Suzuki Gladius SVF650 (ABS) — 2012

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Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

Easy to handle even you are not in Milan

WHEN a team of sat around a table at the Suzuki HQ in they came up with a idea.

They needed a that wouldn’t be intimidating or at first glance yet sporty to make the rider want to more.

The problem was that team of designers were Japanese and they needed to get the mindset of the European and American

After a few visits to various and especially the busy early markets in Milan, the design knew exactly what needed to produce a bike for the daily commuter which is to handle yet with a relatively power output for open of road.

The designers knew on what they wanted and the built the Gladius did they their aim?

Without question, the Gladius is an bike to handle and an easy to ride.

My two-week test run very much the same conditions as the design team used to studying busy centre commuter routes with open stretches of where you can power the 650cc into life. Sadly, I riding the Gladius in Milan.

The handles beautifully partly due to its low height (785mm), its lightweight (205kg) and nicely devised of gravity.

What makes the even more suited to riding is the upright riding the bike forces you to adopt and the to stand at ease.

The seat and angled edges of the seat the rider to firmly flat the bike if you hate having to to reach the floor, the Gladius is a bike to consider.

The downside to the Gladius’ seating falls on the pillion passenger. quite a short seat designers wanted to keep the of the bike short) and rather foot pegs, I wouldn’t to be a passenger on the Gladius for any length of

My test bike had the standard rails removed to accommodate a pannier bracket which be a good investment to keep passenger in position if you wanted the as a frequent two-person bike.

The cluster is a nice mix of dials, and colourful LED lights. The main is the rev counter with a hefty r/min before you reach the red which sits alongside the speedo.

A small cut-out within the rev houses a useful LED gear and the speedo display also the trip computer, clock and reserve function.

A selection of warning lights sits to the of the displays and the entire console on an orange glow for night-time

Sadly lacking from the cluster is a fuel gauge so you soon have to learn to the synchronisation of the low-fuel warning and the fuel reserve trip

Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

The official name for the Gladius is the prompting many to assume the Gladius is simply the predecessor to the The designers will argue this assumption is partly because the Gladius is based on the unit of the SV650 while add that the SFV acronyms in this refer to ‘stylish’, ‘friendly’ and

I have to agree with the on this one. The bike is eye-catching and stylish yet not as sporty as the It is certainly friendly and easy to and there’s no question that it a V-twin engine.

The Gladius is many would describe as a step-up for a new rider. The 650 engine is many will be used to their training and the bike is to handle.

From my experience, the is far easier to ride and manoeuvre the BMW GS650 I used during my The Gladius is easier to ride at speeds and I can only assume the rev count makes the Suzuki impossible to stall.

Off the bike is probably where the gets slightly more The suspension is adjustable with front pre-load settings and to the rear. Neither adjuster is easy to access thanks to the of the front brake fluid and the workings for the ABS system making the a stretch.

The rear brake level is also difficult to as the sight glass is positioned the fairing of the bike.

A useful on the Gladius is the removable seat Admittedly, space is extremely with perhaps just room for the handbook, tools and some small personal This key-lockable cover reveals helmet holding on both sides and luggage to fasten a load to the passenger

There’s no doubt that the and design which went the Gladius has paid off. The is pleasing to the eye and even better to

Suzuki Gladius SFV650

650cc, V-Twin, £6,230

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


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