One of the greatest new-model launches of all time. Not only did I nearly get a knee down on the Spanish freeway, so rapido was the copper falcon at top whack. I also got to spend half a day (maybe it was a whole one?) blasting the thing around Circuit Catalunya: One of my most cherished memories is sneaking up behind famed journalist John Ulrich in Turn 10, and giving him a gentle tootle of the horn. The Hayabusa has a distinct cult, as its cult is also a sizable chunk of a race: The African-American community seems to have embraced the Hayabusa like no other sportbike. Impeccable taste! The ’Busa is so good that Suzuki’s still stamping them out. Hai!

Hayabusa vs. ZX-14R Shootout

2008 Hayabusa First Ride