The supermoto with the label of being the fastest production motorcycle in the world was officially launched in India last year. Anyone with a healthy Swiss bank account balance can now enter select Suzuki showrooms across the country and ride the Hayabusa.
Not really! The Suzuki GSXR1300, famously known as the Hayabusa, came into the spotlight during the release of the Bollywood movie, Dhoom. Every motorcycle fan knew about the bike and Hayabusa gray market sales soared.
After Yamaha and Honda, Suzuki decided it was time to enter the scene and become the third manufacturer to start selling supermotos in India. At Rs 12.5 lakh (in the showroom, mind you), the bike is very expensive, but the allure and passion of owning the fastest set of two wheels money can buy cannot be matched or replaced.
Weighing in at 500 pounds, the Suzuki Hayabusa is heavy, though once in motion, this machine’s agility completely outshines its dimensions, thus busting some myths associated with its handling characteristics.
Show the big bike a set of twisties and it will respond with a positive response. Even on rough roads, the suspension absorbs undulations and keeps the rider almost isolated, providing a comfortable, foldable feel. With an advanced liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine, even the most experienced and talented riders have to respect the big beast.
However, driven sensibly with the rpm needle below 4000 rpm, the Hayabusa responds smoothly as it ponders traffic or chews up miles on the highway. With the lever, it only takes a few seconds to go beyond 100 km/h and, in the right conditions, the bike will reach a maximum of 296 km/h.
Three different power modes are a boon for riders who aren’t used to this kind of power. The Hayabusa is a motorcycle that most bike fans would love to own one day.