Suzuki SFV650 Gladius (2009 - present)

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Category
Price
£4500
Available from
2009
Excellent and very user-friendly town bike.
Gay pink colours.

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Submitted by banshi on Wed, 16/09/2009 - 12:44

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I did alot of homework and comparison test rides before buying my Gladius. Nothing else on the market came close to this Suzuki at this price. If you're after a middle weight naked streetfighter you will not be disappointed with this machine i promise you.

Strengths

Bullet proof engine, low riding position gives you confidence to push alot smartly on the open road. Impecable manners at low speeds during in town riding but will bear its teeth when winding it on. Easy fuss free middle weight riding for all occasions. All this for less than £4500.

Weaknesses

Seat can start to feel a bit firm after a while and the brakes can feel a bit soft when 2 up braking hard.

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Submitted by Mea66 on Tue, 27/07/2010 - 19:21

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Fun, fun, fun!!! Dares you to corner, easy and comfortable to ride. I feel that, at last, a bike designer has considered women riders.

Strengths

I'm 5ft 2ins tall, so finding a bike that fits is an issue. The dropped seat option was attractive. But I have to be honest, I bought the bike because I had a serious case of "shiney bike syndrome". The styling might not be to everyone's taste but I love it. After riding it accross Spain and Portugal last year and over the Alps this year I have to say that it corners amazingly and the gearing is so much easier to handle than my last bike. I was also told that the bike was ergonomically designed to fit women (longer legs and shorter arms)- not sure if this is true but it's very comfortable.

Weaknesses

I know it's a budget bike and I absolutely think it's great value but some of the finish is a bit tatty - what is with the side stand that looks like a bit of old scaffolding???

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Submitted by maclariz on Wed, 18/08/2010 - 22:01

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I've had it about 600 miles now and it's great either for weekend fun without risking your license or for practical commuting. Probably not a great distance machine, and not so ideal for pillion riding or touring. If you want a smaller naked, this is about as good as it gets just now. It's too early to really assess build quality and you'll need a longer test for this.

Strengths

Looks gorgeous in the 2010 dark blue and white colour scheme with matching dark blue wheels! Easy to handle, light to shift about, and very light on the steering. Corners beautifully on the twisty stuff. Inspires confidence in the road holding. For my money, the suspension setup was right as it came, but you can adjust preload front and rear. Plenty of grunt from low revs upwards. Great on normal roads from city streets in heavy traffic through twisty B roads to fast A roads. I like the exhaust tone. Brakes seem pretty good to me, but I haven't needed to test them to extremes.

Weaknesses

Like any naked, it won't be great at 80 mph plus due to wind blast. Seat is a bit hard - I wouldn't want to do long distances on it. The pillion seat looks small and hard. Tyres (Dunlop Qualifiers), though very good in warm dry conditions, seem a bit skittish in the wet - take it easy and smooth on damp days.

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Submitted by Nhead on Mon, 30/07/2012 - 11:04

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Good fun on twisty b roads but when the road opens up the fun ends..................:(

Strengths

Brilliant handling, good commuter, cheap to run

Weaknesses

Ugly , cheap looking, not a motorway bike!

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Submitted by leepy on Fri, 27/02/2015 - 19:27

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I love it and having considered Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki alternatives I cannot see a change anytime soon.

Strengths

Handles and goes as well as my previous 2 SV‘s and Ducati. As you have probably guessed I am a bit of a v-twin nut. From my first ride the bike was so much easier to take a near perfect line with the leaverage offered by the wider bars. It‘s a 2011 bike and to date has done several trackdays, trips to Assen, the Nurbergring, Scotland, Wales and points in between. Being vertically challenged I am extremely comfortable with the height and weight and use it "briskly" I am onto my third set of tyres, following on from fhe OE Dunlops, excellent grip and reasonable milage, noa on Conti Attak

Weaknesses

The only downside is breaking, they do pull you up but in a situation can need some serious pressure. Seat no problems

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Submitted by Johnnie Sprocket on Sat, 05/12/2015 - 18:42

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So, it's a girl's bike, then? Well, perhaps I'm too much in touch with my feminine side, but I disagree! It's low and certainly suits smaller riders, but with the higher seat option (sadly not free), it's OK for average height folk too. It's a hugely rewarding bike to ride with a glorius engine, neat frame, and curvy 'classic' looks, (bar the headlamp!). I bought it for solo playing after I fell in love with the V twin engine on my 650 V Strom and it hasn't disappointed. With an after-market can, it's looks have improved and it sound even better. The new SV650 has some tweaks, but is in essence a Gladius with a round headlamp. If you are man enough to cope with the 'girl's bike' jibes, don't hesitate to get one - you get a terrific bike for your money.

Strengths

Superb, torquey V twin engine Agile and responsive handling with tweaked suspension Small but packs a fair punch Lovely exhaust note Pure fun to ride but practical everyday workhorse too Cheap as chips - a lot of bike for your money

Weaknesses

Suspension is fairly basic Headlamp unit not pretty Exhaust far too bulky, though sounds good Standard seat is too low for me at 5'10" Standard seat is thin and lacks comfort after a while Not too comfy for pillions Gladius lacks street cred, (unfairly)

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