Hayabusa – Speed In all Its Glory!!!

What is a legendary Suzuki sports bike doing on a blog about birds?? I am neither a sport biking fan nor do I have any knowledge about it. While surfing the net, I came across some very very interesting information which I am sharing in this really short blog post.

Hayabusa is Japanese for “Peregrine Falcon,” a bird of prey that often serves as a metaphor for speed. A bird which we crave to sight, observe and of course click. It is one of the few animals that can go upto speeds of 300 km/h in a dive.

It was in 1996 that Honda announced a new model of a sportbike intended to sit on the top of its sportbike lineup and become the fastest production bike on the planet. The Honda Super Blackbird was born. Unfortunately, for Honda, another Japanese manufacturer picked 1999 as the year to fly their bird into town – Suzuki and The Hayabusa. After that, the top speed debate was over for the next decade.

The name – Hayabusa – mocked Honda’s Blackbird. The peregrine often hunts an actual blackbird.

How does the fastest animal on earth attack its prey??!! Do watch the video!!

The Hayabusa became synonymous with sheer speed and acceleration, designed to slice through the air with the same ease as its feathered namesake, its claimed top speed being 303 to 312 km/h (188 to 194 mph).

The peregrine falcon reaches over 320 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.

       -Until the next post…Ciao friends!!!