The Road : Issue 13 : The B-King — Ian Kerr rides Suzuki’s B-King and…

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Suzuki B King Concept

The B-King

Ian Kerr rides B-King and concludes that is more’

The production version of the B-King is just as impressive as the prototype was way back in 2001, the wait. Sure a lot has happened in six years that it has taken to a reality and maybe there are now bikes that will the same sort of long looks that this does, but this is now a living

This is a bike that has been far away from the pages and has apparently caused internal fighting in Suzuki the marketing and engineering departments, but are all friends now. Despite an watered-down half-way house been produced, they all agreed to stick with the radical looks and concept, that is what the buying really wanted.

OK it now lacks the facing camera and the supercharger, but do you more than 181 bhp with no After all you have to hang the thing and having had 160 mph on the clock, it was work holding on without any of fairing to break up the wind Much more might it totally impossible without a course!

Suzuki have got a big which ever way you want to the figures game. The B-King is the worlds most powerful muscle bike and the first that truly mirrors an concept bike.

Ironic I that the B in the name stands for and that is now actually missing, but the part is still relevant, as the soon showed up! This is a bike with presence, stationary or on the move, it has everything to take control of any bystander’s

It certainly grips the rider’s but not any brutish manner, more in the sophisticated way it handles and delivers the despite the big figures surrounding its and engine capacity. ‘No of the size should be this is what you keep telling

Your expectations of a fight to it handle soon evaporate a few miles of twists and turns. You realise that the power is sublime and there really is no for the tank mounted switch the Suzuki Drive Mode (S-DMS).

This rocker allows the rider to swap two engine maps (A B) when in to adjust the engine’s power to suit riding conditions. The will display which is currently selected at any time.

The of the two settings (B) cuts the engines delivery by 30% and will make it (sic) to ride in poor or slippery road conditions you do not need so much power on

Yes I played with it, but promptly it alone because it was just my enjoyment of the bike. Even the rider that Suzuki will be attracted because of device, will soon that the bike is very in standard A mode and will never activate it again, like me!

For those of you that have the hype and thought that is just a stripped down with some extra styling, let me state from this is a bike that has designed as its own entity from the up. The excellent design and fit of all the panels and the look shows that has not been cobbled together to up things normally hidden view. No, this is a quality

When you look at the complex you can see why it has taken so long to come to the It has been crafted to be a thing of (whether you love or hate the and something to be looked at and admired.

The is from the new for 2008 Hayabusa and is orthodox, in that it is a liquid across-the-frame four-cylinder powerplant. The engine has sixteen titanium shot-peened con rods (for strength) a 12:5 to 1 compression (up from 11:5 to 1 on the old engine) and a driven balancer shaft.

latter item is to save the for rubber mounting the unit engine, not the done thing for a bike. Besides it would the weight still further.

The slick Suzuki six-speed features a power assisted along with new gear compared to the old bike. The exhaust is a chamber that then at the rear under the seat a pair of Mr Spock’s ears, the very distinctive rear It’s just a pity could not have incorporated the lights and indicators into the end of the pipes for the ultimate cool

Half way along this is Suzuki’s SET valve, a computer butterfly that works in the way as Yamaha’s EXUP valve the exhaust to work in different throughout the rev range for better and torque delivery.

On the other of the engine, twin fuel in double-barrel throttle bodies two butterfly valves, put the fuel in, their now established Pulsed Air contributes to environmentally friendly

The engine is mounted in a frame, like the swing-arm has been from cast sections, the fabricated sheet method used. This has been possible by new casting techniques and lighter sections to be used any loss of strength.

At the front forks, designed specifically for the with a full range of keep the front end supported on its wheel. These are matched by a fully adjustable rear again supporting a seventeen rear rim. This, the front, is shod with Sportmax Qualifier tyre, in case specially developed for the

Nissin radially mounted brake callipers with piston sizes for more feel, grip 310mm and do an excellent confidence-inspiring job. are supported at the rear by a 260mm complete with a single calliper, which at times is a wooden in feel. Still its real use is to balance the bike the clutch at walking speeds filtering through traffic.

The neat dash that under the edge of the sloping of the front headlight combines a readout for the speed with an rev counter as tends to be common days. Various warning along with an onboard information system to give speed, service intervals, time etc all vie for the rest of the space in the of the unit.

Suzuki B King Concept

This is all clearly when located in the rider’s which is remarkably low (805mm) the overall look and physical of the B-King. In fact looking you feel that you could lay the top of the for dinner, given the width, but the thing is the bike just right and not like a large

Certainly when you let the power the bike away from it just feels like any large capacity motorcycle a fairing.

You really do have to in shop windows to remind this is a very different in terms of style. Car drivers it though and the black silver scheme seems to work in all respects.

It could be argued the decision to keep the high power was more marketing necessity, but the reality is that it gives a good overall feeling for most riding Just because it is there you have to use it!

But, twist the hard and feel it really to take off above 4,000 rpm a really powerful surge 6,000 rpm. This is the sort of riding you only do occasionally to remind yourself you can. For the rest of the time it is enough to pick off any overtake you without ever reaching the rpm redline or having to play with the gear lever.

Quite where top speed is, a drag strip will but wherever it is will be dictated to and by your arm and neck muscles. In the world it is perfectly acceptable at the end of three figures, which see most people right on the

Any higher and it may well be drinking at a rate that makes it on your wallet, as well as physical well being. with only a 16.5 tank, the need to constantly it may slow you down more just throttling back a and enjoying the ride!

Excessive use of the can cause the laterally mounted adjustable steering damper to to do some work. But, for riding it is just a fashion as the bike is rock steady at all

Even pushed hard some of the roads surrounding Mt the bike was very easy to from one side to another being anything other stable. There is plenty of clearance and the tyres grip and given the reasonably sporty geometry, it is not hard work to maintain a fairly rapid thanks to its very neutral

It will not stay with a ridden sports bike, is true, but it will be a lot closer some may think when looking at it at rest. No doubt the fussy rider may well to fine tune the suspension, but for the standard setting will be

The reality is that the despite its looks and impressive engine and all the hype that can and does go big numbers, this is a very very competent motorcycle. It is a quality product and it easily the £9,000 price tag.

may say there are cheaper bikes of a ilk and that may be true, but the reality is they are not in the B-Kings league. The saying is that ‘less is in this case it is ‘more is and the initial impressions are that now the B-King is actually born, the tag is justified!

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