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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.

The Hayabusa represents unbridled engine performance.
Dials spin mighty fast cracking the throttle open on the 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa.
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.
The chain drive on the Haybabusa reveals its pure sportbike performance – there’s no questioning where it stands on the touring/sportbike performance grid!
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.
The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa, up against two other strong rides.
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.
The feel and feedback from the Suzuki may not reach the VFR’s stratified heights, but it’s still amazing.
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.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is pure sportbike
. 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.
The Suzuki, for which the drag strip is a natural habitat, proved the fastest at 9.87 in the quarter-mile.
The Hayabusa’s style reaches beyond direct criticism at this point, with its curves and signature look having achieved iconic status.
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.
Taking a break in the Imperial Valley, while the sun decides to set.
Adam looking cool courtesy of Oakley and Dainese.
The Busa is all about raw, unrestrained sportbike passion.
The biggest surprise of our comparison, at least in my mind, was how badly the Hayabusa didn’t suck as a long-distance mount.
The 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa turns next to the 2010 Honda VFR1200F.
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.
The feel and feedback from the Suzuki may not reach the VFR’s stratified heights, but it’s still amazing.