2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Flat battery - normal replacement item.
General manufacturer recalls completed.
I bought it sight unseen and hadn't ridden one before. The first owner never registered it or rode it as it was the limited edition model. It is a really civilised and easy bike to ride. Unbelievable acceleration in any gear. I commute to work on it every day. I have used it when delivering rider training and slow speed courses, and it is a really nice bike to ride. Maybe a bit uncomfortable in heavy stop / go traffic, but open road is no problem. I splurged and had it dyno tuned / ECU done, which made it even more smoother and responsive. Slightly more HP than a standard one. I also put on a Wilburs rear shock with remote preload as I take a pillion frequently. Upgraded the front forks too, but kept standard springs and the bike handles so nicely, like a little sports bike. The suspension changes really improved the handling. I don't plan on selling it anytime soon as I just love riding it.
I've had to replace front brake discs a few times, but that didn't bother me, easy job to do yourself. But keep an eye on front brake pad wear; it makes big speed easily which equals frequent use of pads. I wore out the foot peg rubbers too, so I replaced them with cheap eBay rear sets and they've been brilliant.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st January, 2017