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Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close

The gen-II Hayabusa has more power and torque. But is that really enough to keep the Gen-1 Busa at bay? Let’s find out

The Suzuki Hayabusa has an illustrious past attached to it, all of which started with the OG first-gen model. The follow-up Gen-II ‘Busa, though, pushed the goal post further, making even more power, and selling in extreme numbers throughout the world.

Wondering which one’s faster between these two iconic bikes? Well, here’s a drag race that’ll paint you a picture.

The Contenders

Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close
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Going against the first-gen model is a 2008 Hayabusa that made 197 hp and 102 lb-ft

First up, we have the OG first-gen Hayabusa. It was powered by a 1,299cc, inline-four engine which put out a claimed 173 horsepower and around 95 pound-feet of torque while tipping the scales at 550 pounds (fully laden).

Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close
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The first contender here is the first-gen Suzuki Hayabusa. Using its 1,299cc engine, this one put out 173 hp and 95 lb-ft

Next up is the second-gen Hayabusa that came out in 2008. This used a bigger 1,340cc, inline-four engine that produces 197 horsepower and 102 pound-feet. Thanks to the updates, however, a fully laden gen-II ‘Busa weighed 583 pounds.

It’s worth mentioning that none of the bikes featured here are stock and both boast drag race-friendly hardware. These include a stretched swingarm, an aftermarket exhaust, and possibly a few engine updates to extract more juice.

First-gen Suzuki Hayabusa vs Second-gen Suzuki Hayabusa Drag Race

Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close
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Coming to the race, as soon as the lights go out, the second-gen ’Busa gets the jump on the first-gen model

As soon as the lights go out, the heavier second-gen Hayabusa gets the jump on the first-gen model. Now, at this moment, one would expect the more powerful second-gen model to just power through and gap the first-gen model, but that’s not what happens.

Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close
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However, once hooked, the first-gen model takes no time to come back and starts edging closer to the newer model

The first-gen Hayabusa, once hooked and going, takes no time to catch up to the second-gen model and starts inching ahead ever so slightly, ultimately taking the win by just 0.2-seconds. To back this up, the OG Hayabusa is also faster in the speed traps by 4mph.

Here are the final quarter-mile times:

Bike Quarter mile time Speed
Second-gen Suzuki Hayabusa 10.17s 135mph
First-gen Suzuki Hayabusa 9.83s 139mph

Final Thoughts

Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close
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Even though the first-gen Hayabusa wins here, we believe there’s more in the tank for the second-gen model and it can surely go faster than this. However, there’s no denying that the first-gen Busa is still nothing short of a missile even today.

Here’s the video (skip to 01:13)

Punya Sharma
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