- Suzuki first introduced the B-king as a concept
bike in 2001 at the Tokyo Motor Show. In it's original form, the
B-King sported a Hayabusa 1300 engine equipped with a
supercharger. At that time the Hayabusa engine produced 175 bhp.
Brake Horse Power is the HP at the crank prior to loss that
would come from the gearbox, exhaust etc. With the addition of
the supercharger the engine muscled up an enormous 240 bhp. Some
of the materials used in construction of the B-King were carbon fiber,
stainless steel, aluminum and leather. The rear tire was a
whopping 240mm wide. The B-King had an alarm
system with on board audio so that the owner could contact the
bike via cell phone and be heard over the audio system. I'm not
sure at that point what use this would be other then to beg the
thief not to take it or if he did, to treat it right.
- In 2007 Suzuki introduces the B-King to the world as their new
production muscle bike. Over the years the B-king had a few
changes. The original 1300 supercharged Hayabusa engine was
replaced with the 2008 Hayabusa 1340cc engine. The engine was not
left untouched. Suzuki changed the valve dimensions, intake and
exhaust dropping the Horsepower at the wheel by 9.4 hp. Torque
was reduced by 6 ft. Lbs. as well. In the grand scheme of things
these reductions are minor as the power plant still generates
enormous toque and hp at the rear wheel. On the road, torque is
king. The B-King produces approximately 70 ft. Lbs. of torque @
2,500 RPM. This low end torque reduces the need for shifting and
provides for quicker times off the line.
2008 B-King Hp
2008 B-King Torque
2008 Hayabusa Hp
2008 Hayabusa Torque
Suzuki didn't stop at the power plant....
Cosmetics - Suzuki went way over the top with the bold
futuristic design of the B-King. The body style and colors are
very polarizing. This is evident if you stand around any show
room or cycle show long enough to listen to people's reactions or read
the forums for that matter. Bottom line is that people either like
the bold style or they hate it. I personally like it and found
that the all black model seemed to draw me in.
Brakes - Suzuki gave the B-King Radial mount front
brake calipers which feature an all new design built
specifically for the B-King and work with 310mm brake rotors to
provide superior braking performance. On the rear a lightweight
single piston brake caliper works with a 260mm rear disc. The
front brake master cylinder has its own reservoir tank as well
as the clutch master cylinder. Both of these components were
designed specifically for the the B-King.
Chassis - The B-King got an all new twin-spar cast
aluminum alloy frame that provides optimum rigidity balance and
superb handling. The swing arm is newly made of cast aluminum
alloy constructed of 3 main sections for minimal welding lines
and a clean overall look. The front forks are new as well. The KYB inverted front forks are specifically designed for the
B-King and are fully adjustable for compression, rebound damping
and spring preload to suit rider preferences. As for the rear
suspension, it's new aluminum alloy rear shock absorber features
three-way adjustability with excellent damping characteristics
of Suzuki's super sport models. One really nice feature is the
standard steering dampener that sucks up any energy from the road
and provides added stability.
Instruments - Suzuki gave the B-King an all new
instrument cluster with an analog tachometer, digital
speedometer, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge, twin trip
meters, clock, maintenance interval, running time, average
speed, gear position indicator, and a S-DMS mode indicator. The
S-DMS mode switch allows the rider to select A or B mode. Each
mode provides a different fuel and ignition mapping. A mode is
the full mode and the default. B mode limits the Hp to
approximately 114 Hp. This would be used in a wet pavement
situation. As for the instrument cluster, it's one of the nicest
gauge cluster's I have come across.
Ergonomics' - The rider position is closer to
upright with a slight lean into the bars. The rider position is
similar to that of a sport touring bike. The pegs are a bit high
for a rider with a 32" + inseam but still comfortable. The bike
is beautifully balanced. The B-King weighs in at 518 lbs. but
feels as if it weighs much less. The bike is very easy to
maneuver at low speeds and feels like it's riding on rails in
the turns. The wide cowls on each side of the tank actually play
a positive role in reducing wind on the riders lower extremities. In
fact, the wind felt on the rider is from the mid chest up.
81.0 x 65.0mm
12.5 : 1
Fuel injection system
Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
6-speed constant mesh
RK GB50GSV Z4, 118 links
2245 mm (88.4 in)
800 mm (31.5 in)
1085 mm (42.7 in)
805 mm (31.7 in)
120 mm (4.7 in)
1525 mm (60.0 in)
235 kg (518 lbs)
Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil
Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Disc brake, twin
120/70ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless
200/50ZR17M/C (75W) tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity:
16.5 L (4.4/3.6 US/Imp gal)
Road-Quest.com Test Ride & Results
First of all I want to clarify the scope of riding during
this test. This was a 100% road test. No riding was performed on
tracks of any kind. If your looking for track test results
please look to
MotorcycleUSA for their
Let's get on with the test ride. To get the best of lower speed town
riding, straight and sweeping freeway as well as high and low
speed turns I decided to choose a route along the Tacoma
water front and up through the Tacoma City center. The second
phase of the test would be a straight shot east bound on hwy 509. Phase three would be the back half of hwy 509 that has
some nice sweeping turns as well as tight turns including one 10
mph hair pin. I couldn't have picked a better day for the ride as
we had partly cloudy conditions with some nice sun breaks.
The temperature was 62 degrees and the pavement was a
combination of dry, wet and in some cases a mix of both with
fall leaves introducing dicey conditions. If that wasn't enough
throw in 15 mph wind gusts. All this providing for a real life
road test with conditions riders face throughout the seasons
with the exception of Ice.
The ride along the water was nice. The bike seemed to purr
along at 2,500 RPM in 3rd gear still delivering allot of torque
and acceleration with a twist of the throttle. The ride was almost vibration
free. The road had allot of bad spots in the pavement as well as
some small pot holes. The B-king just sucked them up retaining a smooth
ride. This surprised me because my first impression was that the
suspension felt a bit stiff.
As I entered the City Center I encountered several blocks of
stop and go traffic and on several occasions I had to maneuver around
vehicles that were stopped waiting for parking. The b-king was
noticeably agile at low speeds and easy to maneuver. I
notice the exceptional braking power of the bike as
At my last red light I waited for the green to bring it up in
the RPM range as I entered hwy 509. Looking at a strait run for
several miles this was a great opportunity to let the engine
lose. The only cars on the road were next to me and miles ahead.
I left the light and let the engine wind to 7,000 RPM and
shifted to 2nd, then 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The acceleration was
unbelievable to say the least. I didn't come close to redline as
it's still a fresh engine. By the time I was at the end of the
bridge (a few blocks) the speedometer was in triple digits. The
torque was monstrous as the bike approaches 6,500 and then the
horsepower curve really came on leaving me at the rear
of the seat. At these speeds the B-King was extremely stable and
the wind was not too bad. I expected allot more instability and
wind blast at those speeds. I think the large cowls, tank and
front end design diverted air flow away from my lower
extremities. Since I had my high speed run out of the way, I
slowed to a comfortable 70 mph for the next few miles. The
riding position was very comfortable although I do think the
pegs are a bit too high for riders with a 32"+ inseam. That
said, The riding position is comfortable unlike the 2008 Hayabusa I rode a couple months prior.
The back half of hwy 509 parallels the eat side of Commencement
Bay and provides some nice sweeping turns. That bike
transitioned through the turns effortlessly at slightly above
freeway speeds. Further up 509 the road turned away from the water and
began to deliver tighter turns with very little transition time
between them. At this point the road conditions were still dry
and 40 mph through the turns was not an issue. Within a mile or
so the riding conditions significantly changed as the turns
became covered in wet leaves and the pavement was wet. My speed
was reduced to the posted speed limit. B-King sucked up these
poor riding conditions with ease. I had no sensations of the
tires pushing out as the bike effortlessly maneuvered through
each and every turn.
During this 30 miles ride I was fortunate to encounter a diverse set
of riding conditions. The B-King handled them all with ease. The
traction in wet pavement conditions was exceptional. As was
stability at low and higher speeds. Low speed maneuvering was a
pleasure. The braking system on the B-King out performs any bike
I have ridden to date including the Hayabusa. The riding
position is very comfortable and may allow the B-King to enter
into the Sport Touring class. The gages and controls were simple to use and
easy to read even with the sun behind the rider. There's
no doubt the B-king produces enormous torque and horse power,
yet the bike is very well behaved in the lower speed and RPM
range making the B-King a great all around roadster. I didn't
test the S-DMS modes because I didn't find the need to reduce
the performance of the bike. The only application for this mode
would be new riders and or slippery conditions. The exhaust is
quite but has a nice low rumble. The bike is said to get between
30 and 35 Mpg. The tank only holds 3.6 US gallons making
for a short riding range. The seat is flat and stiff butt so far
I have not had any discomfort to my backside.
Update: I have over 2,300 on this bike now. I have
been riding all winter long including sub freezing temps, rain,
heavy winds and hail. The Suzuki B-king is an amazing machine to
say the least. I will be participating in the 2009 Dam Tour and
will be making some of the day rides on the B-King. I'm really
impressed with the ergonomics of the bike. One thing I noticed
is the power seemed to really increase as is broke in around
1,500 - 2,000 miles. Check out the video below. it has the Dyno
runs in it. The B-king came in at 161 Max HP and 95 ft. lbs. of
torque! If your interested in a B-King, they are selling for
just under $10,000 with some coming in under $9,000. They are
worth every penny.
Good Rider Ergonomics.
Great wind deflection for lower extremities.
Extremely stable in all conditions.
Steering stabilizer comes standard.
Well balanced and is easy to maneuver at low speeds.
Handles exceptionally well at higher speeds including
transitioning from turn to turn.
Instrument cluster is easy to use as well as see under
The Braking system is one of the best. (Non ABS used in
Flat engine torque curve from 70 ft. lbs. @ 2,500 RPM to
97.9 ft. Lbs @ 7,000 RPM.
Monstrous Horsepower - weighs in at 161.4 hp @ 9,000 RPM.
Over the top futuristic looks.
Possesses most of the traits found in a sport touring
bike with a gob of torque & Hp to boot!
Peg height is questionable. Riders with 33"+ inseam may
feel a bit cramped.
Fuel capacity is border line inadequate for tiruing. Suzuki could
have made the cowls smaller and taken on another gallon and
a half. This would have added to weight but I doubt it would
be that much difference in performance.
The bars could have been raised another 2" for a better
The looks of the bike are over the top by design. I
found the two tone charcoal and silver B-king to appear
wider and take on more of a transformer type look then the
solid black. I also wish Suzuki would have stayed with the
headlight bucket design on the original concept bike. Too each his or her own.
Overall the Suzuki B-King is an exceptional roadster that allows the rider to enjoy a diverse set of riding
I plan to install a set of Textile bags and the B-king will
double as a street muscle bike and a Sport Touring bike. As for
sport touring, there is no doubt I will have to plan my rides
carefully due to fuel capacity limitations.
special thanks to Bob (General Manager) and Jason (Sales) of
Hinshaw's Motorcycle store in Auburn Washington. They were
extremely accommodating by allowing me to test several bikes
over the period of a couple months. For me, purchasing a bike is
a decision that requires test rides and ample research. The fact
that Hinshaw's hung in there with me without the presence of
high pressure sales is what, in my opinion, puts them over the
top in comparison to the other dealerships I have worked with. I
can't forget there service team headed by (Jim Speers). They
quickly and methodically took the B-king from crate to street
with the addition of a few accessories. Jim also worked with me
on a joint Dyno project where we ran my B-King and their B-King with Yosh
Test Ride Date: 11-8-2008
Review Date: 11-9-2008
Tested and Reviewed By: Rob Green