Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Face-off: Suzuki B-King vs Yamaha V-Max!

Suzuki B-King vs Yamaha V-Max is one battle we're all waiting for...!!!Pics: Motorcycle USA

The two big moto-chunkies from Japan – the Suzuki B-King and the Yamaha V-Max will soon be at each other’s throats. We will, of course, have to wait for some time for a full-blown shootout between the two bikes, but let’s take a quick look at how they compare in the specs sheet department.

The Suzuki B-King, which weighs 262 kilos, is fitted with the Hayabusa’s 1340cc, DOHC, 16-valve inline-four that pumps out 160 horsepower. The bike does the quarter-mile in 10.23 seconds, and top speed is about 250km/h. ‘Twist the throttle and it feels as you're piloting an F-18 being flung off the end of an aircraft carrier – wide-open acceleration from a dead stop is that intense,’ says Motorcycle-USA.

The B-King’s twin-spar cast-aluminium chassis and three-piece cast-aluminium swingarm are quite up to the task of handling its 160 horses, and the suspension – 43mm USD fork at the front and monoshock at the rear – are fully adjustable. ‘While cornering, suspension feels both firm and responsive, with plenty of ground clearance, yet cruising down a pothole-laden L.A. street reveals a far plusher ride than that of a GSX-R sportbike,’ says Motorcycle-USA. 

Eight cylinders, 350bhp, 500km/h... bring 'em on!

The 2009 Yamaha V-Max, which was unveiled only recently, has not been tested yet, but on paper at least, the bike seems to have all the right stuff with which to take on the B-King. Compared with the B-King, Mr Max packs a bigger, more powerful engine – a 1679cc, DOHC, 16-valve V4 that produces an astonishing 197bhp. But the V-Max also weighs 307 kilos – 47kg more than the B-King – which somewhat negates its almost 40bhp power advantage over the Suzuki.

The V-Max chassis is also an aluminium twin-spar unit, with a CF die-cast extruded aluminum subframe. There’s a 52mm telescopic cartridge fork at the front and monoshock at the rear – both ends being fully adjustable. And like the B-King, the new V-Max is available with anti-lock brakes.

The Suzuki has an edge on pricing – the B-King costs US$13,000 while the Yamaha V-Max, at US$18,000 is much more expensive. In the next few weeks, we’ll see which bike wins on the dragstrip and in showroom wars. But without waiting for the results, we’d take the V-Max anyway…

Here's a video of the two heavy-hitters going head to head...


hoyt said...

The Suzuki designers did not have her picture handy when designing the rear of the B-King.

Emanuele said...

I would rather go for an evo6 .... when available

Anonymous said...

Bking pumps out 185hp and not 160 + its topspeed is around 290 :)

Anonymous said...

Top speed is 253km/h mesured with GPS and not on motorcycle speedometer (Never seen a stock naked bike going 290km/h). Horse power is 181,5.
Numbers taken out of an official motorcycle guide for 2009.

Anonymous said...

top speed is more than 300km/hr if u derestrict it..all japanese bikes are restricted to a topspeed of 300km/hr but the b king can go only abt 279km/hr,in 4th ,5th n 6th gear............
max power is only available in 4th gear..5th is restricted to 9600rpm,and 6thgear is redlined to 8500rpm only...a small box costing abt usd100 by XTRE will released all the power.....but do u hv the neck to hang on?.......believe me at 290 the wind is like a tornado



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