Ultimate Sport In Timeless Styling - Hyperbike capabilities on Tourer comfort
I have ridden an 800cc Intruder, a 750cc Suzuki Katana and a 750cc Suxuki GSXR and recently a 600cc Suzuki Bandit. I will ride anything with 2 wheels and a motor so I am not a riding snob. I like cruisers but wanted to maximise fun in the tight twisties so thought of maybe a 600cc sports bike. But then I realised that sports bikes hurt my wrists so I thought about the upright Bandit. The problem was that a) I wanted more power and b) I needed a big bike for long rides - and still I wanted to enjoy the twisties.
In hindsight, I probably should have tested a GSXR 1000 for the power and corner enjoyment but I had always wanted a Haya. You either love the shape or hate it and I adore it. I also decided I would only have sore wrists for 2 sports bikes - the Haya or the Yamaha R1 and I had read that the R1, while stunning in corners and quick all round, was a little cramped on long runs. So I was somewhat decided that my dream bike was a Haybusa.
Imagine how thrilled I was to discover my Suzuki dealer had a low mileage '07 model just in my price range in the classic colours I love. I had too much fear and respect to really open it up on the test ride but I knew that this was a bike to savour and, like a thoroughbred horse, to learn slowly and master with time, something Haya blogs have since confirmed. Haya wisdom seems to be to take it easy and ride, ride, ride until one day you realise you really are testing the bike's limits and respectful without being fearful. I am finding this to be true as each ride I am discovering more of the bike's capabilities with less reserve.
I have read much about the bike's long wheel base not beng conducive to great cornering and while obviously this won't be flicked around like the 1000cc's or 750cc's, many blogs confirm what I have so far discovered- that the Haya is a treat in corners and fun powering out.
As expected (and as YouTube will abundatly show), the Haya is a dream on the straights and somehow once it hits about 90mph (145km/hr) the bike stabilises and you feel ready to power up and actually feel safe doing it.
The front shocks are smooth and you won't feel half the bumps you will see cruisers bouncing over. The riding position is comfortable and I genuinley get the feeling that I just want to keep riding, so this bike really can be classed a tourer even though it has hyper-bike performance. At any speeds it just eats the road and as for sore wrists, they hurt a little at first but lately not really. I am not a crazy rider and won't ride a fraction of the radical YouTube expert riders, but I love speed and corners and the Haya meets my every passion to get a top end riding experience.
I cannot pass my bike without wanting to jump on and start it up. This bike has me dreaming of her throaty voice while in boring office meetings, dreaming of her at night, thinking of her in the morning wanting to spend time with her; planning our next date and visualising our next getaway. This is not a casual love affair but a long time partnership with commitment.
More than a decade ago, Suzuki developed a machine so unique that it instantly attracted a devoted following around the world. Like its namesake, the Japanese peregrine falcon, the Hayabusa is famed for cutting through the air with incredible agility and performance.
Through countless engineering refinements of the original design, the Hayabusa spirit has endured. Its incomparable performance delivers a fun and sporty ride at any speed, setting the bar high for rivals and defining the “Ultimate Sport Bike.” The radically original yet timeless styling also reflects the spirit of the person who owns a Hayabusa. Its sensational power, speed, smooth ride and overwhelming presence continue to fascinate owners and onlookers alike. Because the Hayabusa is, and always will be, the ultimate sport bike.