The Suzuki Hayabusa is considered by many as the bike that was greatly responsible for the birth of unreasonably fast motorcycles back in the late nineties and early 2000s. Nearly 2 decades ago, Suzuki unveiled a motorcycle that would forever change the game in the world of high-performance motorcycles. Fueled by a rivalry between Honda’s CBR1100XX Blackbird, Suzuki decided to put an end to the rivalry with the GSX-R1300, which was named ‘Hayabusa’, or Peregrine Falcon— a ferocious bird of prey whose meal of choice was in fact the blackbird.
Some 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 currently held by Kawasaki in the form of the Ninja H2R—the Hayabusa undoubtedly continues to hold a place in the hearts of sportbike aficionados the world over. From a design perspective, the new ‘Busa is thoroughly modern, yet still retains the original essence of the previous generation Hayabusa. Suzuki’s designers have done a rather spectacular job in adapting the bikes famed voluptuous curves, sharpening them up, and giving the bike a more athletic and streamlined appearance.
As far as features go, the new Hayabusa gets outfitted with loads of modern-day tech—a stark contrast when compared to the mostly analog features found on the previous bike. The brand new Suzuki Hayabusa now comes equipped with a six-axis IMU which controls a plethora of technologically advanced rider aids consisting of traction control, cornering ABS, and wheelie control. To add to this, the bike comes with Suzuki’s advanced Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-A), which features three preset modes and three customizable settings, which adjust the settings of the bike’s throttle-by-wire system.
The new Suzuki Hayabusa comes equipped with a 1,340cc inline-four cylinder engine with dual-overhead-cams, fuel-injection, and four valves per cylinder. It does, however, produce slightly less power than its predecessor with 188 horsepower, as opposed to the old bike’s 197 horsepower. However, it does boast Euro 5 compliance, as well as the aforementioned sophisticated electronic rider aids.
Now, Suzuki is expected to begin releasing the new Hayabusa across the Asian market very soon. In fact, sources suggest that the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer is in fact launching the Hayabusa in India sometime this month. If the trend of motorcycle launches is to be followed, chances are that the ASEAN market will be next in line to receive the modern-day iteration of the legendary sportbike. We can expect the new Hayabusa to fetch quite a tidy sum of money—for reference, the old bike came with a retail price of P924,000. That said, it won’t be surprising if the new Hayabusa would come with a sticker price of well over P1,000,000 when it does enter the local market.