2008 Suzuki B-King – First Ride

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Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept

First Ride: 2008 Suzuki B-King Big Bad Ballistic Bomber, Now With Video!

Good breeding always tells, even—maybe especially—with musclebikes.One of our all-time favorite large-displacement sporting platforms, the mighty Suzuki Hayabusa, provided the foundation upon which the B-King was built. But while the B-King faithfully delivers ’Busa-like brutish power, it’s endowed with a relaxed, upright riding position and resultant ease of handling.

While its bold styling may not be for everyone, one twist of the throttle from anywhere in the 11,000-rpm rev range is all that’s required to win allegiance. The counterbalanced engine runs silky smooth at freeway speeds and maintains an impressive degree of vibration control at high revs. Buttery-smooth shift action through the six-speed gearbox, very little drivetrain lash, well-mapped fuel-injection and a super-linear power delivery create propulsion perfection.

The dragstrip is where the B-King reigns supreme among performance standards. If you’re into power-wheelies, simply pin the throttle at low revs in first gear and hang on tight as the front tire takes flight when the tachometer needle sweeps past 7000 rpm. Tire-smoking burnouts?

Let’s just say this bike is King!

Sportbike-quality KYB fork and single rear shock offer adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping to enhance the bike’s versatility. The factory settings provided a nice balance for freeway cruising and canyon carving alike with my 170-pound carcass in the saddle. Suspension compliance is A-grade in soaking up slab joints, allowing lengthy freeway stints in comfort.

Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept

At legal speeds, wind protection is adequate, offering good coverage from the chest down while allowing an undisturbed flow at the head and shoulder level. Limited fuel range from the 4.4-gallon tank may be the single element hampering the B-King’s grand-touring potential. On one occasion I literally sputtered into a service station after only 155 miles of mostly freeway riding.

The chassis is easily up to the task of backroad burning, providing plenty of cornering clearance and fore-aft pitch control for a machine weighing in at 582 pounds fully fueled. While leverage through its low-rise tubular handlebar gives a lighter steering feel than the stub-barred ’Busa, the B-King’s size and weight are readily apparent, particularly so at lower speeds. This is no ballerina.

Still, there’s never been a better time to become a B student. Spend time aboard the B-King, you’ll come to understand its odd name, although you may come up with your own interpretation. Ours would be Big Bad Ballistic Bomber.


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Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept
Suzuki B King Concept

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