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Suzuki B-King (2007-2012)



Detail Value
New price £9,500
Used price range View Suzuki GSX1300 B-KING bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1340 cc
Power 164 bhp
Top speed 151 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The verdict is still up in the air regarding the futuristic, dynamic looks of the Suzuki B-King. It seems you either hate it or love it. What can be said for sure is the B-King is very fast, enough to match a sports 1000. It’s just a shame it’s restricted to 150mph. The B-King is a lovely road motorcycle, has loads of torque and is easy to ride despite its size. It’s smooth, has good brakes and its only weakness is its soft rear, which results in a lack of traction when pushing really hard.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Suzuki B-King’s engine comes from the new Hayabusa and produces 164bhp with an arm-ripping 94.5 ftlb of torque. Over a standing quarter mile the B-King is just as quick as any sports 1000cc, if not quicker. Shame the engine is limited to 150mph as it has the potentially for much more.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Despite the Suzuki B-King’s bulk it handles far better than its size suggests. Once on the move the B-King’s weight disappears, you would never guess its actual weight. The brakes are excellent, you only notice the lack of ground clearance on track but the shock is a little on the soft side and it can soon start fighting for grip.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Like every new big Suzuki you get the mandatory power switch with the B-Kting. Selecting A gives you full power, B for limited power. Personally I think it’s a bit pointless but each to their own. The B-King also has fully adjustable suspension front and rear, which means you can twiddle to your heart’s desire.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The old Suzuki Hayabusa was as reliable as the tide coming in, bullet proof and could take a heavy tune, so there’s no reason to question the reliability of the new Suzuki B-King. That said, there’s a very plastic feel about the bike and only time will tell if it stands up to a few harsh winters.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

For £9000 you get a hell of a lot of a Suzuki B-King for your money. It’s quick – make no mistake about that, and there’s enough torque to pull up trees. The B-King should also hold its value reasonably well as demand should stay high. However, running costs of the B-King will be high so don’t expect tyres to last too long, anything over 3500 is going to be a real bonus. Find a Suzuki B-King for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: Suzuki B-King launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 151 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.44 secs
Max power 164 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb
Weight 235 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 133 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1340 cc
Engine specification 16v in line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 310mm radial four pot
Rear brake 260mm disc single piston
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 200/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(7 reviews)

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    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Suzuki b-king. Insane performance, insane styling. Seems like you either hate it or love it. Well i love it! Simply the best bike i've ever had. Still after several years of riding this thing i find my self staring at the bike when i come home after a Days riding. i can't help myself. I love the beefy transformers look of it, especally now when i have modified it with new exhaust and couple of other styling mods. when i first saw the bike at my Suzuki dealer i was offered to borrow it while they fixed my gsx1100r. It looked like a huge monster to me and i asked how much it weighed and got the suprising answer that it weighed less my 1100r. Still that didn't do all that much to stop me from wondering how in the hell a was going to maneuver that thing! (Checking the specs now and it seems like the b-king is actually heavier then the 1100r -94) Well anyway off i Went and all that weight and bulk just disapeared. Rode it for a week or so and it was the most fun i ever had on a bike! Eventually i got my old bike back and i didn't really like it anymore. It felt low on Power and the handling wasn't at all like the b-kings handling so i Went out and bought one soon after.

    03 July 2013

  • 3 yrs on

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Mostly looks as good now as it did when I got it apart from the lacquer on the mirrors. Moved to a 190/55 rear for a laugh and its been great with Dunlop D211 gp's once the suspension was set to match. Engine when its working properly is insane but the bike had been plagued with spark plug failures...it hated being parked up and the iridium plugs just die without warning so now I remove them each winter and keep a spare set. Overall its a great bike that quite simply does most things beautifully and offers great comfort without looking like a sofa. Such a shame more people didn't take a liking to them...a few mates have them and can't get enough of them having all moved from 1000's. Small fuel tank is the main drawback but still good for 160miles at sensible pace. Headlight is naff so I avoid using the bike on backroads at night...tried all sorts of bulbs but the way the light projects is just poor. Dead easy to ride , even a learner mate was able to do his u-turns on it and had a laugh taking it around the local test centre circuit and an examiner said he would have passed him had it been for real. I love it and its a joy just to lift the cover off it.

    11 March 2012

  • Love it

    sambod

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Awesome to ride everyday, surprised my mates when I let them have a go and once you've got ride of the awful standard exhaust it looks not half bad either. Go out there and try one

    24 May 2011

  • What A Bike

    NewToN_

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Personally I think Suzuki deserve praise for productionising a concept bike. Irrespective of the looks the bike is an absloute cracker to ride.

    06 May 2011

  • BKING

    moonbear

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Went from a CB1300 to this beast. Love it. Big and comfortable with interesting looks, I ride everyday and think this is one of the most under rated machines on the market...Second hand buys are the best value for money. This always puts a grin on my face. Though it eats rubber, drinks fuel and insurance is cruel I may just keep this bike for another year.....

    28 February 2011

  • what a machine

    cwesquire

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    best bike i have ever owned, i love it's unusual looks!!

    18 March 2009

  • b-king monster

    bkingrider

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    what a machine! looks fab with scorpions fitted, a real head turner and its super fast!! I am very pleased with the B-King

    10 March 2008

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NewToN_

NewToN_says

What A Bike!

If you can get past the looks take a test ride - you will not regret it.

It performs in a way that it totally at odds with its intimidating appearance. A brilliant road bike with supple but well controlled suspension, cracking brakes, slick gearbox and an absolute peach of an engine.

The fit, finish and component quality are also top notch. Best bike I have ever owned.

(before this I had an FZ1 and I test rode a CB1000R, Aprilia Tuono & Speed Triple)

06 May 2011 14:55

moonbear

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BKING

Went from a CB1300 to this beast. Love it. Big and comfortable with interesting looks, I ride everyday and think this is one of the most under rated machines on the market...Second hand buys are the best value for money. This always puts a grin on my face. Though it eats rubber, drinks fuel and insurance is cruel I may just keep this bike for another year.....

28 February 2011 18:21

victory1400gtr

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IMPRESSIVE BIKE

I drove the B KING 100 miles before i had a terrible accident, but it was not the bike fault, The B KING is a beast, with plenty of power. I recoment to have previous experience before riding a B KING

06 March 2008 17:59

marty1035

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Futuristic? Dynamic?

This bike is ugly, badly styled with proportions resembling the patrons at a texan steakhouse. If it was the only bike around I'd take my car or walk!

29 January 2008 02:56

flyingdragons9999

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"dell" B in China

In China, it is good to be "B" King... Check it out!!

08 October 2007 05:49

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