Trying to round the ‘Busa on the MMRT as fast as possible was, well, overwhelming. It just has too much power, at least for me. All my brake marks seemed overdue. And going into the corners hot trying to pull the brake in caused the Busa to weave incessantly as it tipped into the corner. A more competent major cyclist might have handled that. But not me.
And so I tried to finish most of my braking before going into the three turns I struggled with—C1, C4 and the right kink for C10—to keep the tissue at bay. It helped. Having traction control and anti-lift was a big help too. Without it I’d probably be entering high-sided C2…in the out lap.
But even with these aids, so much torque goes to the rear wheel that it never stops lifting the rear tire. You feel it when exiting bends with the bike still bent over. And that then turns into a force field that slaps against your chest as the bike gets closer to the upright position and the electronics begin to wear off.
The real surprise of the new Hayabusa, however, is its ability to take on the tight and technical parts of a race track. It’s surprisingly easy to move it back and forth. And the slim that can be carried on this bike is great too. And you can always see what the bike and tires are doing, so it inspires confidence too!