Looking for speed? The ‘Busa packs the top-end punch as one of Suzuki’s most powerful sportbikes with its liquid-cooled 1,340cc engine. In fact, it established itself as the world’s fastest production bike when Cycle World previously recorded a 194-mph top speed and impressive 9.86-second/146-mph quarter-mile run. Aside from being a performance icon, the Hayabusa is also characterized by its lightweight and rigid chassis, crisp throttle response, and distinctive bodywork. With inspiration from the peregrine falcon, the Hayabusa cuts through wind and flies down the road making it a ride for speed fiends of the road and quarter-mile tarmac.
Looking back at what boosted the 'Busa’s popularity, Motorcyclist covered: “Much of that success is due to the bike’s functional competency—its ability to be a calm commuter one minute and fire-breathing quarter-mile demon the next. But the bike’s bold look has also contributed, the aesthetics speaking to a generation of younger sportbike enthusiasts who’ve taken over a decent portion of the sportbike terra firma held primarily by baby boomers populating the scene in the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s.”
Bringing the heat, the Kawasaki ZX-14R is the primary contender to this super sportbike from Suzuki.
2020 models are offered in two new colorways (Candy Daring Red and Metallic Thunder Gray) with color-matched wheels.