The Suzuki GSX-R1000 was the king of super bikes when the first iteration released, briefly lost the crown and regained it quick smart in 2005. Since then, it’s been an uphill battle, as it has been for most Japanese manufacturers.
The Hayabusa on the other hand has mostly been in a class of two, and usually at the top, along with Kawasaki’s ZX-14R, from inception to this day. The Hayabusa came first, claiming the highest top speed of any motorcycle until Kawasaki’s ZX-14R came along and manufacturers put an agreement in place to end the top speed war before it backlashed.
But what the Hayabusa always had over the Kawasaki was handling, and very unique styling.
The latest Hayabusa sports a new design language, edgier than before but no less significant as aerodynamics play such an important role at those high speeds. The droopy jellybean shape, particularly of the last generation, has given way to a more sophisticated and harder edged design.
Some great colourways too. Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold, Metallic Matte Sword Silver & Candy Daring Red, and Pearl Brilliant White & Metallic Matte Stellar Blue (not offered in Australia).
It also gets a new version of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) giving riders the option to control the engine output characteristics, such as traction control, anti-lift and launch control, engine braking, cruise control, active speed limiter (surely the opposite of what Hayabusa customers want!), a combined braking system with ABS, slope dependent control and hill hold control. The brakes also feature Brembo Stylema® front brake calipers.
There’s a new centrally mounted TFT LCD panel which can display cool things like lean angle, front & rear brake pressure, rate of acceleration or deceleration, and current throttle opening.
But what really makes the Hayabusa is the engine, the 2022 1,340cc powerhouse features a new crankshaft with increased lift and timing for better low to mid-range performance, stronger connecting rods and pistons, reduced internal vibration and increased durability. The throttle is now ride-by-wire and the throttle bodies are new as is the exhaust which is now 4.5 pounds (2,054 grams) lighter than the previous model. You also get a bi-directional quickshifter.
The KYB suspension internals have also been updated and the Bosch 6-axis IMU calculates exactly what’s going on at all times and integrates with Suzuki’s SIRS.
Suzuki are promising it is the quickest Hayabusa ever and with the amount of aerodynamic work they’ve done along with all the other changes, even the small ones, it will add up.
Prices: $27,690.00 AUD ($18,599.00 USD / £16,499.00 GBP)
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