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post #1 of 15 Old 06-09-2008, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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B King test ride ...

I had the opportunity to take a B-King out for a test ride when the Suzuki reps came to our shop the other day. Interesting machine. It is big for a naked bike and I found the tank to be too wide at he front for my liking. It's got that love it or hate it styling.

It has great brakes and the overall handling of the bike is good for it's size. But it is a big bike. I think I already said that. But torque! W-a-h-o-o! Crack that throttle at 30 and you are a 60 before you can let off. Hold the throttle open past 60 and it just keeps going at what seems to be the same acceleration rate. I backed off at triple digits but there is a whole lot more left. I'll be keeping my 919 as I prefer the lighter smaller bike and the appearance but if you are into riding straight lines and interstates the B King can eat up allot of road in a short time.

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-09-2008, 04:25 AM
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Its performance is breathtaking. It's one of those bikes you either love or hate, like the Honda Rune and the Victory Vision. I don't care for it. It looks like the Black Power Ranger's motorcycle.

I sat on one last month. The tank is so big and wide that I looked to be in the receiving end of the missionary position when I was on it.

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I don't care if the B-king could do 8 second quarter mile times. The bike is a whale and just plain fugly!

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i haven't ridden one but i'm tempted

folks around 250lbs might have an easier time hucking it around

the only thing that bugs me about the styling is those cans...easily remedied



oh yeah, and the price

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oh yeah, and the price[/QUOTE]

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post #6 of 15 Old 06-09-2008, 07:49 AM
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Compared to the Victory Vision the Bking is the most beautiful bike available today. I still can't believe Victory is actually selling those atrocities.
If there was ever proof that there is a buyer for every product, the Vision is it.

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I'm not a big fan of the Victory's looks. But after riding one at Bike Week last year, I have to say it's an amazing piece of engineering. Its form is questionable. But the functional side of that bike is very well done and no doubt the big reason it has done well for Victory. That and it belongs in a pretty small segment - luxury tourers - with the Goldwing and the BMW LT.

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i haven't ridden one but i'm tempted

folks around 250lbs might have an easier time hucking it around

the only thing that bugs me about the styling is those cans...easily remedied
It actually looks pretty awesome with aftermarket cans. Cleans up the lines very well. Most of the ones I've seen on the sales floor already have the cans replaced. duh.

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I thought I liked the look but when I saw the Bking in person and found out its got downgraded parts, I figured too heavy too big too much !

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I knew I had seen a B-King before now that it has been mentioned, The Black Power Ranger's scoot! HAHAHA
And as far as the Victory Vision, someone wrote in that it reminded him of Bozo the clown in a head on shot. I agree with his "vision" too.
Anyone read the July Motorcyclist's First Ride article on the CB1000R?, The writer had good things to say about it and sorta badmouthed our beloved
919. To bad this newb isn't available here, a CBR1000RR motor in a Hornet 600 chassis, what in hell is Honda thinking? Dropping one HiPo standard and not replacing it with an upgraded model? Might be the weak dollar is what has been hinted at to me.

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Id have one, but , then again, I like the weird looking naked bikes, as aparaent by my Itailan version -

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Cool

looks like a transformer,i sat on one it was too big for me,but im 155lbs and 5'6 .one very ugly/unusual looking bike,lots o horsies though.

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post #13 of 15 Old 06-10-2008, 08:19 AM
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The tank is so big and wide that I looked to be in the receiving end of the missionary position when I was on it.

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I've read several one page articles on the 1000R press release in Milan Italy. At least I think it was the same press release, all 3 mentioned riding in rain.

Torque monster, narrow seat, cool guages, 1000RR forks and brakes. But I've yet to see what it really weighes, or a dyno graph.

Europe tends to get naked bikes a year before the US, so there is hope.

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I sat on a BURGERKING at the dealership. You can serve thanksgiving dinner on that tank.

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