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