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2008 Suzuki B-King Comparison Photo Gallery

The Suzuki B-King looks big and mean and has the spec sheet to prove it. Come with Motorcycle USA as we test the naked street bike's high-performance claims next to that of the Yamaha Star VMAX. Check out our editor's full 2008 Suzuki B-King Comparison.

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Naked and horny, the B-King is the aggressive alter ego of Suzuki's Hayabusa, with minimal performance differences between the two.
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The 2008 B-King doesn't bother covering up its robust 1340cc, DOHC liquid-cooled, 16 valve engine that it swiped from the Hayabusa.
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The new fully adjustable KYB inverted front forks were specifically designed for the B-King. Radial mount front brake calipers squeeze 310mm brake rotors for a hard bite.
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The B-King features radial-mount calipers on its fat rear tire. The lightweight single piston calipers works with a 260mm discs to bring the bike to punctual stops.
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A uniquely styled exhaust system with oversized cannons enhances the powerful styling of the B-King's derriere.
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The Star VMAX has an extra 120 pounds on the B-King, and a longer reach to boot. To stand a fighting chance the B-King must keep to the inside.
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The front fender of the 2008 B-King is composed of side panels and a center panel, for more animated looking features.
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The front brake master cylinder, its reservoir tank, as well as the clutch master cylinder were designed specifically for the aggressive look of the B-King.
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The B-King's counterbalanced four cylinder is smoother running than the Max's V-4, yet lacks the same degree of rubbernecking belt.
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The new aluminum alloy rear shock absorber features three-way adjustability with superior supersport-style damping characteristics.
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The all-new Twin-spar cast aluminum alloy frame features optimum rigidity balance and superb handling
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S-DMS (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector) allows the rider to choose from two different engine throttle settings depending on riding conditions or rider preferences.
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At 161 hp, the B-King has about 40 fewer ponies than the larger VMAX.
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The 2008 B-King's inline-four creates revs faster than the Star VMAX's V-4, allowing it to make up ground exiting corners.
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The 2008 B-King utlizes a slick shifting 6 speed transmission working in conjunction with an innovative back torque limiting clutch for smooth and controlled downshifts
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The agile maneuverability of the 2008 B-King will be a blessing for the dyslexic rider who is prone to reading road-signs backwards.
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We were impressed by how well the B-King handled this tricky stretch of twisty back road, imagining it fairing equally well at a track day.
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163 horses of sweet, heavenly power will rocket you out of turns like a slingshot.
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A little maneuver called the Suzuki Salute.
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The B-King is proof that their is no such thing as too much Torque when properly harnessed.
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The B-King features a new wheel design with a skimpy three spoke look combined with high performance radial tires boasting a beastly 200mm rear tire.
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The 87 pound-feet of peak torque twists the back tire into performing aerial feats like an underaged Chinese gymnast.
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Call your doctor if you experience a wheelie lasting more than four straight hours.
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Once the Torque-Happy B-King gets in the mood it won't give it a rest, much to the annoyance of our tired camera man.
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When a bike wields as much thrust as the 2008 B-King it takes a magnificent act of engineering to achieve the smooth, seamless ride that we experienced as we exploited the throttle.
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Fast in a straight line or fast in the corners? The B-King may come out on top 2-1 with our three test riders, but we certainly don't consider the VMAX a loser.