Kawasaki ER-6N vs. Suzuki Gladius - Tickets To Ride

MC Comparison

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

Suzuki Gladius | Price: $6899

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twinRear suspension: Single Showa shock with adjustable spring preloadMeasured horsepower:66.8 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 8vFront brake: Dual two-piston Tokico calipers, 290mm discsMeasured torque: 44.0 lb.-ft. @ 6250 rpm
Displacement: 645ccRear brake: Single-piston Nissin caliper, 240mm discCorrected 1/4-mile: 12.14 sec. @ 105.94 mph
Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 62.6mmFront tire: 120/70 ZR-17 Dunlop Sportmax QualifierTop-gear roll-on:4.82 sec.
Compression: 11.5:1Rear tire: 160/60 ZR-17 Dunlop Sportmax QualifierFuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 51/39/46 mpg
Fuel system: EFIRake/trail: 24.0 deg./4.1 in.Colors: Pearl Nebular Black, Metallic Triton Blue/Glass Splash White
Clutch: Wet, multi-plateSeat height: 30.9 in.Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speedWheelbase: 56.9 in.Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Tubular-steel trellisFuel capacity: 3.8 gal.Contact:
American Suzuki Motor Corp.
P.O. Box 1100
Brea, CA 92822
Front suspension: 41mm Showa telescopic fork with adjustable spring preloadWeight (tank full/empty): 447/424 lbs.

The Gladius' engine updates come into play right off idle with a solid hit of stoplight-dispatching torque. Peak power is up 2.2 ponies and 3.0 lb.-ft. from the SV650, but the biggest gains are in the midrange: 7 bhp at 6500 rpm.

An additional 1.5 inches of bar rise and an extra inch of legroom make the Gladius significantly more comfortable than the ER-6n for taller riders. A little forward lean helps brace against the wind, making it better on the freeway, too.

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