While it looks a lot like the previous model, the Hayabusa has been entirely reworked for 2008. Historically, except for a few minor improvements here and there, plus multiple color changes (more or less successful), the most powerful GSX has stayed exactly the same.
This Suzuki wasted no time conquering the hearts of high-performance enthusiasts and becoming a true speed legend. However, the competition has evolved considerably and a couple of 1,000cc motorcycles have taken center stage. In fact, the Kawasaki ZX 1400 now leads the GSX-R1300 in terms of pure performance and top speed.
|It's one of the rare few motorcycles to offer perfectly-controlled ultimate power.|
The first-generation Hayabusa enjoyed a long life, at least as far as sportbikes go. It had plenty of time to make a fashion statement and impose its will, earning a strong reputation that made many rivals jealous for more than a decade. It's one of the rare few motorcycles to offer perfectly-controlled ultimate power. High caliber
The engine probably represents the most significant improvement for 2008. It went from 1,299 to 1,340 cc, while the compression ratio has increased from 11.5:1 to 12.5:1. This beefy inline 4-cylinder mill uses an electronic fuel injection system with Suzuki's famous dual throttle valve -- an innovative, ultra-efficient technology derived from the GSX-R1000 superbike. The engine of the Hayabusa also receives the brand's Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) allowing you to choose from three different engine settings depending on your riding style or road conditions.
S-DMS provides the company's new bomb with a more friendly ride. Whenever you feel the urge, simply push the button near the right handlebar to let all the ponies loose. This highly-sophisticated system also comes in handy when riding on dusty, twisty roads, which usually require a more delicate hand. Ultra-powerful
With 197 horsepower on tap, the new engine is literally blowing people away. The powerband is pretty linear for an inline 4-cylinder, with just enough low-end torque to allow decent accelerations in the city. It's also very flexible, meaning you can take off in sixth gear. The engine really wakes up near 3,500 rpm and then explodes all the way to the redline.
|It features just enough low-end torque to allow decent accelerations in the city.|