650cc Suzuki Gladius unveiled in Paris

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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.

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6 Responses to “650cc Suzuki Gladius unveiled in Paris”

  1. John Ashman Says:

    Nice bike, but horrible color scheme. It makes it look busy and and hacked together rather than a cohesive bike. A touch of class would go a long way.

  2. Bikebuyer Says:

    It reminds me of the old Laverda / Suzuki engined project, the Lynx, although that one looked miles better in pumpkin orange. Maybe better in black?

  3. betty Says:

    Noooooooo! A bike that sounds like “Gladys” is surely doomed! It sounds like someone’s nanna (actually, it sounds like MY nanna).

    So - will there be an ‘S’ version? (Gladyssss, my preciousssss) to replace the SV650S, for when I wear it out?

  4. Loz Says:

    *UPDATE* Official word from Suzuki USA is that the Gladius will replace the naked SV650N, but the faired SV650S will continue to be sold.

  5. essey Says:

    when will it be coming to Australia and at what cost… I like it very much…. what is the seat hight…always my first question…can I reach the ground!!!!

  6. Kerry DeJarnette Says:

    haven’t seen it live yet, only lots of photos. Looks like a chick bike for sure. I like the Ducati touch. Our local dealer does not have one in yet. Says we can only get it in black or the blue and white here in California. I saw a photo of one that was green and black. Would really like those colors. Anyway, I’ll be test riding it as soon as it comes available here. Hope it performs well. I’ve been waiting on this and saving since last year. Do we have any comments available from someone who has ridden it already?

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