SUZUKI GSX1300R HAYABUSA (2007-on) Review

Published: 20 September 2007

"Suzuki have played around with the Hayabusa without losing the original's looks and character"

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"Suzuki have played around with the Hayabusa without losing the original's looks and character"

  • At a glance
  • 1340cc  -  194 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • £11,299

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 5

The Suzuki Hayabusa has possibly the most 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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 & Running Costs 5 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

32 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX1300R HAYABUSA (2007-on) 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 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5.0 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

hayabusa review part 4

28 October 2014 by mark3evo

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... Read more bike would i get , Busa Gen3 whenever that arrives, but for the meantime i'll keeep my Gen2

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
4 out of 5

Great allrounder

25 January 2014 by tman39a

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

review part 3

04 August 2013 by mark3evo

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 +... Read more standing mile. no hegatives apart from a few modern touches like traction control and abs

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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

35000 miles

28 July 2013 by davidstowe358

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. Read more

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 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

long term ownership

23 September 2012 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Newer isn't always better pt2

17 March 2012 by tman39a

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... Read more 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.

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 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

what a cult bike try one buy one

01 January 2012 by sportsboyuk

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... Read more waiting to pounce, simply a stunning bike.This bike does it all

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

review part 2

10 September 2011 by mark3evo

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 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

simply fantastic

02 September 2011 by sportsboyuk

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!!!!!!... Read more 13 days to go

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

An Awesome Bike..

31 August 2011 by r1ben

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... Read more 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

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
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued -
New price £11,299
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 194 bhp
Max torque 115 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 1340cc
Engine type 16v transverse four
Frame type Aluminium Twin Spar
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 220kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Model launched, replacing previous Busa.

Other versions

None.

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