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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 323 February 2017 > IN THE AUTUMN OF THERE LIVES


Remember when these machines ruled the roads? Long since knocked off their thrones, do the Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZZR1400 still offer any relevance?


There was once a time when the ZZR and Hayabusa marques commanded the utmost respect from riders. The arrival of the ’Busa blaster in 1999 heralded a stepping up of the arms race between Japanese manufacturers – particularly the intense rivalry between Suzuki and Kawasaki. This was real Cold War stuff, played out on two wheels; biking superpowers battling each other with super power. Massive motors, huge speed and the abilities to chew up and spit out a rear tyre in half an afternoon ensured that these machines sat comfortably at the top of the tree.

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