2013 Suzuki SFV650 - the Gladius returns & renamed

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by eakins, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. eakins

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  2. NONo443

    NONo443 Been here awhile

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    Renamed? It has been the SFV650 since it came out.
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  3. opmike

    opmike Choosing to be here.

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    SFV650 is to Gladius what VFR800 is to Interceptor.

    The name's the same as it ever was and it will continue to be an ugly, underwhelming, poor selling bike.
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  4. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    They dropped the GLADIASS name and stoopid commercial it looks like.

    No more SV650's either.
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  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    So long as the 2012+ DL650 is still the 'Glee-Strom' I will remain a happy man.
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  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    another banner year for Suzuki.

    :huh
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  7. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    No abs?


    C'mon Suzuki, shut up and take my money!
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  8. roma258

    roma258 Been here awhile

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    Poor SV. Look at what they've done to you. Bastards!!!
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  9. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Big green has a 650 for you. :deal
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  10. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    On their website under features they call the headlight "stylish". I call it fucking ugly. Replace it with a standard looking SV650 headlight and you're back in the game.
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  11. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    Too much plastic on it :(

    I want a cheap, light, midsized "roadster", dammit! (with ABS, of course. and options for luggage and a tall screen). So many "almosts".
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  12. the borg

    the borg Been here awhile

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    The SV650 was one of the best bikes available. I don't know why they ruined it.
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  13. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Looks like Hyosung is about to take over the 650 class:

    Hyosung and SVF650 to Make 2013 Year of the 650 V-Twin?

    IMO, the FI SV650s never got as good as teh original carb'ed SV650s, the Gladius sorted out some of the aluminum frame caused handling characters, make the ride much better. FI on the Gladius seems better than the 03-09 SV650s, especially the on/off throttle response.
    Gladius/SFV650 is a fantastic bike for the price and performance, well over the SV650s in the past.
    ABS? who needs brakes, they only slow you down.
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  14. danketchpel

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    Amen.... between Triumph's fugly bug eyed setup on their street triples, Kawi's Versys cyclops, and this gladdy "thing, what is up with the amazingly ugly styling these days?

    Some how these bikes are making normally ugly bikes like the GS and my Vstrom look good. I thought the original SV650 was a nice looking bike, bring back that "normal" styling and put the updated gladdy motor in it.

    It kinda mirrors truck designs and more than a few cars. Once upon a time styling was supposed to produce attractive things, these days it appears as though "stylists" go to great pains to produce unattractive things.
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  15. phlip

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    Does anybody make footpeg mounts for it? Replace those ugly things along with that muffler and pull the plastic covers off of the frame and it wouldn't be too bad. Better yet, BRING BACK THE SV650!
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  16. xshanex

    xshanex Been here awhile

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    took my buddy about 45 minutes to remove the covers, put on a nice sounding $160 exhaust, and put an undertail on his gladius. Transformed it
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  17. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    I'd like to see pics of those mods!
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  18. kraven

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    All that ^

    The 650 Suzuki twin is turning into one of their all time great engines, and the bikes they wrap around it are going to be tomorrow's mod bases.

    I don't see what the big problem is. It's a cheap bike. If you don't like something on it, just change it. Don't be a little bitch and complain because a global corporation rolled a bike out that a wage slave can afford and didn't build it exactly for you. :lol3
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  19. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    You can't blame people for being upset about the beating Suzuki gave the SV 650 with the ugly stick. The Gladius will probably put a 650 Versys or a Hyosung in my garage someday. Both bikes are within the reach of a "wage slave".

    Honestly I don't know how much better the Gladius is over an SV because the first time I saw it, I imediately googled something else.
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  20. desmoface

    desmoface Been here awhile

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    What have they done?

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    Ugh, the latest incarnation makes my ole sv look amazingly good

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