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. Suzuki