Many bikes have been discontinued by two-wheeler manufactures in the world over thanks to the stringent Euro- IV emission norms. Similar will be the fate of the legendary Suzuki Hayabusa that was loved by everyone. In most cases, the two-wheeler manufacturers have upgraded their motorcycles and some even have managed to surpass the emission norms that complies with Euro-VI norms. But Suzuki has not managed to upgrade its iconic bike Hayabusa and would be discontinuing it by this year end.
Yes, our favourite ‘Busa’ won't be available anywhere except here in India! The blockbuster movie ‘Dhoom’ was the one which catapulted the Hayabusa to stardom here in India. Because of this, for the masses, the Hayabusa is the equivalent or the synonym for any sports bike. But the fans don't need to worry as the Busa will continue to be sold in India until 2020.
Despite constant updates over the years, the current-gen Hayabusa looks almost like the first-gen model launched in 1999. Even the name ‘Hayabusa’ is very unique to the bike as it was derived from the Japanese peregrine falcon. This bird so fast that it can exceed speeds to over 300kmph while diving for a prey. Even the Hayabusa was wind tunnel designed to be more aerodynamic and smoothly slice through the wind. Yes, it isn't the most beautiful sports bike out there but its unique design has helped it achieve speeds above 300kmph in stock form. With a top speed of 312kmph in 1999, it earned the title of the world’s fastest production bike.
But these breakneck speeds resulted in gentlemen's agreement between the Japanese and European manufacturers to electronically limit the speed of their sports bikes to 300kmph. Since then till date, Hayabusa is the fastest production bike in the world technically as there was no subsequent bike that could go faster without being tampered.
Sadly, the Hayabusa couldn’t comply with Euro-IV emission norms and a few other regulations that were introduced back on 1 January 2016. To clear existing stocks, all the two-wheeler manufacturers were given a grace period of two years, which ends on 31 December 2018. After this date, it is primarily illegal to sell the Busa in Europe as a new bike. Though there’s no official statement from Suzuki, as per rumours, a newer Hayabusa will be launched by 2020.
Current-gen Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc, in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. This monstrous engine generates a staggering max power of 196PS with a peak torque of 155Nm that comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. Features like the Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector helps to choose from three different power maps. The 43mm KYB USD forks and a link-type suspension at the rear handle the suspension on this bike. Braking is commanded by twin 310mm discs brakes up front and a single 260mm disc at the rear.
Suzuki’s plant in Gurgaon, Haryana assembles the CKD kits of the Suzuki Hayabusa for India. Hayabusa is one of the most affordable superbikes available in the country as the CKD process has made Suzuki price the Hayabusa at Rs 13.59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). And thanks to this amazing pricing and stardom it outsells every other litre-class bike in India, even its prime competitor, the Kawasaki ZX-14R.