Ducati Monster 696 vs. Suzuki Gladius: Same But Different — Test Drives…

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Ducati Monster 696 vs. Suzuki Same But Different

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Ducati’s Monster has a success for over 15 years, and sat up and took notice. But is its Gladius a design or proof of a lack of

“How can they do that?” the man in the parking lot at the coffee shop. Do “Make the Ducati look so like the Suzuki.” We asked if he was a He said no, not really. We suspected as

But it raised an interesting question. interesting in the context of a motorcycle perhaps.) If you don’t know bike came first, it even matter if someone is someone else’s bike?

pictures of Suzuki’s Gladius surfaced, we had an awkward moment a Suzuki dealer that we to be talking with. “What do you of the new bike?” he asked. We tried to our tongues but we couldn’t. “You the one that looks like the Monster?” Now here is where loyalty blinds one to reality. looks nothing like a the dealer said. We smiled. He smile.

He called us snobs. We smiling. Our conversation was over.

it was introduced 250 years ago, the has been Ducati’s bread-and-butter the one bike that Ducati been able to screw up. may have flirted with with the unloved 999 superbike and the Multistrada, but the Monster has soldered on. though the 696 is a completely new Monster, it inspiration directly from its Italians know that must be made for bills to be

The Gladius derives from long-running SV650, a stellar machine good for most from club racing to The Gladius is Suzuki’s attempt to a stylish bike that you buy on looks alone, something could never be said for the SV. But something odd happens when Japanese manufacturers suddenly to become stylishand this is true with Suzuki.

Suzuki concentrates on the “go,” build furiously fast GSX-R range practically the modern superbike. But when becomes concerned with of style they take off in directions. Witness the B-King, and the M90 tested in this issue.

we appreciate fresh design, not sure exactly what to of some of its styling sensibilities. The mostly avoids the excesses of the models, but once we got our tester to the office and started poking it we came across a faux pas too to overlook. That lovely frame section just the engine that fuses the steel trellis frame runs to the headstock is not what it appears to be.

It’s plastic. They a plastic frame cover.

You may us of over-reacting, but Japanese manufacturers pull together and form an board to stop each from using unnecessary covers. It is one thing to discreetly a battery, but something else to cover a frame. The forward of the frame is stylish and painted blue, and they have to be ashamed ofso shame on

What makes it especially is that the Monster actually has a that combines a central section to a forward reaching trellis component. So while the pretends the Ducati delivers. How

One would assume that the similarities between the two machines result in similar motorcycles. But the and Monster are dramatically different. The perhaps unsurprisingly, is the more motorcycle.

Its air-cooled engine more than the Suzuki’s mill, even though at road speeds in the identical the absurdly tall-geared Ducati is 1,000 rpm less. (We’re of words spoken by a Ducati “We gear for maximum top he said, when asked why a Monster was similarly geared; information indeed. The truth is to meet noise requirementsthat are while the machine is at speedit is to quiet the noisy engine by revs.)

Predictably, the riding also differ. The Ducati has a handlebar that requires of a cant forward, making it the machine on the highway, as the Suzuki’s tubular handlebar puts the a little too upright. Ideally, machines would have a midway between the two positions.

Perhaps as a concession to allow riders an easier reach to the the Suzuki’s seat is heavily near the tank, making it less comfortable than the broadyet equally hardperch.

At the launch last spring in Ducati admitted that entry-level models in its range had hobbled by inexpensive braking and components. The 696, they made amends for this And comparing the details of the Gladius to the 696 it is Ducati.

Where the Ducati’s and triple clamp look as they could have from an up-range model, the has a top triple clamp that like it came from a GSretro, in other words, but not in a way. Suspension components on the are extremely softly sprung, and at a moderately sporting pace it excessively, while the Ducati, as often are, has very suspension settings. Just as in the of handlebar height, the best for general street use would be between the two machines.

Even the harder-edged engine of the Ducati the impression of having more performance, only a fool underestimate a Suzuki’s zip. The 645 cc in the Gladius is the model of Asian Smooth and quiet, it runs to redline.

For comparisons, we like to test by rolling on the throttle with machines travelling at the same in the same gear, but the Ducati’s gearing meant that it was left for …. Dropping a on the Ducati matched the revs the two bikes and resulted in identical

Ducati Monster 696

Even though it has a slight advantage, the two-valve, air-cooled could run with the Suzuki. especially considering that we picked up the 696 we had trouble even it. Every morning we’d with the fast idle and crank it for ten minutes before we make it go. Returning the bike to Hewitt at Ducati Toronto, he had spanner-spinner Chris McDermott our woes.

It turns out that injection is pre-set at the factory not to work?” quipped a staffer) but fettling the low speed mixture the was solved. The Suzuki, of course, be beaten with a hammer and not any ill-effects. Oh, when will the learn to infuse its motorcycles more character?

If only the hiccupped, or farted, or leaked or didn’t start we’d be over it. It just isn’t

What is truly astonishing astonishing in the context of a motorcycle is that the differences in these makes you ride them in different ways. While we the Ducati mercilessly, we rode the like we actually wanted to the privilege of riding on public

Choosing between the two, if things were rationally would mean that all buy the Suzuki, as it suits the riding most of us actually do. (This is the where tests normally say if you want to blitz back buy the Ducati, but will anyone do on this bike? It’s Decisions about motorcycles are rational. That the Ducati the riding that we would be doing makes it appeal to the in all of useven if, just like else, we’re stuck along in traffic.


A premise for a comparison test is a winner be crowned. Yet even motorcycles are built to satisfy the of very different users. And both of these motorcycles the other within its area of judging criteria slides the slippery slope to personal The sensible rider in me needs the it performed flawlessly, was stupidly to ride and accelerated as fast as the

As a daily ride it could do no and with suspension fettling and tires I’d even it to the track. Yet there was something in its bright blue frame and exhaust note. If only Graham holds them in regard, I wanted to dislike the and there was cause to pan it: It wouldn’t and it made a horrendous commuter.

Resembling the Latin temperament, the thought it could only be when screaming at the top of its lungs. of course is when it worked I might need the Suzuki, but I the Ducati.

—Uwe Wachtendorf

As a skilled expert in everything and all I found the Suzuki lacking. It do any of the things that allowed me to my expertise. It started, it was smooth, it was and it was easy to ride. Boring.

The on the other hand, needed me to with it for ten minutes to start it. Not could do that. Only I do that. Once it was fixed I like it as much. Anyone ride it then.

My advantage was We all know that the Suzuki is the choiceyou didn’t need to the review to know thatbut as a it left me a little cold. it’s more practical, but when have I been I’ll take the Ducati.

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