Custom 2008 Suzuki B-King
my travels through cyber land as I travel in and out of forums, online
publications and YouTube I get the opportunity to meet interesting people,
here there stories and see their bikes. Every now and then I find
information that person has that I feel would be a great addition to this
site. Recently I bumped into Kevin Patterson on YouTube. Kevin's YouTube
watched a few of his videos and responded with some Dyno questions and well
from there we started discussing bike stuff and since he has been very busy
with modifications to his own B-king I thought why not publish his info and
story on my site. Kevin has been riding street bikes for approximately 26
years and lives in the small town Concord Virginia. That said, here's the
background on Kevin and what he has done with his Suzuki B-King. In
his words of course.
By Kevin Patterson
Bike: 2008 Suzuki B-King
Published: January 25th, 2009
lets get started, I'm a 45 year old rider that has had some type of street
bike since the age of 19. I fell in love with the Yamaha V-Max in 1987 and
was a proud owner of 4 different year models of that same bike. In 2006 or
so I heard about the new release of the V-Max, boy was I excited. I waited
and waited and waited a little more. In the mean time I was contacting
dealership after dealership trying to get some kind of date of the release.
I even contacted Yamaha directly but got the same answer. “We don't have a
date yet”. I wanted a new bike and I wasn't going to buy another v-max that
hadn't changed scene 1985.
So I started looking for some sort of standard muscle
bike and along came the Suzuki B-King. The answer to the V-Max. This bike
has been all sorts of fun to ride, the handling is out of this world. But
just like the V-Max you always want a little more ;-). I started looking for
some after market parts for the King and it wasn't long before it started.
The following modifications were installed in my basement.
|Fender Eliminator: Evoetch
Alarm System: Bell
Bar End Mirrors: Power Freaks
Power Commander: Forward Motion
Air Shifter: Schnitz Racing
Shift Light: M.S.D
Extended swing arm 6”over: Trac Dynamics
6 Tube Multicolor Neon's: Ebay
Exhaust System: Two Brothers M2
Radial Mount Lowing Bracket: 58 cycle
Lowering Strap: 58 cycle
Rear Lowering Dog Bones: Street Fighters.inc
Air Filter: K&N
Bar Mount kill Switch: M.P.S. Racing
Camera Mount: Canada
Garmin Quest GPS Unit: Ebay
After all of the modifications I am looking for at least
190 hp to the rear wheel. I Dyno'd the bike after the Two Brothers M2
exhaust and Power Commander and it turned over 175 hp to the rear wheel.
Come on Mr. Max I'm right around the corner.....
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
"Rob's two cents..."
As you can see by Kevin's last statement he is very
proud of his work and the B-King modifications. Rightfully so, as it takes
dedication, time and money to make the type of modifications Kevin has with
his bike. Considering the power to weight ratio the new V-Max will have a
ways to go to compete with Kevin's B-King in the straight away. Bone stock
B-King VS. bone stock V-max, the B-King will definitely take the V-Max in
the corners. This is not surprising as they are setup differently. Of course
the rider makes all the difference as well.
So lets look at bang for buck HP wise on probably the
top two modifications.
#1) X-TRE - $129 plus shipping (eBay or Pashnit.com) 15
HP in gears 1-3rd and the 158 MPH limiter removed from gears 5th and 6th. My
personal opinion is the X-TRE is the best bank for the bucks spent as it's
very hard to get 15 HP gain for as little as $129.00. This equates to $8.60
per 1 HP gained. Note: The B-king is know for experiencing the highest gains
at 15 HP for this modification. Other 1000cc range bikes usually get 8-12 HP
and the 600cc class seem to get 2-4 HP.
#2) Two Brothers M2 Exhaust - Approximately
$800 plus shipping. Roughly a 9 HP gain. As you can see the 9 HP gain costs
allot more but this modification will turn heads and best of all, impress
the rider. This equates to $88.88 per 1 HP gained.
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