The 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa continues to dominate the sports bike segment as the fastest and most powerful production motorcycle available. Yet, it gives up little in ride-ability. Its top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph, but it couples high speed with so much stability and comfort that it is a very good choice for long, fast, and very sporting road trips. This unique combination of hyper performance and very long legs puts the 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa in a class with few direct competitors, perhaps none. It is capable of running a quarter-mile drag race in 10 seconds and delivering its rider safely at the end of a 1000-mile day. Speed, handling, comfort, reliability, noise, and even fuel economy combine in this machine as an efficient total package with few compromises. This motorcycle is not for everyone. It appeals to riders who want ultimate performance and appreciate the refinements that make it usable. It is nonetheless one of the most successful sports bikes Suzuki has ever produced.
When Suzuki introduced the Hayabusa in 1999 its performance immediately set it above and beyond the fastest motorcycles of the day. The contemporary Honda CBR100XX Super Blackbird was capable of more than 178 mph. That motorcycle was built to surpass the Kawasaki Ninja ZX11 with its top speed of 175 mph. The Honda's name pays homage to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest aircraft of its time. Suzuki gave its new ultra-performance bike the Japanese name for the peregrine falcon, a bird capable of diving at speeds of more than 180 mph while hunting its prey, which is said to include blackbirds. With fears of a motorcycle arms race leading to government intervention and perhaps outright bans, the manufacturers chose to voluntarily limit the top speed of their machines. This gentlemen's agreement left the Hayabusa with the undisputed title of the fastest production motorcycle of the twentieth century.
The 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa builds on this heritage with features included when the model was refreshed for the 2008 model year. Its 1340-cc, liquid-cooled, inline, four-cylinder engine features four lightweight, titanium valves per cylinder. This allows lighter valve springs and higher lift while maintaining accurate control. The upper compression and oil control rings feature a hard chrome-nitride Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating for improved sealing and reduced friction. The motor also features Suzuki's Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers. It breathes through a ram-air intake with large-volume airbox. The exhaust system is a large-volume four-two-one-two arrangement and includes a large-capacity catalyst and dual triangular canisters. Fuel injection is the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system. The end result of all this technology is 194 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. The rider can use the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector to choose from three different engine settings optimized for different riding conditions. The 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa is available in two colors: Pearl Mirage White and Pearl Nebular Black. Both are new for this year.