Suzuki Hayate Road Test ReviewA Japanese machine is always better in terms of technology, efficiency and performance, and when itcomes to automobiles, Japanese machines are even better. When we see the Indian automobile market,one thing is pretty evident that Indians love Japanese machines like anything. Suzuki led companyMaruti Suzuki is ruling the Indian car bazaar for more than two decades now and two-wheelercompanies like Honda and Yamaha are also doing pretty well. However, Suzuki’s two-wheeler armSuzuki Motorcycles is not that popular in the country, and to make things better Suzuki launched madefor India commuter last year called Hayate- which is a Japanese word for ‘fresh breeze’. In India 100-110cc commuters are the mass appeal products and holds the biggest pie of one of the largest two-wheeler markets in the world. So, it was an important segment for Suzuki to cover and they did so bylaunching the Hayate. We recently rode this bike in busy Delhi traffic to find out how convenient it isfor day to day commuters.
In the first glance, the front fascia of the Hayate will remind you of its elder sibling the Slingshot as itfeatures the same curvy bikini fairing with a well focused headlight. The well designed front blendswell with the well designed mud-guard and fuel tank.
The fuel tank provides space to the rider’s knees and also goes well with the rest of the design. Thegraphic job is decent, but it could have been better, the all black panels look good as well. The rearpanels with ‘Hayate’ on it, match with the tale lamp and grab rail. The five spoke alloy wheels add asporty feel to the bike.While Hayate’s looks are not head turner, its ergonomics are better. The analogue instrument clusterhas a dial showing speedometer and odometer and rest of the half squared part features the fuel gaugeand tale-tell lights.
Instrument cluster is quite readable with its blue and white color for the fonts. The Switch gear is basicand has been designed ergonomically, which make it easy to use. However, it lacks an engine-killswitch and a pass light switch.
After observing all the plus and negatives of the design, it was time to check the tech specs of thisJapanese machine. Suzuki Hayate gets its power from a 112.8cc, SOHC, four-stroke engine,developing a maximum power output of 8.3bhp at 7500rpm and peak torque of 8.62Nm at 5500rpm.Suzuki motorcycles are known for their sleek smooth engines, and this 112.8cc engine is no different, itfeels smooth most of the time, and its crisp throttle response makes things even better.It reaches the 70 kmph mark without any efforts and then you need to put some efforts to touch the topspeed mark of 90 km/h, however it is a commuter so an easy 60-70kmph is a virtue here.The Hayate picks up well and the under square layout of the engine provides a good mid-range. The 4-speed gearbox is smooth but we weren’t familiar with its all down shift pattern, instead we wouldprefer an all up or 1-down-3-up shift pattern.However, its commuter type gearing is good but not par with Dream Yuga. However, it performs verywell in the traffic, thanks to its tall 3rd and 4th gear, which reduce the frequent shifts. We tested thebike in peak hours of Delhi traffic and it performed so well.Suzuki has fitted a basic set of 2.75 tyre at front and 3.00 tyre at the back with 17-inch wheels, theMRF tyres provide a firm grip on moderate speeds. While the suspension is equipped with telescopicforks at the front and adjustable hydraulic suspension at the rear, tuned softer to make ride better onbroken Indian roads.Handling is adequate, but not at par with Dream Yuga, but it does its job pretty well. Hayate uses asingle tube chassis with a set-up engine, which makes it quite balanced. However, we didn’t like theold school tubular swingarm at the back, specially when almost every Indian motorcycle is using asuperior rigidity of a box section swingarm.
The bike’s light handling makes it easy to maneuver in congested traffic, but its antiquated swingarmmakes things difficult upto some extent while cornering. Hayate is equipped with 130mm drum in thefront and 110mm drum at the rear, which provide good braking power for a regular commuter bike.After riding this bike for a whole day on busy Delhi streets, we found that Hayate is a very good optionfor those who commute daily in heavy traffic. Its light handling and smooth engine is a boon in suchtraffic conditions. The Hayate looks modern and sporty, and its build quality is at par with competitors.All and all Hayate is a good option as a regular commuter.Suzuki Hayate Technical SpecificationPrice Range: Rs 44,150 (kick-start, on-road, Delhi)/ Rs 46,306 (kick & self-start, onroad, Delhi)Suzuki Hayate Engine SpecificationsFuel: PetrolType: 112.8cc, Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooledPower: 8.3bhp at 7500rpmTorque: 8.62Nm at 5500rpmPower to weight: 74.11bhp per tonneCompression Ratio: 9.5:1Carburetor: VM17Starting: Kick & Electric StartAir Cleaner: Non-Woven Fabric ElementLubrication System: Wet SumpGearbox: 4-speed, all-downSuzuki Hayate DimensionsLength : 2030mmWidth: 720mmHeight: 1070mmWheel base: 1260mmGround clearance: 165mmSuzuki Hayate Chassis & BodyWeight : 112kgWheels: 17-inch, 5-spoke alloyTyres : 2.75×17 (front) – 3.00×17 (rear)Suzuki Hayate Suspension