Suzuki Gladius First Impression
Monday, March 23, 2009
Today at Dainese’s D-Store in Costa Mesa, California, Suzuki did a Ride-Away for their new Gladius 650. This is the replacement to the standard SV650 (they will still make the SV650S), which was no doubt due for an upgrade. And it definitely got it. Aggressively styled and tuned for more juice, this is more than just Bold New Graphics.
2009 Suzuki Gladius. Code name: Urban Warrior.
As a joke, I told Suzuki’s press officer Garrett Kai that if I could leave the store and, right off the bat, having never ridden the machine, wheelie the Gladius for the several blocks to the stoplight at the end of the road without putting the front end down, I would give it a good review. While I don’t condone or recommended this for this not qualified (or those who want to keep their driver's license), let’s just say I think I’m now obligated to give the Gladius a good review!
While it was a joke and I would never base a review off of something like that, luckily I gelled with the new mini-streetfighter right away. I’m not going to give the good stuff all away right now as we will have a full review with video works, I will say that this little ripper has urban-warrior written all over it. And where the standard SV never had the look to match the performance (in my opinion), this Gladius definitely does. So stay tuned for the full test!