There was a time when you could squeeze your superbike unlimited on the Autobahn of our eastern neighbors. Because in 2021 this is increasingly hampered by ‘baustelles’ and environmental regulations – not to mention fuel prices – we celebrate the high mass of speed in an appropriate way. And with Kawasaki’s H2 SX and Suzuki’s Hayabusa.
Two legends if you ask us, even the still quite young H2 SX. Among the ‘tourist’ items such as a high window and trunk holders is the beastly compressor reactor, which catapulted the H2 and circuit-only H2R to new performance dimensions in 2015. For a long time they had the ZZR1400 at Kawa as the harder going, but that is (unfortunately) a thing of the past. Almost a thing of the past is also blasting over the left lane at 300 per hour, which is becoming more and more retro. Speaking of which, welcome back Hayabusa! This peregrine falcon was born in 1999 with 175 hp good for 312 real kilometers on the clock, something that also caused frowning eyebrows at the time. 1999 is therefore not much different from 2021. Differences are that in 1999 petrol was still affordable, electric mobility was something for radio controlled toys and green political parties had yet to be founded. That does not make our high-speed test on the German highway any easier. When is the best time to do that? Early in the morning of course! We decide to take the A8 and A7 via Ulm to Austria. Now that everyone has managed to convince everyone to leave so early…
How do the Hayabusa and H2 SX compare? Who remains the most stable at 300 per hour and is there a clear winner at all? Read it in MotoPlus 23/2021!
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