Named after a speedy falcon, the Suzuki-made Hayabusa motorcycle was first offered in the 1999 model year. When it was introduced, the Hayabusa, also known as the GSX1300R, was the fastest production motorcycle on the market. The Hayabusa line of motorcycles was redesigned in 2007 and 2008 and continues to be sold.
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The first Hayabusa models were made to compete with other super bikes such as the Honda Blackbird and the Kawasaki Ninja. The Hayabusa models were equipped with a 1,299-cubic-centimetre motor that produced 156 horsepower at 9,500rpm. The motorcycle reached a top speed of 189.6mph. Beginning in the 2000 model year, the speed of the Hayabusa bikes were electronically limited to 189mph.
Since the 2008 model year, the Hayabusa has been powered with an engine with a displacement of 1,340 cubic centimetres. It is a liquid-cooled, dual overhead cam four-cylinder engine. It is more powerful than the early Hayabusa motors, making 197 horsepower at 9,500rpm. The motor is capable of producing 113.6 foot-lbs. of torque at 10,200rpm. Like its predecessors, the current model is electronically limited to a top speed of 189.6mph. Tests by an experienced driver show the Hayabusa at factory specifications produced a 10.371-second, quarter-mile run at a drag strip, reaching a speed of 141mph.
Hayabusa motorcycles are often modified with aftermarket parts to increase the their performance capabilities. In fact, Super Street Bike magazine claims that the Hayabusa is one of the most commonly modified vehicles in the world. Among the upgrades available for Hayabusas are brake calipers, crankshafts, cylinder heads and more. According to Motorcycle USA, a modified, supercharged Hayabusa set a speed record of 259.393mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2008.
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