The B-King is one hell of a bike - sure she is fairly heavy compared to a 9er but well balanced and the power makes the 9er look like a trike.
The aftermarket is full of slip-on pipes for the King and they alter the look considerably - a compulsory purchase IMO and save a lot of kilos from up high too. Get a tail tidy too. I have a friend with a King - he is very happy with it. The only issue is keeping it vaguely legal!
At $8k it is a absolute steal. Comparing the B with the new 1000r (new to USA) - 1000r is a smaller and lighter ride - worth consideration if you are physically lighter or under say 5 10'. The Honda is easier in the twisties but a good pilot on the Suzuki will kill an average Honda one (the usual story regardless of the bike). The B creams the Honda on power and torque and will shred a rear tyre in a straight line.
Funny story - a few months ago I had a King behind me for a bit - he slowly pulled along side me then gunned it to pass some cars, I could physically see the road being ripped up by his rear tyre and a shower of stones flew behind him (luckily avoiding me!). Obviously rear tyres do not last long.
My issue with the King is the physical size and weight as I'm not a large chap (but darn fine looking ) and if I am really honest that is way too much power for me!!!!!!!
$3k difference - if the King fits you I think it is a no-brainer.
tough one, Ive been into lighter bikes lately just for the fun factor but Ive always jonesed for a B-King. Dealer aint gonna give ya shit, can you keep the 9er and get the king that would be the way Id wanna do it.
Yeah the exhaust looks silly. But nothing Dr. Yoshi cant fix.
7999 is ridiculously cheap for that much bike. When it came out the Bking cost 12000 plus!
This is my sentiments also. The price is so damn low and the power is so awesomely high, how in God's name could you go wrong. The pipes? Big deal! I mean really. Presto change-o! 8 grand is giving them away.
“I said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
I saw one at a dealership in my neck of the woods a couple of years ago. It had aftermarket exhaust already on. I thought it looked pretty good. The OEM exhaust was the worst part. The front end is a matter of taste I guess, I kinda liked it. Good luck, whatever you decide.
We. Were planning to go to the local bike shop tomorrow for big sale on gear.
They have a new on the floor B-King which is a bike I am really intrigued by. I asked if I could trade in my 9er tomorrow while were there and she was totally fine with it.
I think I might chicken out and just wait for a demo ride on a CB1000R in the spring and buy one of those.
This King is only $7,999 so lots of bike for the money.
Had to join this forum just to respond to your query. I have owned 13 bikes and I now own the B-King, it is hands down the best bike I have ever owned. Looks, well you either love it or hate it, that's a preference, but one thing that is undeniable is the engine. What a wonderful thing it is to experience the sheer terror, exhilaration, and speed that engine produces. I purchased a leftover new in the box B-King at a great price June 2nd of this year and 7500 miles later it still puts a smile on my face every time I ride it. If you an experienced rider I'd say buy, you'll never look back. Read more about the bike on this forum. Log in
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Just a great, great bike. Wolf in sheep's clothing.
Definately one in my fantasy stable.
I agree with others though, those exhausts have to go, the yoshi carbons look good on them.
I have ridden a Busa and as I said, a sweet, sweet motor.
(same with GSXR's - Suzuki seems to have the nack of making nice engines)