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My grandmother used to say that when the river sounds it is because it carries water. Suzuki has been stagnant for some years and needs a boost in its range of models. So far we have talked about a turbocharged intermediate sports car, the possibility of a GSX-R300 and, above all, the back of the Suzuki Hayabusa.
The mythical queen of high-flying sports cars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries seems more and more viable, and rumors continue to come from Japan that Suzuki continues to shape its top-of-the-range model.
A revamped Suzuki Hayabusa seems to be getting closer and closer
With the exception of the recently launched GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R that we could already test at the Almería circuit, Hamamatsu sneakers need a makeover like May water. The GSX-R600, the GSX-R750, and much less the GSX-1300R Hayabusa are no longer listed in their catalog.
This motorcycle that managed to postulate itself as the fastest series motorcycle ever made has always had a great acceptance among the public, but the greater repression towards speed, the turn of the market towards more rational concepts and the increasingly restrictive emission regulations (the last Hayabusa was Euro3) have banished this kind of motorcycles. Only Kawasaki maintains some of that mystical aura with the ZZR1400 and the latest supercharged H2 SX.
There is a lot of speculation around what the reincarnation of the hypothetical Suzuki Hayabusa will be like, but everything indicates that there will be a new model, yes or yes, to the joy of all. On this occasion, it was the Italians from InSella (who in turn echo rumors from Japan), who have thrown new data into this tangle of rumors.
The latest beliefs suggest that the engine that equips the new 'Busa increases the displacement of its four-cylinder in-line to the 1,440 cubic centimetersA fairly predictable step if they want to maintain outstanding performance levels and comply not only with the restrictive Euro4, but also the future Euro5.
Why would Suzuki venture to a new Euro5 powertrain? Very easy. One of the reasons that the Hayabusa has not continued to be sold is that, being Euro3, the Euro4 has prevented it from 2017. Well, the Euro5 arrives in 2020, so it would be a sovereign mistake to mount an engine Euro4 if the rumors about the marketing date of the new Hayabusa in 2019 are true.
Regarding the electronic section, the generational leap that the Hayabusa will have to make will be in a double curved corkscrew plan. The last update to the Hayabusa was made about a decade ago. The 2013 model was a facelift of a motorcycle with many more years behind it, so for the future model they would have to throw the house out the window in Japan.
The standard equipment should include, at the very least, an electronics with inertial measurement platform IMU, traction control, cornering ABS and adaptive suspensions as little to be an attractive bike. And that taking into account that it would still be almost two years before the irruption of the model, a time in which things can change a lot.
We have to take the rumor mill around the Hayabusa with a grain of salt, but it can't be lost either. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the original model and brands, especially Japanese ones, are very muscular to celebrate this type of birthday.
In any case, the future model and all its ballots to become a reality must materialize in a sport-touring motorcycle wrapped in a genuinely aerodynamic fairing like the one that originally made them famous, suitable for traveling alone or with a passenger and well loaded with luggage, standard or optionally.
We will see if in the end those reports that pointed to the supercharging to compete against Kawasaki are true or the wind blows them away.