Suzuki Hayabusa

The one sportbike that polarizes opinions the most is Suzuki’s iconic Suzuki Hayabusa. Some love it, others hate it, there’s no thinking otherwise than that the Suzuki Hayabusa is too damn quick, but the Suzuki Hayabusa ’s looks are what draw the most argument. The deep sweeping lines, portly bodywork, sharp nose and distint rear end lends it a look all its own.

During the past couple of years, the brutally fast Suzuki Hayabusa has changed from an odd looking sportbike that was not really loved by the majority of riders, into the most recognizeable motorcycles ever built. During its time as THE streetbike, the Suzuki Hayabusa has become the very image of Suzuki’s sportbike line, with over 11k new units sold per year.

The Suzuki Hayabusa might not have been made for the racetrack at first; However, the Suzuki Hayabusa does tend to dominate the 1/4 mile to make up for its lack of roadcourse dexterity. The pure power you get with a twist of the throttle helps it to dominate the strip. To help in the fight against Kawi’s larger cc ZX14, the Suzuki Hayabusa ’s had an increase in displacement from up to 1340cc’s. That is achieved with a 2 mm longer stroke that ups the bike from the previous 1299cc. Besides that change, the basics of the Suzuki Hayabusas engine remains unchanged, with a big emphasis on making the motor do more. Updated aluminum-alloy pistons are 5grams lighter and boast a changed piston crown that up compression from 11:1 to 12.5:1. New shot-peened conn-rods latch on to the crankshaft to accommodate the longer stroke. While the valve size is unchanged (33mm intake and 27.5mm exhaust) titanium is the new metal of choice, which manages to shave off 25.8 grams total. Suzuki motorcycles boasts that these updates, added to the dual 44mm Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle-bodies and the 2 new fine-spray fuel injectors for each cylinder, cooperate along side the newmotors management system(32-bit 1024 kb ROM) in order to make sure the whole packe works without catching fire. For all their efforts, Suzuki claims the new Suzuki Hayabusa has had a bump of 20 additional ponies, which equals an increased 195 horsepower and a similiarly fat torque curve (up to 114 foot lbs.).

Nobody can argue the facts on the new Suzuki Hayabusa. It is a monster. However, the question remains, will old hayabusa lovers feel the same about the new Suzuki Hayabusa? At first glance, the motorcycle is deffinately different. THe busa has two ram air intakes coupled with a one ontop of the other headlight set up rounding out the upgraded front end. It also has a sharper, edgier feel to the body work, which was not changed to far from the previous model. A few more sharp curves, an added flowing line here and there, and there we have it. So far, the aftermarket has jumped right into the new Suzuki Hayabusa, with fat tire kits and extended swingarms in addition to the normal bolt on mods.

Only time will tell if the new Suzuki Hayabusa is going to be the same big hit its older brother was, but so far, the future looks promising.

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