Thursday, September 25, 2008

2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 unveiled


The 2009 Suzuki Gladius 650. Not bad looking for an entry-level bike...

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…

Also see:
Riding impression: Triumph Street Triple R
Back to the 1990s: Kawasaki ZX-7R special...
Shootout: BMW F650GS vs Kawasaki Versys
First pics: 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n and ER-6f
First pics: Yamaha XJ6 Diversion and FZ6R
Riding impression: KTM 690 Duke

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a knockoff of the "Monstius."

Phil H said...

Like the new head light, the seat, and the funky colours, but what's with the "organic" styling? Sorry, but can't love that exhaust and the rider / passenger rearsets.

Funny that Kawasaki's ER-6n and ER-6f was curvy before and for 2009 they are more "edgy"; the old SV was all straight lines and sharp and now it's gone all organic. Did Kawasaki and Suzuki swap styling departments or what?

Anonymous said...

So Suzuki suddenly decided they wanted to do their version of the MV Agusta Brutale? If so, why fit that wimpy 650 engine? Why not just take the GSX1400 engine and bung it in here?

Anonymous said...

This bike looks like it was designed by a bunch of marketing men, who spoke to a couple of focus groups, with people in that group selected by Suzuki's PR agency. A bit limp, isn't it?

Wizer1969 said...

Say what you will. I think the Gladius looks pretty good. Rather than 200bhp GSX-Rs, we NEED more bikes like the Gladius to get more people into bikes. Good on ya Suzuki.

loosenoose said...

i have a 1st gen sv650 and have had a love/hate relationship with it. i pretty much love the styling it has though, but the gladius is just wrong. it takes the artsy-fartsy passenger rearsets from the ninja 650 and the exhaust from some cheezy chinese bike and slaps it onto what looks like an sv650 art project.

Anonymous said...

It does look best in black. I just sat on one at the Cycle World show in Houston and everything seemed to fit perfectly. The Kawa Versys feels huge by comparison. It is going to be a nice fit for the entry level market. I just hope they tone down the fashion oriented marketing.

marius said...

suz try bringing in same exhaust style as the gsx-r750...love the bike tho

on suzuki site they say that 202kg is the curb weight ( full fuel and lube)

Anonymous said...

ok, forget all you haters. The bike looks nice, and yes it is a rip-off. its pretty much a rip off, off of the 2009 Ducati monster 696, but i dont care, its $2,000 less than the Ducati, and a fairly decent amount of CC's. the R6 hass 600, this one has 650, and i dont care if you all say its whimpy, put some aftermarket parts on there, and you have one fast bike. And i LOVE the shorty exhaust. It looks pretty slick.

Anonymous said...

JLS2000
I just bought the Gladius, am very pleased with performance......without a dropkit available, my boyfriend lower it with a little help from an uncle who is a retired Sturm Ruger employee. Since my guy knows and builds bikes, and races year round, he loves it. Better me on it than him, he likes bigger. Its perfect for me @ 100 lbs!!

Anonymous said...

The Gladius is very well thought out. It handles well. It brakes well. It should be stone reliable. Moreoever, it's being sold at a very good price.

The smart money says this machine will sell like "hotcakes" and will be enjoyed just as much as the more serious "race" machines at much cheaper insurance rates.

Bravo Suzuki - the Gladius is a keeper. :)

Regards,

Jamie Reeves
Ajax
Canada

Anonymous said...

Just ordered my Gladius. I have read all the comments and as soon as I rode all comments were null and void. Absolutely brilliant bike but with a hard seat. Nippy, stylish, economical with a huge service network. Goodonya Suzuki

erictbrough said...

Just bought a black one last week, There is no better for tearing up the city for 6700 bucks....

spurdog said...

I am an experienced rider (30 years and 16 bikes) and bought a gladius to replace my second bike, a 660 supermoto, which struggled on the straights.

The Gladius is a hoot! Great engine - smooth and strong. In the twisties it dives into bends brilliantly and it's also very stable at speed - which the supermoto wasn't!!!

I bought a black one and have already lost the plastic frame cover. Just need a good exhaust can and a tail tidy and it will look quiet mean.

Oh, and I can keep up with my friends on their KTM 990s no problem - for about half the price! Just need a screen to stop me getting blown off it!

If you were thinking of a supermoto, try the SFV 650 as well.

I think perhaps Suzuki should drop the name, as the SV had a good reputation and the new bike didn't really need re-branding.

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