2009 Suzuki Gladius Review —

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Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

Suzuki unsheathes the Gladius

never forget sitting on the bench seats in Turn 3 at the Road in the West” (Willow years ago one Sunday afternoon to in some high-desert sun and good club racing. An unfamiliar and sounding bike was piloted adroitness through what’s the Omega.

Leaning against the fence to get as close a look as on the next go ‘round, I sheepishly a fellow race-watcher what was making that distinctly-Twin note. “That’s the new V-Twin Suzuki,” said the motorcycle fan. My jaw fell open in astonishment. I’d only recently of the new bike, and was quite certain I seen any in dealers yet, and some …-hard enthusiast was racing the thing.

And so began American riders’ affair with the Suzuki

The 645cc liquid-cooled, carbureted V-Twin devoid of bodywork almost no time to reach status with its sporty and user-friendly low-end and mid-range Its un-faired design caused the eye to focus on the unique mill from the aluminum, oval-tube frame. Not many bike in those days embraced the streetfighter style for the American

Nevertheless, the SV’s ease-of-use it a hit with Average Joe Rider for and weekend play, while its performance caused a groundswell in racing across the country, all for the MSRP of $5,699. The bike was all that and a bag of chips.

The first update to the SV – and the partially-faired SV650S introduced in 2000 – arrived in ’03 and fuel-injection, a new beefy square-tube frame and marginal increases in and torque. In 2007 ABS became on on either model, and in 2008 the S went full-fairing as the SV650SF. For Suzuki perceived performance between the SV and SF models to be too close, so an model emerged to adapt to market demands.

We know everyone loved the ol’ SV, but Suzuki has come up with a to fill the gap left by the standard departure: the 2009 Gladius.

The new and its name draw inspiration the Latin word for sword, in a relatively short, more version of longer swords. The allusion is that Suzuki’s is a new and improved, sleeker, friendlier of the SV. Equally obvious is the strong element, one that went unchanged from concept to

Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

With its rounded edges, lines and friendly ergos, the is also an attempt by Suzuki to on the growing U.S. female segment.

To dispel any idea the is “a girl’s bike,” Suzuki’s Hansen points out that a host of updates the new SV-derived made gains in torque and over the old SV. A safe guess is the increased torque at least 10% the claimed 47-ish ft-lbs the SV. Judging by a Suzuki-provided dyno superimposed over a graph the previous SV, the gain appears most of the rev range.

Horsepower gains looked less, though some was evident. It’s worth that none of the changes in the mill are found in the current

In a 2006 Motorcycle.com comparison an churned out 71.1 hp and 45.2 These are already respectable so any gain in the Gladius is great!

The SV reborn

Here’s some of the that improve overall performance and allow the Gladius’ to make more claimed across most of the rev range with a small but notable in horsepower.

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
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

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