Suzuki B-king Road Test Review

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Suzuki B-King

Suzuki B-king Road Review

It took six years for to get its B-King into the showrooms. just how outrageous and radically its ‘Bat-bike’ styling is, you’ve got to applaud the Japanese firm for the brave gamble and going the way to get it to customers.

Unfortunately, the positive the concept version of the bike got at world-wide back in 2001 translated to good sales, not in the UK at least. Taking the same of style risk back in the with its very distinctively-shaped sportsbikes may have paid off for but this time round we seem to be too conservative with our

That’s a shame for me personally, as I love the B-King. It’s one of my bikes and one I always really riding, regardless of the sort of I’ve taken. Apart the unique and highly controversial which I myself totally of, I’m really impressed by the yet predictable performance it has. still is that its power is safe and easy to access.

And though I accept the design of the is very Marmite-like; you either or hate it, riding it deserves other than maximum — though I admit I be surprised to hear anyone, bar who’ve actually ridden a to find my admiration for it very to believe. I know I was very myself before I got the chance to one for the first time simply it seemed far too ungainly and challenging to

I’d accept in theory at the B-King has no right to perform near as well as it actually Of course the massive power so easily from its 1340cc four engine — the one fitted in the Hayabusa and producing a 180bhp — could it sound really intimidating for Combined with its hefty dry of 235kilos, you’d be forgiven for the Suzuki is bound to be a scary destined to land you in much

But just like one of Paul magic tricks, any of those just vanish once you get the bike underway.

I must confess straightaway as been a while since I sampled one, so I did wonder if was a chance of me reviewing my opinion. as I remembered though, the B-King is a bike. The motor is highly with floods of power and everywhere in the rev range. But even remarkable than the amount of pulling power it has, is the way it’s delivered. Not many making as much power as one are as incredibly civilised.

Believe it or the Suzuki is an absolute doddle, not to a total pleasure to ride at any speed you choose. Superbly and well-mannered, the big in-line four its potency in a lazy and highly way. The gearbox is typically and sweet, but with all the broadly torque the B-King has, is rarely needed.

More than not, I didn’t revving the tall-geared motor more than 4-5000rpm. And top gear good enough to the bike solidly from as as 20mph all the way up to its estimated 170mph top that’s the gear you can rely on for riding if you wish.

So don’t worry at all about the being intimidating in any way. The linear fashion it’s in guarantees confidence at all times. And you want a bit less, then the B power setting via a button on the top of the tank, reduces output by

This device adds to the of the bike and will be especially if the going gets wet and slippery even though the engine is produced in such a friendly I never selected it other to give it a test. The smooth and nature of the engine’s power make its huge performance easy and relaxing to access and just a matter of dialing in as speed as you fancy. It’s but never ferocious.

Anyone the Suzuki for the first time quickly appreciate the engine’s though the size and weight of the do take a little more to feel comfortable with. But is the key here, and within just a few you start to feel a lot more about getting along the B-King. In fact the handling is light, agile and very for a bike of its size and weight.

The steering is sweet and neutral, and the brakes are surprisingly effective. often have a lot of speed and to cope with, but possess power and feel for you to rely on with complete confidence. At their stopping distances you the impression the Suzuki must 30-40kilos less than it

Stability is sometimes a problem powerful … bikes, but the poise of the B-King is never in with the softly sprung, but suspension giving a great of control and support over surfaces. Feel and feedback its fat-section Dunlop tyres is good, and the ride quality smooth.

Speaking of comfort, the wind makes sustained speed life a bit strenuous for neck and arms, the relaxed riding position and plush do provide a very easy-going at a more sensible pace. something I’ve discovered many trips I’ve on the B-King, including a previous ride home from Wales to my house in Gloucestershire. I arrived there the only that hurt was my mouth; grinning too much!

And all of the numerous trips I made on it this test resulted in the physically complementary reaction.

On one ride I ended up getting lost on the way home. But though I had a map in my to help me find my way, I bothered stopping to consult it. The of it all took me down widely sorts of routes from track lanes to big sweeping A but as the B-King coped well all of them just about the only thing that me was getting back on the right and being home earlier expected.

There may be faster and tools in the box than the B-King, but few can its combination of attitude, speed, entertainment and unique style. a highly fulfilling bike to whatever the pace you decide to it at and is a much better all-rounder you’d expect. It’s a hard bike to knock

I’d only complain the mirrors might be a bit bigger, and the silencer shrouds a bit smaller. of these moans can ever me falling for the B-King though. one hell of an impressive bike, and a I really wish more would try out.



Type: liquid 16-valve, dohc, in-line

Displacement: 1340cc

Bore x 81.4 x 65mm


Maximum power: 181bhp @

Maximum torque: 108ft-lb @

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