SUZUKI GSX1300 B-KING (2007-2012) Review

Published: 18 September 2007

"It seems you either hate it or love it"

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"It seems you either hate it or love it"

  • At a glance
  • 1340cc  -  164 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  133 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX1300 B-KING (2007-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.9 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.6 out of 5
5 out of 5

Suzuki GSX1300BK

03 July 2013 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

3 yrs on

11 March 2012 by tman39a

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Love it

24 May 2011 by sambod

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 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

What A Bike

06 May 2011 by NewToN_

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

BKING

28 February 2011 by moonbear

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... Read more face. Though it eats rubber, drinks fuel and insurance is cruel I may just keep this bike for another year.....

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

what a machine

18 March 2009 by cwesquire

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

b-king monster

10 March 2008 by bkingrider

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £9,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 164 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb
Top speed 151 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.44 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 133 miles
Specification
Engine size 1340cc
Engine type 16v in line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Suzuki B-King launched.

Other versions

None.

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