The Suzuki Hayabusa is an icon – not only in India, but in all the parts of the world, for it was the first ever motorcycle to challenge the benchmarks and become the fastest motorcycle of the world. The Indian two wheeler market got the second generation Suzuki Hayabusa almost a decade ago, and in all these years, it went on to become the most popular and highest selling superbike of the country.
Amidst the arrival of modern and snazzier motorcycles from other brands, Suzuki too finally replaced the second generation Hayabusa with an all new third-generation model. By the looks and specifications of it, the new Suzuki Hayabusa might not seem to be an ‘all new motorcycle’ on paper. However, on a closer introspection, the Suzuki Hayabusa reveals more of its interesting changes incorporated in it. Here’s out comprehensive review of the all new 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa:
Suzuki has tried to keep the cost of the Hayabusa low, and has priced the motorcycle at Rs. 16,40,000. At this price, the Suzuki Hayabusa is a steal, considering the fact that it undercuts a lot of liter class motorcycles as well.
|Model||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Suzuki Hayabusa||Rs 16,40,000|
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Engine and Specifications
The Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by the same four-stroke, inline four, liquid cooled, fuel injected, 1340cc engine which used to power its previous iteration. However, for this third-generation version of the Hayabusa, Suzuki has heavily reworked the engine with several new components. It still comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox, but now it produces slightly lower power and torque outputs as compared to the model it replaced – 190 PS and 150 Nm respectively.
The new Suzuki Hayabusa comes with a revised electronic suite, comprising of 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) from Bosch, ride mode selector with three different ride modes, wheelie control, traction control, engine brake control and bi-directional quick-shifter.
|Engine type||4-stroke, inline four, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine|
|Maximum power||190 PS @ 9,700 rpm|
|Maximum torque||150 Nm @ 7,000 rpm|
|Gearbox||6-speed constant mesh|
|Engine start||Electric start|
|Fuel capacity||20 liters|
The Suzuki Hayabusa, for its mammoth size and a huge engine, delivers a respectable fuel economy of 13-14 kmpl in real world conditions.
Handling and Braking
Compared to its European rivals, the Suzuki Hayabusa doesn’t goes overboard when it comes to its basic engineering prowess under the skin. The Suzuki Hayabusa is blessed with a suspension combination of inverted hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the back. Bringing this huge motorcycle needs highly capable brakes, and Suzuki Hayabusa gets Brembo sourced twin discs at the front and a single disc sourced from Nissin, and giving them a proper assistance is a dual channel ABS setup.
|Front suspension||Inverted hydraulic telescopic forks|
|Rear suspension||Fully adjustable monoshock|
|Front brake||Brembo Stylema, 4-piston, twin disc, ABS-equipped|
|Rear brake||Nissin, 1-piston, single disc, ABS-equipped|
Tyres and Wheels
Like the suspension combination, the Suzuki Hayabusa’s shoes too are not too complex or mighty, with the front tyre being 120/70-17 and the rear one being 190/50-17, both of which are wrapped around 17-inch wheels. The touring credentials of Suzuki Hayabusa are further boosted up by the long wheelbase of 1480mm and a low seat height of 800mm. However, at a kerb weight of 266 kg, handling the Suzuki Hayabusa is not a child’s play.
|Tyre size (front)||120/70-17|
|Tyre size (rear)||190/50-17|
|Wheel size (front)||17-inch|
|Wheel size (rear)||17-inch|
|Kerb weight||266 kg|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
This time around, the Suzuki Hayabusa has been made available with three dual tone options, all of which are premium to look at. These colors go by the name of Glass Sparkle Black with Candy Burnt Gold, Metallic Matte Sword Silver with Candy Daring Red and Pearl Brilliant White with Metallic Matte Stellar Blue.
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Design and Features
The new third-generation Suzuki Hayabusa retains the original silhouette of the first and second generation models, which does make it instantly recognizable as a Hayabusa. The overall design of the new Suzuki Hayabusa cannot be termed as revolutionarily new, rather it is more of an evolution with revised body panels.
The front profile of the Suzuki Hayabusa gets a slightly revamped look with a bigger triangular headlamp, which is now a full LED setup. Flanking the headlamp on either sides are boomerang shaped daytime running LEDs, which double up as turn indicators – a cool touch.
The fairing mounted rear view mirrors, transparent cowl, side parts of the full fairing and fuel tank of the new Suzuki Hayabusa look like evolved forms of those of the previous generation Hayabusa. The side body panels as well as rear side body panels still have the same curvaceous appeal, but now look slightly bigger and wider, with the tail section ending up in a bigger and horizontally laid tail lamp assembly. Apart from the main LED tail lamp, the tail lamp housing also gets clear lens turn indicators. The new Suzuki Hayabusa gets bigger dual exhausts with sharper looking triangular ends – one on either side.
While many other modern day motorcycles are now incorporating fully digital TFT instrument consoles, the Suzuki Hayabusa retains the iconic four analog dial setup for its meter panel, with dials for speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge. The instrument panel now houses a bigger rectangular TFT screen in the center which reads out selected gear and other real time data.
At one point of time, there used to be one direct arch rival to the Suzuki Hayabusa, the equally mighty Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. However, with the arrival of BS6 emission norms, Kawasaki had to stop selling the motorcycle as it didn’t comply with the new rules.
The new Suzuki Hayabusa, with its revised new pricing, is now a potential rival to all the liter class motorcycles available in India, like BMW S1000RR, Honda CBR 1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
The second generation Suzuki Hayabusa went on to become the highest selling superbike in the Indian market, thanks to its popularity in India by featuring in many Bollywood flicks, ease of mechanicals, comfortable long distance touring and affordable pricing. The new Suzuki Hayabusa intends to take on the legacy further with not so drastic changes, but the same attributes in a slightly more modern package.