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2008 Suzuki B-King 1300 Preview



Unique name
Why "B-King"? Suzuki insisted that its new machine became the king of Boost, Block and Beauty. In terms of boost, the company did not hesitate to transplant the latest version of the 2008 Hayabusa's inline-four. This unique engine is fed by an electronic fuel injection system with four 44-mm dual throttle bodies and four dual injectors. Output is rated at 183.5 horsepower and the amount of torque is phenomenal. In fact, the B-King finds itself among the most powerful standard-type motorcycles in the industry. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission working in conjunction with an innovative, hydraulically-controlled multiplate clutch.

Interestingly, the B-King comes standard with a steering damper (located between the steering column and the fuel tank), a must-have feature on such a powerful bike. This Suzuki is also equipped with a six-inch wide rear wheel and a massive 200-mm rear tire, the widest in the category. The dry weight of the B-King amounts to 235 kilos.

Well thought-out ergonomics
The dashboard is comprised of an instrument cluster with both analog and digital gauges (tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, engine temperature gauge as well as readouts from the trip computer). On the left, you'll find a series of indicator lights; on the right are the odometer and a gear selection indicator.

The riding position is a compromise between a top-class sportsbike and a tradtional standard motorcycle. As a result, the B-King should prove to be sporty enough while not overtaxing the rider's neck and forearms.

The new B-King is a mix of supersonic performance and peculiar yet striking styling. Some motorcycles have become famous thanks to a provocative start or an outrageous amount of power. This Suzuki benefits from both.

Photo Credit : Suzuki
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