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post #1 of 42 Old 07-18-2010, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone own a B-king?

I've been thinking about buying a Suzuki B-King, I currently have a 07 919 and a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser.

Absolutely nothing wrong with either one, and my wife rides the Boulevard sometimes so I would keep it.

Is it worth the headache of the trade in and the higher payment, etc. to move from the 919 to a B-King?

I probably wouldn't do it, but they have a "new" 2008 B-King at the dealership. If its still on the floor around November I might get pretty serious about doing it if its still there.

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What would you do with your profile name?.... No offence but, IMO, that is one of the ugliest bikes I have ever seen.

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I'm sure it's performance is incredible though...

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They are pretty cool bikes IMO. I have a friend that has a GenII Hayabusa and a B-King. Apparently the B-King is pretty heavy on juice, other than that he loves it. They look good with yoshi pipes.

YouTube - Bike test Suzuki B-KING

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i personally like the vmax over the bking....

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I saw 3 of them at bike night and I really dont care for them, they look super uncomfortable and the tank is HUGE. As for trading he 9er in for it I say NO WAY.

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I had a busa and in no way shape or form would I trade my 9er for one. I know the b-king is a different animal and I have personaly wanted one since they came out and may get one, but I'm keeping the 919 for a few reasons.

1 its a freakin blast to ride in many conditions, very versitile machine.

2 it'll run forever

3 it's paid for lol, I know its stupid but no payments is the ticket!

Personaly I found the weight of a big bike (busa and xx) cumbersome, so I guess it depends on your riding style.... If you like to go straight fast then go for it. If you're like me and apprieciate the acceleration as well as some canyon carvin twisty fun I think you may be disappointed after the initial Woo-Hoo of the throttle whack wears off. But like I said if you're just interested in going straight real fast then go for it! and post pics!

I love the b-king but it wouldn't be my only bike, I cetainly have it on the wish list though awesome machines from what I've read and I'd take one over a busa any day.

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Sit on it and if you fit, buy it.

I've got a friend with one who rides it all over the country.

He let me ride it, my legs were too long, if I fit, I'd have one.

They'll leave a 919 for dead, and I mean like the 919 was tied to a tree.

Anyone else remember the early eighties Katana, a lot of people thought it was ugly (probably still do) but it was a beauty in my eyes then and now - and it has become collectable.

I expect the same to happen with the BKing.

Don't knock them if you've never ridden one - I sure prefer it's styling over that crap coming from Europe these days.....

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Nice bikes, change the pipes and they look infinately better.

Also don't ride one naked, the G-forces could invert your penis.

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I'd have a B-King. Shortly afterward I would change the whole exhaust system for full Ti. I don't think you'd hang your head power wise in any group function you might attend. You'll never twist it full in 5th or 6th or maybe even 4th. Did I mention the power? One owes oneself silly power in their motorcycling "life cycle". I know.


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One owes oneself silly power in their motorcycling "life cycle".
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I probably wouldn't do it, but they have a "new" 2008 B-King at the dealership. If its still on the floor around November I might get pretty serious about doing it if its still there.
Lots of uncertainty there, lol. When you're ready go take a ride on one and you will know if it's for you or not.

I want a zx14......(this week)

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I want a zx14......(this week)

Dang, bro..........if I had me some scratch, I'd join you in a trip to the stealership for a dual purchase and a resounding high five!

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They have a left over 08 B-king in Dothan Powersports, it looked ugly, kinda reminded me of the Boss Hoss with the tank sticking so far out bothsides, it just was not covering an equally wide engine.

Dealer told me it is the "Naked" Busa, then I tried to look at it in a different way, but in the 30 or so minutes I was looking at it, I was thinking I was a star in "Men who stare at goats", only it never fell over, just still ugly as a goat. So I paid for my oil filter for the 919 and left...

I love the 919, and like stated, it is paid for! If I would have had the money to spend in that price range, I would have owned a Streetglide, but since I could not afford either, I bought a new 919, and boy was I missing out! I drop cash, paid in full, and love it and it will never depart my garage.............

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DAAAAAAMN! that bitch is tight like a tiger!

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B-King........like I said, ditch the exhaust for a real performance piece and don't look back. It is bad as can be. The V-Max would be, too if it wasn't pussy limited. God strike down the committee of fools who pulled that shlep-fuck on that asphalt grinder. Those folks poo pooing it need to do so. It's way over their heads. I'd love to ride one, but then no. What for? My pocket book had it's cajones removed some time ago. It only holds itinerate paychecks on their stop over to the mortgage house and utility folks.

的 said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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I'm sure the vmax's governor could be bypassed or tricked but it's the $18k pricetag you can't work around. It's too cruiser-ish anyway.

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I just thought of a good question for you, how often do you go WOT on the 9er?

And do you feel blah when you do it?

If you don't crack the 9er that often then you may wanna pass on the extra $, on the other hand if you whack it wide open every where you go and fell blah it may be time for a bigger bike.

Mine suites me fine at 100hp but 10 years ago I may have wanted more...

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I've been thinking about buying a Suzuki B-King, I currently have a 07 919 and a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser.

Absolutely nothing wrong with either one, and my wife rides the Boulevard sometimes so I would keep it.

Is it worth the headache of the trade in and the higher payment, etc. to move from the 919 to a B-King?

I probably wouldn't do it, but they have a "new" 2008 B-King at the dealership. If its still on the floor around November I might get pretty serious about doing it if its still there.
I got a chance to ride one at a Track Day. They look massive and feel massive. For the weight they are amazingly nimble. They are also rockets on wheels, but no one questions that. Personally I didn't like the super smooth towards mushy feel to it. I did a few laps and brought it back in for return. An instructor owns it and he howls on it, but then he is a pro level racer. There was also healthy looking woman in her 50s that did a beginner riding school on one, and she did fine on it. I like the lighter weight and overall smallness of the 919 as compared to the B King, to say nothing of being more comfortable with a stiffer feeling setup. But I do believe the B King is much more practical than appearances indicate.

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I'm sure the vmax's governor could be bypassed or tricked but it's the $18k pricetag you can't work around. It's too cruiser-ish anyway.
The "governor" issues have been resolved, we can thank the "American Way" for putting them there in the first place.

The VMax is a true beast, and it is less than most Harley's, making it a bargain for those able to consider something in that price range.

Speaking of Harley's, they make even the BKing look good.

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Speaking of Harley's, they make even the BKing look good.


Ohhhhh you scamp!!!!!

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I LOVE my B King, it is very nimble, very powerful and very comfortable. But like FJ1200 said you have to be the right height (not over 6') or the tank will rub your legs. I spend alot of time on the back roads and the Dragon and the King gets the job done. The only thing i don't like is all the tires i eat up LOL!!! (oh and the tickets)

I did this last week...


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What honda is that pictured above?

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What honda is that pictured above?
CB1000R (Predator) it replaced the 919 Hornet everywhere in the world apart from the USA........... pretty sure it was because you pussies could not handle it!

Actually I jest - it was because Honda did not want it covered in Chrome and the swingarm extended.

Sorry I'm still pulling ya leg - seriously it was due to the fact that adding leather handgrip tassels upset the stability and Honda were worried about legal action.

Some magazine claimed that it was due to the history of poor sales of naked bikes in the USA and they were not prepared to take the risk, but I'm sure it was actually one of the above reasons. I've also read that Honda USA have been evaluating the possibility of bringing the bike to your shores - if you like the look - e-mail Honda USA and tell them to pull finger, it is a fine machine.

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They have a left over 08 B-king in Dothan Powersports
What do ya know about Dothan, huh? haha I didn't realize that there was any 9er riders out here near me! =)

I'm stationed at Rucker. Hit me up if you ever wanna go riding.

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Honda CB1000Ra / Give Honda USA a call / this make even "King's" look like.....
Same concept as the 919, the liter Hornet is powered by a former Blade engine, in this case the 07 blade engine, with an PC V it put's down something like 120 rearwheel horses, I don't know for the rest of the world, but in europe it is limit to 228 km/h ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUcZ5...eature=related



Only thing I don't drive it by now - the pricetag here in Denmark 25.850 $ and I'am not kidding you, but don't let that part scare anyone off, prices here in Denmark don't compare to anything around the world

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I LOVE my B King, it is very nimble, very powerful and very comfortable. But like FJ1200 said you have to be the right height (not over 6') or the tank will rub your legs. I spend alot of time on the back roads and the Dragon and the King gets the job done. The only thing i don't like is all the tires i eat up LOL!!! (oh and the tickets)

I did this last week...

30,000 miles already, time sure flies!

Any reliability issues???

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What do ya know about Dothan, huh? haha I didn't realize that there was any 9er riders out here near me! =)

I'm stationed at Rucker. Hit me up if you ever wanna go riding.
I am 12 miles from Samson, AL so you are only about 40 miles apart from me.

Anytime is good for me, just let me know when you are not working....

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Honda CB1000Ra / Give Honda USA a call / this make even "King's" look like.....
Same concept as the 919, the liter Hornet is powered by a former Blade engine, in this case the 07 blade engine, with an PC V it put's down something like 120 rearwheel horses, I don't know for the rest of the world, but in europe it is limit to 228 km/h ! YouTube - Honda CB1000 Bike Test

Only thing I don't drive it by now - the pricetag here in Denmark 25.850 $ and I'am not kidding you, but don't let that part scare anyone off, prices here in Denmark don't compare to anything around the world
I hope I got the right picture........

I sure like the mirrors on that bike in the middle that actually shows it with the mirrors.

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1985 Honda ATC 70
1997 Yamaha Big Bear 350 4X4 ATV
Early 1984 Ironhead Sporty (Wife has laid claim to this bike)
1986 Sporty that I am putting a ironhead engine into
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I've also read that Honda USA have been evaluating the possibility of bringing the bike to your shores - if you like the look - e-mail Honda USA and tell them to pull finger, it is a fine machine.
Yeah, just ask their sales department to stop smoking whatever it is they are smoking and be a little more realistic with their pricing than they have been in this part of the world.

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It will be around $11k in the USA - all the stuff we pay close to 20 for is around that price over there! Grumble grumble.

Min you remember when the 919 was released in NZ in 02 it was $15k - I picked up mine new in 07 for $10!!!! I hope the same happens with the 1000r

Triumph NZ is offering the best deals on new speed or street triples here presently.

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30,000 miles already, time sure flies!

Any reliability issues???
I did have to replace the rear wheel bearings but that's it...

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I did have to replace the rear wheel bearings but that's it...
It's all that filthy torque!



I have replaced the rear on my 10R so fucking many times in 46,000 miles I'm afraid to think about it. She wants a new one RIGHT NOW but I won't have the money for many, many weeks. Great sadness lies in my chest.

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It will be around $11k in the USA - all the stuff we pay close to 20 for is around that price over there! Grumble grumble.

Min you remember when the 919 was released in NZ in 02 it was $15k - I picked up mine new in 07 for $10!!!! I hope the same happens with the 1000r
That’s around NZ$15-16K. Realistically, I would have expected this bike to have a sticker/RRP price around the NZ16-17K mark, this would have seen one in my ownership 2 years ago when I seriously wanted one. I can’t fathom why “old” technology (that already has had R&D done on it ages ago) presented in new packaging has to be so expensive. We also have no import duties and levies (only gst) on vehicles, so its should be relatively cheaper than elsewhere in the world. Honda sales and marketing team need to get real. If they priced this bike based on realism (the local market and local salaries) and not greed, they most probably would see these bikes fly of the shelf.

I have seen second hand 919’s at a dealer for NZ$10 and NZ$10.5K(what I paid new 2 years ago)! I guess this is due to the fact that there’s such an unreasonable price gap to upgrade to a CB1000R, that they have to do ridiculous deals on the trade in bike to get a sale on a CB1000R. Also the fact that there are no realistically priced naked litre class Honda’s to be found, the 919 has actually held its value particularly well.

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Triumph NZ is offering the best deals on new speed or street triples here presently.
A friend just bought a new Street Triple R for NZ15K!! (New I think NZ17-odd K) So a bike that’s made or assembled in the UK, or at least a British brand, is far cheaper (by NZ$5K) than a Japanese bike assembled in Italy (CB1000R)?!

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It's all that filthy torque!



I have replaced the rear on my 10R so fucking many times in 46,000 miles I'm afraid to think about it. She wants a new one RIGHT NOW but I won't have the money for many, many weeks. Great sadness lies in my chest.
Not to brag but i agree, it's the torque. Every chance i get i pretty much try to twist the throttle right off. Very addictive...

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The "governor" issues have been resolved, we can thank the "American Way" for putting them there in the first place.

The VMax is a true beast, and it is less than most Harley's, making it a bargain for those able to consider something in that price range.

Speaking of Harley's, they make even the BKing look good.
The BKing is a beast for sure, stock out the box it will out run any other stock
sport bike thru the quarter. We finally sold our new 08 model last week for $9000.00 out the door taxes & all. The biggest turn off customers told me was the looks of the large tank. But everyone that has ever ridden one said they really rode smoothe and handled great and torque to pull your arms off.

And yes as stated above the limiter was fixed for the VMax with a $49.00 fix as compared to the $800.00 race ecu that did the same thing.

And a cruiser it is. Yamaha stated that it considers the VMax competition (or better said the customers that they would try to get away from the competition) was the Harley V-Rod customers.
Finally some aftermarket companys are coming out with some nice exhaust for the VMax. Brock this past week announced their 4into1 exhaust. Giving it the old Kerker sound the older models had.
Except for wanting a long trip bike like the Goldwing, I wish honda would produce the Evo6. Naked sport bike with the Goldwing motor. That would be Kool.

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