We got the chance to ride the 2013 bike on 200 miles of Southern California back roads, cruising through the Cleveland National Forest and over Palomar Mountain. Even if it’s not the fastest thing on the road anymore, the Hayabusa still impresses with eye-opening acceleration and surprisingly light and neutral handling. The new Brembo calipers, which Suzuki says are more rigid and offer better braking power, do offer slightly better bite and feel than last year’s setup. Unfortunately, those top-tier calipers are still fed via rubber lines (with more plumbing than before due to the ABS unit) and an old-fashioned axial master cylinder, reducing the effect of the upgrade. The ABS works as it should, but is behind the times in terms of refinement.