2009 Suzuki Gladius — First Look

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Bargain Bikes: 2009 Gladius – First Look a decade of superlatives, Suzuki the SV650.

Dangerous territory remaking one of thegreat motorcycles of history. Introduced in 1999, the won instant acclaim, somehow to be all things to all riders. Beginners drawn to its light weight and experts loved its flickable and rev-happy motor—more than a few SVs up going club roadracing.After an in 2003, now comes a major Have to say, we were First, there’s the model

Gone is the studly alphanumeric replaced by … Gladius? We’re that’s a type of Roman particularly good in cut-and-thrust Okay, but around here it morphed into Gladys, or “So, how’s that Buns 650 treatin’ ya?”

Gone, too, is the old bike’s frame; instead there’s a trellis, which helps why the Gladius gained 14 pounds the … ’08-model SV. And those lower frame pieces? just plastic cladding.

there’s the website. Log on to gladiusstyle.com, a destination where Gladius can, no kidding, download tailored to the color of their (“What goes with Triton Blue/Glass Splash or even get fashion advice in gear. Female riders…well, we are told that a leather is a wise choice, but “…to giving such a hard the jacket is teamed with a silk blouse for innerwear and for bottoms to produce a light and look.”


What’s going on here? Is the merely a beginner’s bike—or, we say it, a chick’s bike?

Yes. And no.

to the frame, yes, it’s but it’s also cheaper to Gladius rings-in $500 than the remaining SV650SF and 650. Perhaps more to newbies and shorter riders, the frame drops seat by 1.7 inches. Being able to at stops is a major confidence As re-tailored, the Gladius’ riding is perfect for sub-6-footers—nice, comfortable bend, natural reach to the tubular handlebar.

Taller riders looking for legroom can order an optional saddle.

In case you’re the new chassis still knows its way corners, and the suspension—preload-adjustable front and well-sprung and well-damped. Front are simple two-piston jobs but excellent feel and are up to the task.

talk styling. It’s the says the development team, of a stay in Europe,” which has to all heck out of toiling away in a cubicle. While there are excesses (that ray-gun for one), the overall look is organic, inviting, memorable. items?

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The plastic sidepanels sweep forward to cover the tank’s sides, leaving a stripe of metal exposed for a two-tone look. And, proof that Suzuki has other than dark and slate gray in the paint

Paradoxically, the styling licks upon the exhaust system led a motor. To get the look the stylists after, the RD team resorted to headers, usually undesirable, but it resulted in increased torque from the liquid-cooled, eight-valve, V-Twin. Hmmm. Staggered-length funnels also boosted In fact, the Gladius makes an 6 more foot-pounds of torque the last SV650 we tested.

added oomph, a heavier and a redesigned clutch-release mechanism a cam-type instead of ball-screw) light pull and broad means the Gladius is practically

With that taken of, the engineers won back some with single valve in place of double, nested (less inertia, reduced loss) and with higher-lift Result? Even with its weight, the bike is quicker at the than every SV we’ve sampled, save for last 11.99-second rocketship—and then it out by less than a tenth.

as it is down low, the redone still lives to zing 7500 rpm to its 10,500-rpm redline.

In the new and fashionable Gladius retains the good DNA and desirable traits. choice for beginners, excellent for women, and we like it, too. We the line, however, at soft blouses and culottes…

Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

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