BIKE Crew: What do you think of the new Suzuki Gladius?

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  1. ninor

    ninor OT Supporter

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    I never rode a bike and buddy of mine is getting Gladius and I'm thinking about getting one too... what do you guys think about it? It is little hideous but it looks sexy at the same time. We would plan on taking it on longer distances so we need bikes that you can sit up right on but yet we don't want a cruiser... I was thinking of 09 SV650, it's a great beginner's bike from what I hear but you still need to lean forward on it :\

    Any other bikes in the same price range that you guys could recommend? This one is $7,500 and I could get a brand new SV650 for $6,500.
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    I thought that replaced the SV

    From what I've heard it's a decent bike, but I think it's rather ugly
     
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    everyone is going with that look. wtf
     
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    i sort of like the look of that bike, maybe i'm weird lol.
     
  5. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    I'd take a monster over the Gladius, and a SV650 or 650s over the gladius.
     
  6. ninor

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    This Gladius look is kind of growing on me but Monster looks WAY better... I just wish it wasn't as expensive and that it wasn't as powerful....

    But, why do you prefer SV over Gladius? Can you get handlebars so you raise the SV's position to more sitting straight than leaned over position?
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Because the SV doesn't look gay.
     
  8. igotyofire

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    except ducati's maintenance intervals arent ideal for people who want to ride long distance. I see nothing wrong with that bike if it is what you want. the sv650 like u already know is another great option. Suppose to be pretty solid bikes.
     
  9. pew pew pew

    pew pew pew OT Supporter

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    looks like a ducati fucked a vrod fucked an R1.... swoopy frame, truss frame, make up your mind

    glad they updated the wheels from the 3 spokers
     
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    i'm not really digging it
     
  11. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Every several thousand miles. And you can do valve adjustments yourself. You just need to buy the right tools
     
  12. igotyofire

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    thanks for reiterating my point.....and every several thousand miles on a japanese bike requires just an oil change.....infact ive had my bike for 20,000 miles now and thats all ive had to due over the past year that ive owned it.

    valve adjustments arent the only thing.....timming belts......i suppose u could do that at the same time as the valves ....but that is alot more involved work then a simple oil change to be doing multiple times a year for commuting.....and if you cant do it yourself its pricey. Ducati's while they do serve their purpose are not for everybody & those are some things to think about before deciding to purchase one.
     
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    Uh, you should check your valves every 6-10k miles on your bike.
     
  14. igotyofire

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    or.....how about my owners manual says nothing about checking the valves......interestingly enough the motor is very similiar to the 04-06 R1 motor, and in that owners manual i believe it says to check the valves at 24,000 miles or 26k, but for my bike doesn't mention a thing. however most people who do check the valves around 20k often say they are fine and its usually a precaution as many members on my forums have gone 40,000 miles without checking and have had no issues as has been discussed in valve adjustment related threads.
     
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    Every bike is different. Hell, you could check the Ducati valves every 20,000 miles too. It just recommends a closer schedule to make dealers more money, and because it prevents damage to valves in case they have tightened beyond recommended specs. Hell, you could check the valves every second oil change yourself. All it would take is removing the valve covers(almost no effort), and checking them with feeler gauges. No special tools required. If they are within specs, put it back together and check em again after two oil changes. If not, either get the tools and do it yourself or have a dealer do it. Really, you should do the same thing with your jap. bike too. Just because it doesn't say to doesn't mean it isn't a good idea.
     
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    gayladius

    edit: actually not that bad once u remove all the stupid covers on the frame and get it a decent color
     
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    I saw it in person. It looks pretty gay. It is however nice and low.
     
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    It's pretty average-looking.. not ugly but not good looking either..
     
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    The Kawi ER-6n is similar, but better looking imo. But then again, the Ninja 650R is the same thing and nicer yet.
     

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