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Suzuki's Hayabusa turns 25

Party like it's 1999

The fastest road bike ever

We’re all getting that bit older and the same has to be said of our bikes. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hayabusa. I know, where does the

time go! 1999 was also the year that the Japanese giant launched the SV 650.

To celebrate making the worlds fastest road legal motorcycle and the worlds most practical motorcycle, the nice people from Suzuki UK are putting on a party at Cadwell Park. The Suzuki Live event will take place this coming June 22nd for two days.  

The most practical road bike ever

Riders of both the SV and the ‘Busa are invited to take the trip over and enter their bikes into a display. The best at show will win a set of Dunlop tyres. Also there will be long time Suzuki collaborators, Furygan.

There will be a whole fleet of new Suzuki’s available to test ride on the roads around the circuit. Also on the cards are a few on track sessions. These are split into different classes of bike. Older two strokes will be in one and newer four stroke machines in another and so forth. V-Strom test rides take place off road.

The second one in the image is a TL!

When the day is done the real fun will start. The talking will commence with Danny Web, John Reynolds and everyone’s favourite, Steve Parrish taking to the stage. There'll be a selection of food and drink vendors on site and even a touch of live music.

Nailing it in the dirt

One of the ‘suits’, Suzuki GB marketing manager Jak Tyrrell promised, “Suzuki Live and is set to be the biggest one yet. While there will be plenty of track sessions for those taking part, there’s going to be even more to see and do away from the circuit action, starting with the two anniversary display areas. 

“25 years is a huge milestone for two motorcycling stalwarts: the SV has provided fun, affordable motorcycling for the masses since 1999, has been the first ‘big bike’ of so many riders, and still fills racing grids at club level. And, still, a quarter of a century later, nothing comes close to a Hayabusa. It’s very easy to overuse words like ‘icon’ or ‘legend’, but that is what the Hayabusa is.” 

Suzuki Live takes place on 22-23 June at Cadwell Park. Weekend tickets cost £15 and include access to the whole paddock area, as well as camping. 


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