Monday, October 29, 2007

Superbike mag makes the Suzuki B-King look good!

This is the best pic of the Suzuki B-King we've ever come across!
Pic: Superbike

Sure, it’s the most powerful naked musclebike around, but the Suzuki B-King isn’t exactly very good-looking, is it? Trust Superbike magazine to find a way to make it look good then! The British magazine have tested the Suzuki B-King in their November 2007 issue, and they are impressed with the bike’s capabilities. Here’s some of what they’ve said about the Big Suzuki:

'The B-King looks like a behemoth as you approach it – from any angle. But the King forgets its Henry VIII girth as soon as you start riding, transforming from a 240-kilo giant into a machine that possesses some GSX-R characteristics. With its low seat, agile handling and accurate steering, it’s astonishing to think that you’re on the same machine that you had to view in wide-angle minutes before.'

'Combine this with excellent power delivery from low revs, comfortable riding position and the fine ancillaries (the clutch is light, the gearbox is slick, the instrument display fancy and the mirrors... work) and the initial miles on the B-King are civil, well-mannered and incredibly refined.'

Brilliant, eh? The Suzuki B-King is just perfect!
With the Hayabusa's 1340cc inline-four, there's no dearth of stomp here...

'At the first hint of an open road, you can bury the throttle and be rewarded with acceleration that you rarely get with a normally aspirated motor. This 1,340cc motor pulls from just 1,000rpm in top, there’s a punt of power at 4,500rpm, a kick at 6,500rpm and then a riot of revs, noise, wind rush, and most importantly, speed, as the analogue tacho arm spins towards a crescendo at 10,500rpm. The blend of horsepower and torque is finely judged.'

'If you want a gentler introduction into the machine, then Suzuki utilise the S-DMS system as seen on the 2007 GSX-R1000. There’s two modes to choose from, A and B. A gives you the full power and all of the glory, while the B mode knocks everything back 30 percent, turning the machine into a B-Prince in the process. After sampling the undiluted strength of the motor, switching to B-mode is a bit like going to bed with one of the fit ones from Girls Aloud and waking up next to the ginger one, but I guess there’s a time and a place for it.'

'Like a good monarch, Suzuki’s B-King is powerful, communicative, fanatical but ready to mete out ruthless punishment if disrespected. Its followers will be devoted, its opponents cynical, and the hype has been worth the wait because I declare this King crowned.'
For the full road test of the 2008 Suzuki B-King, please buy a copy of the November 2007 issue of Superbike. To download older issues of the mag (in PDF format), go here!


andrew said...

Make B0King look good? I'm afraid for me it would take a lot more than a half-naked chick!

Step one: replace those silly looking pipes with something more normal and smaller - there are some aftermarket ones available already.

Step two: remove those silly intakes on the sides of the tank. Why 'silly'? Because as it turns out they are not really intakes, in fact they serve no practial purpose at all - they are there just for decoration, if you can call it that. All they do is make the tank wider.

Step three: replace this heavy headlight that makes me think of Cylons on 'Battlestar Galactica' and put in something that will make me think of motorcycles instead - a plain round headlight will do just fine, thank you very much...

And after all that work I suspect you'd end up with a bike much like the recently discontinued GSX 1400. Funny about that!

DarnFarrst said...

should think b4 you speak Andrew
the side pods are part of the aero design to allow you to do 180mph on a naked bike
take them off and you slow the bike down. They also feed cooler air to the airbox intakes (not ram air)
the pipes make the bking what it is unique , not another boring street fighter

and as for the bking being like a 1400 you have never ridden either by the sound of it , Ive had both
the king makes mince meat out of the 1400 in a straight line and round corners and under brakes.

Anonymous said...

hallo guys, im owning and riding b-king from 2009 and must say that people who dont know b-king dont know its nature.intakes and tail pipes are part of his design and is "future" design beautiful done and refine. bike is EXELENT balanced from start till end.engine is harmonius as driver use fine trottle,but if you get brutal with trottle you will get surprise in return.!! the beast comes is RR but naked,and people like it oor dont! every time friend of colegs aproach me with bad comments i let them ride on close parking and when they come back "they pull back what they say...what i mean is ,if you have own oor ride him then you have right to speak ,othervise keep your comments to yourself.. regards to everyone with bike on the road and keep im ordering garret turbo kit for mine... turbo-b-king

Anonymous said...

"should think b4 you speak Andrew"
you should if you consider that those pods are aerodynamic. The most aero shape is an egg, the less is a wall, now look at it and think a little. Also it's too huge and this not good for aero purposes. It serves as a cooler only and even so a bad one since the hole on the frame is small. Will get one and do exactly what Andrew said, first remove these horrible and almost useless pods and put the ones from PB or make something in fiber. Change the headlights for any of the yamaha FZ series or the one from urban, remove the horrendous pipes and reserve them in case someone wants to beat me. And put new pipes down.



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