The 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa: Many updates, but no turbo

Photo: Suzuki

The new 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa is here, and while it has many updates over the previous model, it doesn’t gain any power, and it doesn’t get some of improvements we expected.

First up, the new stuff: The 2022 ‘Busa gets a comprehensive electronics package, powered by a new six-axis IMU. The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System has adjustable launch control and traction control, cruise control, cornering ABS, hill start assist, rear wheel lift control, and “Active Speed Limiter” system. Suzuki says “this highly practical system allows the rider to set a speed limit the bike will not exceed, eliminating worries about speeding or driving faster than intended. The rider can accelerate freely up to that speed and decelerate normally by backing off the throttle.

The system can be temporarily overridden with one quick twist of the throttle, making it easy to accelerate beyond the set limit to pass other vehicles. It can be deactivated completely at the press of a button after releasing the throttle grip.”

The new dash, an amalgam of modern and classic sportbike features. Photo: Suzuki

As you’d expect on a modern muscle bike, the Hayabusa comes with a choice of three different engine power modes, with varying levels of output to compensate for changing traction and road conditions. Users can adjust engine braking levels, and an up-down quickshifter comes standard.

The new Hayabusa also comes with six riding modes (three factory-set, three user-set) that select which electronic riding aids are turned on or off, and what level they’re set at.

To control these systems, the rider has a TFT screen in between the tach and speedo on the bike’s dash. Among its many functions, the TFT can serve as a lean angle indicator.

Although the marketing material shows the bike in a land speed racing environment, the new Busa actually makes less horsepower than the old model, and has the same 300 km/h top speed restriction. Photo: Suzuki

That’s a lot of new tech for the Hayabusa, mostly necessary to bring the bike on-par with its peers. However, after years of rumours of a new semi-auto gearbox and a turbocharger, some riders will be disappointed to see the bike doesn’t get either of these.

Indeed, aside from the electronics, the 2022 Hayabusa is very similar to the previous model. Suzuki says more than 500 parts have been changed or upgraded for 2022, so obviously the engineers have gone over this machine to improve its performance. However, the engine itself is basically the same as before: 1,340 cc displacement, with bore/stroke/compression all the same. Unfortunately, peak horsepower and peak torque are both down for 2022; Suzuki’s says the new machine makes 187 horsepower, down from 194 horsepower, and 110 pound-feet of torque, down from 114 pound-feet of torque. See the graph below:

 

Graphic: Suzuki

To make up for it, Suzuki says there is more horsepower and torque available through the engine’s low- to mid-range. See below:

Graphic: Suzuki

Considering this is where most motorcyclists actually ride their bikes, this may be more practical for ‘Busa riders, but everyone who was looking for 200+ horsepower is going to be disappointed.

The engine might not make the horsepower that speed junkies were hoping for, but it does see smaller tweaks: Better oiling system, new pistons, new cams, new con rods, new clutch, updates to the gearbox, and lots of other changes. There’s also a new exhaust: “A new pipe connecting cylinders #1 and #4 helps deliver more robust power and torque at low-to mid-range speeds,” the press release says. This engine should feel different from the predecessor, despite its many similarities.

The new Hayabusa has an aluminum swingarm and twin-spar frame, similar to the outgoing model. Suzuki went with fully-adjustable KYB forks and shock. The front brake discs are 320 mm now, with Brembo Stylema calipers.

An improved bike, but with a much higher price tag. Photo: Suzuki

The press release doesn’t talk much about the running gear, but does make the effort to point out “Suzuki’s engineers took full advantage of extensive wind tunnel testing, the latest CAE analytical tools and know-how accumulated over the years to achieve one of the best drag coefficients found on any street legal motorcycle.” There are no winglets or other aerodynamic trickery, but the bodywork has been designed to cut through the air as smoothly as possible. Of course, the paneling and paint are all re-worked for 2022, but they do keep the classic ‘Busa profile.

MSRP for the new Suzuki Hayabusa starts at $22,399 before taxes and fees; Suzuki is taking $500 deposits on the bike now. For the sake of reference, the previous year’s model was priced at $15,699. For more details, check out Suzuki Canada’s website.

 

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. The refinement is evident. This is by far a much better looking motorcycle than the previous iteration. Suzuki has made a excellent motorcycle even more interesting to own. Congratulations Suzuki.

  2. Kinda’ sad about the big media build up. The bike does look better. The price jump is a big one. Being a Suzuki, I would believe it’s a solid dependable design. Just not the numbers for some. The Hayabusa is sort of a victim of it’s name and image.

  3. I’ll take a 15 year old one that hasn’t been crashed for $4500. If it’s not been modified, or crashed, it’s not likely that it’s been beat on. Beating on a ‘Busa usually is a short deal that has an unpleasant outc.

  4. What a spoilt bunch of motorcyclist…. Yawn only 180+? HP. No turbo?

    Pass the Grey Poupon darling…. No Hayabusa for me… It costs more than the old one designed 13 years ago…. and didn’t get the TEHR-BOO… I mean darlng…. it did get some GAHGets.. but whatever will I brag about at the country club??

  5. It’s a beauty but no real exciting changes. All the marketing terminology doesn’t hide the fact that all they’ve really done is bring the electronics up to par with bikes that are even cheaper (i just purchased a 2020 Ninja 1000SX that has pretty much all the same stuff). I think it’s more about the prestige of Hyabusa then anything and in that regard they did a good job.

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