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The Suzuki bikes depreciate faster even the Yamahas. Honda owns Thailand in the scooter biz.

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The Suzuki bikes depreciate faster even the Yamahas. Honda owns Thailand in the scooter biz.

Who cares about scooters, we want motorcycles here.

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Who cares about scooters, we want motorcycles here.

Indeed ...

Who thinks up these names? Gladius? Innazuma? Van Van?

And where the hell is the nice little 100mpg retro TU250 thats been promised for a couple of years?

Apart from the DL650 I'm rather disappointed with this offering.

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This has been a longtime coming,nevertheless it's bloody good news.Now all it needs is all the farang biking community to lobby the government on opening up the expressways.Come on Yingluk think of all that extra revenue from expressway tolls.

Anyone know if the Suzuki Bandit 650 is due to make an appearance?What a great forum this is.

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The Gladius and V-strom are both ugly IMO but I'd really go for a bike with the 650 V-twin engine. I had an SV650S some years back in UK after many, many years of being a Ducati-bloke. It was a lovely bike and gave great service for 6 years. I think it'd suit my riding style ideally here.

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I've just read an MCN roadtest of the Gladius and it gets a rating of 4.5/5. Maybe the appearance could be overlooked if it's such a good bike and if the price is right.

Perhaps a colour other than the drab matt black would go a long way towards improving the looks - I hate matt black on any bike, it looks like a very bad & cheap DIY job - and the blue bike tested by MCN looks OK, I must admit.

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ThunderDuck said "Who thinks up these names? Gladius? ...... ?"

Years ago, Suzuki had a series of bikes called "Katana" which is a Japanese sword. A "Gladius" was a Roman sword from which we get the word Gladiator. Maybe they're continuing with the "sword" theme from time to time.

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The Suzuki bikes depreciate faster even the Yamahas. Honda owns Thailand in the scooter biz.

But everyone knows what a Hayabusa and GSXR can do ;)

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Looks are subjective. The Gladius name might be wanting but I quite like the look of the bike. I saw a blue and white one in the flesh last year and it wasn`t ugly to my eyes. In it`s favour it does have a stonking little engine.

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I'll take one Gladius please. Those engines are rock solid.

Whatever could possibly go wrong with these engines has already been refined throughout the years.

Just dont expect inline 4 performance though, but in the curves it will hold its own.

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ThunderDuck said "Who thinks up these names? Gladius? ...... ?"

Years ago, Suzuki had a series of bikes called "Katana" which is a Japanese sword. A "Gladius" was a Roman sword from which we get the word Gladiator. Maybe they're continuing with the "sword" theme from time to time.

I cut my teeth in the Katana era. radical styling for the time ... and I concede your point sword vs sword ... however i just cant get over the conflicting psychological imagery of gladiators and gladioli (flower) ... and I just can't see myself taking the "gladdy" for a spin.

Instrument pod also reminds me of that alien camera head thing from the War of the Worlds movie.

Otherwise I imagine its a pretty bloody good bike.

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Well the styling issue is subjective. We all see things a little differently. But there is no questioning the quality of the Suzuki products.....well from me anyway!

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Great to see.

The Gladius might actually be a bike I'd consider upgrading to depending on how it rides in the city.

The Inazuma 250 could be a bit of a miss, it looks like an upgraded Tiger Boxer.

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But there is no questioning the quality of the Suzuki products.....well from me anyway!

Jap made. Tried and tested.

Beats Thai made. Untried and untested. Any day.

If they have decent, competent service centers with staff that actually know and care it will be like a beam of light coming down from the heavens.

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