Even though it’s been four years since its last overhaul, the 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa ($12,999) still garners instant street cred at bike nights worldwide. With its impressive acceleration numbers, easy handling, not to mention the plentitude of accessories and aftermarket hop-up parts available, you simply can’t go wrong with the ‘Busa.
Slide into the big, cozy saddle and it’s apparent how large of a motorcycle it is. From the width of the instrument display to the bubbly shape of the fuel tank and tail section; all of its proportions are more oversized than other sportbikes (with exception of the Ninja ZX-14R). This means it’s a more comfortable mount for taller riders, especially those who stand over six-feet. The controls are more spread out, too, and the brake and clutch levers were designed for persons who dribble basketballs in the NBA. Although the seat height is 0.2 inches higher than the Ninja (31.7 in.) it’s still 0.5 inches shorter than the BMW which makes this 573 pound bike easy to balance at a standstill (11 pounds lighter than the ZX but a whopping 122 pounds heavier than the BMW). READ ON