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Suzuki B King Concept

2008 Suzuki B-King

The bike’s not a laughing stock. Far it.

Although the B-King’s seat’s not high, the bike looked as from the vantage point of the as it had when I first walked up to it. it off the sidestand, it felt heavy “Here we go,” I thought thing’s going to be a pile.”

The stop, just a few minutes Suzuki’s bat-cave, was the Area P room where I’d be meeting up the MO crew. Even on the short I was already suffering from a cognitive dissonance because the experience was better than I’d But once I met up with Kevin, and Fonzie at Area P, we regaled at the expense of the B-King’s over-the-top

We decided that we’d go for at Burger King, since bike was such a whopper. Ha, ha. We us.

We actually did go to Burger King, and got one of stupid cardboard crowns give out with the kid’s and we taped it to my helmet and took pictures of me riding that We laughed some more, the “I’m so hurt you’d our bike” calls we’d be from Suzuki’s press department.

There’s just one catch. The not a laughing stock. Far from it. Oh, got lots of power, which we all But it’s also got great and frankly amazing handling.

comfortable, with the best protection I’ve ever without a windscreen, and great I rode 150 miles before the warning flashed on the dash, is as far as I ever want to ride stopping to drain my own tank and anyway. No kidding, I could soft luggage and a tank bag on thing and take it sport

Or take the mirrors off it, tape the lights, and take it to a track

How the heck did that happen?

introduced the 1298cc Hayabusa in It was the undisputed heavyweight champion in the stakes and quickly attracted the of horsepower addicts, whether were racing on the Bonneville Flats in daylight, or on some road in an industrial subdivision midnight. More than a few of supercharged their ’Busas, or turbocharging or nitrous-injection systems.

In 2001, the motorcycle industry to end the top-speed arms race, a self-imposed 186-mph governor on models. Only 186? sort of took the raison away from the Hayabusa.

someone at Suzuki had a brainstorm. if we took one of those supercharged motors and put it in a big … bike? On the of it, that was a patently ridiculous Imagine the poor rider, like a flag in the wind, as his stretched like rubber hanging onto it for dear

Still, it was a compelling concept for a bike, and Suzuki built one for the Tokyo Motor Show.

original B-King made an impression as huge as its 240-section tire. Faced with a chorus of, “Please, please, build one like that, I can buy,” Suzuki set about it into reality. The supercharger make it into the production (and trust me, it’s not but the rest of the model stayed close to the original show

Don’t worry about it. On P’s dyno, the B-King produced a under 160 rear-wheel horsepower that 9,500 rpm rev limit. compares to 168 hp for the ’Busa at 11,000.

to the point, the B-King produces under 97 pound-feet of torque. indistinguishable from its streamlined especially considering that you no reason to rev either motor

The impression created on the street is one of limitless power in almost any at any speed. Although the shape of the and torque curves are the same up to the B-King’s lower rev limit, it even more potent a Hayabusa off the bottom. I knew the gear ratios were the but I called Suzuki to ask if the B-King had final drive gearing, might have accounted for the in the readings from my seat-of-the-pants

“No,” I was told, “both are 18-43 (teeth at the countershaft and sprocket.)”

Suzuki B King Concept

“Maybe the B-King is lighter, I asked hopefully. But I learned actually a bit heavier.

All I can conclude is the ’Busa’s sportier riding masks that torque, and the B-King’s upright stance it a little. Whatever the case, on a and unobstructed freeway on-ramp, the pulls like a pit bull just realized Fifi the is in heat, somewhere just

On the freeway, an indicated 80 mph in top gear 4,000 rpm on the tach. The bike has roll-on performance that to a lot of bikes’ fourth-gear stomp, so is effortless. At that cruising the B-King has the best wind ever for a … bike.

I know how stylist Satoshi did it, because the headlight and clocks if anything, lower than … bikes. But somehow, I less wind noise, and neck strain than I did I recently rode a partly-faired BMW Sport.

At that speed, the transmitted no vibrations at all. was the slightest buzz every now and from the seat or pegs, as components came in and out of phase. The were the only place seemed to resonate most of the although their position was overall, the rearward visibility was average. (The concept had a rear-facing camera and little built into the tank, wouldn’t have been any In any case, there’s no reason you ever be caught from on this bike.

To the right of the ignition slot is the selector, which offers an A or B only. If you’re familiar the A-B-C choice on the GSX-Rs, that the B-King really something more like A and C. is to say, in B mode, it peaks at 114 hp. I didn’t try it.

The throttle is so easy to that I don’t think I’d to hit the switch even in the rain.

The motor had big respect going in, so the was expected, and the functional ergos a nice surprise. The B-King’s though… that’s almost a

The frame and suspension are unique to the Suzuki didn’t just the fairing off the ’Busa and slap a bar on it. The frame itself – a high-tech, casting job – looks like that would support a I guess I should say that the fork and shock are “adjustable,” the term “fully adjustable” now implies separate high- and compression damping.


For the record, the adjustments are spring preload, and and rebound damping. There’s no way to adjust ride height at the

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

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