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ratios 1-2 moved closer together.

Ergonomic and cosmetic changes for

the 2008 model include a higher

windscreen, and interlocking gauge

faces with a digital speedometer, as

well as a new gear indicator and

adjustable shift light. The fairing

fasteners were hidden to

uncomplicate custom paint work.

The twin-spar aluminum frame was

carried over from the

previous version, and

wheelbase, rake/trail,

and seat height were the

same, while overall

length grew by two

inches, and the taller

windscreen added about

½ inch. Weight was

saved by omitting the

centerstand.

Technical improvements

in the chassis include

Tokico radial brake

calipers, allowing smaller

discs and therefore lower

unsprung weight,

translating into superior

handling. Increased front

braking power[39]

necessitated a sturdier

lower triple clamp. The rear brake

caliper was moved to the top of the

disc, giving a cleaner visual

appearance. New 17 inch wheels

were designed, using Bridgestone BT-

015 radials taken almost directly from

the GSX-R1000.

Other changes were a steering

damper with a reservoir and dual

cooling fans with a larger, curved

radiator. Because of increased

vibration from the longer stroke, the

fuel tank was put on floating mounts.

All told, the changes for 2008 resulted

in a dry weight of 490 lb (222 kg), 5 lb

(2 kg) heavier than the prior

generation.

Alongside the second generation

Hayabusa, Suzuki developed the new

B-King, a naked bike in the

streetfighter mold, using the same

engine but with a different intake

and exhaust.

The speedometer and tachometer of

a motorcycle with the triple clamp in

the foreground. The tachometer goes

to 11,000 and the speedomter to 180

mph

Typically, a new sportbike model sells

well in its first year, and then sees its

numbers decline every year as it

grows older. The Hayabusa reversed

this pattern, selling in greater

numbers every year from the 1999

launch through the 2008 revision.

From its debut in 1999 to June 2007

over 100,000 Hayabusas were sold

worldwide. In the United States in

each of the years 2005 and 2006,

over 10,000 units were sold.

The 2014 model comes newly

equipped with Brembo Monobloc

high-performance calipers and an

Antilock Brake System. These features

are sure to appeal to lone riders

cruising the highway as well as

touring couples.

*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 has been one of the

top choices for streetbike

customization,perhaps even the most

popular customized sportbike. One

reason may be the

unique, instantly

recognizable

bodywork. The easy

tunability of the engine,

the wide selection of

aftermarket parts,

possibly more than any

other Japanese

motorcycle, and the

interchangeability

between models of

Suzuki parts have also

played a role. It was the

vibrancy of this custom

scene that prompted

Suzuki to send Koji

Yoshirua to the US for

feedback and

inspiration for the

second generation

design.

Horsepower enhancements like

nitrous injection, which can add 100

bhp (75 kW), and turbocharging,

which can raise rear wheel power to

250 bhp (190 kW) and beyond, are

common.

Bikes are typically built to impress with

being the most extreme, and most

innovative. For professional custom

shops, the status as the first builder to

introduce a new style or

customization — a 300 mm-series rear

tire width, for example — is often

hotly contested, and can pay

dividends in media attention and in

sales. End

HR

HAYABUSA