Suzuki’s superbike gets a major upgrade for 2022






Suzuki’s new third-generation $28,999 Hayabusa keeps the speed for which it has become legendary, but boasts a range of technical upgrades designed to make that extreme performance even more accessible. Suzuki claims the new Hayabusa carries more than 500 new parts. The previous model’s 1340cc inline four is carried over, but with internal changes including revised camshaft profiles and lower-mass pistons. Peak power and torque of 140kW/150Nm are slightly down compared with the previous model, but Suzuki claims lowspeed delivery is now much stronger. There’s also a new exhaust system, ride-bywire and a ram air system. The subframe has been lightened and the handlebars moved 12mm closer to the rider, but the biggest advance in the dynamic package comes in the form of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride Suite (SIRS), which features leansensitive traction control and anti-lock braking, launch and wheelie control, engine brake control, rear-wheel lift control and top speed control. There are improved 43mm KYB front forks and KYB rear suspension designed to improve stability, while the Hayabusa wears a new bespoke design of Bridgestone tyres. The bike has also retained its perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Analogue dials are retained for the speedometer and tachometer, but in between them sits a new TFT panel with an Active Data display giving a real-time view of the running status.