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2013 Suzuki Hayabusa

Back in 1999, Suzuki introduced a motorcycle that would come to define the hypersport category – the GSX1300R Hayabusa.

The name Hayabusa is Japanese for the peregrine falcon, a bird that can hit over 200 mph while vertical diving for prey. Back in 1999 this was a clever marketing title, considering one of the peregrine falcon’s prey was the Blackbird, which was the name giving to Honda’s CBR1100XX.

This Blackbird (1996-2007) initially took the honors for fastest production motorcycle in 1997 with a top speed of just over 178 mph. But when the Hayabusa was released in 1999, it destroyed the Blackbird’s speed by 10 mph, the Hayabusa hitting a 188 mph.

Due to these top speeds possibly creating devastation on the road, European and Japanese manufacturer’s began the “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” which put an electronically-capped speed of 186mph on all bikes. Thus ended the top-speed war…but not the war for top hypersport between the motorcycle manufacturers, most notably Suzuki with its Hayabusa and Kawasaki with its ZX-12R and the bike which replaced it, ZX-14R.

With such clout in the hypersport category, the “Busa” remained relatively unchanged except for some styling upgrades and engine tweaks back in 2008.

But for 2013, Suzuki has slightly refined its Hayabusa, the GSX-R1300R arriving with ABS and Brembo Monobloc calipers. This will be the first bike in Suzuki’s sportbike lineup to feature ABS.

The Hayabusa continues to arrive with the 1340cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline four with Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system, the engine tuned for a broad powerband.

The Hayabusa features Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), which allows riders to select one of three engine maps based on performance, and a six-speed transmission with Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) back-torque-limiting clutch to deliver smooth and controlled downshifts.

Wrapping up the package, the 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa features a lightweight twin-spar aluminun-alloy frame and 43mm inverted front forks that feature a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating surface treatment on the tubes to reduce friction and increase reaction to small irregularities on the road. Out back, the Hayabusa features a link-type coil spring.

Following are Australian-specific Hayabusa highlights, specs and color options. As of this writing, the weight and MSRP were not reported, but with the added ABS, the 2013 model should be just over the 2012 model’s claimed weight of 573 lbs. As for price, the ABS will likely add a few hundred to the 2012 MSRP of $13,999.

2013 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R ABS Highlights:

Brembo Monobloc front brake calipers

Lighter and more rigid than conventional bolt-together calipers, the Hayabusa’s top-of-the-line radial-mount Brembo Monobloc front brake calipers deliver better feedback to the rider. Piston diameter were enlarged from 32-30mm to 32-32mm. Larger pistons help apply greater force to the brake disc, which results in increased initial bite and a more controlled feeling. As for the discs, they are 320mm.

Lightweight, high-performance ABS

New, standard equipment Antilock Brake System (ABS) unit features a lightweight, compact design. The ABS enhances brake performance by helping prevent, to a certain extent, wheel locking due to changes in road conditions or excessive braking, by matching stopping power to available traction.

The ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves.


The Hayabusa design perfectly merges motorcycle and rider. Carefully sculpted bodywork tames the wind to maximize the more-than-ample power of the Hayabusa engine. Extensive wind tunnel testing with a rider onboard helped to find the ultimate shape for high-speed riding. The radical aerodynamic styling and smoother bodywork not only gives the Hayabusa its unique look but also protects the rider from the wind and improves fuel efficiency.

Inline Four Powerplant

The Hayabusa’s muscular four-cylinder engine delivers a broader wave of torque for effortless acceleration. Its advanced design boasts liquid-cooling, ram-air downdraft induction with Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle bodies, fuel injection employing twin injectors controlled by a 32-bit ECU, and hollow double overhead cams operating four valves per cylinder.

Forged pistons and PVD-coated rings

Forged three-ring aluminum-alloy slipper pistons provide superior strength. The oil control ring on each piston is electro-plated with a chrome-nitride coating applied in a vacuum chamber using a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) system.

The chrome nitride PVD coating is harder and smoother than conventional chrome plating, reducing friction while improving cylinder sealing. The upper piston ring also features an L-shaped cross section, with combustion pressure pushing the ring tighter against the cylinder wall to further reduce blowby and increase the force actually pushing the piston down.

Selectable engine mapping – Suzuki Drive Mode Selector

The Hayabusa features the unique Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) system, which allows the rider to select one of three engine control maps.

The system allows the rider to select a different map to suit personal preferences in various riding conditions, such as choosing one map for highway cruising and another map for tighter roads.

Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve

The Hayabusa engine is fitted with tapered, 44mm double-barrel Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle bodies. Unlike conventional fuel-injection systems, the SDTV system has two butterfly valves in each throttle body barrel. The rider controls the primary valve via a throttle grip, and the engine management system automatically controls the secondary valve, opening it incrementally to maintain optimum intake charge velocity based on engine rpm, gear position and primary valve opening. This precise, carefully controlled system improves combustion efficiency and makes throttle response feel more natural to the rider.

Visual enhancements

Mean city streets by night or winding country roads under temperate skies, the Hayabusa draws attention wherever you go. Even at rest, the rebellious styling and powerful look can stop people in the street and attract envious stares.

  • Vertically stacked headlight
  • LED taillight
  • Passenger seat and grab bar

Suzuki designers carefully considered every aspect of the bold Hayabusa look-from standout features like lights to the many mechanical details subtly hidden from view.

Hayabusa owners often remark that nothing compares to the awe inspired by a Hayabusa. When parked, the bike invites visitors and when riding through the city it invites envious onlookers. And whenever Hayabusa riders encounter each other they often discover instant camaraderie.

Inverted cartridge front forks

KYB inverted cartridge forks feature a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating surface treatment on the 43mm stanchion tubes to reduce friction and increase reaction to small surface irregularities. The forks provide front wheel travel of 120mm. Spring preload, compression damping and rebound damping are fully adjustable.

Bridgestone tires and rear brake

Hayabusa is equipped with the Bridgestone BT-015, which is specially developed for the motorcycle. The tire’s profile and compound were developed through a variety of testing to achieve a high level of stability and handling. A single-piston, pin-slide TOKICO rear brake caliper works with newly equipped ABS. The rear disc is 260mm in diameter and 5.5mm thick.

Convenient features

A variety of convenient features complement the Hayabusa’s unmatched performance. The fuel tank lifts for maintenance simply by removing the seat and two bolts. A storage compartment under the rear seat provides space to hold tools and owners manuals. Two hooks under the rear seat secure helmets, while four luggage hooks help to secure items to the seat. The 5-way adjustable brake lever and 4-way adjustable clutch lever both allow fine-tuning to the rider’s taste.

2013 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Specs:

  • Engine Type: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
  • Engine Displacement: 1340 cc (81.8 cu. in)
  • Bore x Stroke: 81.0 mm x 65.0 mm (3.2 in x 2.6 in)
  • Compression Ratio: 12.5 : 1
  • Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
  • Front Suspension: Inverted telescopic, coil spring,
  • oil damped
  • Rear Suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Brakes; Front, twin 310mm Discs; rear, 260mm single disc
  • Tires: Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless; rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
  • Fuel Tank: 21.0 L (5.5 US gal)
  • Overall Length: 2190 mm (86.2 in)
  • Overall Width: 735 mm (28.9 in)
  • Overall Height: 1165 mm (45.9 in)
  • Wheelbase: 1480 mm (58.3 in)
  • Ground Clearance: 120 mm (4.7 in)
  • Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
  • Curb Mass: N/A

2013 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Color Options/MSRP:

  • Glass Sparkle Black / Metallic Oort Gray / NA
  • Pearl Glacier White / Metallic Oort Gray / NA