When I was a young teenager, I was obsessed with bikes and in the early 2000s, one name always caught my attention, the Hayabusa. It is known for being long, low, and fast with a style that looked like it belonged more in Star Wars than it did on the open roads of the UK. So, when I got the chance to take it for a spin, I obviously jumped at the chance.
My first impressions were good; mainly it still looked like a Hayabusa! Having ridden other Suzuki motorcycles, the controls of the Hayabusa are very much simple, yet efficient and everything is where it should be. The riding position is unique; you have a long reach on the arms but it is fairly tight for your legs. This is a little odd to start with, but it soon feels normal after a few miles.
The screen is also very good. The addition of a TFT display has a lot more functionality, through a very Iron Man looking design. The TFT screen mainly shows your pre-set modes, power mode and traction control but also shows other useful information, including time, air temp and trips. The non-TFT sections shows the rest of the information you will need: fuel level, rev counter, speed and engine temp. The display does all the things that you need without over complication. As a taller rider, the only issue that I had with the display was seeing the top 1/4 of it, as it was often obscured by the screen.
The bike’s power delivery is extra smooth. Although the generation 3 Hayabusa has less power than the gen 2, it has a lot more in the mid-range, where you will spend a lot more of your time. The power modes make a real difference with mode 3 being reduced power, mode 2 being full power with a more gradual delivery, and mode 1 being the full beans. The Hayabusa has an abundance of power in any mode and any gear, this paired with the new quick shifter makes it a true joy to ride. I have ridden a fair few bikes with quick shifters, but I can safely say that the Hayabusa’s quick shift is one of the smoothest, if not THE smoothest I have ever used.
My test route combined a mixture of dual carriageways, local A roads and the classic Devonshire B roads! The Hayabusa has the ability to put its hand to any task and be superb at them all.
On the dual carriageway, it ‘quickly’ gets up to 70mph and it is easy to engage the cruise control. You can then just sit back and really take in the time and effort that Suzuki has put into this epic machine.
Pulling off of the A30 at Whiddon Down, the Hayabusa takes on a life of its own. With a huge amount of power on offer, you can become very lazy as any gear is the ‘correct’ gear for the corner. Rougher roads can often be a sports bikes undoing, but the Hayabusa’s combination of physical (suspension set up and linked brakes) and electronic (Suzuki Intelligent Ride System) equipment really helps when the going gets tough, by giving you a smooth and confidence inspiring ride.
The Devonshire B roads are not its normal territory; however, thanks to the Hayabusa’s set up, it handles these better than most.
The Hayabusa handling is superb as well, and although it is low and long, it still feels light, flickable and responsive. This is obviously helped by the superb Brembo callipers, excellent suspension set up and the bespoke Bridgestone tyres to make an overall enjoyable ride.
It was hard to be totally objective whilst riding and writing this review, because how do you stay un-bias to a machine that you have been building up since the age of 10. Overall, the Hayabusa did not disappoint. It was everything that I thought it would be - long, low, and fast with only a few niggles, such as the screen being obscured by the screen and the tight leg position, but other than that, it is an amazing overall machine.
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