While most of us debate over which ADV to take to the bucket list road trip to Ladakh, here’s a crazy rider who has done it on a Suzuki Hayabusa.
If you love motorcycles and if you love travelling to the mountains, chances are you already must have thought about that road trip to Ladakh. In fact, you are more likely to already have done that road trip. But what was the motorcycle you took to the mountains or you are intending to take? A Royal Enfield Himalayan or Classic? A KTM 390 Adventure? Or those big-burly Adventure tourer motorcycles? Forget all that. It turns out that even a Suzuki Hayabusa can tame the mountains of Ladakh.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the best selling superbikes in the country and is an excellent sports tourer for long distance touring. It is also very comfortable for such a purpose but riding a Hayabusa on the unforgiving terrain of Ladakh is perhaps a bit too much too ask for. Jasminder Singh, a YouTube-vlogger, did exactly that by taking his Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R1300 to Ladakh. You will be surprised to see what the Hayabusa is capable of in this video.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is quite a heavy motorcycle and certainly very powerful too. Weight and power are still fine as we have come to see with big-burly ADVs these days but the Hayabusa does not boast of much ground clearance to help its case. Moreover, being conceived as a supersport motorcycle, it has no off-road hardware and neither the tires to take on the off-road terrain. The Ladakh region boasts of very high mountain passes and in many places, its just a dusty trail all the way. There are also many water crossings and of course, black ice too.
As we can see in the video, for a stock Hayabusa to be able to take such a terrain, its really an incredible feat. The video also shows that the Hayabusa reached many different places in the Ladakh region like the Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso lake and the Khardung La pass. Also, some credit has to be given to the rider to be daring enough to take a Hayabusa to the mountains of Ladakh and actually bringing back the motorcycle in one piece.
The Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc, inline four-cylinder engine that generates a maximum of 197 Bhp and a peak torque of 155 Nm. Speaking of the Hayabusa, Suzuki has now discontinued this icon from the Indian market this year. There’s a brand new-generation of the Hayabusa that’s in the works internationally and we can’t wait for it to come to India. Perhaps then we will see another crazy rider taking the new-gen motorcycle to play some inline-four orchestra on the mountains of Ladakh.