Owing a Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300 R
Suzuki GSX 13000 R or worldwide known as “Hayabusa” is a hyperbike that had been wining hearts since it was launched a decade back! Manufactured as a sports tourer the bike was made to surprise every bike enthusiasts with its capabilities and power. From the date of launch and till today, Hayabusa, hasn’t lost any of its charm in any of the fields may it be cornering or touring or drag. The bike still rules the hearts of bike lovers.
But, how does it feel to own one and run one on the streets, especially, in a country like India?
Pranav Malik is a proud owner of this Jap beast since past 1 year. Clocking 17K kilometers in such a short time on such a bulky sports tourer on Indian roads had been an experience in itself!
We took a spin with him to know how it feels to own one.
Why you choose only “Hayabusa” when you had other options like Honda CBR Fireblade and many others?
Pranav says “My dream bike was Suzuki Hayabusa from 6th standard itself. I always dreamt about owing one and had my room walls pasted to the brim with Hayabusa posters.”
He added “Hayabusa’s history is what that won my heart. Suzuki was into making of a hyperbike or a large capacity sports tourer which was set to be the fastest production bike. Till the time Honda Blackbird was the fastest bike in production. When Hayabusa was launched the team explained the name of the bike to media by saying that Hayabusa is a Japanese transformation of a “Peregrine Falcon” which can achieve 366 kmph of speeds while diving (and the Hayabusa could also do a 300 kmph plus run). Also the team explained the amazing fact that the favorite prey of Peregrine Falcon was the “Blackbird”
Now this was sure to be a history to remember and smile”
“Hayabusa just after launch, was, placed against a drag race to the Honda CB1100XX Blackbird and beated Honda by a huge margin thus becoming the fastest production motorcycle in world”
On being asked about other choices he answered “No ways that I could have brought any other bike, this was my first love and will always be”
Your first impressions after buying and riding?
“Bike was heavy, damn heavy! Fairing was bulky, I had ridden a variety of sports bike before it, but, this was something different. It took me more than a month to get used to the size and weight, especially in traffic”
“Power was enough to get you and many others killed in a fraction of seconds with just a simple twist of throttle. I mean 198 ps is way too much!”
“Hayabusa came with three riding modes. Mode C activates 133bhp Mode B activates 177 bhp and makes it a 600cc motorcycle by reducing the cubic capacity and Mode A gave you all the raw power that is 198ps”
“Braking was superb, but if you haven’t had any experience before of owing a superbike then Hayabusa would keep surprising you for lifetime”
How you tamed it and any aftermarket modifications?
“I was crazy to ride it. You see I have ridden it more than 17K kilometers in a matter of just one year. I have replaced two set of tires and this is the third one that would be seeing off to me soon”
“I took it for a spin everyday and went over highways to get used to the power and speed. The occasional cornering boosted up my spirit to ride it harder. You see this bike seems to be harsh but is very polite if you caress her properly”
“Talking about mods I have put up Yoshimura slip on’s, racing brake and clutch levers, K&N high performance air filters. The suspension has been kept stock to tackle everyday riding and comfortable maneuvering. Brembo brakes are sufficient to stop this beast from crazy speeds to a standstill”
“I have replaced tires twice. The first set was Bridgestone and the next one was too but the third time I switched over to Michelin. They are damn grippy”
“I have also deployed frame sliders in case to of crash to protect my Busa”
“Talking about visual mods, I have replaced the original taillight with in built LED lights and have smoked out all the four indicators and the tail light itself, they look pretty much cool to me!”
“Traction padding, track pads are also additional for good grip and commanding position”
What about performance and top speed and have you joined any group?
“Needless to say the bike is all about performance and mixed touring capabilities. I have topped up to 302kmph over Taj Expressway once and have set the fastest fresher on BIC Noida at 280kmph”
“My bike produces around 199-203 ps after the mods but I have not taken it yet to any dynamometer yet”
“Nobody takes a Busa to the track but I never feel sympathy for riding my bike hard. It’s made to be ridden hard. I love the quote ‘ride it like you stole it’ and doesn’t care when I am riding it”
“Fairing is bulky and thus cornering becomes a matter of practice and precise decisions. I have been to several track days and love to lean it hard and that’s why I have deployed frame sliders”
“And yes I am a proud member of a group called Soul Rider’s. Small group, good people, sensible riders…. You know!”
“I have completed my fastest lap in 02:50:23 on BIC track day”
Pranav keeps the bike into limits over public roads and do not promote overspeeding over highways.
What about fuel? Getting Octane isn’t very easy, how do you manage?
“Suzuki recommends Octane 97 for Busa and I always fill it up with that. But occasionally when I am on long rides (and not just me it’s most of the superbike owners) carry bottles of Octane Booster.
This booster bottle is then mixed into a full tank of normal fuel to increase the performance to higher Octane levels”
“The use of Octane boosters is not supported as it leads down to the destruction of engine parts and performance and could prove very very costly in long term use”
“This booster bottle is available readily over high performance stores and some very rare fuel pumps and costs near around 500 bucks”
“Talk about fuel efficiency I have never noticed very sharply but all in all it gives me around 20 kmpl in a daily running and dips to 10-15 kmpl when performed redline”
And the servicing part? Spare part costs?
“If you own a superbike then some conditions apply the day you bring the bike to home and these include servicing costs, spare costs, fuel efficiency and yes resales”
“My each servicing is done into the official Suzuki showroom and takes amount of nearly 6-8K single handed”
“Spares must be costly but I haven’t got any of things in my bike replaced so that is not a matter of concern to me. Although aftermarket mods are costly. My slip on’s Yoshimura’s costed me a whopping 65K while the frame sliders were near about 15K”
“Each servicing is done in a fixed interval of 3 months”
What are the shortcomings that you have found with time?
“Bike is heavy, fairing is bulky, maneuvering is hard and difficult in city traffic especially for a new rider”
“Overheating is not new to a superbike and this is a no special case. Ride it in traffic and in high temperatures and you can easily feel the burning sensations between your legs even when in leathers”
“Fuel Economy can also be counted as a con if you want to count in…… hahaha”
Which Riding Gears you use?
“I have a REVIT gear that includes riding pants and jacket. I have recently brought a Dainese Laguna Seca Special Edition leather suit. Besides of it I use SHARK helmet. Soon I will be upgrading to ARAI or SHOEI”
“For communicating with group riders we use SCALA communicating systems, they work quiet well and isolate you from outside noises”
Which bike do you now dream to upgrade to?
Pranav told me in a fraction of seconds “BMW HP4”
And what are the frequently asked questions?
“In my opinion if you have ever owned a superbike in India you can easily stand for presidential elections and can host any award function or any UNO conference without even a blink of eye or any hesitation”
“You cross through traffic and stop at a red light and people just go crazy”
“They will stare at you until you don’t pass them, they will keep asking questions repeatedly like “Bhaisahab ye modified hai ya asli hai?” “Bhaisahab aaj tak kitni top speed par bhagaai hai?” “Kitni average de deti hai?” “Kitne ki padi?”
“and they will keep irritating you again and again, time to time, day to day similarly…….”
Pranav added “Owing a superbike was my dream especially a Hayabusa and I am living it. Sure it comes with it’s own shortcomings but I enjoy every part of it. I think that’s what it is made for. To me it’s more important to ride than the ride itself”
Experiences of Pranav tell us that owing a superbike in a country of chaos like India is super fun as well as a headache but then it all comes about the riding. Once a biker, always a biker.