The Indian road infrastructure, which is one of the biggest road networks in the world has improved quite a lot in the recent past. Owners of powerful motorcycles and cars now find open, speed-friendly stretches on the highways quite easily compared to the older times and with the new trend of portable cameras that can be mounted on the helmets and other parts of the body, many high-speed videos are populating the online platforms. Here are two such videos of the mighty Suzuki Hayabusa bikes touching the restricted speed of 300 km/h on the Indian highways.
While aiming to reach the highest possible speed of any vehicle can take some time on the Indian roads. More powerful machines like superbikes or sports bikes or even supercars are capable of doing extremely high speeds on the roads if there’s enough road space available. However, it may take some time to find such open stretches.
Both the videos put by different YouTube creators –Sbkvlogs and Turbo Xtreme show that they attempt to push the needle of the speedometer to the desired number multiple times on the road. Both the riders can be seen taking extreme risks to show you what you see on the screen and both of them finally succeed to record the highest speed on their respective motorcycles.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is an iconic motorcycle that fought one-on-one with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R to be on the top position when it comes to speed during the initial years. However, due to increasing speeds of the bikes and the rising number of accidents, the top-speed of the motorcycles were electronically limited to 299 km/h. Even the restricted speed is not quite safe, especially on the public roads, even more so in India, where most of the motorists do not follow the lane discipline and pedestrians and stray animals can appear from anywhere.
Nonetheless, the Suzuki Hayabusa is a commendable sports touring machines and the riders did show a lot of courage to test the capability of their machines. The Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1,340cc, four-cylinder, inline, liquid-cooled engine that generates a massive 197 Bhp at 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 155 Nm at 7,200 rpm. It gets a six-speed transmission. The Hayabusa is not a track tool but it is meant for long-distance cruising on the highways. The bike weighs a massive 268 kg and is not as agile as the litre-class track-oriented bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 or the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. The Hayabusa is meant for comfort and can is extremely stable on the straight lines.
Speeding on the Indian highways
While India has one of the finest expressways and highways in the region now, it is the usage of the roads that make them extremely dangerous. Most of the motorists do not follow the lane discipline in India and the vehicles can change the lane suddenly. Also, most of the drivers do not even use the rear view mirrors on the road, which is highly dangerous. The other significant dangers of the Indian highways are the stray cattle that can appear out of nowhere on the roads and pedestrians, who choose to cross the highways due to the lack of foot over bridges or simply want to save time. Such speed tests are illegal and should be restricted to safe zones like tracks. There is no better place to enjoy a powerful machine other than the tracks.