So this is it – here are the first photographs of the much-awaited 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa. Those who were expecting a radically styled new ’Busa might be slightly disappointed – the new Hayabusa looks like a mild evolution of the old one. And not a very pretty one at that.
The engine, as we reported earlier, is shared with the Suzuki B-King. The 1340cc inline-four (up from 1299cc on the old Hayabusa) has a higher compression ratio (12.5:1, up from 11.0:1), titanium valves, chrome-moly con-rods, and updated fuel injection. Suzuki claim a 12 percent boost in performance - a claimed 197 horsepower at the crank! Top speed is not likely to be more than 300km/h, though the new Hayabusa, which weighs 220kg, may accelerate harder than the Kawasaki ZZR1400.
Like the GSX-R1000, the new Hayabusa also gets a three-way drive mode selector switch, which should make riding the bike easier in wet weather conditions. Then there's the revised twin-spar aluminum frame, a more rigid swingarm, stronger rear subframe, fully-adjustable suspension, and radial-mount four-piston Tokico front brake calipers. Suggested retail price is US$11,999.
The bikes that can keep up with a Hayabusa:
Here's the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa launch video
The 2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400...
The Acabion GTBO 70: It'll blow the fenders off a 'Busa!
The Bimota YB11: Only 25km/h short of the Hayabusa's top speed...
The MV Agusta F4 CC: Faster, more powerful and better looking than a Hayabusa. Oh, and vastly more expensive too... :-)
The Ducati Desmosedici RR: Gorgeous. Utterly gorgeous. And VERY fast!
The KTM NitroDuke: With 2000 horsepower, it'll paste a Hayabusa...
The Motoczysz C1: Very expensive, very, very fast...
The Vincent Black Shadow: 240km/h, back in the 1940s!
2007 MotoGP bikes: Only 800cc engines, but plenty fast
Drag race: Kawasaki ZZR1400 vs Suzuki Hayabusa!
More 2008 bikes:
2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, lairy new paintjob!
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Extreme performance, but what about the styling...?
Stunning new Hondas: The CB1100R and Evo6
Pics and details: 2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Z750, ER-6n, ZX-6R, Versys 650 and Ninja 250R
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R1
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
Video: 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100
Triumph Hurricane 1300: Is the first 200mph British superbike coming...?
BMW HP2 Sport Boxer to go into production soon...
Pics and details: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR, XL700V Transalp
Honda: V4 revival in 2009?
2008 KTM 690 Duke and other 690-based machines...
First pics: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, details and tech specs...