The Suzuki Hayabusa has been a legend, a correct icon of its time and that is not solely in India however worldwide. And the explanations are many for that. But why are we speaking in regards to the Suzuki Hayabusa now? Well, the final of the Suzuki Hayabusas out there in India have been bought out and this implies much more than you assume. That’s as a result of India was one of many final international locations the place the Hayabusa was nonetheless on sale because it was assembly the BS-IV emission norm. It was now not on sale in different elements of the world as these international locations had moved on to a better, stricter Euro V emission norm. And since, from April 1, India is shifting to an excellent larger emission norm, BS-VI, meaning the ‘Busa can now not be bought in our nation. And even earlier than the primary of subsequent month is right here, the India shares have bee bought out. So all in all, it’s time to say goodbye to the Suzuki Hayabusa.
However, if like us, you’ve questioned what makes the Suzuki Hayabusa so common (aside from the truth that it was within the Bollywood film Dhoom), properly, now we have the reply for you.
Twenty-one years. That is how lengthy it has been because the Suzuki Hayabusa took place. And the second it did, it bagged the title of being the quickest manufacturing motorbike on the earth. That’s not it because it got here out in 1999, it additionally grew to become the quickest manufacturing motorbike of the 20th century. Two many years later, the Suzuki Hayabusa is now a legend and an icon amongst each motorcycling fanatic all internationally. But in the case of the current and given the brand new crop of bikes which have emerged over time, does it make sense to purchase a Hayabusa this present day? And additionally, what makes this motorbike so common internationally? Well immediately, we’re going to discover out.
Let’s begin with what makes this motorbike such a legend and for that, we have to return in time.
You see, within the 1990s, the race between producers was to have the quickest manufacturing motorbike by way of pure high velocity. The yr is 1997 and Honda bikes have simply bagged this title with their very own hyperbike known as because the Super Blackbird, a nod to the nickname of Lockheed SR-71 which, in 1976, bagged the title of getting the quickest airspeed document reaching 3,529 km/h – a document that stands even immediately. The Honda Super Blackbird then was purported to be the almighty document holder when it got here to bikes. But, that was to not as a result of come 1999, Suzuki was to come back out with their greatest displacement motorbike ever, known as because the GSX1300R, or just – Hayabusa.
The phrase ‘Hayabusa’ is Japanese for the Peregrine Falcon which is the quickest member of the animal kingdom. The bird-eating raptor achieves this feat whereas diving vertically on its prey – which is the Blackbird.
Suzuki’s intent was easy. Dethrone the Honda Blackbird and settle the velocity wars as soon as and for all. And, that’s precisely what the Suzuki Hayabusa did – by going about 25 km/h quicker than the Blackbird, reaching a high velocity of 312 km/h – and no manufacturing motorbike has damaged the highest velocity document by such an enormous margin, ever.
Without a doubt, the Suzuki Hayabusa blew everybody’s thoughts and acquired everybody’s consideration. Reasons included every thing from its high velocity to the unconventional form that it had. It acquired folks speaking.
The Suzuki Hayabusa was designed in a wind tunnel. (Photo: Information18.com)
So a lot so, that it began talks of regulating high speeds in bikes all internationally with folks fearing that the velocity wars are getting uncontrolled. This virtually led to the import hyperbikes being banned in Europe, and in response to all this, all Japanese and European motorbike producers got here collectively and had a gents’s settlement that no motorbike that they are going to make any longer will ever exceed the velocity of 186 mph, or 299 km/h – one thing that stands even immediately. As a outcome, from the yr 2000, each motorbike ever made couldn’t go previous 299 km/h except tampered with. Hence, it may be argued that the Hayabusa remains to be the quickest manufacturing motorbike ever made and can fairly probably stay so for years to come back.
So sure, that’s the reason why the Suzuki Hayabusa is so common all internationally. But let’s put apart all of that heritage and let’s have a look at the motorbike as only a motorbike.
Key of the Suzuki Hayabusa. (Photo: Information18.com)
Well, the final main update that the Hayabusa obtained was manner again in 2008 whereby the motorbike was given minor updates by way of seems to be and a few massive technical updates. And to be trustworthy, I believed that the motorbike is now outdated and wouldn’t be that a lot of a shock and boy was I fallacious! The Hayabusa nonetheless packs the punch to place virtually all fashionable superbikes to disgrace if it desires to.
The Suzuki Hayabusa has one of the iconic silhouettes of all time. (Photo: Information18.com)
But let’s begin off with the seems to be. Yes, it may need been unconventional when it got here out however immediately, that is an iconic form. A silhouette that’s immediately recognizable all around the world. The design of the motorbike seems to be like this majorly as a result of there was no different manner again then to make it go quicker if it wasn’t for this curvaceous form and consequently, the design took type in a wind tunnel.
And as a result of it’s now so iconic, the Hayabusa doesn’t appear to have aged even a bit!
The solely give-away is the instrument cluster that appears a bit dated however nonetheless, nothing can beat the old-world appeal of a number of analogue dials in entrance of you.
The Suzuki Hayabusa will get an analogue instrument cluster. (Photo: Information18.com)
When it involves the driving half, properly, its greatest robust level is – you guessed it – that engine. The 1340cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled unit makes an astonishing 199 hp and 115 Nm of torque and comes with a 6-speed transmission that’s butter easy to function. And whereas there is no such thing as a fancy digital like a lean-sensitive quickshifter or auto blipper or no matter, the enjoyment of matching your revs for downshifting and getting it proper – is properly one thing you’ll be happy with for years to come back.
As for the electronics, there’s solely the selection of engine mappings to select from and properly, ABS… and… that’s about it. And due to that, the rider feels virtually every thing that the motorbike feels as there is no such thing as a digital security web that filters it out and if you understand what you’re doing, you’ll love this motorbike for it.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is the definitive sports-tourer. (Photo: Information18.com)
Then, there’s the scale. The Hayabusa is large by modern-day requirements with a wheelbase the scale of bikes, means two issues. First, it feels a bit cumbersome at low speeds – there is no such thing as a denying that. But then, given its dimension, there’s ample room for the rider on the motorbike and the driving posture is opulent by modern-day requirements. There’s even a correct pillion seat the place folks can truly sit for hours.
The Suzuki Hayabusa, regardless of being a superbike, does get a really sensible pillion seat. (Photo: Information18.com)
And then, there’s the steadiness. The motorbike feels amazingly secure at freeway speeds and with the consolation that it presents – this can be a definitive sports activities tourer.
And let’s not overlook, the Hayabusa, with all its glory, heritage, efficiency and practicality – it value Rs 13.74 lakh (ex-showroom) making it one of the accessible litre-class bikes, and above, in India.
But then once more, it has been 21 years now. The demise knell for the Hayabusa has been rung and the motorbike is gone.
The Suzuki Hayabusa remains to be on sale in India. (Photo: Information18.com)
Thankfully, there’s nonetheless some hope as Suzuki has renewed the trademark on the Hayabusa identify and is rumoured to be engaged on a brand new motorbike that can change this mannequin. Will it’s electrical? Will it’s turbocharged? Well, we don’t know. But as for the legend of the Hayabusa, it’s going to go on ceaselessly.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is an iconic motorbike in each sense. (Photo: Information18.com)