The Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300R is the unrivaled sports tourist in its class

One of the first representatives of the sports tourist Suzuki Hayabusa appeared 14 years ago. This bike was destined for many years to take a leading position not only in the model line of the company’s sportbikes, but also in all world manufacturers.

What does such an unusual name Hayabusa mean in translation? The bike was named after the fastest bird in Japan – the peregrine falcon, which, diving, can accelerate to 300 km / h. ! Imagine how fast the peregrine falcon flies!

But the motorcycle was not called that for nothing – Hayabusa GSX 1300R – today it is the fastest sports tourist in the world, at least of those that are available to ordinary buyers and are allowed to drive on civilian highways. Only very experienced riders can master its wild nature and unbridled power. Unsurprisingly, this bike is considered the king of the sportbike world, an icon for design, speed and agility.

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa

Outwardly, Hayabusa resembles a sculpture carved from stone: perfect smooth lines, no sharp corners or protrusions. This is no coincidence – the shape of the motorcycle was chosen after long tests in a wind tunnel, it is ideal for high-speed trips, it perfectly protects the driver from the flow of oncoming air and ensures optimal fuel consumption. A perfectly fitted plastic body kit hides the legendary 1340cc inline engine. 4 cylinders, 16 valves and the signature Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers plus a unique fuel injection system and a pressure air intake with a huge airbox – everything in the motorcycle is designed for maximum speed and dynamics.

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa engine

The secret to the power of the powertrain, which, according to a dynamometer test, produces 171 horsepower at 9,800 rpm (dealers claim 197 horses), are forged aluminum pistons with oil rings that minimize friction and an ultra-slippery chromium nitride coating. which is also much stronger than conventional chrome, which is used to coat pistons in most motorcycle engines. The engine can run on one of three ignition cards, which can be switched between using the selector on the right handlebar grip. This proprietary system (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector The Hayabusa) allows you to use the engine settings for driving on wide highways and narrow city streets.

Another secret is the 44mm Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve. Unlike conventional fuel injection systems, the SDTV’s throttle body contains two butterfly valves. If the first of them, by unscrewing the throttle stick, opens the driver, then the position of the second is electronically regulated and depends on such indicators as which gear is engaged, how many revolutions on the tachometer and how much the throttle stick is open. The result of this joint work of the dampers is a very balanced and responsive injection system.

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R 3

A 6-speed gearbox is designed to transmit the torque of the powerful engine to the chain main drive. True, very few Hayabusa owners have to deal with shifting to the last sixth gear. The box is extremely malleable – in first gear you can “shoot” well over a hundred, but at the same time, if necessary, you can go in third at a speed of 45 km / h. Indeed, why 6th, if you can accelerate to 300 km / h and 5th? Unless just to save gas.

The sturdy skeleton of the bike is a rigid aluminum double frame mounted on a sports suspension, represented at the front by an inverted 43mm KYB cartridge fork. The 12cm fork travel makes it easy to swallow small irregularities in the road surface thanks to the signature ultra-slippery DLC cartridge coating. The spring preload, compression and rebound settings can be changed by the driver at his own discretion. At the rear, high-speed ride comfort is assured by Link’s oil-spring shock absorber.

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa brake

The main changes in the 2013 Hayabusa models were the brakes. They now feature reliable and high-performance Brembo monobloc calipers and anti-lock brakes. According to the calculations of the designers and marketers of Suzuki, such an increase in reliability will definitely appeal to both lovers of high speeds and thrills, and travelers who, from a huge list of available vehicles, preferred Hayabusa.

In the radial typewriter on the front wheel, the piston diameter was increased from 30 to 32 mm – thanks to which the pressure on the two 310 mm brake discs increased, and accordingly, it became easier for the rider to cope with the motorcycle during braking. As for ABS, the Hayabusa was the first in Suzuki’s sports bike lineup to appear on. To install it, the designers had to replace the rear brake. It now features a Tokico single-piston caliper that reliably stops a disc with a width of 5 and a half and a diameter of 260 mm. Rubber was also developed especially for Hayabusa – motorcycle wheels are shod with Bridgestone BT-015 tires. They are the result of long tests in various conditions, have a special structure and tread pattern, which ensures the stability and controllability of the sportbike in a wide range of speeds.


In addition to the high-performance filling, on which the designers worked, designers also contributed to the motorcycle, who, in addition to creating an attractive and memorable appearance, had to smash their heads over the practicality and functionality of a number of elements. So, for example, the fuel tank of a bike can be removed by unscrewing just two bolts and sliding the seat, which is undoubtedly convenient for servicing the motor. Hidden under the rear seat is a fairly roomy trunk, which houses the tools you need along the way. And the passenger seat, if desired, can be replaced with the famous “fin”. Plus, the brake and clutch levers on the handlebars can be adjusted to suit either hand for maximum comfort.

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R 2

It is impossible to ignore such details as the vertical arrangement of the head optics, the LED taillight and the handle for the passenger – all these nuances attract admiring glances to the motorcycle both on city streets and on suburban highways. Hayabusa’s stylish looks are as impressive as their dynamic performance and unique aerodynamics. Every little thing is perfectly worked out. And the shortcomings are in the past, even in the first generation of the motorcycle, which was produced from 1999 to 2007. Of course, Hayabusa requires special treatment – high quality oil and expensive consumables such as sprockets and main drive chain. Also, at first it may seem that the motorcycle enters corners too sharply – this is the merit of a low center of gravity – and too gluttonous – fuel consumption during a dynamic ride can reach 12 liters per hundred. But these are not disadvantages, but rather the features of a powerful and charismatic bike, which the owners compare to a wild, but well-trained beast, and the creators – Suzuki designers – call it an ultimatum, that is, a motorcycle that has no equal.

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R 4

2013 Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa Specs:

engine’s type 4-stroke, DOHC
Number and arrangement of cylinders 4, in-line
Working volume, cubic meters cm 1340
Cylinder diameter, mm 81.0
Piston stroke, mm 65.0
Compression ratio 12.5: 1
Ignition system Electronic
Cooling system Liquid
Power, l / s 197.3
Maximum Nm torque, at rpm 155/7200
Clutch Multi-disc, oil bath
Checkpoint 6-speed
Drive unit Chain
Weight and dimensions
Length, mm 2190
Wheelbase, mm 1480
Seat height, mm 805
Curb weight, kg 260
Fuel tank volume, l 21
Front suspension Inverted telescopic fork with full adjustment of spring preload, compression damping and rebound damping
Rear suspension Pendulum, mono-shock absorber with a full range of adjustments: the degree of spring preload, compression damping and rebound
Brake system
Front Hydraulic; two discs with a diameter of 310 mm
Back Hydraulic; disc with a diameter of 260 mm
Tire size
Front 120/70-ZR-17
Back 190/50-ZR-17

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