The new design of Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa is to completely redefine sporting expectations. The Hayabusa pushes the envelope so far that Suzuki doesn't refer to the bike as a sport bike, nor as a super sport bike, but as an "ultimate sport bike." I guess that's called Hayabusa hyperbole. As you may have heard, Hayabusa is the name of a small Japanese falcon that has the ability to fly really, really fast. Reportedly at speeds up to 186 mph.The GSX1300R was designed to be the fastest sport bike on the market and Suzuki hopes that the Hayabusa will be able to conquer the previous top speed records set by all other production motorcycles. To that end the GSX1300R not only has a giant power plant of 1298cc but also an aerodynamically designed profile.
The GSX1300R's wind-cheating shape was achieved by stacking the headlights and pulling the blinkers into the bike's upper, locating them on the outboard sides of the ram air intakes. By doing this Suzuki was able to achieve the lowest coefficient of drag ever found on one of their motorcycles. The placement of the turn signals is also claimed to help force air into the ram-air intake tracts which have been placed near the point of maximum air pressure.
Suzuki heavy bikes are refined, comfortable way of covering large distances at very, very high speeds indeed. Having ridden all the current competition I make no bones about saying, categorically, that though the others may be a little faster (or even quite a lot faster) there is no doubt in my mind which one I would rather cover a long distance on. Several hundred miles left me comfortable, relaxed and absolutely free of the aches and grumbles often associated with long distance, high speed touring. On top of that there is room to strap bags. There are also plenty of handy points to which you can attach bungees. And passengers, as well as being accommodated very comfortably, make not one iota of difference to the performance and have a barely noticeable impact on handling and braking. All of which, I guess makes this oldest of the über-tourers, the best as well as well as the cheapest currently on the market.
Now all this performance is only as good, at the end of the day, as the brakes. And, though I’m not the greatest fan of linked brakes, as ever these are very good. You have to give Suzuki some credit for the way that they take an idea and stick with it, even in the face of some criticism, and refine it and polish it until it actually becomes close to the benefit that it was always supposed to be. I still prefer normal braking systems, but the Suzuki’s stoppers proved well up to the task in hand, scrubbing off enormous amounts of energy without complaint or problems.