Suzuki Gladius 650 Overview
The Suzuki Gladius 650 is an upgraded version of the SV650 and considering the SV650 was a quality bike to own, at first glance you might wonder how Suzuki could have improved upon it. The Gladius 650 has a more modernised and sophisticated look to be sure, but the real changes have taken place to the motor which is now a smooth and punchy V-twin engine which is 10% more reliable and more efficient than its predecessor.
What Suzuki have ultimately done is to take everything that was great about the SV650 and apply it to the Gladius 650 with some fun and exciting improvements. It is a great entry level bike but one which will hold its own for experienced riders at the same time whilst also being a fantastic budget option. It falls a little on the heavier side, coming in at 202kg with some reports of tipping when taking sharper corners but providing you keep this in mind when riding, you should have little trouble.
At £4500 this is a bargain of a bike and yet it manages to look like a motor which could easily have cost twice that amount. You don’t get many fancy additions for the price tag and the technology is basic but in terms of how the bike looks, how it is finished and how it rides, you are definitely snapping up a good deal if you purchase a Gladius 605. Think reliable, think cheap and think fun and you have just about summed up the experience you can expect to have with the Gladius 650.
Suzuki Gladius 650 Spec
- Top speed135mph
- Average fuel consumption40mpg
- Seat height785mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, V-twin, 4v
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V twin and yes takes corners well not the lightest bike and have dropped it whilst on a camber
Good performance and pretty nippy
The weight cooled chop a few kilos off.
Never broken down
Easy light ride comfortable position, typical twin but a v so a good twin torque feel
nice power delivery and plenty of power and torque for me thank you.
tax and insurance are very good, something to do with my age and years riding. Oils and plugs for my own servicing. Economical on fuel for cruising or commuting as it should be.
Keep it clean and change the oil regularly and it's a good all round reliable ride.
Good progressive feel, never let me down or put me in trouble but I'm not the last of the late brakers into a corner or roundabout