Also called GSX1300R, "Busa", "Bus"
Production 1999 - to current
Class Hyper sport
Related bikes: Suzuki B-King
The Suzuki Hayabusa (also known as the GSX1300R in some
countries) is a hyper sport motorcycle originally introduced by
Suzuki in 1999. It has a 1340 cc (81.7 cu in) inline-4 engine
and was consistently tested as the fastest production
motorcycle in the world before the 2001 detuning agreement
referred below. The 2008 model has a MSRP of US$11,999.
History of the Suzuki Hayabusa (Haybusa -
Hybusa) Crotch Rocket
The name Hayabusa translates directly from the Japanese as
Peregrine Falcon, the bird which is supposed to be capable of
speeds of over 200 mph (322 km/h) — and predator of (perhaps
not coincidently) the blackbird. The name is a reference
to Honda's competing Hawk models. When introduced in 1999, it
overtook the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird as the fastest
production motorcycle. The first generation of the Hayabusa was
called the GSX1300R and was powered by a 1299 cc (79.2 cu in)
inline-4 liquid-cooled engine. The Hayabusa crotch
rocket remained substantially unchanged up through the
2007 model year.
The motorcycle in stock form was capable of the following
2008 Hayabusa--- Competition in the hyper sport bike segment
increased with the release of motorcycles like the BMW K1200S,
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14. This increased
competition led to Suzuki heavily revising the GSX1300R for the
2008 model year. Suzuki has dropped the GSX1300R designation in
some countries and simply called the motorcycle the Hayabusa.
The engine size was increased to 1340 cc (81.7 cu in) with the
compression ratio increasing to 12.5:1. The revised engine has
a claimed 12% increase in power to 194 hp (145 kW).
Fuel is now fed through a pair of new 44 mm (1.7 in) Suzuki
Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle bodies. The Suzuki Drive
Mode Selector (S-DMS), a technology introduced on the GSX-R
line of motorcycles, provides three options of power delivery
for a range of touring to wide open high performance. Some of
the more notable features include a new 4-2-1-2 exhaust system
meets Euro 3 and EPA Tier 2 emission regulations, a slipper
clutch, and redesigned bodywork..
The Suzuki Hayabusa in its stock form is capable of the
2000 GSX1300R "Hayabusa"After its introduction, the major
Japanese motorcycle manufacturers realized that the power and
speed wars among flagship sport bikes would not end and would
eventually lead to increased government regulation. For the
model years 2001 to 2008, a timing retard was added in 6th
gear, as well as an earlier rev limiter (10200 RPM V.S. 11000
RPM). This limited the top speed from the 1999/2000 model's 198
mph (319 km/h) to a new maximum of 186 mph (299 km/h).
From its debut in 1999 to June 2007 over 100,000 Hayabusas were
sold worldwide. In the United States during the year 2005 over
10,000 units were sold. For 2006 in the US sales of the
Hayabusa were twice that of the Kawasaki ZX-14, which was being
released that year. And again for the year over 10,000
units were sold in the US.
Overall, sales in the US have increased year after year
since its release in 1999 until 2006 and went from just a few
thousand units in 1999 to over 10,000 in 2006. Worldwide yearly
sales statistics are not known.
The high-powered lightweight engine in the Hayabusa lends
itself to non-motorcycle applications. The Westfield Megabusa
is an English sports car, based on the Lotus Seven, which uses
the Hayabusa engine. The engine has also been used in Smart
two-seater city cars, although these have only been
experimental conversions, not production models.