The second generation Hayabusa is an incredible motorcyle that puts a tick in every box. I actually had no intentions of buying one, instead being more interested in getting a Triumph Sprint ST, but I am pleased I took my local bike shop up on the offer of a test ride. It is a great general purpose commuter and weekend tourer. Fuel economy is modest, though twisting the throttle hard can be like pulling out a bath plug. Heads turn no matter where you go. And you know that you are king of the road with the power and handling to easily get out of...tricky situations. This is a bike that will keep me occupied for many years yet. Breath taking body shape and colour schemes. Power delivery is smooth and plentiful. Very agile once under a bit of power, especially considering the size and weight. Surprisingly quiet. Starts at -3 Celcius without a fuss. Wind protection is obviously well above par. Ergonomics are actually quite comfortable. When riding it you feel like that bloke riding the bomb in 'Dr Strangelove'. Mirrors don't show a great deal. A little awkward around town. ABS really should have been standard or at least an option for no extra cost for a bike like this. (The current 2010 model offers ABS now)
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