Tuesday, October 02, 2012

2013 Suzuki Hayabusa gets ABS, comes out to play at the Intermot

Of course the Hayabusa needed ABS and it's finally got that bit of life-saving technology. Now how about some fresh styling and, say, another 50 horsepower...

More than 10 years old and despite stiff competition from a rejuvenated Kawasaki ZZR1400, the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R soldiers on. For 2013, the Hayabusa gets much-needed ABS and Brembo monobloc calipers at the front. The bike’s fans might remember that the Hayabusa got an upgraded ECU and revised fuel-injection settings in 2003, a major restyle and mechanical update in 2008 and the bike continues to evolve even now.

“Since the birth of the first Hayabusa in 1999 until 2003 I was involved in engine design. Then I was chief engineer for the overall project. First let me say that you cannot talk about this motorcycle without mentioning its aerodynamics. Even when we were refining the design for the second generation, the team placed top priority on improving its already legendary aerodynamic efficiency,” says Hiroshi Iio, who’s responsible for much of the current generation Hayabusa. “The Hayabusa really stands above and apart from other sportsbikes and we intend to evolve its performance to ensure it is loved by riders in the future,” he adds.

“I have been a test rider for the Hayabusa since the very first model and I can say that the Hayabusa's engine feels so overwhelmingly powerful and finely tuned that there is nothing else like it. After riding the Hayabusa, you won't want to ride another motorcycle. Experience the Hayabusa's powerful acceleration from low to high speeds just once and you will be hooked. I encourage you to give it a try. I also ride the Hayabusa outside of work,” says Suzuki test rider, Yuichi Nakashima.

In our opinion, the Suzuki Hayabusa needs a major update to compete with the ZZR1400. A fresh new design, sharper styling, significant weight loss, traction control and a hike in power to 220bhp. What the heck, it's supposed to be over the top, so loosen up a bit, Suzuki, and give the Hayabusa a fresh lease of life...

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