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In the 1990s, motorcycle manufacturers competed in a technological arms race, with each brand vying for a leg up in what became known as the “speed wars”. This prompted a slew of new models with ever-increasing top speeds in a bid to earn the title of world’s fastest production motorcycle. Kawasaki’s ZX-11 reigned supreme for a period, until Honda stepped in with its CBR1100XX, aka Blackbird. Looking to dethrone the CBR, Suzuki began developing a new big-bore multi-cylinder model. Just before the turn of the millennium, Suzuki released the GSX-1300R, or Hayabusa (隼).
Taking aim squarely at Honda, Suzuki gave the new model its name — which is Japanese for peregrine falcon – for two reasons; one, because the peregrine falcon is the fastest bird on the planet; and two, because it happens to feed on blackbirds. True to its name, the Hayabusa ate Honda for breakfast, not only becoming the world’s fastest production motorcycle upon its release but doing so by a margin of a 10 mph. The massive inline-four put down 175 hp and more than 100 ft-lbs of torque. With a dry weight of around 480 lbs, that translated to 10.3-second standing quarter-mile runs, a 0-60 mph time of just under three seconds, and a top speed of up to 194 mph right out of the box.
After the Hayabusa’s release, there were talks of Europe banning the increasingly out-of-control-fast machines coming from the East. Things had reached a boiling point, and the Hayabusa was what turned up the dial on the proverbial stove. Not wanting to lose a key market, a “gentlemen’s agreement” was reached between manufacturers, capping top speeds (or at least speedometer readings) to 300km/h (or 186.4mph).
This example is VIN: JS1A1111200109600. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan; prior history is not known.
The odometer shows 34,657 kilometers (21,534 miles).
Adam and Steve took the rig out for their Sunday ride this past weekend!
New to the sidecar experience, Adam provided his thoughts in this post-ride review:
In preparation for the listing, we performed a safety inspection, replaced the battery, and gave the bike a detail.
Angel did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Year Front/Rear: 2011/2012/2012
Tire % Front/Rear: 85/85/85
Tire Press Front/Rear: 36/36/36
Brake % Front/Rear: 50/50/50
Low Beam: ok
High Beam: ok
Tail Light: ok
Brake Light: ok
Plate Light: ok
Battery: New 13.1/14.3
Notes: Test Ride OK, unit operates as designed.
EML Speed 2000 sidecar and front end conversion.
It is riding on Dunlop Direzza DZ101 tires with date codes of 4111, 2012, and 2712.
The sale also includes the sidecar cover.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Suzuki is offered on a clean Oregon title. Please note that as an import, this bike lacks certain compliance and emissions stickers that the state of California would require to transfer a title. Have any Hayabusa stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!