Suzuki B-King vs. Star V-Max - Ready To Rumble

It's King Kong Versus Godzilla In The Intergalactic Heavyweight Title Fight Of The Millennium

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

2008 Suzuki B-King | Price: $12,899
Hard Parts

Suzuki's 1340cc inline-four cracks the 160-horse barrier by spinning faster than its larger opponent. Look inside and you'll find four titanium valves capping combustion chambers with 12.5:1 compression. Just upstream, 44mm SDTV throttle bodies fuel the fire. Only exhaust and airbox differ significantly from the Hayabusa.

Compliant and reasonably well balanced under your average 165-pounder, the nicely adjustable Kayaba fork and shock are a bit too soft for bigger boys who like to go fast in the twisty bits. The steering damper belongs on somebody's patio door.

The B-King's frame is die-cast using the same technology as the latest GSX-Rs, varying wall thickness for optimal rigidity. A longer swingarm stretches the wheelbase 1.5 inches beyond a 'Busa's, yet the 'King is still 7 inches shorter than Mr. Max.

Though they generate impressive bite and feedback with nominal effort under normal riding, the 'King's radial-mount four-pot calipers make you squeeze hard after a few high-speed stops. Those 310mm floating rotors came straight from the Hayabusa parts bin. ABS is a $600 option.

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c inline-fourRear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 260mm discCorrected 1/4-mile: 10.13 sec @ 139.31 mph
Valve train: DOHC, 16vFront tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop QualifierTop-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.49 sec.
Displacement: 1340ccRear tire: 200/50ZR-17 Dunlop QualifierFuel mileage (high/low/avg.):43/35/40 mpg
Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 65.0mmRake/trail: 25.5 deg./4.2 in.Colors: Gray/black
Compression: 12.5:1Seat height: 31.7 in.Availability: Now
Fuel system: Keihin/Denso EFIWheelbase: 60.0 in.Warranty: 36-mo., unlimited mi.
Clutch: Wet, multi-plateFuel capacity: 4.4 gal.Contact:
American Suzuki Motor Corp.
3251 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92622
Transmission: 6-speedWeight (tank full/empty): 578/552 lbs.
Frame: Aluminum twin-sparMeasured horsepower: 161.5 bhp @ 9500 rpm
Front suspension: 43mm Kayaba inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound dampingMeasured torque: 97.9 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Rear suspension: Single Kayaba shock, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 310mm discs

Despite prodigious torque output from 2500 rpm up, the 'King's inline-four still depends on rpm to get the job done. Peak horsepower arrives at 9000 rpm, but his majesty is open for business for 1000 rpm after that.

Unlike its styling, the B-King riding position is mostly orthodox. You're up on top of a wide, flat seat, leaning forward toward a caf-racer style bar. Legroom is short if you're not.

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