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2009 Kawasaki ER-6n vs Suzuki Gladius

Monday, June 8, 2009
2009 Suzuki Gladius Comparison
In the market for a new entry level sport motorcycle? We've got two motorcycles from Kawasaki and Suzuki that might fit the bill.
With the sheer expanse of super slab here in the U.S. motorcycles are all about being big: Big power, big speed, and of course big cost. However, a new crop of motorcycles from Kawasaki and Suzuki prove that a motorcycle doesn’t have to go 186 miles per hour, have you stretched out across the fuel tank or cost over ten grand to be fun. Meet the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6N and Suzuki Gladius.

While both of these motorcycles are new in America, their platforms are based off motorcycles we’ve already sampled. The ER-6n is based off the recently redesigned Ninja 650R complete with its friendly, 649cc Parallel Twin cradled in a compact steel chassis and wrapped in sharp futuristic bodywork that turns heads. The Gladius on the other hand is modeled off of Suzuki’s beyond popular SV650 model. It’s powered by a 645cc V-Twin wedged in an easily manipulated steel chassis. Like the ER it features a new contemporary shape. The final similarly is that both of these bikes are affordably priced in the sixes, which mean you get a good amount of thrill for a reasonable price.
On paper these motorcycles are roughly identical, but after a few weeks living with these motorcycles day-in and day-out we’ve discovered some striking difference. So follow along as Motorcycle-USA helps you decide which one belongs in the garage.

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2009 Kawasaki ER-6n Comparison
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2009 Suzuki Gladius Comparison
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fairings   August 4, 2011 06:46 AM
Beautiful machines. If I had to choose, I would go for the Kawasaki though!
VINIMOTTAZZ GS500ONLINE -MOTO LEGAL  November 17, 2009 09:35 AM
Peter Lai -Bought the bike  August 14, 2009 03:58 AM
June 23rd, I rode the bike back from the shop. Long story short. Pros: Beautiful bike, bargain price, handles well, riding position is comfortable, lots of power for play, soft smooth suspension, low fuel consumption (full tank about 11 liters can go upwards of 250km on average speeds of 80-100km/h), passenger seat is comfortable. Cons: engine starts getting really busy at 80km/h, seat is too hard and too narrow for the rider.
Dug -The ER-6N looks nice to me.  June 29, 2009 01:04 AM
Call me crazy but I like the ER-6N. I've seen the orange, black, silver and white European versions of this bike and they all look very nice. The Gladius is okay but it has way to much chrome on it and the name Galdius is tacky. Performance wise these bikes are pretty similar from what I've read. I plain to pick up a one if Kawi ever decides to release the orange and black model in the US. :(
Jester -new hawk GT  June 10, 2009 07:21 PM
A new hawk GT would be awesome right now, and fit into the category created by these two bikes. The original Hawk GT is a classic. Here us Honda, BRING IT BACK!
Mark -How about neither compared to an SV650?  June 9, 2009 09:39 PM
Really, both of these bikes are fugly...what was wrong with the naked SV650? Now that Suzuki has screwed it up with the Gladius, maybe Honda can win back some market share with an updated Honda Hawk 650GT (cause single-sided swingarms are cool)...all they'd really have to do is throw a better motor in it.
Jester -Better in person  June 8, 2009 03:00 PM
I have thought that the Suzuki looked pretty bad, but I saw one today on the road in black, and I have to say... It's bad @$$. Very nicely styled, and ooooh that v-twin purr...