I have been trying to avoid this story, mostly because I think it is a pipe dream concocted from a dubious source, but the word circulating through the interwebs is that Suzuki is working on a turbocharged Hayabusa motorcycle, in the 1,500cc territory, for the 2017 model year.

While we are not confident about this exact rumor, we know two things for certain: 1) that Suzuki is finally ready to breathe some life into the GSX-R line; and 2) that the Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa is in desperate need of an update.

The first of the new GSX-R sport bikes is the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike, though we can expect to see all-new iterations of the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. There is even word of a GSX-R250/300 in the works.

Thank the inline-four gods for this turn of fates, because the once venerable brand that Suzuki created has been left on the side of the road to rot, like some sort of industry roadkill. It has been heart-breaking to watch.

I have long hoped that Suzuki would bring an updated Hayabusa to market in the coming years – and when I say updated, I mean a real update, not some modest reworking like we saw in 2008. For me, the issue is personal.

The Suzuki Hayabusa debuted right as I was getting into motorcycles. It was a halo bike that impressed me with its high-speed, and what then passed for aerodynamic design. It was a brawny motorcycle that directly challenged the machines from Honda and Kawasaki.

It may not have been the fastest around the track, but it could boast about being the fastest in a straight line. As a teenager, I could not help but be intrigued.

I was not the only soul to be captivated by the “Hayabuttugly” as a friend calls it. The Hayabusa would go on to become a sort of cult motorcycle, with a die-hard following of riders who added turbochargers and extended swingarms to their Busas – a hideous custom paint job seems to be a pre-requisite to join this club as well.

Much time has passed since all this transpired though, and what made the Hayabusa stand out at its debut is now commonplace.

It is not hard to find a sport bike displacing 1,300cc or more now, with the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and Ducati 1299 Panigale instantly coming to mind; 200+ horsepower figures from superbikes is the new given; and even forced induction is becoming a reality in the industry.

Still, there is a serious opportunity for Suzuki to revamp the Hayabusa line, and bring it back into the two-wheeled fold. Smart companies look at how customers use their products, and try to make sure subsequent fill that need even better. Suzuki is hopefully also one of these companies.

There is a strong case to be made for a turbocharged Hayabusa model, straight from Suzuki, especially with the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2R strutting around like it owns the horsepower roost.

With the rules in the World Superbike Championship changing, the coming years will see the return of the homologation special (more on that soon), and the H2 creates an obvious challenge to other brands to enter into a hyperbike war.

While it is smart to see manufacturers understanding that practical, affordable, and cheap motorcycles are needed in the marketplace, I hope there is some temperance to that with motorcycles that are fun and outrageous – motorcycles that dare to push into new boundaries.

An OEM turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa could be that machine, and that machine is exactly the kind of motorcycle that little boys (and maybe even little girls) hang on their bedroom walls to dream about.

Photo: AnupamDas08 (DeviantArt)

  • YouStartedIt

    I’m sure some law would restrict it

  • The Blue Rider

    Breathe/Breath is the new Your/You’re. Goddammit. Put an E on that thing! /pedant

    I agree 100% but the Hayabusa’s original claim to fame was that it was the fastest production bike in the world, right? A successor or “Gen 3” would have a steep hill to climb to be relevant.

    The ‘busa is a tough product to follow up on. It was a performance icon and still is a styling icon (love it or hate it). Any successor must be a monster performer *and* have artistic shape as well. I’m confident Suzuki could find a way to deliver the former, but the latter? Not so much, unless they let Koji Yoshiura design it again.

    If it came out with a beak or facets or looked like a Transformer, I’d have to cut a bitch.

  • Dustin Nisbet-Jones

    Don’t forget loose/lose

  • smoke

    Whats the point of such a bike anyway. Ugly, heavy, riding position not comfortable. A GSXR1000 can do everything as good or better.

  • they wont make a road legal bike above 200bhp cause that’s a lawsuit.
    even the h2 stock would just hit 200bhp, even thou its capable of more.
    by all companies agreeing on the 200 bhp mark is still safe.
    the Japanese companies can prevent any lawsuit concerning the product being unsafe.
    you know how its is with big companies lawsuit here and lawsuit there.

  • And yet, we already have a plethora of superbikes exceeding 200hp on the market right now.

  • MrDefo

    I think the answer lies in your reply. At this point, the Hayabusa is an aspect of its fame, for better or worse. It doesn’t have to be the absolute fastest in order for people to love it. Someone who wants a Hayabusa at this point, wants it *because* it’s a Hayabusa, performance be damned. As long as it’s not a total porker, it will do well staying true to its core design.

    Crap, I just described Harley Davidson, didn’t it?

  • MrDefo

    I have never owned a Hayabusa, if only for the fact that ones that were in my price range are almost certainly ones that an unassuming teenager bought and then dropped hard, or otherwise did bad things. But I have it on good authority that they make excellent touring bikes, and can be quite comfortable. As for ugliness, that’s a matter of taste. I for one love the way they look, especially the first gen.

  • John Mith

    The Hayabusa design is certainly iconic but it’s no longer really relevant to the market. It’s just too big of a platform to be useful. While you could put big turbos in it when the European competition decides to do the same thing with their engines in their smaller frames the Hayabusa is right back where it started. A bike fighting a weight problem that’s being outrun by smaller European Superbikes.

    There’s really a point where putting more power into a platform becomes useless. If you can’t control that power it’s really is not useful and becomes a liability. Riders on less powerful bikes with advanced electronics will always make mince meat out of you. Those bikes allow a rider to safely step up to the outer levels of performance of a bike without the fear of stepping over the line because of the electronics. Without that protection even the professionals occasionally step over the line and have to deal with the results.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of the Hayabusa. It’s just a dinosaur technology wise and will remain that way unless there’s a significant engineering effort put into it. If you look at the general lack of engineering the Japanese makers are putting into bikes these days and realize as well they are splitting these resources on multiple bike lines (Superbike, Supersport and bikes like the Hayabusa) it’s not likely to happen. The Japanese took 5 years to even think of catching up with the Europeans and they still really aren’t there yet. Should they waste resources on a big heavy bike or should they continue their efforts trying to catch up in the Superbike market?

  • John Mith

    Yep. Ducati, MV Agusta, Aprilia and several other makers have gone over the 200hp barrier already. Realistically while the horsepower battle is interesting the real performance you will see in the future is due to advanced rider electronics that will allow riders to safely harness the power they already have.

  • Alclab Ventek

    LOL the last line

  • Shinigami

    A Turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa Really Should Happen”

    Proof that Beeler is on a one-man crusade to depopulate the world of squids and hoodlums.

  • Shinigami

    The Hayabusa- Japanese for Peregrine Falcon- was specifically targeted at the Honda Super Blackbird CBR1100XX, the former “fastest bike”- because, Blackbirds are a common meal of Hayabusas.

  • which ones? at stock? the s1000rr probably the most powerful is at 195bhp. same goes for the hyperbikes like the busa and zx14. at stock they don’t make above 200. same goes for the h2.

  • fzrider

    Love the name…not so much the bike.

  • Ayabe

    They should downsize the motor actually and forget FI, they just need something extremely smooth and efficient at 5mph for the parade crowd, perhaps with some training wheels for those lacking clutch control. That and an uprated rear shock for handling the 300lbs of pillion ass that’s likely to be found on the back.

    Also a 5 foot long factory swingarm would be great.

  • Rick Partridge

    OK I am one fo the self indulgent guys who , who bought a Hayabusa then Turbo charged it.(with 5lbs of boost and a stroker crank I have 225 hp at the rear wheel.) I love the bike. That said any new Busa should have better brakes (especially a turbo) and suspension that can be adjusted for people who weigh over 200lbs

  • Christopher Swenson

    Have a few Japanese friends in the industry and there is no super or turbocharger in the works for the busa in 2017 or beyond. Its going to be about weight reduction, a change in aerodynamics so some body changes and electronics. Those alone will get the busa up to par with the zx14. The H2 is a anomaly and super and turbochargers are a aftermarket thing for everyone else. The only other way to gain power is displacement and that would be a future change as there is zero reason to change the base busa engine before doing the other upgrades listed above. Rumors are almost always rumors and never fact. Leave the busa easy to customize for each owner, nothing wrong with that and the only true competition is the zx14 and I am not a fan of its look and feel so whatever suzuki does with the busa is a win for me and most unless that change is being discontinued.

  • Christopher Swenson

    Actually even a small change to the busa would be enough to get it back at the top and make it relevant and thats what will happen in 2017. First year of gen 3.

  • Christopher Swenson

    I was a gsxr1000 guy for 10 years the k5 being my favorite but my switch to the busa in 2012 changed my view and i would never go back. Busa is for riders the gixxer is for a race track.

  • Christopher Swenson

    Nail on head. Its all about aftermarket and the busa is a customizers dream.

  • Christopher Swenson

    Name one under 100k, you cant.

  • Christopher Swenson

    Spoken like a true 600cc guy.

  • Armin v. Thal

    I had the first one and will buy a supercharged without having seen, or driven it ! It can and will be even better!