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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The original Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa is still one seriously quick motorcycle, possessed of enormous acceleration and breathtaking top speed. True, the GSX1300R Hayabusa doesn't quite handle all that power (and weight) too brilliantly sometimes, but it remains a supremely comfortably long range missile, that always delivers a shot of raw adrenaline. Latest version is better yet.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The original Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa is very simple, yet brutally effective four cylinder monster, the 1299cc engine is bulletproof, doesn't chin fuel too badly at semi-sane speeds and the fuel injection works very efficiently too. The amount of midrange torque that the GSX1300R Hayabusa produces is especially impressive and makes fast road riding ridiculously easy. New version is better though.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Here the GSX1300R Hayabusa has issues. First off, it has a semi-touring kind of ride, with soft-ish suspension that allows the front end to squirm and move around under hard braking. And talking of brakes, Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa's tend to fade a bit under repeated hard use from 150mph plus speeds - which are achieved in about 12 seconds on this bike. As a sports-tourer, the GSX1300R Hayabusa is definitely more touring than sporty in its overall handling.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

That ugly fairing on the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa works very well, not only at punching holes in the atmosphere at 180mph, but at keeping some bad weather off the rider too, but the new version is better still. Good headlight, comfy rider and pillion accommodation, four bungee hooks and some underseat storage - plus throwover panniers can be made to fit all total up to make the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa a capable tourer. Excellent grabrail too.

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (1999-2007)

Detail Value
New price £6,649
Dealer used prices
£3,070 (2000) - £5,910 (2007)
Private used prices
£2,850 (1999) - £5,200 (2007)
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Engine size 1299 cc
Power 175 bhp
Top speed 190 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Reliability is generally excellent with the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa, although rear wheel bearings have been known to collapse occasionally at relatively low miles. The real problem with long term GSX1300R Hayabusa ownership is the quality of the finish on many components, which is poor. It rusts, it pits, it discolours its alloy, unless you really keep on top of it and clean every nook and cranny. Exhausts rot too.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

As the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa reaches the end of its current lifespan there should be some excellent deals to be had on the existing model, which is essentially unchanged from 1999. It's a tried and trusted rocketship, and a genuinely capable touring bike, although it does eat rear tyres every 1500-2000 miles, so book a couple of tyre stops on your European tour if you're taking a GSX1300R Hayabusa. Find Suzuki a GSXR1300 Hayabusa for sale.  

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1999: Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa launched.
2001: 186mph restricted version appears.
2007: Replace by all-new model (see seperate review).

Other Versions

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa RZ: Special black painted frame, otherwise same bike.

Specifications

Top speed 190 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.4 secs
Max power 175 bhp
Max torque 99 ft-lb
Weight 215 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1299 cc
Engine specification 16v, in line 4, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(14 reviews)

  • Awesome bike. Problem is - what do I buy next ?

    PeteBusa

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my second Busa. I had one of the first in the Britain back in March 1999 (black/grey). I couldn't find anything better to change to so I bought another one in blue/silver in 2001. After 7 years I still love the guts of this machine. Now I want a 2nd bike but can't find one that feels right !!! Looking forward to the new 2008 model and might be tempted to get one. I won't let this one go though as it's the last of the de-restricted version. Strengths: Unbeatable performance, great rideability, comfortable too. Icon setting standard. Weaknesses: Brakes (mine are braided hoses now), and my ability (I'll never stretch its capabilities).

    18 August 2006

  • Fast, speedy, furious? and take your breath away...

    zorkius

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've ride and own motorcycles since 1974, with more than 300,000 miles... and with Busa I've meet the difference, the power, the softness, the performance, the twilight zone!!!?? Strengths: Power, performance, brakes...a complete astonishing bike!!! Weaknesses: Nothing!!!...ehehehehe

    30 March 2006

  • Awesome, comfortable, stable

    markfox

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the Busa new in 2004. The missus chose it after complaining about the comfort on the ZX6. Recently toured NZ on a VFR800 and missed the Busa so much, the Honda didn't compare. Performance is unbelievable, 120 feels like 40, turn in is slow, brakes are absolutely abysmal unfortunately, she eats tyres. Only additions are double bubble (essential) and rear hugger otherwise I keep looking at cans but can't see the benefit. Would maybe consider new ZZR1400 but it would have to be good to match the Busa. Top bike surpassed all my expectations. Strengths: Performance, Comfort, Looks. Weaknesses: Brakes, Brakes, Brakes.

    22 March 2006

  • Pure madness. Ballistic and can handle well on bendy roads when you get used to it!

    Spiider

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought it second hand a year ago. Arrived at the decision by process of elimination. Wanted a performance bike but most were too small and light for my build (not that I'm a fat b*stard). Riding home from the dealers I cursed the cars in front thinking I was being held up at 40mph then realised I was doing 100mph+. Very deceptive machine. Pleasantly surprised by the handling as well. Strengths: Size and weight. It's nice to find something with a bit of presence in this day of lightweight superbikes. Weaknesses: Brakes. Plan ahead or you'll run wide on the bends! Tyre choice - still not made my mind up yet.

    31 December 2005

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Shango

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Busa not a top 10 bike????

Suzuki's hayabusa set a completely new standard in bike performance when they introduced the Hayabusa for 1999. no other bike in the world blends power, performance, price and comfort like the busa. Perhaps I do not understand the preferences and tastes of European bikers very well.  But I am not quite sure what your rating criteria is. A best overall bike within a specific category seems a great deal more realistic to me. seems there would be too broad a criteria necessary to accurately pick a best overall bike.  Bikes are designed to meet a variety of functions and riders specific tastes and preferences . I simply cannot imagine a reason that a busa would not be rated #1. My opinion of the Ducati you rated #1 would be: magnificent bike but very poor bang for buck. I would have put in the top 20 just because it is such a magnificent bike. however,  when it is considered that any of the 1000cc japanese bikes would give you pretty much the same performance for half the price it is simply not worth it to me. I understand that those with deeper pockets than me may disagree. If they own a Ducati,  it is clear that they would disagree. To each their own i suppose. In my view, whatever advantages it offers are not twice the price worthy advantages. If I specifically want better handling I would add a  Kawi zx10r or Suzuki gsxr 1000. I could likely purchase a busa and a Gsxr 1000  for little more than the price of a Ducati 1198. I have ridden my Busa (2004) from Pheonix to Atlanta. I currently reside in Atlanta, however I am from Washington, DC. I have taken the 1500 mile round trip atop my 2008 several times. I would not try this on a Ducati 9, 10, or 11. I ride hard from time to time. However, I do not track my bike so I have never noticed any brake fade whatsoever, my brakes stop the bike on the dime. I have ridden mine at some very high speeds and have doubted my nerve before I doubted either the brakes or the suspension's capability. The only thing that makes me nervous riding a busa is having to wonder where the speed traps are located. I love knowing that there is nothing (not heavily modified) on the road that can outrun me. If I am passed up by a vehicle it is because I allowed it. When I am on a Busa I am the King of the Road.

 

 

28 January 2010 05:19

deadloud

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Fuel Consumption

An excellent all round bike, the problem I've got after owning one for 2 years is what bike to go for next that would be 'better' ... apart from an 08/09 Busa I don't think there is one. The MCM blurb has average fuel consumption at 35 MPG .... at motorway speeds for long periods mine gives 55 to 60 MPG, so I'm guessing they're using either track or heavy town figures, not 'ordinary ' road use. I've never experienced any weave at all from the front end under braking, and I doubt most other Busa riders will either seeing as how there's nowhere except a track to use all the speed available in the UK. I run Avon Storm ST's front and back, which have shown good all round grip in all weathers and haven't squared off despite the bike doing two high speed 800 mile sessions fully loaded two up. Raising the preload on the back shock helps tip the beast into corners better. If you want a totally reliable sports tourer that will leave nearly every other bike choking on fumes but can still nip to the shops get one of these.

18 July 2009 12:01

zappa6

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busa

i baught a new busa in 2007 and had never even ridden one untill the day i picked it up, and was wondering wot i got myslef into,but she was so easy to ride and 1400 mile later i still love getting on it. untill i got knocked off it! bike was a total loss but did not know wot else to get so i baught a limited white one and i still love getting it out for a blast. just keep some change for new tyres as you will be needing them if u get one.

16 September 2008 20:24

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