The Hayabusa GSX1300R, Suzuki’s legendary road legal missile, seems to be going down under for the year 2018. Documents filed with California Air Resources Board (CARB) by Suzuki list the same emissions figures for the Hayabusa as last year. This suggests that the ‘Busa is not getting any refresh for model year 2018.
The Suzuki Hayabusa went on sale way back in 1999. Boasting of a top speed higher than the previous record holder, Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird, the ‘Busa earned the title of 20th century’s fastest motorcycle. Kawasaki threw their Ninja ZX-12R in the fight, but the Ninja couldn’t hold a candle to the Hayabusa.
In 2008, Suzuki bumped the ‘Busa’s displacement up to 1340cc and added a slipper clutch to the motorcycle. Other than these changes, and minor design and decal revisions over the years, the porky yet capable ‘Busa has remained largely unchanged ever since its inception eighteen years ago.
In its current guise, the Hayabusa puts out 197hp and 155Nm of torque, which are serious numbers even by today’s standards. On a machine that tips the scales at a hefty 250kg, the bike is still capable of approaching warp speeds with those numbers. Moreover, none can match the ‘Busa’s top end punch. Other than ABS and three riding modes, the bike does not get any other technology. Due to the lack of electronic rider aids, the ‘Busa comes in at a price that makes it accessible to many riders. There were rumors that Suzuki was working on a turbocharged ‘Busa to counter the menacing Kawasaki H2R but so far there has been no concrete data to verify if this is actually happening.
We are keeping our eyes and ears open for any news that sheds light on the Hayabusa’s future. For the world’s most popular big capacity bike to cease production would mean the demise of a legend. However, it could also mean that the ‘Busa could be making way for a new motorcycle that could take its legacy forward while being able to toe the line with today’s electro-wizard performance bikes.