Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R Vs BMW K1200RS

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Last Updated : 02 July 2012

Welcome to the 2nd generation Suzuki Hayabusa vs the Kawasaki ZX-14 (ZZR 1400) comparisons specifications and performance!  The ZX-14 or ZZR 1400 was released in 2006 after the demise of the ZX-12R. 

This page is a comparison of key specifications and some personal commentary between the original BMW K1200RS and the 1999 (1st Generation) Hayabusa. The charts below only lists the major points of comparison. It has been over 10 years since these original models where released as I write this article in 2010.

The K1200RS was one the first modern BMWs sports tourers designed to compete with the original Kawasaki ZZ1100 or ZX-11 and of course the Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. I previously knew 2 owners of the big K and honestly both no longer have them due to high maintenance and parts costs and reliability. However like Suzuki they did not do any significant updates to the basic model during its very long production cycle (1997-2007).

I do think the K1200 was a lovely motorcycle when new. I looked good and stood out from the rest by being a modern and equipped with quality parts. With great comfort and the ability to attached ALL forms of luggage systems made them a great tourer. Unfortunately the model was never that popular because the RT series in particular BMW (which I almost bought) and even the Honda Blackbird were better packages. I love the RT even if it is a BMW :-) The 1200RS was priced over $23,000 when introduced which didn't help sales figures. At least you got a lot of motorcycle for the money!

To most experienced motorcyclists BMWs are still considered makers of nice touring motorcycles but over priced - certainly it not prestige like almost all Ducati's or even Harley Davidson. You can argue exclusivity through small numbers or the positioning and quality of their cars but you'd be wrong. It's their product placement on TV that has got you. Likewise their motorcycles aren't any better than any other brand. Sure you can impress your non-motorcyclist friends but that's just silly!

  2nd Generation Hayabusa BMW K1200RS

1999 Suzuki Hayabusa Image

Engine :
Bore :
Stroke :
Displacement :
Compression ratio :
Air Cleaner :
Starter :
Lubrication :
Fuelling :
Overall length :
Overall Width :
Overall Height :
Wheel base :
Ground clearance :
Seat height :
Kerb weight :

In-line 4 DOHC TSCC
81.0 mm
63.0 mm
1299 cc
11.0 : 1
Non-woven fabric
Wet sump
Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
2180 mm
740 mm
1155 mm
1485 mm
120 mm
805 mm
215 kg
430 kg
In-line 4 cylinder DOHC
70.5 mm
75 mm
1171 cc
10.8 : 1
Non-woven fabric
Wet sump

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
2230 mm
1450 mm
1545 mm
800 mm

Security System :

Standard Standard

Gearbox :

6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
Drive chain
6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
Shaft Drive

Suspension  (front) :

Inverted telescopic,
coil sprung, oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable rebound damping force 10-way adjustable
compression damping force 10-way adjustable

Suspension  (rear) :

Link type, coil spring,
gas/oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable force 22-way adjustable?, compression damping force 22-way adjustable

Brakes / Tyres :

320mm Disc
Tokico - Front twin 6 piston calliper
240mm Back single 4 piston calliper

Front 120/70 ZR17
Bridgestone BT56  J Spec
Rear 190/50 ZR17 Bridgestone BT56  J Spec
Cast aluminium alloy

305mm Disc Front twin 4 piston
285mm Back single 2 piston calliper
Optional ABS

Front 120/70 ZR17 
Rear 180/50 ZR17
Cast aluminium alloy

Fuel tank :

'99-'01 : 22 litres
Canadian '01 onwards : 20 litres
20 litres

Exhaust :

4 into 2 - 1 - 2  (standard) 4 into 2 - 1  (standard)

Frame :


Colors :

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Power :
Torque :

(Claimed) 178bhp
(Claimed) 132Kw @ 9800rpm
(Claimed) 138Nm @ 10200rpm
(Approx) 130hp
(Approx) 96Kw @ 8750rpm
(Approx) 117Nm @ 6750pm

Approx Pricing (AUD) :

1999 - $17,490
1999 - $24,200




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