Expert Review of Suzuki Hayate
Suzuki Motorcycles India is slowly and gradually trying to build a niche in the Indian market. The company has quite a few two-wheelers in the market, like Hayate, Slingshot Plus, GS 150R, Access 125 and Swish 125. The company is very well known for its sports bikes such as Hayabusa 1300, GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000Z and Bandit 1250S as well as for its cruiser bikes like Intruder M1800R, Intruder M800 and Intruder M1800RZ in the whole world. Suzuki Hayate offered by the company is a commuter bike of 110cc. There are two variants of this motorcycle and the difference between the two is of the equipment of an electric start feature while the other features of the bike are same. The name of the model with electric start is Hayate Electric Start while the other is Hayate Drum. The bike is marked to a segment that is already very much crowded. The available bikes in this segment are Honda Dream Neo, Honda CB Twister, Honda Dream Yuga, Bajaj Discover DTSi 110, Hero MotoCorp Passion X Pro and several others. Suzuki Hayate Drum comes fitted with an 112.8cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4-speed gearbox. The engine makes the bike a fuel efficient runner. The mill is not very much sound in terms of acceleration and pick-up but according to its displacement, its engine specifications are good. The built of the bike is not muscular or sporty, its just simple and moderate. The suspensions of the bike are telescopic fork at the front and rear one is a swing arm suspension. There are no disc brakes or futuristic instrumentation done to the vehicle. The performance of the bike is average and there is no extraordinary feature installed in the bike.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
As per the company claim, Suzuki Hayate Drum will deliver a competitive mileage of 71kmpl but its fuel consumption on the city roads where it is hard to ride continuously is around 55kmpl while on the roads where the bike can run continuously, its fuel efficiency can reach to 65kmpl. Having a small fuel tank with the capacity to carry just 8 liters of fuel can be a disadvantage to the bike.
The simple and sober motorbike, Suzuki Hayate Drum, has five smart colors with trendy graphics and the colors are Pearl Mira Red, Pearl Mirage White, Metallic Flint Grey, Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Lush Green. The engine, muffler, 5 spoke alloy wheels, engine, grab bars and the rear view mirrors are in all black theme giving a good match to these colors.
Acceleration and Pick up
Expecting an extraordinary acceleration from an ordinary 110cc bike is not justified. The engine is able to crank out the maximum power outcome of 8.3BHP at the acceleration point of 7500RPM and the peak torque outcome of 8.8Nm at the acceleration point of 5500RPM. The engine can gain quickest 0 to 60kmph in 8 seconds only. The bike can attain the maximum speed of 85kmph with no vibrations and can be pulled to 100kmph thereby creating a lot of noise and vibrations.
Suzuki Hayate Drum is a basic commuter bike or in common words entry level commuter segment motorcycle. Therefore, the appearance and looks of the bike are simple and elegant. The cowl of the bike is designed differently, the headlight of the bike is nicely built with the indicators. The long telescopic fork joining the handle with the front alloy wheels having a body colored fender looks decent and smart. The slim and small fuel tank comes with smart graphics and the logo of the company. The all black theme is matching all the colors of the bike. The lean and mean engine looks small and lightweight covering a less amount of space than provided. The single and long seat of the bike is properly cushioned and has integrated grab rails for the protection of the pillion rider. The muffler of the bike is stylish and compact. The tail light of the bike is triangular in shape and looks good from the back with the indicators. The instrumentation of the bike is not advanced or futuristic, it's an old analogue type instrument cluster displaying speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge. There are no wider tyres to make it look sportier or to give an enhanced stability to the bike.
Suzuki Hayate Drum is quite comfortable, the long seat of the bike is well cushioned giving the riders a pain free ride. The analogue cluster is easy to read. The suspensions of the vehicle works fine, journey is stable and smooth with them. The headlights are stronger and gives a good range of light for a better visibility.
Suzuki Hayate Drum is an average looking bike has standard dimensions according to the Indian traffic, the overall length, width and height is 2030mm, 720mm and 1070mm, respectively. The bike sports a kerb weight of just 112kg making its pick-up more aggressive. The wheelbase measure of the motorbike is 1260mm. The two-wheeler gets the minimum ground clearance of 165mm.
Suzuki Hayate Drum has been embedded with an air-cooled, 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, SOHC engine with a displacement of 112.8cc. The engine of this bike is mated with a 4-speed manual transmission gearbox with the all four gear down shift pattern. A multi-plate type clutch makes this gearbox works manually. Wet sump lubrication is given to the engine with a non woven fabric element as air cleaner in the mill. With the bore x stroke of 51.0mm x 55.2mm and the compression ratio of 9.5:1, the engine also comes with the CDI ignition.
Wheels of the bike are not at all justified as there are narrow tyres that does not grip well on the surface and makes the rider feel uncomfortable easily. The front tyre measure is 2.75-17 41P and the rear tyre measure is 3.00-17 50P. The alloy wheels of the bike looks good and comes equipped with the mechanical, leading-trailing drum type brakes at both ends.
The suspensions built-in are suitable, they make the journey smooth and comfortable. The front suspension of the machine is a telescopic, coil spring, oil-damped type and the rear suspension is a swing arm, coil spring, oil-damped type.
Handling and Control
Due to the lightweight of Suzuki Hayate Drum, the rider can easily maintain his rhythm and stability over the bike. The strong and durable chassis makes the motorcycle run in control of the rider. The telescopic fork suspension at the front wheel decreases the effects of the roads and makes the rider handle the bike easily.
* Reliable structure
* Low price tag
* Good mileage
* Tyres should be wide enough
* Braking system is not convincing
* Design is not at all appealing