2022 Suzuki Hayabusa First Ride Review - Video
Isle of Man TT ace Mark Miller talks about the new 'Busa.
Mark Miller is absolutely enamored with the new, 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa. Don’t believe me? Read his First Ride Review here. Only the third iteration of Suzuki’s land-speed rocketship since it was born in 1999, the Hayabusa has developed all kinds of hype for how fast it’ll go – upwards of 200 mph if given the chance to stretch its legs without Big Brother holding it back.
With such a reputation to uphold, Suzuki found itself with a bit of a predicament; Yes, the new Hayabusa would need updating to meet Euro 5 requirements, which is convenient since it hasn’t been given a makeover for well over a decade, but there’s also a heritage and a recipe to honor. I can only imagine the design brief in some Suzuki boardroom went something like, don’t f*ck it up!
As Miller is happy to report in his written review, Suzuki surely has not. Critics may shout about the dyno numbers showing the new bike to have a few less horses than before, but really, dyno number jockeys are annoying and shouldn’t be the sole measure by which motorcycles are judged. For 2022 the ‘Busa burns cleaner, still makes massive amounts of power, can reach a (speed governed) 185 mph, and now comes with the requisite electronics suite any sportbike with this kind of straight-line performance should have. Tedious work in the wind tunnel has helped the bike remain stable at high speed, too.
As Miller says both in the written text and in the video here, the result of the aero and engine improvements is an absolute calmness inside the bubble that’s so deceiving, Mark thought he was “only” doing 130 mph when he was really approaching 170! In his estimation, it’s the best aero package of any bike he’s ridden – including the 200-mph superbikes he’s blasted down the Mountain at the Isle of Man. Praise doesn’t get any higher than that. Curious what else he has to say? Check out the video.