Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R (1999-2007) - FAQ
2nd Gen Hayabusa
Last Updated :
13 November 2011
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looking for the 2008 onwards FAQ:
Which Year Model Hayabusa should I get ?
Please see This page for my opinion.
Other bits of technical information about the Hayabusa and questions asked about the bike over the years.
Please see This page for more info like what does the symbol (Kanji) mean.
Known differences between 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 models. Models years are often referred to from 2001 onwards for what ever reason by k1 = 2001, k2 2002, and so forth.
Known differences (summary) :
Known differences between countries :
As expected there are differences between
Hayabusa's produced for different countries. This section will attempt to unravel the
various differences between models in each country. (It's not easy...)
Other often asked questions :
The Seat or Hump ? :
All Hayabusa's purchased new from a dealer comes with the 'hump', rear seat pad and grab rail. The hump and seat can be swapped over with the key however the grab rail is secured with screws.
You cannot have the 'hump' and grab rail attached at the same time without modification. Naturally, the rear seat and the grab rail fits perfectly !
What is aMotorcycle Steering Damper :
All Hayabusa's have them fitted as standard. It's hidden at the top of the forks behind the instrument panel. What is it ? (Simply) Well its like a shock absorber for the bars but it is to prevent side to side bar wobbles or tank slappers in most conditions when the front goes light. Eg. Wheelies or monos. It too needs maintenance usually requiring an oil change every so often.
Model identification :
It is difficult to identify a particular
model's specification until you have determined the following :
Hayabusa Workshop Manual or Hayabusa repair manual or service manual :
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The Hayabusa has conventional dials for the
Speedo, Rev meter, Fuel and Engine Temperature.
OK everyone I have received a mail explaining the various technical aspects of the mechanics of the 'choke' and it clear that it is a fast idle lever, no enrichment at all. Thanks Steve 'Dangermouse'
The air-vents :
The vents beside the front headlamps are not for cooling purposes. The have apparently been aerodynamically design to create a super-charger effect. (This is a common design feature in modern bikes.) Hence the more air pressure, it is presumed that the engine will make more power. Just like regular internal combustion engines the higher the altitude above sea level you are will also mean that the bike will produce less power.
Which year model to get :
Please don't ask me whether you should get the current model or wait for the next years model etc... I won't answer that question because its got nothing to do with me. You see - I probably don't know you at all and hence have no idea what your personality, priorities in life, likes or dislikes, allergies, favourite pet, country your in, condition of the bike or dealer and so forth. Besides we aren't even dating or even going steady for that matter...not that I'm complaining or should I be ?? hang on a minute - we may not even be physically compatible...See below in 'General characteristics' for the actual answer.
Which is faster ? and Is the Hayabusa the fastest production motorcycle in the world? :
The answer is YES in particular reference to the 1999 and 2000 models. After those year manufacturers agreed to artificially limit the top speed for all motorcycles to about 290kph.
That means that no-one can now claim to be the next fastest production motorcycle in the world because the Hayabusa will retain that title until the limit agreement has been lifted - if ever.
So the ZX14 is not the fastest nor is the
GSXR1000 etc... there is effectively no FASTER production motorcycle
in the world any more. Even if they can reach Hayabusa speeds you
would need to modify them hence no longer production. What is the
fastest non-production motorcycle ? Who knows...
Now you say which is faster round the track. Well again this sort of thing is asked by new or inexperienced riders. And the answer is it depends to who's riding it. A average rider will never do a better lap time on the Hayabusa than the same rider on a proper sports bike. Why? because the Hayabusa is a more difficult bike to ride. Its main mission was never to go round a track the fastest - its mission was top speed. It just happens that it handles very nicely too. It eats tracks too but only if you can actually ride properly.
Run in or break in procedure for the engine :
This is a simple one - follow the instruction manual - since it only needs to be run in once.
Long term storage for a motorcycle :
Why store a motorcycle away? Well a lot of people live in countries where they need to store their motorcycle for extended period. Namely these who live in snow infected areas! Don't forget to check the users manual too!
So here's some stuff I gathered over the
Special Editions - Hayabusa Based :
To date there has been only one Official
Suzuki endorsed special edition.
There are other 'Special Editions'. Often these have been made by other Performance parts manufacturers or racing outfits e.g TTS. I'm sure they have a ton of useful mods too. However none to date are Suzuki endorsed.
Limited Edition Hayabusa:
There have been many 'Limited editions' over the years. The only difference from the normal versions are the colour schemes or lack off usually.
Derestricted the 2001 models onwards (TRE stuff) :
Information on the derestricting various models to follow.
Since many people have asked here is a
summary of all the mechanical type problems you may encounter whilst owning the Hayabusa.
In general there isn't much that seem to be common to every bike or
General Ownership things to look out for :
'99 - '00 : Ensure the recall work on the Cam
Chain and Fuel pump has been done.
General characteristics all year models :
Rattle of the steering damper on rough road -
reduced by refilling the damper oil
Sub-frame Issue 1999-2000 models
This has always been a tricky
Can Chain tensioner 1999-2000 models
Fact : No major media publications
on cam-chain tensioner breaking.
Best year models to get :
For the genuine unlimited fastest motorcycle in the world (in production) get the 1999 or 2000 year models.
For the most reliable get the 2003 (new ECU) onwards.
General characteristics - 2001 onwards :
There isn't really very much to report on
these models, cause they've been refined over the previous years and it does look like
all the issues with the original 99 and 00 have been addressed !
The things that happened to my Hayabusa back in 1999 :
Afflicted with cloudy clutch fluid, which
was replaced under warranty.
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