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2008 Suzuki Hayabusa Comparo Photo Gallery

Photos of 2008 Kawasaki ZX-14 vs Hayabusa. 2008 Ninja ZX-14 vs Suzuki Hayabusa

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The Suzuki's new radial-mount four-piston Tokico calipers even up to the similar Nissin configuration on the Kawasaki in terms of performance.
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Head to head, just like Tyson and Holyfield in days past, this was a heavyweight brawl.
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Out of the two, the Busa feels more sporty.
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Just flip it in green and twist the throttle... Also hope there's not police in the vicinity.
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2008 Suzuki Hayabusa vs. ZX-14 gearbag.
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These two machines will be rumbling for years to come.
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The 2008 is the first significant redesign of the Hayabusa.
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Four-piston radial mount Tokico calipers provide better initial bite than the Kawi, and are a definite improvement over the traditional-mount six-piston units they replace.
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Tranquil rivers and trees, the sounds of nature... And the wailing roar of almost 170 horsepower!
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Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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The Haybusa sports an inch-longer wheelbase at 58.5 inches.
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At low speeds, the Suzuki is a little harder to control.
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Motoring along at a touring pace, a riders wrists will get mighty tired.
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The most distinctive hump in motorcycles... The only hump in motorcycles!
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The philosophy behind the Suzuki instrument display is mucho circles.
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In case you didn't know the Hayabusa is a Japanese model.
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Arriving on the scene in 1999, the Hayabusa (the Japanese name for the Peregrine Falcon), has become a flagship for Suzuki and created an entire subculture in the motorcycling community.
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The raw, uninhibited power of A-Mode is addictive, even if you’re just twisting the throttle from stop sign to stop sign on city streets. Asking a rider to flip it down to C is akin to asking a drug addict to control their own dosage.
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Our testers give the nod in the engine department to the Suzuki, but not by much
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Although producing more power, the new Hayabusa is also heavier.
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The Busa got the upper hand on the Kawi on the drag strip, but both our testers agreed that it had the better potential.
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Looking at the dyno, the A, B and C modes on the S-DMS (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector) are apparent.
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This time around, the Suzuki is the horespower king.
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Comparing '06 to '08, you can see where the Busa gain ground.
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Divvying out the abundant power is a 6-speed transmission with slipper clutch.
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The Haybusa compromises comfort for a sportier feel, pitching the rider forward like its smaller-displacement Gixxer siblings.
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Head-to-head the throttle response is not quite as crisp as the ZX-14, but there seems to be an unending well of power all the way up to the 11,000 redline.
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There is just no question: the Busa is the sportier feeling bike.
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From turn-in, to transition, the aggressive ergonomics of the Busa make cornering easier by a slight margin.