You say Suzuki Hayabusa and pictures power, acceleration and speed. The icon of pure speed on two wheels has reached its third generation in the genealogy of the ‘peregrine falcon’, this is the Italian translation of his name in Japanese, which traditionally stands out on the fairing in kanji characters.
First unveiled in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa went straight to the top step of the podium as the world’s fastest production motorcycle. After a first, deep restyling in 2007, the current configuration has been reached.
And, despite the abundant twenty years that have passed since the presentation of the first model, although in this latest version the lines do not concede anything either to quotes or to retro charm, the mission is accomplished: you recognize a Hayabusa at first glance. She is unmistakable, as she has always been in the motorcycle scene since her debut. Not just aesthetics though: the third generation retains all the usual features, starting with handling.
It is not among the lightest bikes, with its 264 kilos in running order. But it has never been a problem: low center of gravity and seat, lying driving position but not at all uncomfortable, fluidity and softness of the controls confirm the nature of a German autobahn passer, where speed limits do not cut the legs of the powerful engine. from 1340 cubic centimeters.
Speed therefore, but without giving up the sporty nature: in the mixed it does not look bad in the presence of the more openly sporty models, always remaining balanced and agile, in spite of the size.
And then there is the ‘back’ of the four-cylinder: on this latest version the work of the Hamamatsu engineers has seen the sacrifice of something in terms of maximum power (but since the horses are 190 and the torque is 150 Nm, talk about sacrifice is a candid euphemism) in favor of disbursement in the mid-range. Which is, in no uncertain terms, simply devastating, so much so that, in the mixed, the change seems almost useless. One or two gears more than the ordinary do not move anything: the response of the engine is always there and there is a lot of it. Almost a worry, given that the standard quickshifter allows very fast changes, worthy of a track super sports car. These are the driving sensations, which emerged during the long road test of ANSA Motori, but the cold numbers are no less. Four cylinders, sixteen valves, two overhead camshafts, 1340 cubic centimeters of displacement. And 299 km / h the maximum speed, but only because the Hayabusa, by precise choice of Suzuki, is self-limited.
Then there is the chassis: the double aluminum beam frame, which maintains the classic design of the under-saddle frame, works on a fork with 43 mm stanchions and on a progressive rear monoshock, both branded Kayaba and fully adjustable. In front there are two semi-floating 320 mm discs, on which Brembo Stylema calipers bite, almost indispensable when it comes to this performance. The wheelbase of 1480 millimeters and the 43-degree inclined steering head allow for unsuspected handling, given the large size of the entire bike.
And then there is the electronics. And there is really a lot of it: all that available one would say. In fact, all the aids available are standard: cornering ABS, TC, AWC, 3 power modes, EBC, bidirectional quickshifter, hill hold contol and cruise control. And also the 3-level attack launch control, which will be particularly appreciated by the US fans of the Hayabusa, ready to shoot at the green light of the quarter mile of dragstrips.
Everything can be kept under control on the sumptuous dashboard of the ‘busa’, where a skilful mix of analog instruments and digital panels stands out, able to provide the driver with all the information. And not only those on the settings adopted, but also an overview of the functioning of the bike.
In fact, the data that can be viewed in real time include the lean angle (with memory of the maximum reached), the pressure on the front and rear brakes, the instantaneous acceleration and the position of the accelerator. In short, nothing to envy to the most recent video game for Playstation.