The Suzuki GSX1300 B-King is a bike which has polarised people’s opinions quite effectively. Riders either seem to fall in love with the sleek, futuristic build of the bike or think that it looks like a cheap and tacky gimmick. Regardless of how the bike looks however, there is no denying that if you are in the market for power, handling, torque and speed, then the B-King offers it all by the handful.
The size and weight (262kg) give the impression that the B-King would be a difficult bike to handle and yet it feels surprisingly light to ride once you actually get moving. The brakes are also worth noting as they are incredibly effective and although you may have to compensate slightly for the soft rear which gives a lack of traction, it’s easily counter-acted by everything else that the B-King has to offer.
The engine is a new Hayabusa and comes out with 164bhp making the B-King as fast as any sports bike with a 1000cc engine, with some suggesting it might actually be even faster. The B-King also comes equipped with a dual power switch: A for full power and B for limited power along with fully adjustable front and rear suspension. To say that this bike only costs £9000, you get a whole lot of machine for your money and although it is only really comfortable on shorter rides, making it more suitable for city and town riding and track days, it is certainly a unique looking bike and one which cries out to be seen.
|Engine||16v inline four|
|Average fuel consumption||38mpg|
|Submitted by:||Adrian||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort||Quite comfortable on shorter distances|
|Ride Quality||Power, power and more power! Handles good in the corners and stops|
|Build Quality & Reliability||No problems so far!|
|Engine Rating||Lots and lots of torque!|
|Brake Rating||Very good|
|Running Cost||Fuel economy|
|Pros Comments||Ugliness of bike puts people off, but the naked hayabusa is astonishingly good and fun to ride. Power, handling, braking|
|Cons Comments||Fuel economy|