Are Gt-style tyres right for my Hayabusa?
My 2015 Suzuki Hayabusa is due a tyre change and I want to go to a sports-touring tyre. Do I need the GT versions for heavier bikes? Keith Colbourne, Risca
Answered by Bryn Phillips, Cambrian Tyres It used to be that there wasn’t much choice of sports-touring tyres for the Hayabusa but these days most manufacturers have an approved option for the bike. The one we have most experience of is the Bridgestone T30, which offers good high-speed stability allied to handling response more akin to a sports tyre, and in its new T30 EVO version they’ve really ramped up the wet grip.
Michelin’s Pilot Road 4 is always a popular sports-touring tyre and like the T30 EVO, stability is very good and its wet grip is well regarded.
The tyres listed above are recommended by their manufacturers for fitment on the Hayabusa in their standard versions, i.e. not the ‘GT’ or ‘HWM’ varieties, which are intended for heavier machines. We have noticed a tendency for riders to request GT versions of tyres for fitment on bikes not intended to take them, often in the mis-held belief that the GT tyres will return better tread life. This is not what GT versions were developed for. It is their internal construction and materials that are different in order to optimise handling on bikes that require it. Fitting GT tyres on a bike for which the standard version of a tyre is recommended may upset its roadholding performance.
The Busa is big but it doesn’t need GT tyres