""Absolute speed"": the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa's reputation can be summed up with those two words. Having set the world motorcycle top speed record, it is impossible not to mention the Hayabusa in any discussion about highest top speed, or fastest accelerating motorcycles. From the Bonneville Salt Flats to your local drag race strip, the Hayabusa's reputation precedes it. The Hayabusa is not just a sport bike, but it also epitomizes the term superbike. Beginners beware: this is not a bike to learn how to ride on. This is a bike for those who already know how to ride, and are looking to take their skills to the next level.
No one can deny the Suzuki Hayabusa has a unique look. When it was initially designed in 1999, Suzuki wanted to give the Hayabusa original styling that would define the company for the future. While most sport bikes have sleek fairing, the Hayabusa's screams aggressiveness. Whether you love or hate it, the Suzuki Hayabusa will definitely stand out among other sport bikes wherever it’s parked or ridden.
The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a monster of an engine. There is no other way to describe the 1340cc, 16 valve, Inline four-cylinder engine. It generates 166.6 horsepower at 9,500 rpm, and 101.4 ft. lbs of torque. At least 90 ft. lbs of torque are available at 3,000 rpm, which translates into outstanding acceleration from a standstill, up to speeds that are twice the posted speed limit in most states.
While there has been a ""gentleman’s agreement"" the past ten years so motorcycle companies don't keep trying to break world records in top speed, the Hayabusa still deserves its crown of being the fastest production motorcycle in the world. Most of the Hayabusa's competitors for raw speed are limited production boutique bikes that cost $100,000 or more. With a stock Hayabusa able to achieve zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds, and run the quarter mile in the mid 9-second range, this motor is capable of delivering all the power a rider could possibly need or want. For added features, the Hayabusa comes with Suzuki's Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS). The S-DMS has three different engine settings that adjust performance for road conditions, and rider preference.
The chassis on the Suzuki Hayabusa is designed to deliver superior stability, while accelerating and maintaining a high top speed. A twin-spar cast aluminum frame forms the base of the chassis. Showa fully adjustable inverted forks provide the suspension up front, with an adjustable aluminum alloy rear shock absorber in the rear. While the chassis is designed to optimize stability at high speed and under intense acceleration, it is still a nimble bike capable of cornering well. The Hayabusa handles remarkably well, allowing you to enjoy casual riding on twisting mountain roads, as much as drag racing at the local track. Tokico radial mounted front brake calipers, taken from the Suzuki B-King, supply excellent and reliable stopping power, which is necessary on a bike this fast.
The Suzuki Hayabusa's ergonomics emphasize its essence. There is no compromise on the Hayabusa. There is no nod to touring comfort here, just a focus on maximizing the bike's performance. Its seat, handlebars, and footpegs are designed for one purpose only: assisting the rider to achieve the fastest speed possible (or legal). The Hayabusa might also be one of the most heavily customized bikes ever made, so plenty of aftermarket modifications are available from adding a turbo, to custom paint.
The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa is not a bike for everyone. Beginners should start with something much less potent. However, experienced riders who seek the pinnacle of motorcycle performance will get a lot of enjoyment out of this pace- and trend-setter of a bike.