Old times revive with Frans Hulsebosch. On the road with Suzuki's new Hayabusa, there are worse work days....
We are waiting for Frans Hulsebosch, the perfect man for the day. He has been a Suzuki customer for decades and today he will ride the 2021 Hayabusa for the first time. The name Hayabusa immediately evokes an emotion in almost everyone. For us, it is mainly the appreciation of a piece of technological ingenuity. But for Frans it goes deeper. Years ago, he worked for Nimag, the Suzuki importer in the Netherlands. At that time Frans was one of the first to ride the first generation Hayabusa. Now, more than 20 years later, it is time to ride the third and latest generation!
We picked up the motorcycle in Afferden, where Suzuki Center Hoegee is located. After a cup of coffee, the GSX1300R Hayabusa is rolled outside and Frans gets on his bike to go to the photo location. Unfortunately the bike still needs to be run in, so we cannot fully open the throttle unfortunately, but when we arrive at the destination Frans takes off his helmet and from under it comes a smile from ear to ear. "This torque! Man, this thing really wants to go... It’s ridiculous!" Which we can imagine with numbers like 187hp and 150nm of torque.
We stand around it and look at the bike. We’re amazed that Suzuki has managed to give the new Hayabusa a completely new design, without losing sight of the distinctive details of previous generations. The bike actually does call for a set of aftermarket exhausts right away, because while they fit the line of the bike well, they are very quiet and actually not the prettiest in our eyes.
The instrument cluster, on the other hand, is very nice, what a powerful feeling it must be to watch that needle go around the clock to hit that top speed of 300 km/h! By the way, the Gen. 3's instrumentation is hardly different from that of the second generation GSX1300R, which we think is a good point. The half-tablets on the new bikes nowadays are nice, but there's little better than a set of handsome analog counters.
The bronze accents on this one are very tasteful and accentuate the shapes and depths in the machine. Although we are fans of chrome, the chrome striping along the side of the bike would not have been necessary if you ask us. The front of the bike then is again typical Hayabusa but with a fresh new look. Compared to the second generation, the turn signals are very neatly concealed in the lines of the bike.
To complete everything, we gave Frans an outfit that fits Hayabusa perfectly. The Shark Spartan GT is a helmet that perfectly matches the character of the motorcycle: flawlessly reaching high speeds without effort. Although the helmet is often used on the track it is actually a very sporty touring helmet. And because of the many colorways the GT comes in, it is easy to find one with the right colors for the Hayabusa! In this case the Shark Spartan GT Tracker WKQ.
The jacket and pants are both from Furygan. The Furygan Morpheus matches the bike perfectly in terms of color scheme. The cowhide leather is of very high quality and is accompanied by the removable inner lining and protection in the right places. The Furygan Ghost pants are attached to the jacket by a zipper.
A high-tech motorcycle calls for high-tech gloves to keep all that power in control. The Knox Handroid Pod meets that requirement perfectly, if you ask us. The perfect choice for the sporty rider who prefers a short shaft, but wants racing protection and also wants the best feedback while riding.
The Sidi Performer boots are basically everything you need as a sporty rider. Topnotch protection on the ankle and shins, replaceable toe slider, quality materials, plenty of freedom of movement and an excellent price!
It's time to bring the bike back to Hoegee. Too bad, but our day is over... and Frans gets back on his own 2021 V-Strom, which we also photographed for the new Lindstrands collection!
Check out all the photos with the new Hayabusa below!