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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

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
£5,520 (2007) - £10,180 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,550 (2007) - £9,160 (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
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(31 reviews)

  • Great bike but

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Newer isnt always better...had a Gen 1 for over 4 years and simply couldn't see the point in buying a Gen2...ok its got more power and better brakes but thats all for me...mode switch is pointless, back end is hideous and to be honest it feels old. Bought a ZZR1400 instead and I now understand why people do serious touring on them...the Busa has the better engine low down but feels heavy and clumsy by comparison to the Zed. If you want a bike fast bike the Busa is still hard to beat so long as you've never owned one....better value than a GSXR

    30 May 2011

  • Brilliant

    ottouberswengen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    If you like this kind of bike (lets face it, lots of people don't and want to ban it), the Hayabusa is without equal. I would call it SERENE at any speed between 0-300kph. Can't ask for more except a full Akrapovic system as standard and dinner with Halle Berry as part of the delivery. Astonishing, Breath-takingly Beautiful and extremely SEXY (like Halle).

    19 August 2010

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I did 600 miles in about 8 hours at the weekend with minimal pain i'd like to see someone do that on the bmw 1000 they would need an operation after. I know I got the right bike for me.

    25 May 2010

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    BUSA666

    Average rating rating is 5

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    got the bike early 2008, and its the best bike i have ever ridden, fast smooth comfortable & beautiful. don`t be fooled by the hype over the bmw s1000rr, this most definitely is the bike to have.

    21 May 2010

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    I'm still loving this bike but what with the paint flaking off the swingarm and really bad after care from a west london branch of suzuki, which I not going to use again at all.No more complaints apart from the ridiculous price of the services, well I suppose your to expect that with this bike. Rant over (Still a great bike and do not wish for anything else).

    19 March 2010

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My Busa is a great bike although its not a year old yet and the paint has started flaking off the swingarm hopefully it will get put right under the warranty still a great bike.

    25 February 2010

  • BusaJs

    Busajs

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Have had the Busa 20 months 2008 model completed a tour around south island in 6 days and loved it average 58mpg Have had Yoshimuras R55 slipons fitted and they look sharp If you are going to ride dont wear that supposedly waterproof dryout stuff wear leathers as they are more comfortable

    10 December 2009

  • Hayabusa

    david parkinson

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ive had my hayabusa for eight months now and i have one complaint. when its been washed or out in the rain. the next morning when its dry the front brakes stick on. Does anyone else have this problem, i mean it don't affect the brakes when im riding but it is irritating.Great bike though wouldn't have anything else

    20 November 2009

  • just bought k9

    fireman216

    swindon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    have just bought my first hayabusa for my wife and i to go touring on ......huge supprise what a great package,not the best looking bike in the world but when someone starts banging on about the looks tell them to ride one.....i allso own an mv agusta 1000 so i now have the best of both worlds ....eveyone should ride the hayabusa even if just once in there biking lives.......great!!!!!!!

    09 October 2009

  • LOVE THIS BIKE!!!!

    AdamBUSA08

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Hi, What can you say about this bike, simply look at it and you will fall in love.However you can copmapir the handling of a 1000's to Busa but you will notice that there is no one else on the road and you leave everyone behinde...LOVE THIS DREAM BIKE!!!!!!

    27 August 2009

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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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