Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Review Motorbikes

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Trevor Hedge

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Suzuki chose that for its more modern and somewhat take on their long and hugely successful SV650

Dynamically, the Gladius is not quite enough to deserve being to as a sword, but it is a sweet ride.

long running 645cc 90- has proved successful beyond their most optimistic wildest dreams. In production now for over a decade it has already a place in modern motorcycling

Big enough to offer a reasonable of grunt yet small enough to not from the poor manners a larger capacity would it has proven a winning recipe.

The version in the SFV650 Gladius is by far the yet. I am no stranger to this little mill in all its previous but happily admit to being surprised at the pull of this example.

Only after feeling difference for myself did I seek the documentation from Suzuki on the as I was eager to find out what had changed to give the Gladius the significant shot in the arm I had clearly from the saddle.

Suzuki’s include a heavier crank to low speed running and accentuate the v-twin character.

A switch to valve springs, higher cams, dual-butterfly throttle different length intakes and for each cylinder, along a new Idle Speed Control that Suzuki is using for the time, all add up to a significantly improved

And I say significantly improved not from the kit, but from my time in the Suzuki have made a step forward with latest engine and the quicker it down to the rest of the 650 range the

Shifting cogs on the Gladius is a experience. A smooth clutch, shift throw and engagement shuffling up and down the box an absolute

The exhaust system may follow the lines as Suzuki’s other muffler styling disasters but it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in

While being quiet to slip past the ADR noise it still manages to provide aural pleasure, particularly on

Clearly evident from my stint on the Gladius was that it different brakes from its SV The front requires more at the lever than the SV bikes the rear is much stronger.

A master cylinder and caliper on the front in comparison to the SV are a somewhat change.

Likewise the 20mm larger brake easily overwhelms the grip and my first major when a road worker with a stop sign behind a car saw the back end slithering and from side to side. Australia does not receive an ABS Gladius.

The chassis includes a frame suspended by preload 41mm forks and shock With three steps of the seven levels of available on the rear shock the rear struggled to handle mid corner while in the mountains.

Adding preload largely cured it but if a Gladius home for good I also experiment with the forks through the triple to give a sharper feel.

The are clear and concise with a conventional tachometer flanked by a of … lights on one side and LCD on the other. A gear position is also present.

In this day and age of Stalinist speed it would be nice if the speedometer was a larger and more centrally to the field of vision.

Ergonomically the proves quite amenable. I the saddle reasonable enough for a painless 400km afternoon.

The instrument binnacle seems to deflect some of the windblast and my ensconced bonce suffered no

A 785mm seat height no problems for those of average but shorties might prefer a little lower.

The narrow will help the vertically however. The mirrors work and are largely devoid of vibration blurring.

Suzuki Gladius 400 ABS

Good grab are provided for the pillion and also as secure anchor points for An optional top case mount to the luggage capabilities.

On a mixed highway and mountain run the returned 5.8 litres per 100km. an admirable result as the engine and copped quite a workout on the cut and thrust that epitomises the run from Mansfield to Whitfield and again.

The fuel light after 190km and I squeezed 11 into the tank at Mansfield. 3.5 litres still in reserve it have made for 250km to

On the highway or in the city I am sure would fare much extending the range further.

The comes in two versions. A full unit, as tested, and a model for learner riders through the scheme applicable in some

The LAMS version has top end power by the ECU in order to meet the learner power-to-weight ratio, but still the ripper bottom end torque of the power engine.

Both models are priced at plus on road costs.

— Suzuki SFV650

Engine — 645cc, 4-… 90- V-Twin

Bore x — 81×62.6mm

Transmission Six speed, chain drive

Height — 785mm

Wet — 202kg

Fuel — 14.5 Litres


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