Most motorcycle enthusiasts have no trouble in pronouncing the make and model name, Suzuki Hayabusa, however, few know what the word actually means. Hayabusa is the Japanese word used in reference to the peregrine falcon. Anyone familiar with birds is well aware that this bird of prey is known for its speed. The peregrine falcon often reaches speeds between 180 and 200 mph when thrusting itself into a dive to pursue its prey. Similarly, its Japanese namesake was introduced as the fastest production bike in history, capable of reaching speeds near 200 mph in stock form, right off the showroom floor. Introduced in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa offered an immediate lure to sport bike enthusiasts who were demanding the biggest and baddest production motorcycles available.
In 2005, Suzuki continued to offer top-quality, raw speed, and refined performance to riders. The 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300R continued the tradition of the bike's first generation. A slight aesthetic change was noticeable, as Suzuki went away from putting its brand name all over its motorcycles, and instead began stamping them with the Suzuki insignia ""S."" In terms of performance, the 2005 model does fall into the speed restriction category of all sport bikes, as safety and prudence won the battle over speed potential and engine technology. For most riders, the 186 mph electronic limitation will never be reached, and the quickness and speed of the 2005 Hayabusa will be thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of losing ten or so mph.
The 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa sits on the impressive power plant of a 1,299cc liquid cooled inline four cylinder. The DOHC 16 valve, fuel injected delivery system ensures maximum control and throttle response. The forced air induction takes the internal combustion to the next level, presenting a street-legal rocket, when rapidly climbing through the six speed transmission. This sport bike possesses the brains of a modern technology, and the brawn of a heavy weight punch.
Building upon a power platform that is more impressive than what is possessed by many small cars, Suzuki built a true shell around the beefy sport engine. Many of the Hayabusa's critics were those who disliked its full fairing, track-ready look when it was released in 1999. By 2005, those critics had been silenced by the Hayabusa reputation, or possibly with a quick test ride. The multi-point adjustable suspension is well-disguised by the full body fairing, but it lends itself to the solid reputation and tradition of Suzuki—they are supreme machines in the realm of handling and maneuverability.
The cockpit and instrumentation is precisely where it would be expected—right under the nose, just in front of the hands. This allows for quick peeks, without losing sight of the road. Like so many sport bikes, the aesthetics of the cockpit are race- and aircraft-inspired. Any vehicle boasting a speedometer reading over 200mph deserves to be done up right, and Suzuki easily succeeds in this regard.
When it comes down to the bottom line, the 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300R is well worth its price tag, considering its superbike nature. However, this is not a bike merely for the individual who can afford it. To straddle this thing safely, and to enjoy it for years to come, experience is definitely a prerequisite.