2007/12 Suzuki B-king

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A still­born con­cept turned cult ma­chine

What we said then “It seems you ei­ther hate it or love it.” What hap­pened next Hav­ing tempted bik­ers since the 2001 Tokyo Mo­tor Show with the po­ten­tial of re­leas­ing a road-le­gal su­per­charged naked Hayabusa, Suzuki un­veiled the B-king in 2007. Lack­ing the su­per­charger, but equipped with a ridicu­lous set of ex­haust pipes, the B-king was over­weight and ugly. It flopped not only in bends, but also in the sales charts. What’s hap­pen­ing now By the time pro­duc­tion was halted in 2012 (iron­i­cally it was in de­vel­op­ment for longer than it was sold) the B-king had gained an un­likely cult fol­low­ing thanks to its bonkers 179bhp mo­tor and unique looks that are eas­ily cus­tomised. It’s now more pop­u­lar than ever – but the su­per­charged Kawasaki H2 does make you won­der ‘what if…’

SPECS

O Price From £5000 to £8000 O En­gine 1340cc 16v in­line

four O Power 179bhp @ 9500rpm O Torque 108ftlb @ 7200rpm O Weight 235kg

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