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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
£3,130 (1999) - £6,110 (2007)
Private used prices
£2,840 (1999) - £5,210 (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)

  • Stealth Busa

    Peter Hughes

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What a fantastic bike. Just had mine a few weeks now and enjoy doing the 240 mile round trip to North Wales on a regular basis. She does it so effortlessly. Must admit, there is a weird vibration period that occurs around the 4500rpm mark(can anyone explain why?). It doesn't however, spoil my enjoyment. I wouldn't swap her for another model. Unless, of course, I could afford the latest version.

    01 August 2011

  • original and best

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Had one for over 4 years...2 sets of tyres, front wheel bearings and 1 chain later I moved on to a ZZR1400. Can't fault the busa in the slightest...ok stock brakes could be better but thats about it....160+ mile tank range and comfy the whole way. Radial brake adaptors and GSXR calipers fitted to mine towards the end buried any chance of me buying the new gen2 busa. If you find a clean Gen 1 busa and its what your after you won't regret it....Big user friendly pussy cat...just has big claws when you let it loose.

    30 May 2011

  • The right choice

    mark3evo

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Passed my DAS back in Oct 2008, wanted a busa, but decided to hone my riding skills on Honda VFR 800 non-vtec. After 5000 miles, traded it in for 01 unrestricted model. After a bit of trepidation on the morning or pick-up. Absolutely surprised about how much easier to drive, ok i'm still cornering slow, but its a joy to drive. Done 300 miles so far, rock stable in any condition v VFR. No complaints i know i made the right choice.

    07 May 2009

  • GO BUY ONE

    john1470

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My first Busa after 20 years off bikes, born again biker, this thing is the best bike i have ever been on.2007 bike, i will be getting the 2008 model in 09.

    23 February 2008

  • Hayabusa, a proper bike!

    lount

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I exchanged a TL 1000s for the high milage Hayabusa i now own. I was expecting more performance with less mid range and boy did i get more performance, but amazingly more of everything including midrange. The handling is rock steady up to the point you either run out of road or bottle. The Busa is so smooth and powerful you reach the top speed of the TL1000 in about 15 sec's and still have another two gears to go! The Busa's weight helps the incredible stability which this bike has at any speed. Even though it will be dificult to keep up with a gixer thou through the countryside, the Busa will let you travel from A to B without the cramped up body position and sweat assosiated with high speed sports bike riding. My bike has over 42k on the clock but it runs spot on. the head bearings, etc have been replaced and the previous owner fitted a rear jack-up kit, to help the turn in speed, but overall it is a truely awesome machine. It makes every thing else seem weak, including the bandit 12.

    27 October 2007

  • what a bike!!!

    timmy264

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i've owned quite a few bikes and always thought that they were lacking something but this bike is amazing.just when you think that you've got used to the acceleration,it gives you more.i find myself floating off the seat and hanging on with white knuckles! what a bike!if any one say's they need more than this then they're talking out of their a**e! you can absolutly blitz almost anything on the road with one of these!!!

    12 August 2007

  • this is all i need

    bazzabusa

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had my Busa four years now, decided to get it bored to 1400, HC pistons, gas flowed head, HD starter gear, lock up clutch, yoshi cams, yoshi RS3 system, billet cam chain tensioner,12mm head studs, HI vol oil pump gear + loads of other bits genuine 200 + mph bike, 192 bhp with 120 lbs of torque. more than happy with it.

    04 July 2007

  • new improved

    david bruno

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    had mine nearly 2 years. very impressed but wanted more, so ive supercharged it.rotrex spercharger with big cc racing plenum 50mm tial, bosch 500bhp fuel pump,12mm billet fuel rail, ignition retarder,forged pistons, carrillo rods, 12mm head bolts, adjustable camshaft sprockets,high volume oil pump, etc etc, you get the picture.

    13 May 2007

  • not that intimidating

    KWAK6ftRider

    Cambridge , UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I rode this expecting it to tear my arms off, when actually it it was incredably rideable. the power was amazing when you opened it up though. my only grip was it is too small for me, it put great pressure on my wrists.

    13 April 2007

  • A great all-rounder and not intimidating as you might think.

    Gunga Dan

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I wanted a bike capable of touring, carrying a pillion in relative comfort but also with decent performance and handling for weekend blasts. I considered a Blackbird but fancied something a little less commonplace. After a test ride on a 'Busa I haven't looked back. The engine is legendary and the torque particularly addictive. If you're feeling lazy you can leave it in top and just roll on and off the throttle - the gearbox is for engaging warp-drive. Handling is very stable and sure-footed and the ride excellent (if it isn't, your shock is probably worn out). However, don't expect handling to be sportsbike sharp - it does tend to wallow a bit if you really push hard. I've toured, commuted and scratched on mine and it's amazingly competent. I can't think of anything I'd like to replace it with since although I'd love a litre sports bike they're too focused for my needs. Maybe when the ZZR1400 gets within my price range second hand, I'll consider one of those. Strengths: Torque, fueling (yoshi pipe and Power commander were fitted when I bought the bike), ride, amazingly stable and planted handling. Weaknesses: Too wide to easily filter on my commute to work. Brakes aren't the best. After sticking some decent pads on and fitting braided hoses the lever was still spongey on mine. I found 3 or 4 of the caliper pistons were seized so it's worth checking these if you're a new owner. After sorting this the brakes are now acceptable if not brilliant. Handling isn't sports bike sharp. Finish could be better.

    29 October 2006

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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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