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Suzuki B-King model history
2008—

I have put tried to tell the Suzuki GSX 1300 BK model history on this page as I know it. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.

B-King

From show stopper to production bike

For a long time Suzuki said that the B-King will never be mass produced. It was supposed to be an advanced one-of-a-kind concept bike, first shown at Tokyo Motor Show in 2001. But In September 2006 Suzuki announced that the B-King will finally surface as a production machine using the Hayabusa 1300cc motor, and without its original supercharger.
B King'08 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BKK8 GSX1300BK
On the left: 2001 Suzuki B-King Concept bike, on the right: 2008 Suzuki B-King production bike.
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Although looking almost identical with the 2001 hi-tech show bike (see the pictures above), the reality of the 2008 B-King machine is essentially a stripped-down Hayabusa. Despite using the same 1340cc motor, the B-King is 10 hp weaker than the Busa. Ignition and fuel injection mapping are the primary culprits, but like its genetic donor, the B-King shares the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) digital fuel injection — featuring two-way selectable mapping.

The chassis is slightly different than the Hayabusa and the exhaust exits under-tail in a bulbous, gargantuan display of tailpipe. The front end has a small cowling wrapped around the 60 Watt headlight. Turn signals are integrated into mini-fairings that flare out from the fuel tank with mesh scoops to direct airflow. Black inverted fork tubes head south, but unfortunately no DLC on the lowers like Hayabusa. Both suspension components offer compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustment. Brake rotors and three-spoke wheels are the same, but the radial-mount four-piston calipers are tailored for the B-King.

The instrument cluster features an analog tachometer, digital speedometer, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge, twin tripmeters, clock, maintenance interval, running time, average speed, gear position indicator, and a S-DMS mode indicator. The B-King comes equipped with a standard steering damper.


Here's a separate page about the 2001 B-King Concept bike.



Suzuki 2008More Suzuki models from 2008
2008 Suzuki year code: K8


'08 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BKK8 GSX1300BKGSX1300 B-King 2008
Overall Length: 2,220 mm (87.4 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,085 mm (42.7 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,525mm (60.0 in)
Ground Clearance: 120 mm (4.7 in)
Dry Weight: 235 kg (518 lbs)
Engine type: 1,340 cc liquid-cooled inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 183.6 hp (137 kW)/ 9,500 rpm, 146 Nm/ 7,200 rpm.
'08 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BKK8 GSX1300BKGSX1300 B-King 2008
Overall Length: 2,220 mm (87.4 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,085 mm (42.7 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,525mm (60.0 in)
Ground Clearance: 120 mm (4.7 in)
Dry Weight: 235 kg (518 lbs)
Engine type: 1,340 cc liquid-cooled inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 183.6 hp (137 kW)/ 9,500 rpm, 146 Nm/ 7,200 rpm.
'08 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BKK8 GSX1300BKGSX1300 B-King 2008
Overall Length: 2,220 mm (87.4 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,085 mm (42.7 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,525mm (60.0 in)
Ground Clearance: 120 mm (4.7 in)
Dry Weight: 235 kg (518 lbs)
Engine type: 1,340 cc liquid-cooled inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 183.6 hp (137 kW)/ 9,500 rpm, 146 Nm/ 7,200 rpm.

Suzuki B-King 2008 specifications
Model code: GSX1300BK
Engine: 1,340cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled
Starter: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed
Front suspension: Inverted telescopic, 43mm titanium nitrided inner tube, fully adjustable rebound/compression/preload Progressive linkage, fully adjustable
Rear suspension: rebound/compression/preload
Front brakes: Disc brake, twin
Rear brakes: Disc brake
Overall Length: 2,220 mm (87.4 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,085 mm (42.7 in)
Seat Height: 805 mm (31.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,525mm (60.0 in)
Ground Clearance: 120 mm (4.7 in)
Dry Weight: 235 kg (518 lbs)
Fuel capacity 16.0 liter (4.22 US gal, 3.53 UK gal)
Colours Grey/Silver, Matt Black




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