Suzuki Hayabusa Still In Production for United States

Rennie Scaysbrook | December 14, 2018

Suzuki Hayabusa Still In Production for United States—The Suzuki Hayabusa isn’t dead, despite what you may have seen or read elsewhere.

That’s the word coming from Suzuki Motor of America today, as the company confirms the legendary ’Busa will continue production for the North American market despite being discontinued in the European sector due to tightening Euro 4 emissions.

Suzuki Hayabusa Still In Production for United States

Suzuki Hayabusa Still In Production for United States
The Hayabusa dream isn’t over just yet, with U.S. production continuing for the iconic speed machine.

“From its inception 20 years ago, the iconic Hayabusa motorcycle has been a visually- and technologically-stunning representation of Suzuki’s commitment to motorcycle performance,” said Kerry Graeber, Suzuki’s Vice President, MC/ATV Sales, and Marketing. “Literally tens of thousands of riders have owned this beloved model and it continues to be sought after even today. GT riders, drag racers, and customizers worldwide are obsessively devoted to the Hayabusa and we are looking forward to continuing its legacy. Suzuki Motor Corporation’s commitment to this model means a new generation of motorcyclists can experience the unmatched performance and style that the Hayabusa is known for globally.”

The Hayabusa could be argued as a relic of the age when the Japanese manufacturers went head-to-head for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Production Motorcycle’ in the mid-to-late 1990s. The game was started by Honda with the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird, which ran from 1996 to 2006, and challenged the might of the Kawasaki ZX-11 and in its final year of production, the new-for-2006 ZX-14. The Hayabusa was Suzuki’s answer to the Honda in 1999, named so as a cheeky swipe at Honda because the in nature, the Japanese Hayabusa bird (otherwise known as the Peregrine falcon), preys on the Blackbird.

The Hayabusa celebrates 20 years in 2019, making it one of the longest-serving members in the history of Suzuki streetbikes. Thankfully, despite the speed freak failing to meet the Euro 4 emissions standards, we’ll likely get a few more years out of the current ’Busa before a new one (as has been rumored for years) comes along to take its place, or Suzuki decides to scrap the model entirely.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.