How different is the third-gen Hayabusa from its predecessor?
In these pandemic-hit times and the era of stringent emission norms where manufacturers are discontinuing their classic offerings, Suzuki has given its legend a new lease of life and unveiled the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa. But is it as legendary? We compare the 2021 Busa with its previous iteration in an image comparison to find out. Head here for our full launch story.
The 2021 Hayabusa has shed a few kilos and gained some muscle so it now looks more focused than the 2020 model. The updated bodywork looks sleek and according to Suzuki, the aerodynamics have improved as well.
The new LED headlight assembly makes the Busa look sharper than before, thanks to its GSX-R1000-inspired design. It also gets DRLs with integrated indicators on both sides.
Coming to the back, the Hayabusa now gets a wide split-styled LED tail lamp with integrated indicators, in comparison to the previous LED tail lamp with halogen indicator at both sides.
The exhaust system is new too, and it looks much sleeker than before. The fuel tank capacity has decreased from 21 litres to 20 litres. Also, the handlebars have moved back by 12mm and the seat height has reduced to 800mm, in comparison to the previous model’s 805mm.
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Instrument Cluster and Electronics
Even with its huge fan base, the Hayabusa’s instrument cluster was starting to show its age, especially with every manufacturer switching to TFTs. In order to keep the fanboys happy and also be up-to-date on tech, Suzuki has strapped a TFT between the two analogue dials. The result? A beautiful modern instrument cluster without losing out on the Hayabusa’s old-school charm.
Not only this, the new Busa gets updated switchgear to access the new electronics package. You can refer to the table below to find out what all is new in the tech department:
|Model||Traction Control||Quickshifter||Cruise Control||Anti-wheelie||Hill Hold Control||Launch Control||Engine Brake Control||Riding Modes|
|2021 Suzuki Hayabusa||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||6 (3 standard + 3 user-defined)|
|2020 Hayabusa||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||3 standard|
Both bikes use the same 1340cc inline-four motor but thanks to the stricter emission norms, the 2021 Hayabusa makes 190PS and 150Nm, 10PS and 5Nm less than the 2020 model. The changes to the engine include a revised cam profile, Suzuki’s new Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber, and updated forged pistons to go with it. Additionally, Suzuki claims the new Hayabusa returns a mileage of 14.9kmpl.
The new Hayabusa gets adjustable 43mm KYB inverted front forks and an adjustable KYB monoshock at the rear. Both shocks feature revised internal components to ensure a smoother and more stable ride.
Along with this, the new Busa finally switches to Brembo Stylema callipers at the front while retaining the same Nissin one at the rear. Additionally, the new Busa is 2kg lighter than before. The tyre sizes have remained unchanged but the new Busa employs stickier Bridgestone S22s.