With the Hayate, Suzuki aims to capture a big share in the Indian mass market. While the first edition of this bike a few years back did not make any inroads in the market, the new face lifted and improved version with mechanical tweaking as well seems to have made it more appealing and noticeably improved in its dynamics. With the changes made to the Hayate, Suzuki hopes to strike gold in this segment. With a new name, Hayate EP, it targets middle aged and office going consumers.
It is currently priced approximately between Rs 44, 969 and Rs 52, 235 (Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi) but the prices may vary from place to place.
The Suzuki Hayate 2016 is a basic motorcycle in looks and styling although it brings a fresh lease of life with the new and attractive panels. Though very small, it still manages to look attractive with the designs and graphics. The new sharper headlamp gives it the aggressive look and the fuel tank has become sleeker and longer. The new exhaust pipe is shorter and stubbier from the old model. The overall changes have made the side profile considerably different.
While the older model was also a decent performer, Suzuki has made minor alterations to make the new Hayate EP to improve overall performance and fuel efficiency. The 113 cc four stroke single cylinder air cooled engine pumps out 8.6 BHP @ 7500 rpm and 9.3 Nm torque @ 5000 rpm. The low friction cylinder rings along with reduced weight and high ignition spark plug have all contributed towards a company claimed mileage of 75 kmpl.
While belonging to the basic motorcycle segment, it has a suspension setup that is quite impressive. The orthodox telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and the five step adjustable twin hydraulic coil suspension at the rear give it a very smooth ride. The new diamond frame coupled with the wheelbase that is longer than the older model and the addition of tubeless tyres gives it enhanced stability and ride handling which is the biggest difference between the new and previous versions. Overall, the Hayate EP is best suited for city commuting and this time Suzuki seems to have ticked all the right boxes for this class.
|Maximum Torque||9.30 Nm|
|Maximum Power||8.60 BHP|
|Fuel Tank capacity||10 L|
|Engine||4-Stroke, Single Cylinder|
|Number of Gears||4|
|Rear Brake||110mm Drum|
|Front Brake||130 mm Drum|
|Rear Suspension||Dual 5-step adjustable|
|Front Wheel||70/100 – 17|
|Rear Wheel||80/100 -17|
|Transmission Type||Chain Drive, Wet Multiplate|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||No|
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|No of Trip Meters||No|
|Head Light||Bulb and Reflector Type(12V – 35W/35W)|
|Pillion Foot Rest||Yes|
|Antilock Braking System||No|