Marc Potter makes notes on the new Suzuki B-King
Suzuki B-King is launched
First rides & tests
31 July 2007 17:22
Suzuki has just officially announced horsepower figures for the long awaited B-King motorcycle – and they did it just minutes ago in Germany. According to the factory brains behind the project, the massive 1340cc muscle-bike is making a claimed 181.5bhp.
The information was revealed literally moments ago at the bike’s world press launch in Dresden, East Germany, shortly before Suzuki admitted the bike almost didn't make production at all.
Speaking at the launch to MCN Editor Marc Potter, Suzuki’s Chief Engineer Hiroshi Iio said: “We developed the engine for the B-King at exactly the same time as we developed the new Hayabusa engine. The engine is exactly the same as the one used in the 2008 Hayabusa but has different exhaust and intake systems.
“We considered if it was possible to make a naked bike with the same power as a Hayabusa and at first I thought that was unrealistic, but in testing the B-King has stability beyond our expectations.”
We’ll bring exclusive video and pictures plus all the first-time-out notes of the bike being tested at the Lausitzring circuit tomorrow morning.
MCN will be the first people outside the factory test team to ride the bike, we have been assigned bike number one in group A to make sure we bring you the very first riding impressions before anyone else.