2022 Suzuki Hayabusa | First Look Review

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa.

There are few motorcycles on the market that have such an immediate association with speed than the Suzuki Hayabusa. Built to win the top-speed wars of the late ’90s and early ’00s, the Hayabusa was once the world’s fastest production motorcycle ever built, cementing its place in history. First launched over two decades ago, we are now getting our first look at the all-new 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa, complete with an aesthetic overhaul, modern rider aids, suspension tweaks and engine improvements.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

Over the years, the Hayabusa has carved out a few faithful niches in the motorcycling world. Sport and sport-touring riders give it praise for its street and track abilities, hot-rod drag racers swear by its straight-line performance potential, and it is the darling of customizers.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

Now in its third-generation, Suzuki’s hyperbike is slated to receive its first significant update since 2008. Although it is not a from-the-ground-up redesign, there are substantial changes to the platform. The first change is to the name, which ditches the GSX1300R tag and opts for what the rest of us have been calling it, the Suzuki Hayabusa.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review
Virtually all of the Hayabusa’s 1,340cc in-line four-cylinder engine’s internal components are refined.

The ‘Busa’s engine has always been the star of the show, and the new bike uses a heavily revised version of the 1,340cc in-line four-cylinder powerplant from the 2008 model, producing a claimed 187 horsepower at 9,750 rpm and a whopping 110 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Those with an eye on the dyno printout will note the seven-point drop in peak horsepower and nearly 4 lb-ft loss of peak torque. Ever stringent Euro 5 emissions standards are undoubtedly the culprit, but there is a silver lining.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

To combat the minor loss in peak figures, Suzuki wisely sacrificed some top-end horsepower in exchange for a much more relevant low-end and midrange grunt. Compared to its predecessor, the 2022 Hayabusa pumps out more power on the bottom-end and midrange puff, and for real-world street riding, that’s where you need power the most.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

Just as your mother told you, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts,” most of the 1,340cc engine’s internal components are lightened, strengthened or refined. The cylinder head is revised, new throttle bodies are employed, cam profiles are revamped, oil flow is optimized, stiffer valve springs are installed, the pistons and connecting rods are lighter and stronger, there is new magneto timing for improved starts and a new assist-and-slip clutch are the main highlights. All of those changes are capped off by the new 4-2-1-2-exhaust system that is 4.5 pounds lighter. Suzuki also says that these updates will improve reliability, while we say tuners will have an even stronger foundation to work build from.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

When it comes to electronics, the new Hayabusa has leaped into the 21st century and has throttle-by-wire along with a full-suite of rider aids, controlled by a Bosch 6-axis IMU. We can expect 10-level traction control, 10-level wheelie control, six engine power modes (three preset and three customizable), an up/down quickshifter, three-level engine braking control, three-level launch control, cornering ABS, cruise control, active speed limiter and hill hold assist. Lastly, there is a slope descent control that limits rear wheel lift under heavy downhill braking.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

A TFT display is paired up with dual-analog clocks that is a tasteful reference to the original Hayabusa. More to the point, nothing kicks up the drama of triple-digit motorcycle riding like watching a tachometer needle get buried in the red.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

Returning to the fold is the same extruded aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm, but is joined 1.5-pound lighter subframe. With a wet weight of 582 pounds, the low-slung Hayabusa is still thicker than a bowl of oatmeal; luckily, she’s always carried her weight quite well and is said to have a 50/50 weight distribution.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

The fully-adjustable 43mm USD KYB fork is updated with new internals and improves ride quality. Meanwhile, a fully-adjustable KYB shock takes care of things in the rear.

Braking hardware is upgraded, now equipped with 4-piston Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers and 320mm rotors, accompanied by a single-piston Nissin caliper and 260mm disc. Suzuki has also employed linked-braking, meaning that operating the front brake will simultaneously engage the rear. Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 sport rubber is laced up on new cast-aluminum seven-spoke wheels.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

Aesthetically, the Suzuki Hayabusa has gone under the knife while retaining its curvaceous features that are intrinsic to the ‘Busa. Wind-tunnel testing has improved aerodynamics, and some influences are drawn from the GSX-R lineup, reflected in the LED and projector headlight design. Smart features like integrated LED turn indicators are a nice touch as well. The reshaped 5.3-gallon fuel tank is said to improve ergonomic comfort, while the handlebar position is brought closer to the rider and creating a more relaxed, upright rider triangle. The seat height is lowered marginally to 31.5 inches.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Look Review

Available in Glass Sparkle Black and Candy Burnt Gold; Metallic Matte Sword Silver and Candy Daring Red; and Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue, pricing for the 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa starts at $18,599. It should be in dealerships this summer.

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2022 Suzuki Hayabusa Specs:

Engine Type: Liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves
Displacement: 1340cc
Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 65mm
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slip wet clutch
Fuel System: EFI w/ 44mm throttle body
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Rake/Trail: 23.3 degrees/3.5 in.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Claimed Wet Weight: 582 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gals.

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  1. I am in awe of the Busa.. The power of a 580 pound 2 wheel machine takes my breath away. I love it but I fear it. I could never own it as my only ride. I fear that much power but I still admire it. I love it

  2. Suzuki really blew it. Less horsepower, less torque, same weight, and a much higher price to cover the cost of the added electronics. Very disappointing effort. The Hayabusa was the leader when it was introduced on many fronts. Now it is just falling behind as BMW and others march on. Too bad.

    • You missed the important things: a majority of ‘busa owners don’t leave the engine stock, they add turbos, super chargers, and get rid of breathing limitations. The new model has upgraded internals so your mods don’t have to start with rebuilding the engine.
      It’s not the same weight, it’s lighter.
      The biggest addition is taking the body to a wind tunnel; because a lot of the ‘busa’s are used for high speed runs, where hitting the wind matters.
      Still very important: electronic aids have proven there usefulness not just on the streets but at the track also. Ferrari is an example: their club racing events have posted the largest improvements at Fiona once they got traction control overseen by a fast enough computer control module.

    • it will take nothing to turn it into a monster! very few changes will increase to horses! had three generations, new pipies ,power commander,boost was enough!


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