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Flying With My Hayabusa GSX1300R At 285kmph - Samit Wadhawan | User Review

Manufacturer : Suzuki
Model : Hayabusa
Variant : 2012 Ltd Glacier White GSX1300R 
On-road price : Current Rs 18,35,000/- on road Thane
Colour : Glacier White
Waiting Period : 45 days
Dealer Name: Dream Suzuki Pune
Dealer Location : MG road, lane number 6, Deccan Pune
Date of Purchase : 11th March 2012
Freebies & Accessories : No accessories

 I am Samit Wadhawan, admin of DARK which is Devil Angels Riders Klub. I reside in Thane which falls in the state of Maharashtra. In 2012, I decided to get myself a super-bike. I had in my mind two options the Suzuki Intruder and Suzuki  Hayabusa. I went with the latter. The incredible power of Hayabusa and the responsive throttle was the primary reason that I went for this beast. I had always been using twin-engined bikes and now wanted to try the inline 4 cyl bike. I am extremely happy with the Busa. It is very comfortable for touring in the supersport class.  


The streamlined Suzuki Hayabusa features a high efficiency curved radiator that features dual electric fans controlled by the ECM for increased cooling capacity. The oil cooler has 10 row cores for increased heat dissipation. The Hayabusa's engine is supplied through Suzuki's SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve) fuel injection system with dual 12-hole, fine-spray injectors per cylinder and ram air intake with sizeable volume airbox. Also equipped on the Hayabusa is a 1340cc in-line 4-cylinder fuel injected, DOHC liquid-cooled engine with 16-valves and Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC) delivers outstanding power.

 It is an excellent engine made by Suzuki, highly refined and smooth. Till date I have never faced a single issue on the engine parts. Being a tourer it is a little heavy on the curves. Very satisfied hayabusa's torque is 132.6Nm @7600rpm

The Hayabusa is not heavy on maintenance. It only needs regular chain lubes on 500km interval and chain clean every 1000 km in India. I recommend Motul chain clean and lubes. There is a need to clean Air filters every 3000km and change oil and oil filter after every 3000km. Bike consumes around 3.8L of enigne oil during every oil change. I recommend Motul 300v factory line 10w 40/50 or 5w 30 if you ride long distance. It has double Esther technology.

Every period maintenance cost me around Rs. 10k plus 4k for oil and1k for oil filter.
Lubes / cleaning/ detailing and labour costs another 5k
Have serviced it 3 times and it costs around 10k per service

2013 Hayabusa has Brembo ABS brakes which are better from 2012. But 2012 model also has good brakes of Tokico. The only wear and tear you will notice is a tyre wear around 7500km - 8500km depending on your riding style and also the rear disc pad goes around for 6000kms and the front will last at least 14000km in hard breaking conditions

Maintenance and service cost incurred for brakes :
Brake pad front: Rs. 12000 for a set
Brake pad rear : Rs. 4000

Suspension/Ride Comfort
The Ride comfort is excellent like a sofa on long rides. The suspension is very good and rigid which is very important at high speeds. If the suspension is too soft at highspeeds these bikes will throw you off. But seats are very soft and big, enabling you to change positions for cornering.
It is a sports tourer. So leaning on the tank becomes compulsory. If your upper body is heavy then to ride this beast all you need is a pure passion. You cannot ride it otherwise.  BUSA, R1, GSXR, Fireblade and ZX14 all super sports bikes will make you lean for aerodynamics. You should have real strong back and shoulders to ride this.

Fabulous is the word. Most beautiful looking sport tourer. Top notch build quality, nothing to criticize. Fantastic looks. Loads of R&D done on the engine and design of the hayabusa gets changed every year. For example the 2008 and 2014 models looks similar but there is a change in the riding position every year. The 2008 model is much more comfortable whereas the 2012 is sportier. So it is rider’s choice what they want. Also you can change the position by adding after market bar raisers.

Stability & handling at high speeds
Very nice and agile to handle. If you are a new rider you may take atleast 6 months to learn to handle a busa. She is very responsive so would suggest to be gentle with her initially. On straights no one can be like a busa but she is equally challenging on the curves. So better plan in advance before you approach a curve, as all such bikes do not forgive you for small mistakes.

No noise, superb handling but you need to be a pro to handle this at high speeds. You can easily get carried away. So safety first, ride responsibly. The 2007 and old busas had heating issues because of single fan in the radiator. The 2008 and up models have dual high speed fan which do not allow overheating. Have tried being in traffic with engine on 45 min. She does not spit coolant.

Top speed achieved by me is 285kmph till date

The tyres originally come with Bridgestone Battlax which are ok and not that great. I suggest Michelin Pilot Road 2 which costs Rs 20k for a pair and they do justice to this bike and the Indian road conditions. 

Fuel Economy  – City & Highway

City : 19.3KMPL
Highway upto 160kmph 23.4kmpl
Above 160kmph 16.6kmpl
The faster you go on higher gears and maintain lower rpm under 7500rpm you will get the best mileage

One best experience with my Busa 
I did Mumbai-Ratnagiri 350 km in 4.5 hrs solo ride non-stop, fully geared. It was a very nice experience. Superb cornering on the ghats :)  

The Busa is not that expensive to maintain and I had a good service experience till now.  I am fully satisfied with my decision to purchase a Hayabusa. I highly recommend going for a Busa but if you don't believe in speed, going for this is pointless and complete waste of money.


Technical Specifications
Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R
1340.00 ccm (81.77 cubic inches)
Engine type
In-line four, four-stroke
Engine details
U-shaped cutouts in the cylinder-bore sides allow air below descending pistons to escape to adjacent cylinders to reduce internal pumping pressure and mechanical power losses. Titanium valves.
Bore x stroke
96.0 x 101.0 mm (3.8 x 4.0 inches)
Valves per cylinder
Fuel system
Injection. Two 12-hole fine-spray injectors on each throttle body
Fuel control
Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Lubrication system
Wet sump
Cooling system
Transmission type, final drive
Chain, RK GB50GSV Z4, 114 links
Front suspension
Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension
Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front tyre dimensions
Rear tyre dimensions
Front brakes
Double disc
Front brakes diameter
310 mm (12.2 inches)
Rear brakes
Single disc
Rear brakes diameter
260 mm (10.2 inches)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc
260.0 kg (573.2 pounds)
Seat height
805 mm (31.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall length
2,190 mm (86.2 inches)
Overall width
735 mm (28.9 inches)
Ground clearance
120 mm (4.7 inches)
1,480 mm (58.3 inches)
Fuel capacity
21.00 litres (5.55 gallons)
Four analog gauges including step-motor-driven tachometer and speedometer. Round LCD panel includes clock, gear position indicator, S-DMS map indicator, odometer and dual trip meters. Engine-rpm indicator, programmable to blink or stay on between 4,000 and 11,500 rpm.
Factory warranty
12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Color options
Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Glacier White
Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) enables the rider to choose from three different engine power characteristics according to personal preference.



  1. hello vivek, i appreciate your review and explained in detail but my point is about mileage. as you mentioned above 19 kmpl approximate mileage are you sure you are getting that mileage?? ive asked many ppl but all say whitin 10-12 and im still wondering about this part.. i hope ull get me the right answer

    1. Hey Vikas,

      Just to make things clear. This is a user review. The owner - Samit - has written this to share his experience with all of us. I agree that 19kmpl is a little too much for the busa but that is what Samit says here.

      Let's hope Samit see's you comment and replies to it. Cheers mate!

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  4. hi... when saw ur post i was little take a back... as i have the same bike with same no...4500... only two differences... first is in registration no, mine is BK... where as urs is BE

    second yours got red graphics mine got grey

    rest all we share brother..

    i was checking sites as planning to ride mumbai to goa... so was looking for tips ... few were quite helpful.... just thinking how bad it will be for the back.


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