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Suzuki B King Concept

Suzuki B-King is King of the

12:01AM BST 04 Aug 2007

Gestation concept bike to production has been lengthy for Suzuki’s a time in which the project’s could have headed off in one of different and lesser directions.

The concept was first shown at the motor show in the autumn of and it seems that Suzuki was aback by the strength of reaction all positive — to its radical as much to its super-powerful, supercharged specification.

So the bike was wheeled out at the Alexandra Palace show punters’ opinions were on paper, and once again demanded that Suzuki the bike.

Marketing of this though, is notoriously misleading and the factory hesitated.

Then, the project did finally get the green the concept’s supercharger was immediately chief engineer Hiroshi Iio the B-King was going to be powerful anyway, but this could have marked the start of a dilution of the original.

Some in the team were happy to fit the with a detuned version of the 1,300cc Hayabusa motor, would still have it very powerful for an unfaired

But not the most powerful, not with 161bhp K1200R in the fray, the B-King to instant ordinariness. was also a lot of pressure to change of the B-King concept’s detailing.

six years on, the spirit of that bike has been retained. The are beautifully executed with high-quality fit and finish, and the motor is on the Hayabusa’s imminent 2008 unit rather than its smaller and much older which means a staggering making the B-King by far the most … street bike

Indeed, only a handful of of any description produce more this.

It is of course completely but then so is 140bhp in a … and there are plenty at that giving lots of pleasure to riders. And as there are no degrees of why not 181bhp?

Anyway, you can, about, get a brief taste of the full thrust potential now and again, and it is gigglingly ridiculous.

The press launch was at the rapid circuit near Dresden, launching the bike on to the main from the second-gear final was a muscle-clenching, heart-pounding g-fest time, while it easily 155mph at the end of the straight, still hard.

Exhilarating, if not unexpected, the numbers, but the real surprise is how the bike copes with a track. It’s a heavy at 518lb dry but still manages to smaller bike agility good stability at high usually the bane of unfaired design.

It’s not a machine to go for if planning track days while it copes, it’s not when really pushed. repeated hard use, the show signs of fade as a of feel at the lever (although no loss of power), and the softish has the bike pitching and bucking it’s asked to change rapidly.

Pitch it into a and it grounds a peg as the suspension settles, but it hold a tight line and go it’s pointed with accuracy. At low speeds (it does too) the steering is perfectly so the bike sweeps around turns with easy

As to the question of why exactly the bike was not presented on the road, official were vague but the unattributable was that Suzuki was very about a repeat of the Hayabusa’s press launch seven ago, when police roads in an attempt to catch a of blissfully unaware riders 200mph on a motorway.

I couldn’t comment, but with plenty of Autobahnen near the circuit, felt like an opportunity for the B-King, which surely be a far better road than bike.

It is not uncommon for a bike to more on the road, as generally, swamp torque, but even so, I many riders would swop some horsepower for a few foot pounds out in the real saving some gearchanging this is Suzuki flawless) and a more brutal delivery to those looks.

As it is, the power really kick in until — less than and it’s quick of course, but not to make you cackle like an old would.

You do run out of revs on the track at times with the power peak at a lowish 9,500rpm and the rev limiter 1,500rpm further round the Again, on the road this is to matter.

The style and image, are what this bike is as much as its speed. The high-rise are bordering-on-comedy large but just get with it, while the tank is a full two feet wide down its length to the inset at the front, given character by the streamliner headlamp.

There are for your legs which the riding position manageable, they’re not high enough for riders, whose legs are too much.

Atop the tank is a chromed housing including switches to select a small of dash functions and a flaccid, reduced power B mode.

Suzuki B King Concept

castrates the output and makes the feel horrible; Suzuki’s to change the power characteristics of an so dramatically is impressive technology, but the is still looking for a convincing way to it.

In full power mode the response is crisp, precise and so the twistgrip alone is a perfectly way of modulating the output, regardless of If you can’t manage that electronic help, you shouldn’t be a bike like this.

is proud of its achievement in creating a machine from a wild but it should also be lauded for such an immensely powerful into an easily managed motorcycle.

What a shame, that so much of the vast tank is dummy, as the unambitious capacity truncates the bike’s almost as much as that B switch.

We can only guess at the economy but I suspect you won’t be much beyond 100 miles the low-fuel warning flashes, out the B-King as the useful mile it would otherwise be.

Still, it’s by turning heads or them backwards, if there’s a way to injure necks, the B-King is it.

We’ve been seeing the for six years now but still it has a street as big as its power output, little by familiarity. Pointless?

Only if allergic to adrenaline.

Suzuki [tech/spec]

Price/availability: £9,000 on the next month Contact: (GB), 01293 518000,

Engine/transmission: 1,340cc, liquid-cooled four-… with 16 valves; at 9,500rpm, 108lb ft of torque at Six-speed gearbox, chain drive.

Performance: Top speed (est), average fuel n/a

We like: Style, handling,

We don’t like: Small low-rev torque, splayed

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

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