2008 Suzuki B-King Review Reviews Prices Australian specifications

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Suzuki B King Concept

2008 Suzuki B-King Road Test Review

“In the four-wheeled world its performance can only be rivaled by mega-buck Supercars…”

Suzuki Motorcycles is tight-lipped when it comes to power stats these days, but when its B-King hit the streets, bike journos were falling over themselves to grab one and race down to their nearest dyno.

When the tyre smoke had cleared, the figures spoke for themselves – we’re talking over 130kW of rear-wheel power, and something approaching 150Nm of torque, in a package with a claimed dry weight of 235kg.

Yes, make no mistake, Suzuki’s B-King is not for the faint-hearted. In the four-wheeled world its performance can only be rivaled by mega-buck Supercars, and even then the B-King will still see most off from a standing start – only succumbing when the wind’s blast threatens to morph the rider into an extra from the movie, The Incredibles …


The B-King story began back in 2001, when its striking sci-fi looks won it headlines around the world. It debuted that year at the Tokyo Motor Show, and although it was much admired, everyone thought – like just about every other concept machine – it would probably never see the light of day again.

How wrong we were. Best of all, when the production B-King finally hit the streets late last year, it not only looked the goods, it had a stonking engine and was dripping with quality gear.

At the heart of that performance package is an inline four-cylinder engine, which is also found in the latest incarnation of Suzuki’s hyper sports machine, the Hayabusa.

As far as the world’s dyno readouts go, in B-King form it doesn’t seem to have lost any of its fury, but perhaps the most impressive aspect to its engine is just how manageable and useable its output really is.

Wind the throttle on from a standing start and once you’ve revelled in the awesome wave of oomph that washes over you, you’ll realise there are no nasty surprises. There are no peaks or troughs in that delivery, just smooth, linear power and a super-fat torque curve.

The fuel injection is perfect and there’s useable power right from idle. There’s so much go there’s little need to rev it past 5000rpm (5500rpm below its redline) – although you undoubtedly will, and that’s truly when the B-King’s addictive qualities will take hold.


But it’s not just some straight line rocket. The B-King will happily carve up a winding road too, thanks to a stiff twin-spar alloy frame and fully adjustable KYB suspension, which does a top job over a fairly wide variety of road surfaces.

There’s a steering damper thrown in as standard, and truly tarmac-tearing radial four-piston Nissin brakes up front, which have ample power and feel for when you’re going after unsuspecting sportsbike scalps.

Suzuki B King Concept

As far as the ergonomics go, the bike places you in a comfy stance that pitches you forward just slightly, its wide bars placing you in perfect control of all that mechanical might.

The B-King should be manageable for most courtesy of an 805mm seat height, although you do still have to wrap your legs around that massive tank before you reach terra firma, and the indicator shrouds cramp legroom if you’re on the taller side.

As far as negatives go, that’s about it – well perhaps that and the fact it only gets 12.5km/lt around town. That’s not exactly frugal for a bike, although we are talking about one here which can cover ground like an Exocet missile.

With an excellent finish, thrilling performance and striking looks, the $18,990 plus ORC B-King isn’t the cheapest of bikes, but you certainly get a lot for your money. Indeed a king is born, and ruling the road never felt so good…

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