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Launch report: Suzuki Gladius

Published: 26 January 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

The new-for-2009 Suzuki Gladius replaces the much loved Suzuki SV650 in 2009 and its fresh new looks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But is it any good?

The Suzuki Gladius is entirely new from the ground up. The most significant change is the new styling, very different from the old bland Suzuki SV650.

It’s even better in the flesh - funky, stylish and doesn’t feel budget despite the low asking price of £4500. But it’s not just a styling makeover, there’s a new trellis Ducati-style chassis, and upgraded suspension and brakes.

The engine is very similar to the old bike but with increased power and low to midrange torque.

I’m initially impressed, the Gladius feels much smoother, more refined and the engine feels different from the old model, with more torque.

Handling is also excellent for this type of bike I’m having real fun on the switch back roads here in Fuerteventura.

Read the full report in Wednesdays MCN.

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