The Suzuki B-King was introduced a few years ago on a market apparently eager for a naked version of the notorious Hayabusa, but the sales charts have disappointed Suzuki and the project represents too much of an investment for them to simply discontinue it, so the solution is to make it more attractive for potential buyers. That goal appears to be accomplished on the 2010 model year, which gets a nice blue/white color scheme and 1970s style gold rims.
This is the only bit of information about the 1300cc Japanese naked, but the bike appears to be unchanged apart from that. Sure, you all could have lived with shorter silencers, but Suzuki is keen on the rocket-launcher ones, so that’s what you’ll keep on getting.
IN WHAT looks like an attempt to shift one of Suzuki’s worst-selling motorcycles of the past few years, the company have given the ill-fated B-King a cosmetic makeover for 2011.
Reports in this morning’s Spanish press show the 1300cc naked will now be available in an iconic Suzuki blue/white, complete with 70s style gold rims.
Suzuki GSX1300 B-King 2011 Specifications
Colors Metallic Phantom Gray / Metallic Mistic Silver (ETT) Solid Black / Metallic Mat Black No. 2 (CRU) Pearl white
Engine Engine type: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC Bore x stroke: 81.0 mm x 65.0 mm Displacement: 1,340 cm3 (1340 cc) Compression ratio: 12.5 : 1 Carburetion: Fuel injection Oil capacity (overhaul): 4.0L ( 1.6 US gal.) Ignition: Fully transistorized Starter system: Electric Lubrication system: Wet sump Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh Primary drive ratio: 1.596 (83 / 52) Final drive ratio: 2.388 (43 / 18) Frame type: Twin-spar (aluminum alloy) Rake/trail: 25.5degrees / 107 mm (4.2 in.)
Chassis Suspensions Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped Spring preload fully adjustable, rebound and compression damping force fully adjustable Suspensions Rear: Link type, coil-spring, oil damped Spring preload fully adjustable, rebound and compression Wheel Front: 17 M/C x MT3.50, cast aluminum alloy Wheel Rear: 17 M/C x MT6.00, cast aluminum alloy Brakes Front: Radial mount, 4-piston calipers, 310 mm disc, twin Brakes Rear: 1-piston caliper, 260 mm disc Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless Tires Rear: 200/50ZR17M/C (75W), tubeless Fuel tank: 16.5 L (4.4 US gal.)
Dimensions Overall length: 2,220 mm (87.4 in.) Overall width: 800 mm (31.5 in.) Overall height: 1,085 mm (42.7 in.) Wheelbase: 1,525 mm (60.0 in.) Ground clearance: 120 mm (4.7 in.) Seat height: 805 mm (31.7 in.) Dry weight: 235 Kg (518 lbs.)