There’s no need to give an introduction of the Hayabusa. Back in the days, it was the fastest production motorcycle available. But since then, there have been other surpassing rivals setting up new records. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Hayabusa, and rumours are spreading about a new model is in the works which could be revealed in 2019.
We really hope that these rumours turn into reality because the Hayabusa deserves a complete revamp. It should have been updated before only. I’m not able to fathom why Suzuki didn’t pay much heed to this bike in the past so many years. Anyway, better late than never, right?
According to a few Japanese magazines and an Italian website (Insella), the new Hayabusa is expected to be unveiled in 2019. The Japanese firm will increase the engine capacity of the new model from 1340cc to 1440cc, and it’d be called as the GSX-1400R. Other new (and obvious by today’s standard) features would include an advanced traction control system, semi-active suspension and cornering ABS.
Since these are still rumours, and Suzuki hasn’t confirmed anything, we would say that it would take Suzuki much longer to work on the new model, and 2019 wouldn’t be the year when we would be able to see the new Hayabusa in flesh. We hope we are wrong, though.
During the hibernation of Suzuki, Kawasaki has worked its way up many steps with its product line-up. Forget the Ninja ZX-14R (the Busa killer), Kawasaki has got others like the extremely powerful and maniac, Ninja H2 and H2R. Taking the supercharger technology of these two motorcycles to its other product, Kawasaki also launched the touring-oriented Ninja H2 SX. And we only saw the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R, which, by the way, were longing for an update too.
We really hope that the new Hayabusa isn’t just talks of thin air. Take your sweet time, Suzuki, but come back with a bang. Perhaps, we’d get to see some forced induction on the new model to get rid of the ‘green bugs’. We’d be waiting, Suzuki.