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MCN - - UK’S TOUGHEST TEST - MICHAEL NEEVES CHIEF ROAD TESTER

There’s no ques­tion the Busa feels dated with its 90s styling, cramped rid­ing po­si­tion, ana­logue clocks and terrible brakes, but the sheer un­ruf­fled deca­dence of that en­gine and its un­flap­pable sta­bil­ity is very spe­cial. Even by to­day’s stan­dards the sheer un­re­lent­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion it de­liv­ers is mind bog­gling, but it’s still friendly, man­age­able and dishes up so much me­chan­i­cal grip you don’t give its lack of rid­ing aids a sec­ond thought. Kawasaki have taken the hyper tour­ing ball and sprinted off with it into the dis­tance with the H2 SX. It drips with the con­ve­nience and safety of cut­ting-edge elec­tron­ics, is more com­fort­able and with its su­per­charger spin­ning fu­ri­ously goes even faster, if you dare to twist the throt­tle to the stop.

Just like the Busa was back in 1999 the H2 SX of­fers you the chance to de­mol­ish con­ti­nents in the blink of an eye, but you know what? The Suzuki’s big­ger mo­tor spills out even creamier grunt and hun­kers down even harder into the tar­mac at speed. And it’s over £7k cheaper than the H2 SX.

Let’s hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of the mighty Busa

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