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2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Review
2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius
The SFV650 helps define a unique motorcycling experience. With a compact open trellis frame, aggressive styling, and a 645cc V-twin, double overhead camshaft power plant, the SFV650 appeals from the outside in. It’s light crisp feel and smooth low to mid-range power delivery from the SFV650 just screams for a tour of your favorite road.
The trellis frame, lean and mean styling and the superb V-twin engine all add up to a unique motorcycling experience. The engine, and the way in which it delivers the power is at the heart of this radical and exciting design.
The free spinning, 90° V-twin double overhead camshaft twin cylinder engine produces maximum power at 8,400rpm along with masses of torque through the rev range. With power right off the bottom and stacks of punch that encourage early upshifting, the exhilarating V-twin character of the SFV650 craves the bends and twisties.
The slim engine is slotted into a gorgeous lightweight frame to make a perfectly balanced rider friendly middleweight. It’s light, crisp feel and sharp lines along with inherent stability and agility at any speed appeals to both highly experienced and novice riders alike, making it a machine for all to aspire to and for 2013 the SFV650 is also available with ABS.
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 GLADIUS.
For 2013, the SFV650 is available in a new Metallic Mat Black / Glass Sparkle Black color combination for USA. Nnew Metallic Thunder Gray/Glass Sparkle Black or Metallic Mat Black No.2/Glass Sparkle Black color combinations for Canada
2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Key Features
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.
2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius Features and Benefits
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.
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
Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system provides better efficiency and throttle response through a butterfly valve system with the primary valve controlled by the rider and the secondary throttle valve controlled by the engine management system.
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.
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.
Single valve springs reduce inertia weight and mechanical losses while maintaining accurate valve control.
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.
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.
The SFV650 arrives with a lighter and narrower radiator to increase efficiency, while an enhanced liquid to liquid oil cooler reduces weight.
A strong and smooth shifting 6-speed transmission.
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.
Compact trellis steel frame featuring 25-degree of rake and 104 mm of trail for stable and sporty handling with a beautiful look
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.
Dual floating front brake discs measure 290mm in diameter and work with dual piston calipers.
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.
Front forks feature 41mm stanchions with spring preload adjustability over a 15mm range and front wheel travel is 125 mm
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.
Fuel pump is lighter and more compact and located within the 15 liter fuel tank.
Organically shaped multi reflector headlight incorporates high and low beams as well as a position light and flanked by chrome lens turn indicators.
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
Dunlop qualifiers sport radials are fitted with a 120/70ZR17 front and a 160/60ZR17 rear tire.
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
Tubular handlebar shape and footpeg positions are designed to work with the seat position to add to rider comfort.
The carefully shaped seat has ample padding and the rear edges are bolstered to support the rider’s hips well.
New European inspired styling treatment features sleek flowing lines and an unmatched elegant new look.
2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7,999 USD
Engine 645 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 3.19 in x 2.46 in
Compression Ratio 11.5 : 1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive Chain
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload 7-step adjustable
Brakes Front 2-piston calipers, 290 mm disc, twin
Brakes Rear 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.8 US
Color Metallic Mat Black / Glass Sparkle Black
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Overall Length 2130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 760 mm (29.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1445mm (56.9 in.)
Ground Clearance 135mm (5.3 in.)
Seat Height 785 mm (30.9 in.)
Curb Weight 202kg (446lbs)
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
All information is subject to change without notice. At Total Motorcycle, we want every ride to be safe and enjoyable. So always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Avoid excessive speeds. Never engage in stunt riding. Study your owner’s manual and always inspect your Suzuki before riding. Take a riding skills course or the course nearest you call the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at 1-800-446-9227.
Suggested Starting Price shown does not include tax, title, or destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.
2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $NA
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2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – UK/Europe Specifications/Technical Details
UK MSRP Price: £NA
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All specifications subject to change without notice by Suzuki.
2013 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: NA
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