With a true top speed of more than 312 kmph, the Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the fastest production motorcycles ever. Around the world, the ‘busa is highly revered owing to the warp speeds it can attain. Of course, it’s among the fastest motorcycles on the Indian roads, too. However, here’s a drag race that involves a Yamaha R15 V3 and a Suzuki Hayabusa. Of course, the R15 stands no chance in front of the mighty Hayabusa but here’s a twist. The R15 rider sets some conditions for the ‘busa rider in order to give a fair chance to the R15. Check it out.
In the first round, the Yamaha R15 V3 asks the Hayabusa rider to not shift beyond the second cog and not rev above 5,000 RPM. The R15 rider feels that setting such a ‘handicap’ for the ‘busa will give his motorcycle a chance to outclass the legendary hyperbike. Of course, the ‘busa is quick to take a lead and just flies past the R15. However, the rider doesn’t go beyond 5,000 RPM in the second cog. So, basically, the condition puts a huge cap on the capabilities of the Hayabusa. This enables the R15 V3 rider to overtake its mighty rival around 100 kmph. At this point, the R15 is in fourth gear.
In the next round, the R15 rider allows his competitor to not shift beyond the third cog and not rev above 7,000 RPM. Once again, the ‘busa is quick to fly past the R15 and continues accelerating strongly till 7,000 RPM in the third gear. Once again, the handicap for the ‘busa restricts its performance and the R15 manages to overtake its mightly rival around 118 kmph in the fifth gear. In the final round, the Hayabusa rider is allowed to use the first four gears and not rev beyond 8,000 RPM in the fourth cog. This time around, the R15 stands no chance. The Hayabusa manages to clearly outclass its puny rival, in spite of a restriction.
For the uninitiated, the Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc, four-cylinder motor that outputs a massive 197 Bhp @ 9500 rpm and 155 Nm @ 7200 rpm. Hence, in the third round, the ‘busa makes full use of the torque on offer and easily outclasses its smaller rival. Also, such performance figures also help it leave the R15 in dust in the initial parts of the races.
The Yamaha R15 V3, on the other hand, is powered by a 155,1cc, single-cylinder motor that outputs 19.3 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm @ 8,500 RPM. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. As you can see, the R15 V3 simply stands no chance in front of the ‘busa. However, the restrictions under which the Hayabusa performs help the R15 outclass the hyperbike in the first two rounds.
Is there any point to this seemingly ridiculous exercise?
Well, there is! The video indicates that the Yamaha R15 is really good up to a point, although it can’t really be compared to the mighty Hayabusa. As the uploader himself says, ‘beyond a certain rev limit, the ‘Busa is uncatchable but at realistic speeds, the Yamaha R15 V3 is a very solid, affordable sportsbike.
Disclaimer – We urge all our readers to refrain from conducting such races and speed trials on public roads. Also, all two-wheeler riders are requested to ride with full safety gear and adhere to local speed limits.[“Source-cartoq”]