140 Kmph. Yes, that’s what the Suzuki Hayabusa can do in its 1st gear. One of the world’s fastest motorcycles, the top speed of the Suzuki Hayabusa is rated at 299 Kmph. The motorcycle will soon go out of production and the last few units have already begun arriving into India as the 2019 edition. Meanwhile, here is a video that shows the Suzuki Hayabusa maxing out at 140 Kmph after hitting the rev limiter, on an Indian road.
The Suzuki Hayabusa 1300R is the flagship motorcycle from the Japanese two wheeler giant, and is designed to be a sports tourer. The motorcycle is one of the most recognizable superbikes in India following the hit Bollywood movie Dhoom, in which the negative character of the movie – John Abraham – rode the Hayabusa as his getaway bike. Ever since, the Hayabusa has become a cult superbike in India.
The motorcycle is powered by a 1,300cc, inline-four cylinder four stroke engine. This fuel injected motor puts out 197 Bhp of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 155 Nm of peak torque at 7,200 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox, and fuel efficiency is rated at 11 Kmpl – not bad at all for a bike that can nearly do 300 Kmph. The 2019 Suzuki Hayabusa is priced at Rs. 13.79 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The price tag is extremely competitive, and the Suzuki Hayabusa offers great value for money, especially considering the Bhp/Lakh factor. Suzuki assembles the Hayabusa in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route -a reason why the company is able to price the motorcycle so competitively. Key challengers of the Hayabusa such as the Kawasaki Ninja ZZR 1400 and the BMW K1300 are much more costlier as they are full imports.
The sheer popularity of the Suzuki Hayabusa has resulted in a number of replica bike builders mushrooming across India. These replica builders take affordable, sub-400cc motorcycles in India and install a Hayabusa body, and wheels to the motorcyles. The net effect is that of a Suzuki Hayabusa, minus the big 1,340 cc engine that costs less than1/5th of the real version. From the Bajaj Dominar to the Hero Karizma, many affordable Indian bikes have been built into Hayabusa replicas and this trend isn’t expected to die down anytime soon.
Coming to the discontinuation of the Hayabusa, Suzuki has already stopped shipping the motorcycle to Europe following tighter emission norms in that part of the world. As for the Indian context, the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 emission norms are expected to put the Hayabusa out of production here as well. So, the days of the internal combustion engined Suzuki Hayabusa are numbers. Suzuki is yet to announce a replacement for this legendary machine. However, don’t be surprised if the Hayabusa makes a comeback as a hybrid/electric superbike in future. Such a move from Suzuki would be fitting as the Hayabusa can get a new lease of life. However, enthusiasts may not really like the transition from the petrol engine that’s full of drama to the appliance-like electric powertrain.