First Ride

Suzuki Hayate review, test ride

Suzuki wants their new Hayate to blow them to higher success in the high volume commuter bike segment. Can the Hayate do another Access for Suzuki?

DETAILS
  • Make  Suzuki
  • Model  Hayate
  • Edition  2012
28
photos

WEB EXCLUSIVE

The high-volume Indian commuter bike segment has received yet another motorcycle, the 112.8cc Suzuki Hayate. Hayate means ‘fresh breeze’ in Japanese.  In profile, the conservative new bike takes you straight back to the Suzuki Slingshot, with an all too familiar curvy bikini fairing and bright, well focused headlight. The rounded, twin-pod analogue instrument panel includes basic equipment including a speedometer, odometer and a fuel gauge. While a pass light flash switch is sorely missed, the switches otherwise offer good feel. The Hayate’s palm grips feel comfy too. Its 8-litre fuel tank provides large knee recesses for the rider’s thighs, which along with a cushy saddle contribute to keeping the rider comfortable. The Hayate’s side panels are black, as were the Slingshots, while its tail light and grab bar look simplistic.

The Hayate is powered by an all new 112.8cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine which delivers a peak power output of 8.3bhp at 7500rpm, and 0.88kgm of maximum torque at 5500rpm. The engine feels about par for its class and runs smoothly at all times. The Hayate comes with a four-speed gearbox, shifted in an all-down shift pattern while we would have preferred a one-down, three-up format gearbox.

The Hayate offers good ergonomics and a comfortable riding position, with its foot pegs and handlebars being well placed. The motorcycle is equipped with telescopic fork front suspension and twin hydraulic rear shock-absorbers, working to provide decent ride quality. Sharing its tubular frame with the Slingshot, the Hayate disappointingly deploys a tubular swingarm at the back, this being a dated specification in this day and age, when almost every Indian motorcycle has long since switched to the superior rigidity of a box section swingarm. Its light handling is a boon in the congested traffic conditions, but stability is iffy when cornering, the bike easily shifting around disconcertingly on road undulations, that is surely due to the antiquated swingarm. Braking is just about adequate, via 130mm drum in the front and 110mm drum at the rear, although the Hayate does well to offer adequate tyre grip, using MRF tyres front and rear.

Fuel economy could be better, this commuter bike giving us 51.9kpl in city riding conditions, and 53.3kpl during our highway economy tests.

Overall, the Suzuki Hayate is bound to be seen as a let down from a company as capable as Suzuki. We’d have expected Suzuki to have changed not only styling, which remains a constant, but also to have improved their bike in other key areas so as to help it keep up with its many able rivals.

The Suzuki Hayate comes in five colours; white, green, grey, red and black. Priced affordably, you can buy this bike in a kick-start variant priced at Rs 38,212 (ex-showroom, Delhi), as well as a self-start model for Rs 40,212 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

 

Fact File

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price Rs 38,212 (kick-start, ex-showroom, Delhi)/ Rs 40,212 (kick & self-start, ex-showroom, Delhi)

Engine

Fuel Petrol
Type 112kg, Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled
Power 8.3bhp at 7500rpm
Torque 0.88kgm at 5500rpm
Power to weight 74.11bhp per tonne

Transmission

Gearbox 4-speed, all-down

Dimensions

Length 2030mm
Width 720mm
Height 1070mm
Wheel base 1260mm
Ground clearance 165mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 112kg
Wheels 17-inch, 5-spoke alloy
Tyres 2.75x17 (f) – 3.00x17 (r)

Suspension

Front telescopic forks
Rear hydraulic shock absorbers

Brakes

Front 130mm drum
Rear 110mm drum

Economy

Tank size 8 litres
See more about:  suzuki, hayate, pulsar

notSet

Chevrolet is bringing its massive Trailblazer SUV to India and we’ve driven it this month. We’ve also got detailed previews of the new Innova and Fortuner and Tata’s new Hexa concept, and that’s only the start. Read on!
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

Nissan Patrol review, test drive

Nissan Patrol review, test drive

2 days ago
A mighty 4x4 known for its off-roading prowess, the Patrol might be paving...
Volkswagen Vento TDI DSG long term review first report

Volkswagen Vento TDI DSG long term review first report

Mar 21, 2015
The sensible VW Vento gets a warm welcome to our longterm fleet.
2015 Audi TT coupe review, test drive

2015 Audi TT coupe review, test drive

Mar 20, 2015
A design revamp and a new spec sheet. Does Audi's junior sportscar whoosh by...
New Mini Cooper S India review, test drive

New Mini Cooper S India review, test drive

Mar 17, 2015
The new petrol powered Mini is bigger and looks more mature. Importantly,...
2015 Mercedes Benz A 200 CDI review, test drive

2015 Mercedes Benz A 200 CDI review, test drive

Mar 14, 2015
Mercedes A-class diesel now gets more power. And that adds some more...
Latest News
KTM Orange Day Pune edition held
KTM’s Orange Day race was held on March 28th at the Downtown Racing...
50 minutes ago   1 picture
Rossi wins thrilling MotoGP opener at Losail
Rossi made it over the line just 0.174 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso,...
1 hour ago   1 picture
F1: Vettel defeats Mercedes in Malaysian Grand Prix
The German chose to stay out during an early safety car period and assumed...
1 hour ago   1 picture
Ford to launch four models this year
The Ford Figo Aspire sedan will be joined by the Figo hatchback, the...
3 hours ago   4 pictures
KTM Duke 250, RC 250 showcased at Tokyo
New Variants of the KTM Duke and RC showcased at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show...
22 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 188 | Autocar India – April 2015

Chevrolet is bringing its massive Trailblazer SUV to India and we’ve driven it this month. We’ve also got detailed previews of the new Innova and Fortuner and Tata’s new Hexa...
Autocar Magazine