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Suzuki SFV650 Gladius 2013 Review

In order to keep things interesting for motorbike enthusiasts Suzuki has recently revealed that the Suzuki SFV650 Gladius will also receive a new, limited paint scheme that will give the naked bike a retro inspired classic Grand Prix look.

No other changes will be done besides the new livery so the Gladius will remain motivated by the 645cc fuel-injected DOHC 90-degree V-Twin engine. With the new 2013 model the clutch release mechanism has been changed to cam type system from ball screw type and the shifting has been improved in the 6-speed transmission.

Other features include the twin Iridium spark plugs that tremendously improve combustion and the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system that enhances fuel injection, acceleration and throttle response while reducing the CO2 emissions at the same time. Furthermore, race-proven Suzuki composite electrochemical materials have been used in building the cylinders, resulting in less friction and improved durability and heat transfer. The Automatic Idle Speed Control system is also playing a big part and aims to reduce emissions and improve cold starting.

The naked bike is also equipped with dual floating front brake discs that have a diameter of 290 mm and dual piston calipers are making sure to bring the Gladius to a halt quicker than before.

Other distinct features include the 5-spoke 17 inch cast aluminum alloy wheels paired up with Dunlop Qualifier sport radial tires, the LCD speedometer and analog tachometer on the instrument cluster as well as an odometer, digital dual trip meters and the LCD digital gear position indicator and clock.

Overall, the limited edition SFV650 is quite similar with the standard bike in terms of specifications but it does differentiate itself from the rest of the bunch with the help of the livery that has been inspired by the 1970s Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix racing bike. It also differentiates itself when it comes to pricing, the limited edition costing £6,699, £300 more than the standard model so that's not bad. However in case you consider buying theSFV650 keep in mind that it will be available only for a limited time and only via authorized dealers. The offer stands until September 30th and if you hurry you might also benefit from the manufacture's promotion where you can get £500 off the retail price alongside a three years warranty.

If on the other hand the Suzuki SFV650 Gladius 2013 is not really the naked bike you're looking for and you wish to buy something even more exquisite Ducati Monster 696.

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Suzuki GB today announced a limited run of its SFV650 Gladius, with a retro inspired paint scheme that gives the popular 650cc naked middleweight a unique classic Grand Prix look.

 

Inspired by the1970s Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix racer, and available for a limited time only via authorised Suzuki dealers, the SFV650 offers the same great middleweight performance and handling but with added style and coolness thanks to the iconic red, black and yellow paint scheme.

 

Suzuki GB general manager, Paul de Lusignan, commented, "For the very first time we included our own Facebook community in the decision to bring this special edition to market. With its flowing lines the SFV lends itself perfectly to a retro scheme, and proved to be a popular choice. The recommended retail price is just £300 more than the standard model at £6,399, including a special belly-pan too, but will only be available to order for a limited time via authorised dealers. So, If you're keen we suggest you act fast."

 

On top of the unique colour scheme, the SFV650 is also available until September 30th on Suzuki's latest promotion, where customers get £500 off the recommended retail price of a standard machine and benefit from three years warranty and AA cover too*.

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