SUZUKI GSX1300R HAYABUSA (2007 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
£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.
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.
|Engine type||16v transverse four|
|Frame type||Aluminium Twin Spar|
|Fuel capacity||21 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£250|
|Used price||£4,800 - £9,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||194 bhp|
|Max torque||115 ft-lb|
|Top speed||186 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||10.2 secs|
|Tank range||180 miles|
Model history & versions
2007: Model launched, replacing previous Busa.
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX1300R HAYABUSA (2007 - on)
42 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Version: 2nd gen
Annual servicing cost: £400
Brakes are still a weak point but can be sorted for not too much money
Very comfy bike to ride , a great versatile sports tourer, monster power and extremely quick bike if you want it to be, totally reliable , a comfy tourer and fast road bike in one package , couldn't recommend it enough
Monster torque , huge raw power with little electronics to hinder it, an old fashioned powerhouse that can easily get you prison time with no effort at all, love it !!
Top notch quality and reliability, built like a tank, still draws looks everywhere I go with it ,
Needs no more than what it already has
Buying experience: Bought privately worth every penney, I sold my 1290 Superduke as it was a nightmare quality wise and bought another busa , starts everytime and will never let me down, no electronics to hamper it ,you are getting full raw power, and in my opinion has away more torque than the 1290, it is a very versatile bike and does everything except motocross.
Had a gen1 years ago, and it was the only bike i ever regretted selling. All the new stuff leaves me cold, so have gone back to this. an absolute classic, and once a small amount is spent on brakes and suspension, its all the bike I need. The gen2 is a better bike but will never be a classic like this model. One of the all time greats in my humble opinion.
£400 spent on suspension set up, at somewhere like MCT transforms it. The original 6 pot calipers are fine if serviced properly, with good pads and braided lines. More gains can be had changing firstly the master cylinder, then calipers if necessary.
Not REALLY fast by todays' standards, if we're honest. But for real world riding it's sublime. Power in abundance everywhere. I still believe this is a masterpiece in the engine department. A proper gutsy old school in-line 4.
No problems whatsoever, but i do enjoy a good cleaning session, so it's kept on top of.
Beast engine, very smooth. Incredible slick transmission. Great three-level power commander. Top suspension and brakes. Quality of finish is flawless.
Annual servicing cost: £200
this bike has now covered 84,000 miles, its been modified to improve the handling tours and does trackdays
Fitted Brembo and braided lines, could really do with Brembo master cylinder I fitted Ohlins rear TTX36 rear shock to make a magic carpet ride. and improved handling, obviously better than stock I also fitted carbon wheels, as originals were corroded due to 7 years of all season riding, makes the big bike handle like a thou, steers quick with MCT tuned suspension got great drive out of corners - std busa's feel like a barge now
no issues at all, remapped 195rwhp stil got the same grunt
only issues i have had is the rec regulator expire causing battery to boil at 43,000 miles
So 84,000 miles, I do my own oil change and brakes pads, only revert valve shim checks every 20,000 miles Rear tyres last 3,500 and I use sports tyres. really down to tyres, oil, brake pads every 9,000 miles, chain and sprockets last 25,000
analogue dials, suits me just fine, pity no external temp gauge
Buying experience: bought in 2010 pre-vat special £10,200
Version: GSX1300R L6
Annual servicing cost: £185
So much more than just a straight-line rocket ship. Having admired them at the NEC show for the last ten years, finally took a 'Busa for a test ride expecting to be disappointed. I had no choice but to go out and buy one.
Ride quality is excellent, mid-corner stability superb and braking more than good enough for road riding with plenty of feedback at the lever. Handling is neutral and she goes wherever you look without thinking. Although short distance between seat and foot pegs, riding position surprisingly comfortable and even at 6'4", I've ridden for a couple of hours at a stretch without problems. Commutes equally as well and very mild mannered around town. 3 power modes useful for dialling down the power when riding in the wet or on frosty mornings.
More power than I can ever use, but great to have it in reserve nevertheless! The mid range power is awesome, so it's easy to ride in any situation. Gearbox is smooth and positive and slipper clutch makes downshifting easy, even under heavy deceleration. Weather protection is also excellent despite what appears to be a very low front screen, courtesy of all the wind-tunnel R&D I suspect. Averaged over 46 mpg so far this past year, and I don't spare the horses.
Only owned this one for a year and 4,000 miles so far, but the bike is faultless. Rear tyre just about done now, but Battlax BT015 probably quite soft so a decent sport touring tyre should last much longer. Finish is excellent and the bike has that 'flagship' quality feel that belies the price I paid.
No more expensive than any average litre bike. Came with balance of nearly 3 years Suzuki warranty which adds value and peace-of-mind.
Very light clutch operation, despite such a big motor. Throttle operation is also a dream with zero lag and great control. Stability and handling is sublime and a real surprise considering the bike's size.
Buying experience: Bought from main dealer as a pre-reg' demonstrator with 70 miles only in as-new condition and nearly 3 years manufacturer warranty. Paid £9,100 in December 2016 with new Givi rear rack, Givi top plate and R&G engine case slider fitted. Absolute bargain!
requires didgital speedo as its too fast to focus on analog.
Comfortable ride with lifted handle bar modification.
Heavy on rear tyres.
Quick shifter and raised handle bars.
Buying experience: Purchased from dealer. Told them it's bloody ugly so could not see me owning one. They suggested I had nothing to loose by taking it for a ride up to the hills. So I did. Arriving back I was so impressed I had to have it. They questioned my ugly comments. I said its okay `cos I cannot see it when I am riding it. Getting used to its looks but it's still not my taste but its looks are over ridden by it's power/handling/comfort to cover big distance quick.
Version: Yoshimura Z Limited edition.
When I walk into the garage, rain bouncing off the roof, I love the fact that I can enjoy the flow and shape of the air dissecting machine before me. It's well known that the performance and top speed is part of an elite club of road bikes, but I am most taken by its 'road manners' in and around town as the bike is comfortable and quite nimble to ride in all situations which for a big bike surprised me. Once out of town I have the whole of Wales to enjoy on a bike that attracts as much attention as the view.
The chassis is designed for stability at high speed, but this does not mean it can't turn through corners. It's always been stable and balanced even absorbing pot holes without too much complaint. Haven't needed the full emergency stop power of the Brembos thankfully but with every squeeze you get more confident of what they can do.
Even without traction the control element the engine gives you exactly what you ask it to deliver to the rear wheel in a reliable and consistent manner. Every gear has an almost bottomless well of torque available allowing smooth decisive overtaking in all gears. The Yoshimura exhaust is attention grabbing and traffic carving when you want it to be, but a comforting murmur when your mile crunching or cruising.
Build quality is the usual Suzuki high standard.
In its standard form the bike has, Brembo brakes, ABS, Traction control and a comfortable seat all giving a comfortable uncomplicated ride. The only feature I would add - mainly as i ride in the UK - is an outside air temperature gauge but Suzuki don't fit one.
It's an Hayabusa, still the better choice of the two hyperbikes on the market. Can do it all and still leave most in its wake even after 10 years plus. Can't wait to see what the next Busa will turn out to be!!
Need to change the hoses and pads.
Strap your Arse to the seat!!!!!
As good as it gets, it's bulletproof.
4 grand cheaper than ZZR need I say more!
Buying experience: Crescent Suzuki are a great bunch of people.
Annual servicing cost: £200
Best bike iv owned and iv owned a few over 20 years best thing about the Hayabusa is the ride quality by that I mean overall long term ride quality it handles superbly giving confidence to a rider the seat bars position is easy for sporty or long touring rides out. The engine is sublimely effortless or frighteningly powerful depend on your wrist? torque is effortless go into top gear and leave it there 30mph no need to change gear as for the (illegal lose licence) top speed on a track day out I hit 160mph far to quickly and easily and it was still pulling strong, on a public road overtaking is effortless 3 secs and its done that's safety imo Regards the fuel economy if im cruising 70 or below I easily get 55 mpg no problem heft the throttle wide open and its 30mpg New rear every 2 years at 10k miles (that throttle wrist again) front 3 years Or? new tyre every 1500 miles if thrash the bike all the time (like a bored magazine reporter The finish on the frame is good although the alloy parts will corrode if used in winter, I don't have a car for work the 2009 onwards bikes I just don't like the look of them not sexy looking as the older or classic Hayabusa which looks timeless even standing still.
brakes are fine at normal legal'ish speeds, over 150mph I guess they are adequate but never tried not want lose my licence
excellent power anywhere and lots of grunt everywhere very responsive, a dream of an engine
engine service May every year ~ next year a major service at £400
Version: 2008 registered first generation K& bike
This is by far the easiest bike to ride that I've owned. Moved to this from a CBR as wanted something to do more touring on with more space to fit my frame (6'3''). Mine came with 38mm handlebar risers which make a massive difference in terms of comfort and mirror extenders (maybe not pretty but I can see everything behind me without moving my head or elbows). Great power and the weight makes it feel very planted in the bends - quite confidence inspiring. Overtakes are despatched very quickly and safelt and put a smile on my face every time I ride. Taking it to Germany this summer - can't wait. Definitely not a first bike but stepping up from 120+ bhp to this was no a problem at all. Would recommend without hesitation.
I love how the weight of the bike makes it feel so planted in the bends. Ready for a quick stretch when the tank needs filling up but the risers make it very comfortable and certainly no aches or pains like the CBR gave me. Just put 500 miles on it over this last wekend with no grumbles whatsoever. Not had an issue with the brakes either.
Yes, it's powerful and there is always some in reserve if you need it but you don't need to ride it like a hooligan. The engine is silky smooth in all gears making a ride out a very pleasurable experience.
7 years old with no issues but it has been well looked after and not taken out in the rain - until I got my hands on it. I've owned Suzukis before though - keep an old towel handy to dry it off quickly when you get back in and look after the chain, otherwise all good.
Marked down only as less mpg than ideal but nothing unexpected. If you want a longer tank range don't buy a 1300cc bike :)
Marked down as manual choke (on a 2008 registered bike? Come on Suzuki, catch up. My 2002 CBR had an automatic choke for crying out loud). Comes with centre stand which is really useful for cleaning / maintenance. Definitely go for handblebar risers for comfort and mirror extenders really useful if you can tolerate the looks.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer but great price compared to private deals and got a good deal on my part exchange. No real opinion either way - I've bought from dealers and privately over the years with no problems. Just make sure you get a decent warranty from a dealer (and spend a weekend riding hard to see if there are any niggles) or take someone with you who knows their stuff if buying privately.
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 bike would i get , Busa Gen3 whenever that arrives, but for the meantime i'll keeep my Gen2
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 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.
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 + standing mile. no hegatives apart from a few modern touches like traction control and abs
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 waiting to pounce, simply a stunning bike.This bike does it all
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
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!!!!!! 13 days to go
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
I owned a gen1 for 20 months and covered 28,000 miles, loved it, but with 40,000 miles on clock, opted for a great pre-vat and 2% deal. After 9 months and 8,000 miles later, my views are this is a better bike. More midrange and top end, improved handling and sharper brakes. This is the only bike i want. just love it!
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
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!
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
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 :)
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%.
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.
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! :)
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.
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
I L.O.V.E. IT
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.
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
we got one of the first new bussa's in october after 3 blackbirds.although i find it a good bike it is not as good an all round bike as the blackbird i am very disapointed with the after market parts available after being told by givi they have no intention of making a rack i made my own & fitted a givi box, i got one of the first tank covers from baglux which is great & one of the first sets of yoshi cans which i am very disapointed with they look great sound great but the end of the can has already corroded not good for £800 still waiting for the fabberi screen now on order for 4 weeks nice bike but wondnt get another