New semi-auto Hayabusa en route?

Will the next version of the Suzuki Hayabusa have a clutchless semi-automatic transmission? Patent documents hint that might indeed be the case.

Several moto-sites (we spotted it first on Asphalt & Rubber) have reported there’s a set of patent drawings circulating which show a Suzuki Hayabusa with a foot-actuated gearshift assembly, but no manual clutch.

Currently, Honda pretty much owns the market when it comes to bikes with clutchless shifting, thanks to its DCT transmission, which is an automatic but allows clutchless manual shifting via paddle-type buttons.

There is no guarantee we’ll see this actually come to market for Suzuki. Of the Big Four, Suzuki is currently the king of vapourware, having teased a turbocharged bike for several years now, with no production version yet. But speaking of turbocharging—that’s the other hot rumour about the new ‘Busa. For a while now, the inside gossip has been saying we’ll see a turbocharged Hayabusa, aimed at going head-to-head with the Kawasaki H2R and its variants. That’s all talk for now, though.