February 27 2008.

With its 1300cc engine, 3.6 gallon tank and 200-section rear tyre the Suzuki B-KING has touring potential as well as being 'the ultimate street bike', so Ventura have developed a bike-pack system specifically for it.

Ventura luggage systems are well suited to naked motorcycles like the B-KING because the bike-pack is carried above the pillion seat, out of the way of the twin under seat silencers. They provide masses of extra carrying capacity (up to 102 litres) and their central position won't upset the balance of the machine. Since the pack is supported by a metal frame they are rock steady at speed too (independently tested at over 180mph) and both pack and rack can be stripped off in seconds, leaving the bike naked as sin.

The Ventura system is based around two discreet L-brackets that are custom-made for each model of motorcycle to ensure a hassle free and perfect fit. A Pack Rack slots into the L-brackets and a selection of specially designed bike packs are produced to slide onto the rack. When riding solo, the pack sits over the pillion seat so that it does not affect the handling or stability of the bike. When riding two-up it is turned around, over the rack, leaving the pillion with plenty of space. Ventura packs are produced in 35 to 56 litre sizes, which is comparable to most soft panniers and hard cases and it is possible to zip together two Spada packs to give a massive 102-litre carrying capacity. If no luggage is required, the Pack and Rack can be removed in seconds and replaced with a Grab Handle (£19.99) or Sport Rack (£38.99).

The B-KING system pictured features L-brackets (£89.99), Pack-Rack (£43.98) and 45-litre capacity Spada Pack, (black, red or blue at £99.99). Total cost = £233.96. For those with smaller appetites Ventura offers a new kit for the Honda CBR125R.

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