SUZUKI GSX1300R HAYABUSA (1999-2007) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Possessed of enormous acceleration and breathtaking top speed"

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa motorcycle review - Riding

"Possessed of enormous acceleration and breathtaking top speed"

  • At a glance
  • 1299cc  -  175 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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.  

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

14 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX1300R HAYABUSA (1999-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
5 out of 5

Stealth Busa

01 August 2011 by bigtasty65

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

original and best

30 May 2011 by tman39a

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

The right choice

07 May 2009 by mark3evo

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

GO BUY ONE

23 February 2008 by john1470

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. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Hayabusa, a proper bike!

27 October 2007 by lount

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

what a bike!!!

12 August 2007 by timmy264

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... Read more 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!!!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

this is all i need

04 July 2007 by bazzabusa

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... Read more genuine 200 + mph bike, 192 bhp with 120 lbs of torque. more than happy with it.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

new improved

13 May 2007 by busamadman

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,... Read more adjustable camshaft sprockets,high volume oil pump, etc etc, you get the picture.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

not that intimidating

13 April 2007 by KWAK6ftRider

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. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

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

29 October 2006 by Gunga Dan

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2007
Original price £6,649
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 175 bhp
Max torque 99 ft-lb
Top speed 190 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 1299cc
Engine type 16v, in line 4, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 215kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17 in

History & Versions

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.

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