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B-King

Suzuki has beefed up their 2008 lineup, which includes three new bikes and numerous model revisions.

Though the Lilliputian DR-Z70 dirt bike and the substantial C109R cruiser are new for '08, the muscular B-King is the most sensational of the latest models, boasting a 1,340cc powerplant plucked directly from the Hayabusa, a Twin-spar cast aluminum alloy frame, and distinctively chiseled styling. The naked B-King weighs in with a dry weight of 520 lbs, 35 lbs more than the 'Busa.

Expanding the GSX line, the GSX650F offers a 656cc inline-4 mated to a 6-speed transmission and a hydraulic clutch. An upright seating position, relatively tall windscreen, and 5-gallon fuel capacity suggest the GSX650F might excel on long distance rides.

The M109R2 receives a less chunky headlight treatment and the M109R Limited Edition gets an omelet-like yellow and white paint job, but the big news in the update department is the Hayabusa: Suzuki's notorious land rocket receives revised aerodynamics, suspension, and brakes, not to mention 12% more power via a new fuel injection system, pistons, valves, and more. Also notable is the incorporation of a three-mode engine output switch, a la the GSXR-1000. The totally revised RM-Z450 rounds out the updated bikes for '08.

Click here to see the complete gallery of 2008 Suzukis.

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Comments
July 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm
(1) Tony Magoo says:

Dear Basem,

I was lucky enough to be involved with the top-secret factory TV shoot in California for both new bikes…the B-King and the Hayabusa. We were there to shoot sequences for a new TV travel series entitled 2 Wheel Passport, and the Suzuki factory rep was there for some Pacific Coast Highway segments. They asked our production team to shoot some stuff that was to be used to produce a video that would be shown at last month’s dealer convention in Vegas.

Brother, I’m a Harley guy, but man what a couple of great motorcycles. I got to ride them both. Frighteningly powerful. I had to laugh when I saw the B-King, because it looked like a toy…a Transformer in my mind’s eye. What a surprise when I discovered how strong that son of a gun is!

This whole thing was very secretive. The irony was that they were traveling up and down the California coast in the back of a box truck of a Honda dealer from Dallas. Half-million dollar prototypes that were scheduled to be crushed before the video was ever shown at the show. They were going to get killed, but funny thing was I almost dropped the B-King off the loading ramp in the parking lot of the Hilton in Santa Rosa. Most agile move I’ve made in 20 years to hop off that bike, the ramp, hit the pavement and hold that bike up in one fluid motion. You see the deal is I’m 57 and that’s what made it special for all of us. Great memory!

I had to share that with you.

Sincerely,

Magoo

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