Several Internet moto-news outlets are reporting the Suzuki Hayabusa is in its final days of production.
For a while now, there’s been a hot rumour that Suzuki is planning a re-launch of the Hayabusa line, with some sort of turbocharged monstrosity replacing the current 1340 cc hypersport. Suzuki has teased all sorts of patent applications and has applied for interesting trademarks, but for now, that’s all we’ve seen—and trademarks and patents are no guarantee of a new machine.
What is a guarantee is the adoption of Euro4 emissions standards in the European Union in the new year. That means the Hayabusa can no longer be sold there, as it doesn’t meet Euro4. It’s a 20-year-old platform, introduced in 1999 with the latest version unveiled in 2008. Suzuki would have to do a major overhaul to meet EU emissions requirements.
And, if gossip is to believed, that’s what the company is working on, although we haven’t seen any evidence of this in a long time. What we have seen is a stream of reports saying the ‘Busa is destined to end production, with the current stock planned to be sold in North America and other markets less concerned with pollution in coming months, and no more headed to Europe. Supposedly, Kawasaki is doing the same thing with its iconic, but now canceled, KLR650.
Remember, Suzuki is also undergoing some shifts in production, as the company opens a new mega-plant in Hamamatsu. In theory, this will allow for modernized production, and is possibly the precursor to a radical shift in the Suzuki lineup, as now would be a perfect time to set up new production lines.
Maybe that’s just wishful thinking, but the ‘Busa is still an iconic machine, even if it’s not top dog in the horsepower wars anymore. Several superbikes now make more power than the Hayabusa, and the Kawasaki H2 line has arguably grabbed the spotlight as the world’s craziest hyperbikes. However, the patents and trademarks do indicate Suzuki was working on plans to modernize the Hayabusa in the past few years. If those plans actually come to fruition, the results could be very exciting. The ‘Busa was the first production bike to top 200 mph—what could Suzuki be planning on next?