Suzuki goes Discontinue the Hayabusa in 2018?
The GSX1300R Hayabusa, Suzuki’s authentic jumbo superbike, seems to be occurring hiatus for 2018. In accordance with Drivespark, Suzuki’s filings with the California Air Sources Board (CARB) present the identical emissions figures as final yr, which means that there will not be a 2018 ‘Busa available on the market.
The Hayabusa (Japanese for Peregrine Falcon) grabbed fast consideration with its debut in 1999. At 550 kilos, the 1300 was no flickable sportbike, however was snug, steady and godalmighty quick. The Honda CBR1100XX, then the highest pace canine on the block, was left sucking wind. Kawasaki countered with the Ninja ZX-12R the next yr, however was unable to finest the Suzuki on high finish, placing the Hayabusa on the head of the category because the 20th century’s quickest manufacturing bike.
In 2008 Suzuki upped the displacement to 1340cc and added a slipper clutch, however in any other case the Hayabusa has remained largely unchanged for 18 years. Rumors of a turbocharged model to problem Kawasaki’s H2R have remained unverified, and the marketplace for 200 mile-per-hour street bikes could or could not exist proper now.
Nonetheless, the Suzuki Hayabusa was, and nonetheless is, a preferred selection all through the world regardless of its relative lack of up to date electro-trickery. The present version does supply ABS and three using modes. With a rated 197 horsepower and 155 Nm of torque, it stays one of the vital highly effective machines obtainable, and at a worth inside attain of many riders.
Whereas the dimensions and weight of the Hayabusa could have postpone numerous knee-draggers, I can attest to its track-worthiness. Whereas working as a using teacher when it got here out, I used to be requested to observe a rider of undetermined capability round Sears Level Raceway with the intention to assign him a category. I needed to wring the neck of a GSXR-750 to maintain tempo, and was suitably impressed with the Hayabusa.