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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
£5,500 (2007) - £10,720 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,550 (2007) - £9,640 (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)

  • pete 58 reg busa

    dowdy .p

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    fast in the sweepers but boring it dont scare ya because its stable but its well made sports bikes will dust it in the bends even 600s good bike for touring

    17 August 2009

  • K8 Hyabusa

    mav7065

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have had my busa for 12 months now and love it, Its an absolutly incredible bike. I have a Yosh R55 full system on it which puts the Bhp upto 198 bhp according to Trax dyno services, he thinks that the bike would exceed 200mph easily without the ristriction. Ive had it flat out twice and it gets there with so little effort and you can tell it still wants to go more, what an engine wow :)

    29 July 2009

  • SUPERB

    BUSA666

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Quite Simply The Best Bike Ever Made... have had the bike 6 months, and is is absolutely fantastic in every way ... i got the black bike as, i think it looks the business, and believe me it is the business. whether you want to cruise along all day, or do some high speed adrenaline runs, this bike delivers 100%.

    27 April 2009

  • Bill's 2008 Busa

    65hemi

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have 2100 miles on my 2008 Busa, and love it. It is extremely smooth, with awesome power and acceleration. The handling is excellent for a bike of this size, definitely better than I expected. I replaced the stock exhaust with a full Yoshi system and power commander, saving 35 pounds, and vastly improving the sound, while adding almost 20 horsepower at the rear wheel. If you ride one, you will buy one. That's what happened to me.

    31 January 2009

  • Back to the Busa

    reub

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I too have just traded in my GSXR1000 K8 for a new Black & Orange Busa (10th Jan 09); Not had change to ride it yet but I loved my previous K6 Busa which I did 9k on through the summer so I'm really looking forward to the new one. The GSXR1000 was a great bike but it made my wrist hurt and fingers go numb so back to the Busa it is. I have to agree with "carl busa" it does look the dogs conkers in black & orange! :)

    13 January 2009

  • Busa is bad ass

    carl busa

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had my new k8 busa in October and traded in a GSXR 1000 K7 for it. What a bit of kit this is. I love it, the power is never ending and it looks the dogs conkers (the black and orange one). Roll on the summer.

    31 December 2008

  • gnashgnash

    john turrell

    Average rating rating is 5

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    lovely back end i say especially when hump applied,not so keen on the nearside view when its on its stand though but its one hell of a bike,its like a sleeping tiger it rides lovely and purrs along at slow speeds and is a complete animal when you give it a fistfull its very comfy too i could ride mine all day without an ache and you know when your riding it that your king of the road

    12 November 2008

  • 9 months with my new Busa

    HAYADESTROY

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I L.O.V.E. IT

    21 September 2008

  • Brilliant Busa

    busa65

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had my Busa for nearly a month now and I must say just how impressed I am.I did previously own a Honda Deauville and was initially a bit anxious about making the transition to such a powerful bike but after having a successful all day test ride from my local dealer my mind was made up.The new Busa is such great all round bike.Obviously the power speaks for itself but if you don't want to be a speed merchant,it's still such a rewarding bike to ride.It sticks to the road like glue and is very confidence inspiring.My only quibble is the Busas' side stand.It doesn't seem to be able to cope with the bikes' weight and have had a scary moment with said item but fortunately with no damage.

    12 August 2008

  • new busa

    pjones1

    HEREFORD , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had mine for a month now , and can not fault it . Handling is excellent , though I would like a little more bite on the brakes . And in the Orange/Black looks stunning . Dash gives plenty of info and easy to see . Plus with all the goodies you can get from america for it , its endless

    24 May 2008

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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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