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Last Updated : 02 July 2012

This page compares the Suzuki Hayabusa with the 1st Generation Kawasaki ZX-12R specifications and performance!  Originally the ZX-12R was due to be released in 2000 but a variety of factors like the much publicised cam-chain issue with the Hayabusa and the discovery of reliability similar issues with the original ZX-12R, Kawasaki delayed the release until late 2000.

The original release was indeed special since Kawasaki fans had been waiting for a replacement for the old ZX-11 or ZZR1100 for some time.  The 1100's speed crown had already been taken by the Honda Blackbird and in turn the Hayabusa.  So it was expected that the new ZX-12 would be the next speed king. Unfortunately it never was - missing out on all official speed tests.  A variety of issues made the Blackbird or Hayabusa better motorcycles overall including top speed.  Major changes where made to the ZX-12 over its very short model life (up to 2006)  indicated that something was not quite right with the original.

On the upside I still believe the ZX-12 sounds better than either the Honda or Suzuki in standard trim.  It's still an enjoyable motorcycle and in today's speed restricted world one of the fastest production motorcycles you can buy.

Check out the other specification pages for mores details.
- 2nd Generation Hayabusa Specifications Detail

- 99-07 Hayabusa Specifications Detail
- Vs Blackbird (Gen 1)
- Vs Blackbird (Gen 2)
- Vs ZX-12R (Gen 1)

  Hayabusa (1st Generation) ZX-12R (1st Generation)

1999 Suzuki Hayabusa Image

Engine :
Bore :
Stroke :
Displacement :
Compression ratio :
Air Cleaner :
Starter :
Lubrication :
Fuelling :
Overall length :
Overall Width :
Height :
Wheel base :
Ground clearance :
Seat height :
Dry 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 16 Valve
83.0 mm
55.4 mm
1199 cc
12.2 : 1

Wet sump

Electronic Fuel Injection
2080 mm
120 mm
213 kg

Security System :

Standard Standard

Gearbox :

6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
Drive chain RK GB50GSV Z3
112 Links
Gear ratios :
          1 - 2.615
          2 - 1.937
          3 - 1.526
          4 - 1.285
          5 - 1.136
          6 - 1.043
6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch

1 - 2.428(34/14)
2 - 1.823(31/17)
3 - 1.440(36/25)
4 - 1.250(30/24)
5 - 1.130(26/23)
6 - 1.033(31/30)
Primary ratio 1.596(83/52)
Final ratio 2.500(45/18)

Suspension  (front) :

Inverted telescopic,
coil sprung, oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable rebound damping force 14-way adjustable
compression damping force 13-way adjustable
43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic fork with 12-way adjustable compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload.

Suspension  (rear) :

Link type, coil spring,
gas/oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable force 22-way adjustable, compression damping force 22-way adjustable
UNI-TRAK® system with single shock, 20-way adjustable compression and 18-way rebound damping, adjustable ride height.

Caster :
Trail :
Steering angle :

24* 12'
97 mm (3.8 in)
30* right to left

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

The Hayabusa had unique tyres when first released.  There was significant shortages for the first year!

Front - 320mm twin 6 piston calliper
Back -  230mm single 4 piston calliper
Front 120/70x17
Dunlop D207ZR 1999
(D208 2002)
200/50 ZR17
Dunlop D207ZR 1999 (D208 2002)

Fuel tank :

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

Fuel consumption :

City 5.6 litres (Premium) per 100kms
Highway 5.1 litres (Premium) per 100kms
Highway 5.4 litres (Premium) @ 160kph per 100kms
City 6.2 litres (Standard) per 100kms
Race - ???

Exhaust :

4 into 2 into 2 (standard) 4 into 2 into 2 (standard)

Frame :

  .Monocoque aluminium

Colors :

See Model History  

Power :
Torque :

(Claimed) 178bhp
(Claimed) 132Kw @ 9800rpm
(Claimed) 138Nm @ 10200rpm

Based on Manual.

(Claimed) 178ps
(Claimed) 13.8kg-m

(Claimed) 131Kw @ 10500rpm
(Claimed) 134Nm @ 10200rpm

Based on Manual.

Pricing (AUD) :

1999 - $17,490
2008 - $18,490
2000 $19,390
2006 $18,990



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