike. For starters, the new Hayabusa is expected to sport a larger, more powerful engine as opposed to the previous generation. To be exact, we can expect the displacement to bump up to 1,440cc. Now, this isn’t likely to be in a bid to produce sheer amounts of power. Actually, the bump in displacement could be due to something as boring as emissions and Euro 5 compliance.
Engine aside, the upcoming Suzuki Hayabusa is also likely to get a major redesign in the chassis. Unlike the old bike’s delta box frame construction, the new ‘Busa could in fact receive a slimmer and lighter frame, and could even use the engine as a stressed member this time round. Another interesting addition to the new bike is the inclusion of a new evaporative emissions control system. Located on the left side of the frame, the evaporative canister helps prevent gasoline fumes from venting into the atmosphere. Bikes that are equipped with a system like this usually make use of a charcoal element to absorb the harmful and foul smelling fumes.
Other than the technical updates to the bike, we can expect the next generation ‘Busa to look, for the most part, the same as the previous bike. Granted of course, detracting too much from the Hayabusa’s classic styling may indeed raise a few eyebrows among purists. That said, Suzuki has done a great job reviving classic and iconic motorcycles in their roster. Just take a look at the Katana which was unveiled a couple of years ago. That said, we can expect to see the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa in Philippine shores in the coming months. For reference, the outgoing bike carried with it a sticker price of P924,000.