Made in India Hayabusa: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Suzuki fans across the country were beyond surprised when the Japanese band announced that its flagship superbike, the Hayabusa, is to be assembled in the Suzuki plant in Manesar, Gurgaon. The surprise soon transformed into pure elation as everyone realised that this move would mean a price cut in the iconic bike’s price tag, and they weren’t disappointed.

The India assembled Hayabusa is available for INR 13.57 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) which is a whopping price cut of INR 2.3 lakhs compared to the previous foreign model. The best part about this deal is that the Hayabusa is now INR 5 lakhs lesser than it’s chief competitor – the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.

2016 Suzuki Hayabusa

At the heart of the new 2016 Busa is a 1340 cc 4-Stroke, 4-Cylinder, Liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that produces 197 hp of power and 155 Nm of torque. The fact that Suzuki did’t skimp on the power factor even though it they’re selling in India (I hope Triumph learn something from them) is a great sign for all us bike enthusiasts in this part of the world. The 2016 Hayabusa is currently available in 3 dual tone colours – Candy Daring Red with Metallic Mystic Silver, Pearl Bracing White with Metallic Mystic Silver and Metallic Thunder Gray with Glass Sparkle Black. I don’t understand the need for brands to give their vehicle colours such ridiculous names, but it’s not the worst thing they could’ve done to the bike.

The worst thing that they did do to the 2016 Hayabusa though, was that they made it ugly (umm uglier!). The Suzuki Hayabusa was never a good-looking bike to start off with. Put it next to a Yamaha or Ducati and you’ll wonder how they managed to even sell one model of theirs. But that’s what face-lifts are for: to improve the performance and design of the bike so that it appeals to their newest customers. This time, it looks like the Indian regulations for bikes have played spoilsport for the Suzuki rocket. There are two things that make this Indian model different from the previous international ones. The first is the number plate holder that is mounted on the front mud-guard and takes support from the suspension forks. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the second one definitely is. Ready? The 2016 Suzuki Hayabusa comes with a saree guard! I mean how on earth would that be beneficial for anyone who rides one of the fastest bikes on the planet? Saree guards make sense (to a certain extent) on commuter bikes but on a 1300 cc superbike? Utter nonsense. And the funniest thing is that because of the Hayabusa’s massive exhaust, the guard is divided into 2 halves (one on either side).

So what are your thoughts on the assembled in India Suzuki Hayabusa? Let us know in the comments below.

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