Is Suzuki going to produce the B King? Originally making the show rounds back in 2001 and getting on all of the magazine covers, the Boost King was a 250hp turbocharged concept that looked liked it could kick some serious butt. Now, according to Australian Motorcycle News, it will be coming out late this year after being introduced at the Paris Motorcycle Show.
Of course, what you saw is not what you’ll get. They did away with the turbo and some of the advanced electronics to keep the price down but the non-turbo version is still supposed to be around 175hp so we haven’t lost much. (What will they call it? Can’t be the Boost King without boost.) Will this be shipped to the U.S.? Who knows. Will this really be coming out? Not sure of that either. These pre release news items sometimes get a bit sketchy, but if it is produced, Suzuki has one nice bike here. The engine is, I believe, the Hayabusa engine in some not yet disclosed displacement and state of tune. (The Hayabusa engine is becoming awfully popular for all sorts of bikes and everything else, Suzuki should sell those as crate engines for sport bike builders.)
If this bike is produced, expect to see a huge aftermarket of turbos and other parts. I like this type of bike. It’s kind of a modern V-Max. It would have huge performance, most likely great handling, nice looks, good ergonomics, it’s the kind of bike that could go on for a long time and would find other manufacturers scrambling to come out with their own version.