Suzuki Gladius gets price tag along with accessories

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Suzuki’s new entry-level bike, the 2009 Suzuki Gladius has been officially listed at $6,899. That’s pretty much right in the middle of the other Japanese offerings for entry level middle weight bikes. A full $600 cheaper than the sportier full-faired SV650SF, the Gladius is $100 more than the Kawasaki Ninja 650R and $500 more than the ER-6n, but still just under the $6,990 MSRP of the Yamaha FZ6R. Honda apparently can’t be bothered with offering anything beyond the dated Rebel 250.>
The Gladius wil be showing up on dealer floors sometime in the middle of April accompanied with a full list of accessories such as a high-seat for an extra 20 millimeters of ride height. The lower engine cowl and blue windshield being the exceptions, we’re happy to see a majority of the items integrated rather gracefully with the Gladius. Well, the black version at least. Right now the catalog is only viewable as a pdf, but we’re told to expect a fully operational e-store soon.

We’re really excited about the industry getting serious about offering variety. The way Suzuki has developed their 650 V-twin platform gives us hope the other makers see the light as well.

Update: The blue engine cowl and windshield are NOT available in the States. 


  • emperor

    id love to see a seat cowl

  • vibrato

    Such hideous colours (besides black, of course). Why would anyone buy the Gladius over the SV650?

  • Ben

    Honda did have the 599 (Hornet in Europe) for a few years. It just didn’t sell well due to high costs of importing a bike made in Italy. The Hornet is still goin’ strong overseas, but I don’t expect to see it here again any time soon.

  • Paul

    vibrato: The SV650 naked is no longer available.

  • Mitch

    Hmm. The black one’s windscreen looks proper, but the blue one looks like it’s wearing a hat.

  • drjohndee

    Bad news for us in Europe is we’re not getting the black one (yet). That blue one looks like an old iMac on wheels.

    But the bike has had uniformly excellent reviews over here. Of all the budget nakeds it’s the one that appeals to me most in terms of engine and equipment, but the new Kawasaki ER-6n is a much better looking bike. Ironic that Suzuki have made the Gladius soft and curvy to ape the ER-6, just as Kawasaki sharpened their bike’s lines.

    If it’s as good as the SV — and it should be better — it sounds like a bargain.

  • drjohndee

    Oh, and can everyone stop with the carbon-fibre stick-ons? They’ve NEVER looked good.

    • geonerd

      i think it underscores the extraordinary lameness of this bike just perfectly.

  • deckard

    Suzuki can’t design a decent looking bike to save their life.

  • Bishop

    Even in black that bike looks hideous. To me it looks like a mishmash of parts and ideas from several differnet mixed into one.

  • DoctorNine

    I have to agree with everyone else. This is step backward in design. Nakeds are all about form over function. This attempt to make the thing into a French Curve is lame. Lose the curves, Bring back honest geometry.

  • geonerd

    SV’s were always simple bikes. But they maintained a clean, purposeful look right from the start. This, on the other hand, is a complete mess. Just awful.

    • Grant Ray

      You guys are missing the point. This is not an SV successor. That bike is the SV650SF. Nor is this a “Naked” implying that the Gladius used to be faired.

      The Gladius has a completely different chassis, geometry and power delivery than any of the other bikes in the Suzuki lineup using the 650. This is an easy-riding introductory machine based on the 650 V-twin platform.

  • chili sv

    I really don’t mind the aesthetic of this bike in pictures, with the exception of the overwrought passenger pegs. It has an approachable look to it, which is great for a beginner bike. But when I saw it in person, I found it offensive – especially that silver plastic piece that’s supposed to look like cast aluminum joining the frame and subframe. That’s seriously tacky – altogether dishonest. As for the accessories, the clunky lower fairings cover the best part of the bike, but the tank cover is nicely integrated. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that looked so good.

  • Scott Yoast

    The Blue windscreen and engine cowl are prototype only. Not available in the USA.

    Everything on the Black model is available when the bikes hit show room floors.

  • v

    honda has the 600 hornet which has traditionally sold very well in europe .and it still does

  • v
  • Logan

    all of you who belittle this bike are completely ignorant it is amazing hands down. with its unique design and mind blowing specs, it belongs in its own class with no doubt. so for the motto ” you don’t know until you try it” all of those who oppose prior to trying, get bent!!! Your more than likely jealous that your poor asses cant afford one with the economic crisis in its loudest uproar.

  • cas

    I’ve just managed to get a screen delivered for my gladius, it cost me £99.99 and looks excellent
    can’t wait to get it fitted. If anyones interested
    I got it from and it only took 2 days to arrive