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