Alongside the new GSX-R1000, Suzuki have launched an all-new, funky 650cc v-twin naked called the Gladius for 2009. The neat looks seem to forge an alliance between the 4-cylinder GSR and the MV Agusta Brutale, with the odd radiator shrouds of the Kawasaki ER-6N and the steel trellis frame of a 696 Monster.
Details are scant at this point, but engine performance is said to have been “enhanced” and the style is certainly fresher than the angular SV650 of recent years. It looks like a comfortable, friendly and fun nakedbike - and it asks the question: how does Suzuki plan to differentiate this bike from the perennially popular SV650 - or is the SV’s life cycle coming to a close?
Pricing, specs and availability are TBA, but here’s the Suzuki Gladius launch site for the UK. More pics after the jump.leave a response, or trackback from your own site.