2022 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R Track MC Commute Review

by | May 27, 2021 | BMW, MotoSocial, Suzuki

In the motorcycle world, few streetbikes garner the type of attention as Suzuki’s Hayabusa. Long, low, and fast, the GSX1300R is the standard for motorcyclists looking to get somewhere quickly. The ’22 Hayabusa represents a modernized gentleman’s sportbike. Suzuki did this by adding a modernized electronics package and by massaging the motorcycle’s powertrain, chassis, and of course, styling. For the second part of our test, we rode the Hayabusa around the 3.048-mile perimeter course at the Utah Motorsport Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park).

In Part 2 of our Suzuki Hayabusa review series we ride it around the 3.048-mile perimeter course at the Utah Motorsport Campus. (Kevin Wing/)

Editor’s note: This review is the second in a multipart series. Read and watch the 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R MC Commute Review for Part 1. Learn more about the Hayabusa’s technical improvements in the 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R First Look Preview article. Also read the 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R First Ride Review from its European press test ride event.

A broad front fairing does a fine job of shielding the rider from dirty air at 160-mph.

A broad front fairing does a fine job of shielding the rider from dirty air at 160-mph. (Kevin Wing/)

Although designed as a streetbike, the Hayabusa is a more capable track bike than its predecessor. Twist the throttle and this 1,340cc inline-four doles out smooth tire-friendly torque. Although the engine cranks out a tad less peak power than its predecessor, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice the difference as you hurl into turn 1. A broad front fairing does a great job of shielding the rider from dirty air. It’s remarkable how comfortable you can be at upward of 160 mph.

For a motorcycle that weighs nearly 600 pounds, the Hayabusa impresses with its agility.

For a motorcycle that weighs nearly 600 pounds, the Hayabusa impresses with its agility. (Kevin Wing/)

Perhaps one of the biggest improvements to its overall track performance is the fitment of Bridgestone’s fantastic Battlax S22 rubber. These tires are light-years ahead of the old BT-015s and provide more grip, faster warm-up time, and a refined profile that complements the updated chassis. It’s worth noting that OE shoes differ from the commercial version in their single compound design. This modification was made to better withstand the ‘Busa’s extra heft (582 pounds with fuel).

The sum of the Hayabusa’s suspension components net a big improvement both in terms of comfort and road holding even at a more elevated track pace.

The sum of the Hayabusa’s suspension components net a big improvement both in terms of comfort and road holding even at a more elevated track pace. (Kevin Wing/)

The tires are complemented by improved suspension that floats over the pavement, yet delivers pleasing damping response during full-throttle and brake application. The suspenders still offer three-way adjustment. However, we were impressed with the OE setting. As a side note, we appreciate that the fork employs a more traditional twin spring and damping cartridge setup rather than more budget-oriented versions.

Electronically adjustable launch control makes dragstrip launches easier by holding engine rpm at 4,000, 6,000, and 8,000 rpm thresholds so the rider only has to focus on clutch release.

Electronically adjustable launch control makes dragstrip launches easier by holding engine rpm at 4,000, 6,000, and 8,000 rpm thresholds so the rider only has to focus on clutch release. (Kevin Wing/)

Where the old Hayabusa would spin its 190-series rear tire, this one drives forward with considerably less wheelspin. IMU-powered traction control offers eight levels of adjustability, and can be manually disengaged. Level 1 is the sweet spot (least TC intervention). However, we wish Suzuki added more fine incremental adjustment inside this setting. The Motorrad division offers this with its RR bike, so it is possible.

Long, fast, and low—Suzuki’s 2022 Hayabusa sportbike elevates its level of versatility both on the road and the racetrack.

Long, fast, and low—Suzuki’s 2022 Hayabusa sportbike elevates its level of versatility both on the road and the racetrack. (Kevin Wing/)

The Hayabusa also adds wheelie and electronic engine-brake control to its arsenal. Considering its weight and wheelbase, you’re not going to power wheelie off turns like a liter-class superbike. The engine-brake control on the other hand offers a noticeable difference in terms of corner entry. The less the engine-brake setting, the better the ‘Busa feels on initial turn-in. The caveat is that you have to use the front brakes a tad harder to net the same level of deceleration (this big inline-four offers considerable engine-brake force in standard configuration).

The Bridgestone Battlax S22 tires are a huge improvement. As opposed to the commercial version, these tires make use of a uniform compound to better withstand the extra weight (and speed) of the ’Busa.

The Bridgestone Battlax S22 tires are a huge improvement. As opposed to the commercial version, these tires make use of a uniform compound to better withstand the extra weight (and speed) of the ’Busa. (Kevin Wing/)

Like the tires and suspension, the oversized front brakes with beautifully machined Brembo Stylema calipers do a much better job of shedding speed. There’s still a minor degree of brake fade after a few hard laps, but it’s manageable. Cornering ABS is now standard as is a linked rear brake that automatically diverts brake pressure to the front brakes.

We’re impressed with the polished look and feel of Suzuki’s 2022 Hayabusa.

We’re impressed with the polished look and feel of Suzuki’s 2022 Hayabusa. (Kevin Wing/)

Riders who enjoy ripping across quarter-mile dragstrips will appreciate the Hayabusa’s easy-to-use and three-way-adjustable launch control. A slick user interface lets the rider select from 4,000, 6,000, and 8,000 rpm increments. The electronics automatically hold rpm at the preselected threshold with the throttle pinned. This lets the rider focus on clutch release. The system works well, but riders can likely net a faster time by managing the controls the old-fashioned way.

The Suzuki Hayabusa is a hoot to ride at the circuit. It’s way more capable than you’d think considering its size.

The Suzuki Hayabusa is a hoot to ride at the circuit. It’s way more capable than you’d think considering its size. (Kevin Wing/)

Contrary to popular opinion, Suzuki’s Hayabusa is more than a one-trick pony. Obviously it’s still fast in a straight line. But the new version affords better track capability to its well-rounded résumé. From road to track, the Hayabusa has elevated itself into one of the most comfy and versatile sportbikes available today.

Gear Box

Helmet: Shoei X-Fourteen

Custom Helmet Paint: Tagger Designs

Suit: Alpinestars Race Replica V3 with Tech-Air Race Vest

Glove: Alpinestars GP Plus R V2

Boots: Alpinestars Supertech R

The 2022 Hayabusa benefits from oversized front brakes with Brembo’s beautifully machined Stylema calipers. Braking performance is a big improvement, but there is still a hint of fade after prolonged track use.

The 2022 Hayabusa benefits from oversized front brakes with Brembo’s beautifully machined Stylema calipers. Braking performance is a big improvement, but there is still a hint of fade after prolonged track use. (Kevin Wing/)

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $18,599
ENGINE 1,340cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4-valve/cyl.
BORE x STROKE 81.0 x 65.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ 43mm throttle bodies, ride-by-wire
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate, slipper/assist; hydraulically actuated
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Aluminum twin spar
FRONT SUSPENSION KYB fully adjustable 43mm fork; 5.0 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION KYB shock, fully adjustable; 5.0 in. travel
FRONT BRAKES Radial Brembo Stylema 4-piston caliper, 320mm discs w/ Cornering ABS
REAR BRAKE 1-piston floating caliper, 260mm disc w/ Cornering ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Spoked alloy; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 6.0 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22; 120/70-17 / 190/50-17
RAKE/TRAIL 23.0°/3.5 in.
WHEELBASE 58.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.3 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 582 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year, unlimited mileage
AVAILABLE April 2021
CONTACT suzukicycles.com

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