2023 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa PTR Tune (bike review)

The Hayabusa name automatically conjures thoughts of insane two-wheeled performance. Add in a PTR tune to the spiciest of all Suzuki bikes and you have a recipe for complete lunacy. It’s a concoction that’s downright crazy.

The iconic superbike has forged a reputation over the years for its fearless performance and unbridled power. In the case of the Gen III version, it comes with the right amount of rider aids to keep the “stay safe” world happy, while continuing to deliver extreme fun.

First launched in its current form for 2023, the new model came with significant upgrades, scoring the latest version of the Suzuki intelligent ride system, for enhanced safety and improved power delivery, in what is best described as an adrenalin junkie’s dream.

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It also grabbed Suzuki drive mode selector “Alpha”, which groups together five advanced electronic control systems, while enabling riders to select individual settings for each to optimise performance characteristics.

The Hayabusa features a BOSCH 6-Axis IMU, motion track control, launch and anti-lift control, engine braking control and a silky smooth bi-directional quick shifter, all designed to enhance the riding experience.

2023 Suzuki Hayabusa with PTR Tune
2023 Suzuki Hayabusa with PTR Tune

With an abundance of power to throw down the tarmac in its stock form, handing it over to the boss man at Phil Tainton Racing (PTR) seems proper nuts. That’s what Suzuki Australia did though, and what they’ve created together is a veritable monster.

The tune from the team at PTR sees an upgraded Akrapovič exhaust system, 3D printed velocity stacks and ECU remapping installed, with the Hayabusa grabbing an additional 7kW of power and 5Nm of torque, with a bigger boost at 10,600rpm.

At this point, the increase in power is more like 15kW, without any loss to the dynamics of the stock bike. But it’s the symphony produced by the lumpier and gnarlier exhaust that is a pure delight.

We found ourselves opening the throttle just for the noise, such is the sound you get out of the tuned version of the Hayabusa. Our test bike also came with a factory billet pack, rim decals, a premium seat and single seat cowl, touring screen and tank pad.

Carbon pattern mirrors rounded out the look. In terms of the componentry, suspension remains standard, with a 43mm KY inverted fork, with adjustable compression, rebound damping and spring load doing an admirable job.

2023 Suzuki Hayabusa with PTR Tune
2023 Suzuki Hayabusa with PTR Tune

At the rear, a link-type KYB shock with adjustable compression, rebound damping and spring load does the job. Pulling the big Suzuki up are Stylema radial-mount 4-piston callipers, with 320mm dual floating discs on the front for excellent feel and bite.

On the rear is a single piston calliper with a 260mm disc, and both feature ABS. A set of Pirelli Supercorsa SP V3 tyres have been added for a little extra stickiness on the tarmac. The 2023 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa tips the scales at 264kg.

It looks a lot larger than what it feels from the pilot’s seat, and it’s that very spot where you’ll find all the important rider info on a TFT display, mounted between two analogue gauges. This includes speed, revs, lean angle, and front and rear brake pressure.

You’ll also get data on the accelerator position, fuel consumption and riding range. This weapon of a bike comes with cruise control, active speed limiter, hill hold control and an emergency stop signal.

In standard guise, the Suzuki Hayabusa is a simply magnificent piece of kit, with enough power on tap to blow your socks off. Mixed with a helping of well thought out touring tech, it’s even possible to use it as a daily.

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2023 Suzuki Hayabusa with PTR Tune

The enhancements from the PTR tune and some tasty factory additions elevates the riding experience beyond that of the standard model quite significantly. It doesn’t come free though, with the additional goodies and tune adding around $7,500 to the standard price.

The 2023 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (Gen III) has a base price of $26,390 ride away, and comes with a 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty. It’s currently only available in 25th Anniversary form at $28,990 ride away (although that includes some cool extras).

For more information, contact your local Suzuki dealership or visit their website.

Our test bike was provided by Suzuki Motorcycles Australia for review purposes. Images courtesy of bikereview.com.au

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
9.5
Style and comfort
9.25
Braking and handling
9
Overall bike performance
9.5
Value for money
9.25

SUMMARY

Pros - exhaust note; additional power and torque, extras add to overall riding experience.
Cons - bike's extreme performance only suitable for track; not for the feint hearted.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> exhaust note; additional power and torque, extras add to overall riding experience.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> bike's extreme performance only suitable for track; not for the feint hearted.2023 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa PTR Tune (bike review)