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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Suzuki have played around with the GSX1300R Hayabusa’s styling without losing the original’s looks and character, as a result the new Suzuki Hayabusa looks really sleek. Engine capacity had increased and so has power and torque. Handling hasn’t been significantly improved, more a gentle step forward however the brakes are a miles better, and about time.

 

Watch the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa compete in our road test against the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 and the BMW K1200S

Watch the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa compete against the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 in our top speed test 

See our first ride of the Suzuki Hayabusa at the Salzburgring in Austria

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki Hayabusa has possibly the post powerful production engine on the market, alongside the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400, Suzuki are quoting 194.bhp and 115ftlb of torque for the Hayabusa. The motorcycle isn’t restricted in the lower gears its full power all the way to the 186mph speed limiter.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Not much has changed on the new Suzuki Hayabusa: same wheelbase, rake and trail. However the shock and front forks have been upgraded and the swing arm strengthened. Thankfully the Hayabusa’s brakes are now radial and do an excellent of stopping the big girl, without any fade even on the track. As you expect from the Suzuki Hayabusa you can’t fling it around but if you ride smoothly it’s very rewarding and with a few tweaks makes a decent track motorcycle.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Fully adjustable suspension front and rear comes as standard on the new Hayabusa and like every new big Suzuki motorcycle there’s a three-way power switch limiting power. It’s not just a gimmick you really notice the difference between the power modes, making the Hayabusa less of an animal than before.

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £11,299
Dealer used prices
£5,550 (2007) - £9,700 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,550 (2007) - £8,730 (2014)
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Engine size 1340 cc
Power 194 bhp
Top speed 186 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Cosmetically the Suzuki Hayabusa has been tweaked, especially the back end, and there’s a noticeable difference in the quality of finish. I like the new look, the quality of finish is top shelf, paint is deep, much improved over the original Hayabusa. Being a Hayabusa reliability is unquestionable.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

£9000 for arguably the fastest production motorcycle on the planet, that will be enough to see the new Suzuki Haybusa top the sales charts. Quality of finish has vastly improved; it looks sleeker, but still retains that essential Suzuki Hayabusa character. Find a Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: Model launched, replacing previous Busa.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.2 secs
Max power 194 bhp
Max torque 115 ft-lb
Weight 220 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1340 cc
Engine specification 16v transverse four
Frame Aluminium Twin Spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs, four piston radial calipers
Rear brake 260mm disc with single piston
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(32 reviews)

  • hayabusa review part 4

    mark3evo

    Average rating rating is 5

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    4 years and 44,000 of ownership, this bike still amazes me how good this bike is, not many downsides have been through several front wheel bearings and reg rectifier failures. so apart from petrol oil change and tyres. no real issues. what other bike would i get , Busa Gen3 whenever that arrives, but for the meantime i'll keeep my Gen2

    28 October 2014

  • Great allrounder

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Decided last year to treat myself to a Yellow LE 13' model. Brembo and ABS just finishes it off nicely along with Yoshi cans. The ABS isn't too much in the way and its still my fav means of transport...I have more confidence to use its abilities than almost any other bike I've owned. Much more practical than any sports bike. I can't believe people are put off by the mad rep these developed 15 years ago and still think these are nuts...its got one of the most friendly throttles around and simply gives what you ask of it. Roll on the Gen3....i live in hope.

    25 January 2014

  • review part 3

    mark3evo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    had my bike almost 3years now, 29,000 faultless miles, now has suspension sorted, quickshifter, 4 into 1 akrapovic. ecu editor giving 195 hp at rear wheel. all i could ever ask from a bike, touring 2 up, hooning around cadwell, and 190 mph + standing mile. no hegatives apart from a few modern touches like traction control and abs

    04 August 2013

  • 35000 miles

    david parkinson

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've now done 35000 miles from new and I've just done the 15th service including a new DID chain and sprocket kit and it feels like new again. The best tyres I've used are Avon ultra 2s apart from a few minor blemishes its in great shape.

    28 July 2013

  • long term ownership

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    right ill start with the fact ive owned my hayabusa for four years and its been faultless. I do all the servicing myself and always have from tyres to valve clearances.(it is easy to look after) ive just upgraded the brakes to brembos and that really makes a massive difference. I have HEL braided brake pipes back and front which offer a more responsive feel over the OEM ones. I do oil changes every 2000 miles and oil and oil filter every 4000 miles, the air filter is a K&N. Spark plugs are done every 6000 miles and valves every 14500 miles, Ive now done 30000 miles and its still as tight as it was the day i picked it up. if you look after the chain and sprockets and they will look after you mine are still original and thats fantastic for this bike. I have very little service history for it but i dont intend on selling it(not yet at least). the new BMW and ZZR etc may be faster but once youve ridden this you wont be disappointed, ive done many trips to germany france and northern scotland and its very comfortable fully loaded with luggage that you wouldnt even now was there. also ive never have this problem with tyres lasting only 800 miles ive had 5/6000 miles from the rears. all in all a great bike.

    23 September 2012

  • Newer isn't always better pt2

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Following on from my 1st review of the Gen2 which didn't inspire me enough to buy one..I went for a ZZR1400...which as good as it is has proved not to have any of the character of a Busa. Yeah the ZZR is super fast but also hard work to enjoy on twisty A or B roads where its low rpm lack of grunt is its fall down and needs its suspension seriously tweaked for 2 up use. Now in the process of buying an 08' Busa which I test rode for 2 days and couldn't have enjoyed myself more on 2 wheels...absence does indeed make the heart grow stronger. Everything about the bike just ticks all my boxes straight from the box vs its rivals...cost me £2k to realise that.

    17 March 2012

  • what a cult bike try one buy one

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Got my second new Hyabusa what ever bike i change to it always leads me back to this bike. it tours, it crusies, it goes fast very fast it handles, its good on fuel, my Ducati drinks it. just really love this bike and in white its a bird of pray waiting to pounce, simply a stunning bike.This bike does it all

    01 January 2012

  • review part 2

    mark3evo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I'e had my bike 10 months and have just passed 11,000 miles, a great bike, got the suspension uprated and adjusted for my weight. Now its just fanatastic, roll on Cadwell park track day in 10 days

    10 September 2011

  • simply fantastic

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have \ Ducati 1098 and my new Hyabusa comes in two weeks caint wait its my second Hyabusa in a year and they are superb simply a awsome roadbike like no other. Everyone should ride/own one of these bikes once in there lives. Thank you Suzuki!!!!!! 13 days to go

    02 September 2011

  • An Awesome Bike..

    r1ben

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Now, having owned and ridden everything from R1s, ZX10r, Fireblades, GSXR1000s etc I thought I would get something a bit more comfortable..I went for a 2008 Hayabusa. I was expecting it to be fast and it certainly is. What surprised me was the ease at which it goes extremely fast.. a 1k sports bike needs to be worked to a certain extent to get a serious pace on, however the Busa goes from any revs, any gear like a sports bike does towards the top end. This makes for very swift progress but Ive found you tend to be going a lot quicker at any given situation on the Busa.. rolling out of 60mph bends in 6th, wind it on and it whips upto 120mph in the time its taken to knock a race rep down 3 gears.. this is both has its advantages and disadvantages..it never feels like you are working it or pushing it but still acheiving licence losing speeds in total composure. I have found that to ge the same buzz as a race rep you need to be achieving 30mph more than a sports bike..Not a bike for those with little sef restraint. Its a fantastic bike for euro voyages, a recent trip to Innsbruck was dealt with painlessly and nothing can live with it on the german autobahns and there are many E63 AMGs, M5s, Porsches that have a go! Handling and braking are spot on for the road and you can pretty much ride it like a race rep, a BSB rider might be faster on a superbike but to an average intermediate track day rider on the road its everything you could want, its only on the track it feels a bit heavy in the slower corners. Its really comfy for my 6'3 frame, returns nearly 50mpg at 100mph on the motorway and is a doddle to pootle around on.. You really wont go far wrong with a gen 2 Busa for all round road use. A near perfect bike for those with any self restraint. Highly recommended

    31 August 2011

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mark3evo

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hyperbike v 600's

Sorry, but no 600cc will keep up with my busa at this interval, ae you sure the guy was actually trying.

10 September 2011 22:41

superpike

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Hypa bikes?

I had a rolling drag race with a 57 plate Busa a few days ago on my old GSXR600K4. I kept up with him from 40MPH to 145MPH so I'm not looking at buying one now as I can design 599cc bikes to nearly go as fast. A waste of money for me.

I'm now looking forward to building a 570cc 2 stroke RG500/RGV250 and a lighter and faster GSXR1000K6 version of my K4.

Cheaper than the mighty Busa and more agile too

 

 

28 April 2011 14:17

FIGGAWHO

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FIGGA-BUSA

I've had this monster for a little over a year now and it handles alot better than you'd expect this beast to! I replaced the exhaust for Two Brothers carbon cans and it just sounds like a sick throaty Kawi Killer! As for looks I have not gone 1 day without getting compliments on her looks. I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

08 May 2010 16:06

Morellostud

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2009 Hayabusa

Have had this bike almost a year now, overall very pleased but I find the riding position cramped.

I have ordered Blueflame cans to replace the ugly original exhausts.

The service intervals and cost of what is a glorified oil change are both ludicrous, why can my car go four times longer between servces and then cost about the same as one bike service?

28 February 2010 11:08

obie01

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Suzuki hayabusa gsx1300R 2010

The 2010 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R K10 - Pearl Mirage White Well I saw it coming out of the crate well I was taken back by the new white colour
• Engine crisp loads power and broad torque curve great on mountain twisters
• Clutch and gearbox smooth good feel even if you lassie it seem to do the work for you
• Handling very well Balanced very stable and great feedback feeling at cornering, the rear end strong feel that makes you want to put down the power to the road ,it doesn’t feel like a bike or a touring bike a good sports feel
• Braking responsive and strong feel
• Ergonomics nice sport feel without kill your wrists and back and rider leg position nice
• Setting ridder and passenger comfortable but passenger legroom lack of
• Fuel take well shaped gives room for my podgy to fit in
• Storage under seat could do with a little more room
• Bike height great for us old guys not having to kick 6’6’’to get the leg over the seat
• Bike Design well the critics said the bike would be out of production in a few years and it was considered to be an ugly bike well 10 years has past by and Suzuki is still selling the Hayabusa
• Build quality very nice finish panels clips nicely together
• Exhaust well fat and long little too fat and to long nice shape need a little trimming down
• Suspension real good sports bike feel
• Tyers BT grips well
• Price is excellent for the performance the you get in a 1340 cc bike that can be a sport bike and a touring bike a bit of both worlds and the performance of the bike would satisfy most sport bike riders without doing any modification and if you wanted to do some touring two up with gear pack it would be a nice ride for both
 

20 February 2010 08:37

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