2009 Suzuki Gladius Road Test Rider Magazine

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Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS
Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 Test

Bill Stermer

28, 2009

[This 2009 Gladius Road Test appeared in the June 2009 of Rider magazine]

If you’ve around motorcycling for a few years, you no recall the heyday of the Suzuki Introduced in the early ’80s bikes (in various displacement were named for a type of Samurai sword and were all-rounders with a sporty and full bodywork. They powered by detuned versions of sportbike motors, and were as sport tourers…with the accent on

They last appeared for the model year.

Suzuki has a new sword, the 2009 Suzuki 650 . and it’s a worthy successor to the though somewhat differently In historic terms, a gladius was a said to have been by the gladiators of ancient Rome, and lighter than those by soldiers in battle. In motorcycle the Gladius will soon to be known as a simpler, lighter Suzuki with one heck of a fun

In researching the market, Suzuki that with the influx of people the average age of motorcycle was no longer increasing. They determined that the younger entering the market desired and economical transportation, and thus the was born. The intent was for it to be more than the Katanas by making it a bike with an upright position.

It was originally targeted for the European so they wanted something was hip, urban and modern. even sent Japanese to Europe for several months to its fashion, architecture and motorcycle The result is the flowing shapes and thrust, what Suzuki “style meets technology.”

The has flowing lines and good clearance.

The Gladius is based the very successful Suzuki . which was introduced for 1999 and has available in two models. Last Suzuki offered it as the SV650SF

The injectors utilize dual valves for a smoother response, and the funnels are of staggered length for midrange torque. The injectors now 10 holes for more complete in the interest of easier starting and a stable idle; two iridium-tipped plugs per cylinder guarantee complete burning. Transmission is the same as with the SV650, but a slight difference in final ratios.

Anti-lock brakes, will not be available on the 2009

We rode our Gladius over to Tuning ‘s dynamometer in Camarillo, where this little was induced to crank out 69 horsepower at rpm, and 45 lb-ft of torque at which certainly helps it get the road. The original SV650 we in 1999 generated 68.1 and 44.2 lb-ft of torque, but the we tested two years later was a bunch, offering just horses and 42.4 lb-ft of Most telling, the Gladius very impressive torque that start in the high 30s at rpm, and stay above 40 from 5,900 to 8,900

The steel trellis frame is and carries a single link-type absorber.

The ultimate test of is the seat-of-the-pants dyno, so we took our on the road. Seat height is inches, so the bike is on the tall The key is very conveniently placed up there by the gauges. Because the is fuel injected, no choke or fiddling is required. Once idling along happily, it in gear to find a moderate from the cable-actuated clutch, and an friction zone.

You can ride it and the cold engine presents no or cold-running problems.

Out on the road the transmission shifts with ease and precision-it’s darn-near the 90-degree V-twin engine is smooth and quiet. Though it to a 10,500-rpm redline very vibration is even noticed, let intrusive, anywhere on the bike. is more than adequate, a steady pull from rpm to redline.

Big tach, digital gear indicator and warning just the basics.

After a few aboard the Gladius I became that the flat seat is narrow at the front, with little padding, and has a definite The seat is also tipped forward, giving the rider the that he or she is sliding into the this soon becomes and tiresome. Suzuki offers an high seat that is 2 taller, but it is also firmly and has that same bothersome you can feel with your

Suzuki is proud of its new instrumentation, and so. It consists of a pod with a large tachometer in the center, digital to the right and gear indicator Other niceties include the warning lights, and a low-fuel light that blinks, glows steadily as supply a reserve tripmeter counts the mileage.

Our wish for the Gladius: A seat and improved suspension.

rake/trail figures of 25 degrees/4.17 and a wheelbase of 56.9 inches, little sword cuts a and agile swath. Take the along a tight, twisty and words come to mind as “eager,” “sprightly” and “agile.” is easy, quick, yet stable. the rider sitting relatively behind that wide there’s plenty of leverage to get the Gladius carving quickly and on tight, technical roads.

important performance factor is and the Gladius offers paired rotors squeezed by two-piston up front, and a single-piston caliper with a rear 240mm Braking is strong, especially on the limited only by the fork’s springing and damping. We dialed in spring preload to lessen dive.

For tires, Suzuki the Gladius with a pair of Dunlop Qualifiers, a 120/70-ZR17 and a 160/60-ZR17 rear, both than what’s on the SV650SF. add to the bike’s stable feel, and the way it rolls into turns.

Willing 650 V-twin revs to rpm and makes 69 horsepower.

Both the and the link-type shock are by Showa, and could use a little help. It is that golf is a fine spoiled by a little white and my observation is that the Gladius is a motorcycle somewhat compromised by a suspension. Any type of harsh pavement edge or pothole the rider hard and sends the (especially the rear) oscillating.

our photo shoot I had to repeatedly through a right-hander at about 50 mph in gear, leaned over, haul it down immediately short of a narrow, blind The pavement through this was composed of a series of dips, and I recall coming into time after time, on the brakes, the suspension heaving and back at both ends.

the shock and fork offer spring preload adjustments, and you to wonder why Suzuki would go to all the of offering such a sweet package but then fail to it that final step by a better suspension. After with the SV650SF selling for and the ABS version at $7,999, there’s wiggle room in terms of to improve the $6,899 Gladius.

front disc brakes strong stopping power.

the tank itself is steel, the side panels are plastic and limit the usefulness of a magnetic However, the trellis frame plenty of anchor points for a bag. Under the seat is a of helmet holders, and a unique on the bottom of the seat itself is a of textile loops, each 3.5 long, that can be flipped out to the and used for attaching luggage.

The seatbag we were using, had a loop that attached the seat, and its shock cords long enough that we able to attach them the passenger pegs. Finally, a 12.5-inch-long metal rod with a in one end stored under the seat is designed for use as a prop to support the tank when it’s upward during servicing. The has only a sidestand, and no centerstand.

a day of whacking the Gladius through one of our shoots (which consists of passes in front of the camera, braking, turning around and through the gears and doing it all I was concerned whether the 3.8-gallon held enough fuel to get me However, when I pulled a station with the low-fuel winking, it took just 2.9 after 145 miles…that’s 50 mpg, is unheard-of mileage for photo

Seating position is slightly forward, and there’s room for

During a more conventional ride combined with an sprint through some Southern California canyons, the turned a remarkable 54.8 an impressive figure any way you slice it. In commuting use, 60 mpg or more be possible.

Colors for the U.S. market include the blue/white model or all black, your choice for $6,899. A limited number of will include a flyscreen, tank cover, a slip-on by Yoshimura, various carbon bits and the aforementioned higher

Other than the overly seat (“Gladius nixes my only complaint with the is that its suspension is not up to the quality of the and the chassis’ capabilities. Overall a very easy bike to to shift, easy on gas and not buzzy the high revs it turns. In it should be very attractive to its youth market, though old guy really enjoyed it, too.

I the original SV650s to a number of and am happy to do the same for the Gladius. I say that, despite its few shortcomings, the kicks gluteus!

The 2009 Gladius.

2009 Suzuki Motorcycle Review Spec

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

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