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2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Review
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius
The Suzuki SFV 650 provides a new definition of aggressive sport bike styling. With a trellis frame openly highlighting its chassis design, stylish five-spoke cast aluminum-alloy wheels and a bold, upswept exhaust system, the Gladius promises exciting performance. The proven 650 V-twin engine provides the power you crave.
Fashion Meets Technology
Introducing a unique work of motorcycle art, a masterpiece of fresh styling.
Powered by a sporty 645cc V-Twin engine featuring the best of modern technology, delivering broad power.
A motorcycle that blends traditional displacement with an elegant new look, smooth handling and a friendly, comfortable ride.
Think of it as a combination of style and technology, efficiency and fashion, an unmatched value on two wheels, with an extra dose of daily fun included.
It is called the Suzuki SFV650 (GLADIUS).
Unveiled in Paris, Suzuki’s all-new Gladius 650 was a complete surprise to the press. A new naked middleweight model featuring Suzuki’s legendary 650cc V-Twin engine, the Gladius boasts unique styling in a user-friendly package.
With a fuel injected, twin plug head engine delivering enhanced performance, combined with great style and neutral lightweight handling, the Gladius is perfect for first time or experienced riders alike.
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Key Features
39mm throttle bodies
645cm3 fuel-injected DOHC 90-degree V-Twin engine based on the SV650 power plant with proven long-term reliability, broad power and quiet rumble.
Twin Iridium spark plugs for each cylinder improve combustion. Use of Iridium alloy allows the electrode to be finer to produce a stronger spark.
Race-proven Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Materials (SCEM) cylinder reduces friction and improves heat transfer, durability and ring seal.
Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) downdraft digital fuel injection enhances throttle response and acceleration and helps reduce emissions.
10-hole, extra-fine-atomization fuel injectors improve combustion efficiency.
Automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC) system integrated into each throttle body improves cold starting and reduce emissions
Elegant styling with a richly curved bodywork highlighted by edgy frame covers, seat rail/engine cover detailing and buffed stainless steel muffler cover.
Steel-tubing compact trellis frame.
Color combinations and contrasts of front fender, radiator covers, fuel tank covers, side covers, steel fuel tank and frame in each color scheme attractively characterize fresh and stylish appearance of the GLADIUS.
Two-tone seat, with a relatively low 785mm (30.9-inch) height, ample padding and bolstered rear edges to well-support the rider’s hips.
Comfortable riding position composed with tubular handlebar shape, footpeg and seat positioning, and the slim fuel tank/seat meeting section.
41mm-stanchion-tube front forks and progressive-link rear suspension are both spring-preload adjustable.
5-spoke 17-inch cast aluminum-alloy wheels, shod with Dunlop Qualifier sport radial tires.
Front brakes with floating 290mm discs and dual-piston calipers; rear brake with 240mm disc and a single-piston caliper.
Carefully shaped multi-reflector headlight incorporates high and low beams as well as a position light, and is flanked by clear-lens turn indicators.
Instrumentation includes an analog tachometer and LCD speedometer, digital dual trip meters, odometer, LCD digital clock and gear-position indicator.
Indicator lights include a two-way remaining fuel warning lamp backed up by an LCD reserve trip meter.
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Features and Benefits
New Engine Features
39mm throttle bodies
Each 39mm throttle body carries a 10-hole fuel injector. The extra-fine atomization injectors produce an average spray particle diameter that is smaller for improved combustion efficiency
645cc displacement with a bore and stroke of 81.0mm x 62.6mm and a compression ratio of 11.5:1
An automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC) system is integrated into each throttle body, and produces stable idle while improving cold starting and reducing emissions immediately after start up.
An oval throttle pulley helps smooth low rpm/mid-range power delivery
Conventional pressed in iron liners are replaced with Suzuki’s own race proven nickel-phosphorus-silicon-carbide coating (SCEM), which reduces friction and improves heat transfer, durability and ring seal.
Dual spark plugs cylinder heads feature iridium spark plugs reduce spark plug electrode degradation and allow the electrode to be finer producing a more intense, hotter spark and further enhancing combustion.
Each cylinder head features a compact combustion chamber with two 31mm intake valves set at 14-degrees from the cylinder centerline and two 25.5mm exhaust valves set at 16-degrees from the cylinder centerline.
Fuel pump is lighter and more compact and located within the 15 liter fuel tank.
Increased low-to-mid range torque output as well as a broad and smooth power delivery are produced through changes in Cam profiles, valve lift, a 10% increase in crankshaft inertia, newly staggered intake and exhaust tract lengths and an increase in exhaust system volume. All this without affecting top end power.
New more efficient radiator is lighter and narrower, while the new liquid to liquid oil cooler reduces weight.
New single valve springs reduce inertia weight and mechanical losses while maintaining accurate valve control.
SDTV fuel injection system uses two butterfly valves with the primary valve controlled by the rider and the secondary throttle valve controlled by the engine management system to maintain proper intake air velocity needed for maximum combustion efficiency and improved throttle response
SFV650 is powered by a sporty fuel injected, DOHC 90-degree V-twin engine based on the proven SV650 powerplant famous for its long term reliability, broad power and quiet rumble.
The engine is so efficient in burning fuel that it doesn’t need a secondary system to inject fresh air into the exhaust ports to ignite unburned hydrocarbons.
The SFV650 has a catalyst built into an exhaust chamber mounted underneath the engine and connected to a stylish upswept muffler.
Clutch release mechanism is changed from ball-screw type to cam type system and the transmission gear engagement dogs are strengthened to help improve shifting of the six speed transmission. .
To reduce mechanical noise, a scissor type primary gear is split length wise with the two halves spring loaded, and the clutch and countershaft sprocket covers are now double layered for additional sound reduction.
Chassis and bodywork are designed to be as slim as possible where the fuel tank meets the seat, the outside forward edges of the seat are rounded and features a low 796mm seat height. All to make the new SFV650 easier for entry level riders to comfortably put both feet on the ground when stopping and for maximum rider confidence.
Compact combination tail and brake light is packaged neatly underneath the rear seat framed by stylish seat rails and also flanked by clear lens turn indicators
Compact trellis steel frame featuring 25-degree of rake and 104 mm of trail for stable and sporty handling with a beautiful look
Organically shaped multi reflector headlight incorporates high and low beams as well as a position light and flanked by chrome lens turn indicators.
Instrument cluster is positioned above the headlight and provides an analog tachometer, LCD digital speedometer, LCD dual trip-meters and odometer. An LCD digital clock, and LCD digital gear position indicator are also featured. Indicator lights include a two way remaining fuel warning lamp, backed up by an LCD digital reserve trip meter.
Front forks feature 41mm stanchions with spring preload adjustability over a 15mm range and front wheel travel is 125 mm
Rear shock spring is preload adjustable over a seven step range and rear wheel travel is 130 mm
Single rear shock is connected to the rectangular-section steel swingarm through a progressive linkage which allows the suspension to react smoothly to bumps and improve overall ride comfort.
Dual floating front brake discs measure 290mm in diameter and work with dual piston calipers.
Dunlop qualifiers sport radials are fitted with a 120/70ZR17 front and a 160/60ZR17 rear tire.
Edgy lines of the frame cover on each side match the seat rail and engine cover detailing and compliment the shape of the chrome muffler cover
Engine covers are updated to match the stylish new look of the SFV650 with edgy design elements
Front fender and radiator covers are color matched with the fuel tank covers and side covers and contrast with the color of the fuel tank and the color of the frame.
New European inspired styling treatment features sleek flowing lines and an unmatched elegant new look.
Richly curved bodywork matches nicely with the organic flow of the footpeg mounting brackets.
Single 240mm rear disc brake disc works with a single piston caliper
Stylish 17 inch cast aluminum ?alloy wheels feature a new five spoke design with a 17 x 3.50 inch front wheel and a 17 x 5.00 inch rear wheel
The carefully shaped seat has ample padding and the rear edges are bolstered to support the rider’s hips well.
Tubular handlebar shape and footpeg positions are designed to work with the seat position to add to rider comfort.
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $NA USD
Model may not be available
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $8,299 CDN
Brakes Front 2-piston calipers, 290 mm disc, twin
Brakes Rear 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Color Pearl Mirage White/Glass Sparkle Black and Glass Sparkle Black
Curb Weight 202kg (446lbs)
Final Drive Chain
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 L (3.19 Imp gal)
Ground Clearance 140mm (5.5 in.)
Overall Length 2130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 760 mm (29.9 in.)
Seat Height 785 mm (30.9 in.)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Lynk type, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload 7-step adjustable
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W), tubeless
Transmission 6-speed, constant mesh
Wheelbase 1445mm (56.9 in.)
Bore Stroke 81.0 mm x 62.6 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5 : 1
Engine 645 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication Wet sump
Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
Australian MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.
645cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90 degree V-Twin
6-speed constant mesh
Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Link type, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload adjustable
2-piston calipers, 290mm disc, twin
1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Blue / White or Silver / Black
2 year unlimited kilometre
2012 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – UK Specifications/Technical Details
RRP Price: £5,465 GBP
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Overall length: 2130mm (83.9in)
Overall width: 760mm (29.9in)
Overall height: 1080mm (42.5in)
Wheelbase: 1445mm (56.9in)
Seat height: 785mm (30.9in)
Kerb Mass: 202kg (445.3lbs)
Fuel capacity: 14.5litres (3.2 UK gallons)
Engine capacity: 645cc
Engine: 4-stroke, 2 cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC, 90? V-twin
Bore: 81.0mm x 62.6mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorised)
Fuel system: Fuel injection
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped, spring loaded, preload adjustable
Front brakes: 2-piston caliper, 290 mm disc, twin
Rear brakes: 1-piston caliper, 240 mm disc
Front tyres: 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tyres: 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
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