Bike Review — Suzuki 650 Gladius

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Suzuki AN 650

Suzuki Gladius SFV 650

All Rights © 2010 Thomas W. Day

For the record, a is a short, thrusting [Roman] designed both for thrusting and for in close-in combat. 1 The Suzuki is a short ( 56.9 wheelbase, seat height) Japanese designed for thrusting and cutting urb an traffic combat. A goofy doesn’t define a bike; the bike is a Drifter, Rebel, or Valkyrie.

The Gladius is not a goofy

At the peak of the big-assed cruiser In 1999, Suzuki broke with the me-too crowd and a radical (for the US) new aluminum-framed standard; the SV650. The SV was a huge and a raft of competitors from to Ducati hustled to create to compete in the larger-than-anyone-expected mid-sized business.

Over the years, the SV a partial fairing, traded pretty oval-tube trellis for a new square tube truss added fuel injection, put on a fairing, added ABS brakes, and great motor got better year. For the current evolution, of the new upgrades to the 650 twin power are only available on the Gladius, may be saying something about the of the model.

I have a 29 inseam and I have any trouble swinging a leg the Gladius’ 30.9 seat even after a day of riding or a day of yard work. Once on the I’m on the balls of my feet both feet on the ground. worked hard to make the profile as narrow as possible.

That makes for a bike could be right for a variety of The peg position is almost straight from the rider’s … since the pegs are about 17 the seat, that means knees are bent into a angle. The riding position is to the Kawasaki ER-6n or the Ducati 696 and the styling is similar, too.

The Gladius is only 8 pounds than the aluminum SVS, is a pretty impressive feat. light weight shows on the road. Steering is tight and

The bike is a point-and-shoot device. where you want to go and it will you there. At speed, the Gladius quickly and easily.

The low speed radius is a little on the wide but getting stability out of a short requires a sacrifice or two. The is stiff, but it limbered up after a 100 or so. Over some pretty Minnesota 2-lanes, a little leg from the seat was all it took to out those messed up roads. The 17 Qualifier tires were a surprise.

Like most the SFV handles so well it makes you to be a better rider to deserve the you’re riding. I am incapable of this motorcycle hard to take it to the edges of its capabilities.

The compact Gladius console has two 6 … lights, three displays, a tachometer, and right-left signal blinkers. The four lights on the left side of the are for fuel injection status, the two-way low fuel warning and the bright headlights indicator.

There are two … lights in the housing: the oil pressure sensor and temperature warning which with oil pressure/water temperature LCD for more useful information. is a gear position display in the housing. The digital speedometer can be set for or kilometers. The odometer display as a fault display for start-up and the injection.

That same can be set to display a clock, the two trip and a reserve fuel odometer, starts recording distance the low fuel warning trips.

might be the first Japanese ever made with a seat. The seat platform is light and the padding is thin and but it was reasonably comfortable for a long excursion. I probably wouldn’t the country on a Gladius, but a day’s to Duluth and back was enjoyable. On the hand, the passenger seat to be an afterthought, as it is on most sportbikes.

is a little bit of room between the and fender compartment for gloves, or more tools. The base of the hides a pair of straps for cargo loops, a nice for a commuter.

The 6-speed transmission is so that it practically shifts The cam-operated clutch is light and at least as good as the best ever experienced. That engineering is something of a waste the DOHC 90-degree V-twin is so strong that three would probably have the job for most riders.

You can enter corners in just any gear you choose and still get out plenty of power. Suzuki has put a lot of into the 39mm injection to provide reliable cold stable idle operation, low and smooth power delivery. race-tested SCEM cylinder should extend the motor’s dramatically. In 6th, at 5,500 the Gladius is running at an indicated redline is at 10,500 rpm.

The is smooth right from and was strong from 3500 rpm up. A commuter concern is efficiency. I that Molly and I got about for the test ride, assuming the was full when Bruce it up. My last fill-up burned at an 68mpg and I didn’t make any to be conservative once I passed the 500 mark on the odometer. The 3.8 gallon tank ought to give the close to a 200 mile range.

seems to have figured out how and Ducati get away with exhaust systems and still under noise restrictions. The note is mostly bass-frequencies, the EPA’s A-weighting spec and the bike sound larger a 650. The under-engine catalyst and dual-plug design puts the into the EURO 5 emissions without a fresh air injection

At highway speeds, the mirrors are vibration-free and they are positioned so they actually show you a view. The raptor-looking headlight is good. The 55W low beam is wide, and bright; illuminating the road and to 180 o of the path of travel. The 60W high retains the near-field qualities, but the illumination distance three-to-four with the extended light in the middle of the highway.

This of good lighting and an unobstructed of traffic in front and behind the makes for an exceptional commuter

Parked next to my V-Strom, the looks tiny. Some don’t photograph well. everything from KTM falls that category. Most look clunky in two dimensions.

The may be one of those bikes. I’m not a fan of the and white color combination, but the pictures of the red and black version do much for me. In the flesh, the Gladius is a cool looking bike.

It got but compliments from everyone who about it. The Gladius comes in color combinations and is designed to be customized, by the use of plastic bits current and future versions of the The frame covers are about for a pair, the tank side are about $220 a pair, and the fender is $120.

Our metalflake-black bike took a lot of compliments everyone who checked it out.

For basic maintenance tasks, the SFV is user friendly. One 4mm Allen allows you to remove 4 side-panel two plastic fasteners, and two tank and ( thanks the tank prop) you clear access to the radiator tank, the air filter, fuel and throttle adjustments, rear spark plugs and valve the tank’s plastic panel rear brake master fuel pump, rear adjustments.

The only complicated access on the motor is the front center plug, which removing the plastic panels the radiator and lowering the radiator. The oil is easily accessible as is the drain and filler.

At $6,899 the Gladius is in the price territory with the ER-6n ($6,399 MSRP) and FZ6R ($6,989 MSRP). The end of this genre is the Ducati 696 ($8995 MSRP) and the Aprilia 750 ($9995 MSRP). I think hit the market in an unclaimed spot the SFV and a lot of riders will appreciate effort. After a day or exploring letter roads. I wound my way up to and ended up parked in front of building.

Andy Goldfine out to inspect the Gladius and was generally He’d put the SFV on his short list of he’d consider as replacements for his R80GS. Andy described the as the kind of bike Japan for the home market: refined, stylish, and extremely functional.

That sounds like a summary of this motorcycle’s

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Engine: 645 cc, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90 Bore Stroke: 81.0 mm x mm Compression Ratio: 11.5. 1 System: Fuel Injection Wet sump Ignition: Electronic (Transistorized) Starter: Electric 6-speed, constant mesh Drive Ratio: 2.088 Final Drive Ratio: (46/15) Front Suspension: coil spring, oil damped Suspension: Lynk type, spring, oil damped, spring 7-step adjustable Front ABS assisted, 2-piston calipers, 290 mm twin Rear Brake: ABS 1-piston caliper, 240mm Front Tire 120/70ZR17M/C tubeless Rear Tire: (69W), tubeless Overall 2130 mm (83.9 in.) Width: 760 mm (29.9 in.) Height: 1090 mm (42.9 Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 Ground Clearance: N/A Wheel 1445mm (56.9 in.) Weight: 202kg (446lbs) Tank Capacity: 14.5 L US gal) Frame Type:

Suzuki AN 650
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