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2009 Suzuki Hayabusa Comparison Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa in action against the all-new Honda VFR in our VFR Comparison review.

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The Hayabusa represents unbridled engine performance.
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Dials spin mighty fast cracking the throttle open on the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa.
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The Hayabusa isn’t bedecked with any electronic aids for the rider. No linked brakes or ABS for the Busa, just effective stopping power, with fantastic unfettered feel at the lever.
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The chain drive on the Haybabusa reveals its pure sportbike performance – there’s no questioning where it stands on the touring/sportbike performance grid!
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Suzuki does utilizes the Drive Mode Selector (DMS) sytem, with its three-position A,B and C mode. All three parlay a noticeable difference in power delivery.
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The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa, up against two other strong rides.
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The Hayabusa lives up to its sporting credentials, but doesn’t feel as light on its feet as the fleet-footed Honda. That’s a nod to the Honda, not a dig on the Busa.
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The feel and feedback from the Suzuki may not reach the VFR’s stratified heights, but it’s still amazing.
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The Suzuki Hayabusa's Inline-Four, with its unhindered, raw performance, proved unbeatable on the dyno and the quarter-mile - at least in this comparison.
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The Suzuki Hayabusa is pure sportbike
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. Adam describes the Busa seat as “awesome”, which is a generous opinion I do not personally share. Better perhaps than most sportbike perches, the Suzuki seat is not amenable to high-mileage routes.
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The Suzuki, for which the drag strip is a natural habitat, proved the fastest at 9.87 in the quarter-mile.
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The Hayabusa’s style reaches beyond direct criticism at this point, with its curves and signature look having achieved iconic status.
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The Hayabusa doesn’t make any pretense for touring comfort and, like a true sportbike, it really isn’t designed for long stints in the saddle.
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Taking a break in the Imperial Valley, while the sun decides to set.
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Adam looking cool courtesy of Oakley and Dainese.
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The Busa is all about raw, unrestrained sportbike passion.
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The biggest surprise of our comparison, at least in my mind, was how badly the Hayabusa didn’t suck as a long-distance mount.
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The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa turns next to the 2010 Honda VFR1200F.
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The aftermarket Coretech saddlebags, which hung snuggly off the bulbous tailpiece and under the distinctive rear hump and turned the Suzuki into a decent gear mule.
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The feel and feedback from the Suzuki may not reach the VFR’s stratified heights, but it’s still amazing.