Suzuki have a new middleweight naked for 2009 – the Gladius Maximus. Er... no, it's actually the Suzuki Gladius 650. Powered by the SV650’s v-twin, the Gladius looks fresh and funky. The spec looks fairly basic – steel tube trellis frame, conventional fork/monoshock and… well, not much else really.
The bike weighs in at around 202kg dry, and with that 70bhp engine, the performance is definitely not going to surprise anyone. Still, for someone looking at buying their first bike, the Gladius 650 looks quite all right. Pricing, availability and other details to follow soon…
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