2008 Suzuki B-King Road Test Rider Magazine

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Suzuki B King Concept

2008 Suzuki B-King Test

Get it a decent pair of and the B-King is a complete performance

Rider Magazine

March 7,

TOKYO, Japan, October At the annual motorcycle show this month, among the of exotic concept bikes, one neo spoke to us–literally–more than any the Suzuki B-King . Like the guy in the legend who put a solid-fuel Jet Assisted (JATO) unit in the back of his ’67 the saki must have flowing when a Suzuki said, “Aha! I know, take a 170-horsepower GSX1300 engine, supercharge it, and stick it in a bike! It can have wild like a cross between the and Judge Dredd’s flying motorcycle, and high-tech gizmos the Knight Industries Two Thousand Trans-Am from Knight . It could talk back to the for example…though maybe without the one-liners.”

And with that the concept B-King, or “Boost was born. Supercharged Hayabusa in-line four. 240-series tire.

Self diagnostics, telemetry, even a GPS-based system. These were of the “Brains” of the Suzuki-proclaimed “King of the which also had starting fingerprint recognition, and a theft that featured a mic and speaker so the could “talk” with the thief via mobile phone Or I’ll say stop again!”). and “Beauty” sum up the high-quality build and according to Suzuki, which for the part has carried over to the production B-King you see before right down to the twin rocket-launcher mufflers and flared scowling futuristic headlight and tank side covers.


In the six years it’s taken for the to become reality, most of its “brains” have given way to the of the marketplace. There’s no fingerprint GPS or telemetry on the production bike, and the time this motorcycle to you is when you twist the loud The supercharger “boost” is history,

Though with 145 horsepower at the wheel (measured without ram from the Hayabusa’s liquid-cooled, 1,340cc in-line four, the person I can think of who might it is supposedly behind the wheel of an embedded in a cliff in Arizona.

as important as horsepower is the 87 lb-ft of torque with which bizarre creation twists back tire, now “merely” a Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier. says the only differences the B-King’s mill and the Hayabusa’s are in the and exhaust systems, the latter due to differences in frame construction.

Intake still has ram air and uses the cam profiles, and Suzuki’s Dual Valve System is employed in the bodies to prevent abrupt response. Like its titanium and exhaust valves, the B-King’s bodies are a touch smaller in (44mm vs. 46mm) to help its powerband, but there are still two fuel injectors per cylinder and a SET Exhaust Tuning) valve in the that varies exhaust with engine speed.

A and oxygen sensor in the 4-2-1 help keep emissions 3/Tier 2 compliant without any or surging. Absent in the new Hayabusa but featured in the 2008 B-King is a balancer, which effectively the vibes from its compact, engine.

Engine is little from potent 2008 mil.

Power–oh so much power–travels rearward in the B-King a hydraulically actuated wet clutch, transmission and O-ring chain. The unit is hung as a stressed in the cast-aluminum, twin-spar perimeter off the back of which pivots a braced cast-aluminum swingarm. Up the KYB fully adjustable male-slider is made exclusively for the B-King; in is a KYB fully adjustable single that’s mounted with a link and has a piggyback reservoir.

As you might imagine, the B-King is at $12,899 ($13,499 for the ABS model), but I never seen this of fit and finish in a Suzuki. Welds been reduced to a minimum in the and swingarm, and little touches the titanium-tone handlebar, high-gloss paint and chrome covers and headlight reflector give the an aura of luxury.

It also an image of power like no sport standard, largely due to its powerplant, massive fuel and twin howitzer mufflers. In subtle Suzuki fashion the comes in rich all-black or paint, but can you imagine the B-King up in say, yellow and black, or other wild color The mind reels.

So will heart the first time you GO. Power delivery is as smooth and as a rheostat, assuming that is attached to the main fuel on Apollo 12. There’s instant with no fast-idle lever and warm-up required, and then the thing between you and hyperspace, is your right wrist.

I have the guts to nail the on the B-King in any gear lower third without leaning way out over the headlight, and even the front end gets light to make me thankful for the standard damper, a seemingly high-quality with a piggyback reservoir. its power delivery is very and the bike is surprisingly easy to suffice it to say that your of becoming an astronaut will be to reality than ever you liftoff on the B-King.

Suzuki B King Concept

Suzuki used a triangle/ shape theme for the styling of B-King components.

Just in that much power is too or maybe the roads are wet and slippery and much more likely, has equipped the B-King with its Mode Selector system the GSX-R1000 and Hayabusa. Instead of modes, however, the B-King just A and B. A is how God and those saki-addled engineers intended you and the engine to out; B is your parents at you to turn the music down, as it overall power and torque with a second engine map in the ECM that’s a real party

It even seems to lower economy a mpg or two. The buttons to back and forth are in the chrome console along with the ignition switch and more for displaying average speed, a maintenance interval, and clock. features of the LCD display in the central analog tachometer are bar-type and fuel gauges, twin and A/B mode indicators.

Speed and gear position are in a separate LCD display to the right, and the cluster in the headlight cowl has all of the usual indicators and warning No JATO ignition light,

Analog tach surrounds LCD display; speedo LCD is on right.

hard to put this big a motor and all of other nice stuff in a without making it a tad porky, and the wet B-King definitely has to shop at the Big and for its royal raiment or robes or Good reason for Suzuki to the bike with a fine and suspension, not to mention its light wheels and excellent radials.

your eyeballs aren’t slammed into your cortex by its straight-line acceleration, the spins around a corner well, feeling like a smaller sportbike even if it to run a little wide. Though not flickable, like an SV650. it turns easier than a in a tight corner with a of effort, and delivers rocklike in fast sweepers with cornering clearance. It neither up in corners under braking nor turning in, and if you’re worried leaving long, expensive black streaks accelerating out of just put it in B mode.

Opposed four-piston radial are strong without grabbiness.

In a overall I’m astounded by the B-King. a concept bike that–like one of Big Rat’s wild customs or kind of sci-fi Transformer–we expected to see in real life, and all of a here it is. American Suzuki be bringing a lot of these bad ol’ B-Kings in, so if you to board the next flight to 13, better get a ticket soon.

Oh, and consider the ABS model, no kidding.

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

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