Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

Continue reading “Hyundai Sonata Hybrid”

Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

Continue reading “Hyundai Sonata”

Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

Continue reading “Hyundai Palisade”

Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

Continue reading “Hyundai Kona”

Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

Continue reading “Hyundai Ioniq”

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa 1999

If the phrase, “fastest production motorcycle,” means anything to you, then you’ve come to the right place. In 1999, the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa blasted past that record by a whopping 20 miles per hour.

The Fastest Production Motorcycle

Prior to 1999, Honda and Kawasaki were tearing each other apart battling for the title of the fastest production motorcycle. From 1984 to 1988, the winner was Honda. 1984 to 1996, it was the Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja. Kawasaki then beat its own record multiple times until Honda came back with Super Blackbird in 1996.

But all of that changed when a new contender appeared: the 1999 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa. The previous top speed, holding the record for the Super Blackbird, was just about 170 miles per hour. The new top speed, set by the Hayabusa: 190.1 miles per hour.

Designing a Record-Breaker

When it comes to the technology used in the creation of the world’s fastest production motorcycle, there is no room for skimping. If the frame is a pound too heavy or a pound too light, or if one nut or bolt is a millimeter too far left or too far right, the whole thing can go up in smoke.

The designers were determined to break the record used a four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder, a massive displacement of 1,298cc, and a compression ratio of 11.0:1. 

Many Variations, but Only One Hayabusa

A wide number of Hayabusa models and generations have gone into and out of production under a multitude of different names. However, only one will ever be known as a record-breaking masterpiece of ingenious design and engineering: the 1999 Hayabusa.

  • Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (1999)

The original Hayabusa had an output potential of 175 horsepower at 9,800 rpm and 102 pounds per foot of torque. Under no circumstances should any beginner hop on the saddle of a 1999 Hayabusa unless his goal is to end up nothing more than a skidmark across the asphalt.

There is simply too much power in this model for a newcomer. After all, why would somebody think that the best motorcycle with which to start off would be the fastest production motorcycle in the world?

  • Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (2000-present)

The Hayabusa is still in production today, although significantly different in almost every way from the 1999 Hayabusa. Now only does the maximum speed of this model range from ten to fifteen miles per hour slower at top speeds, it doesn’t have nearly the power or output potential.

The Hayabusa in the News

The Hayabusa keeps getting announced year after year to continue the model’s legacy, although any prospective buyers should know that the new, stripped-down, post-1999 models don’t bear nearly the strength nor the power of the original.

Famous Media

No films or TV shows were ever made showcasing the raw power of the 1999 Hayabusa, surprisingly enough. You would expect that it would have at least been featured in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but it seems to have been entirely overlooked.

Social Groups

There are tens of thousands of fans from the US to Tokyo, all of whom love the Hayabusa. The Suzuki Hayabusa Lovers and Suzuki Hayabusa pages on facebook both have more than 10,000 likes!

The 1999 Suzuki GSX1300$ Hayabusa – a Miracle of Design

Not every motorcycle gets to be awarded the title of the world’s fastest production motorcycle. It takes a serious company with incredible designers and world-class engineers to fill those boots, and in 1999 that honor belonged to Suzuki.

Close Bitnami banner