[QUOTE=josh;23579]The sv from 1st to 2nd generation was arguably a huge leap in a bike people simply loved. There was no follow the leader or design copy from other brands. This time around they clearly took design cues from Ducati. They could have, for example, pushed the sv650 in a more streetfighter direction with some upgrades and sell a ton of them. Look at some of the svs out there. Some of the coolest variations on the same bike can be found in sv rider forums. Some are unbelievable. IMHO. What is interesting about the V. They stuck their neck out made the commitment in design and performance and judging from this forum were very successful in the 1st generation of bike. I'm certain every other brand will be gunning for this growing segment of the market...Light weight supermoto/adventure touring.[/QUOTE
I think most people have it wrong with regard the SV650 in my opinion...
The SV has always been targeted at the Ducati Monster from Day 1.
The first generation SV was actually heavily based on Ducati tubular frame.
The first generation fared version is also based on an old ducati faring.
The second generation G2, Suzuki ease it off on Ducati with more Japan elements.
Now with the Gladius Suzuki is back to copying Ducati heavily as with G1.
The Gladius actually was designed to answer some of the mayor complains of the SV, Comfort and friendlyness. Gladius also reinforce more of what an SV is really meant to be, weather SVRider crowd likes it or not.
1. The number 1 complaint about the SV is its comfort. The new Gladius has been designed to fix that problem. The bike goes back to its roots, it is an inexpensive and comfortable commuter scooter, not a Track Racing Machine. And this time Suzuki did not left any gray area doubt about that.
The SVRider crowd have been getting away with murder for some time now, people who can not afford $10K to own GSX-R, they actually did not have the need to get a GSX-R, a slightly moded SV could do just as good on the track, so if you go to a track, it is always full of SV.
But the SVRider is a very targeted crowd, one that loves to modify inexpensive used bikes for track days, but it is not a crowd that buys new bikes every year. So, the SV is actually loosing ground on its own market to the 650R due to comfort issues. The market for the SV650 is an entry market, people who are looking for comfort and reliability not a racing bulled.
The 650R nailed that segment, a beautiful inexpensive bike that has enough power to keep the entry level crowd entertain, but most important it keeps its meant crowd riding in comfort. Well 650R, watch out, Suzuki is back in the form of a comfy scoot, named the Gladius.
Now the SVRider crowd should not be crying so much, Suzuki did not abandon them completely, the Fared SV650S still in production for those who value more Track days then to ride in comfort.
Suzuki is not known to make market mistakes, Suzuki is a trade mark when it comes to always have a full lined up to satisfy every inch of every market and once again, the nailed with the Gladius. If it wasn't because of the economy issues that we are having now, the Gladius will sell like a hot cookie.
Suzuki was able to camouflage the same reliable and strong SV engine behind a very friendly scooter, a bike that its design will inspire many of new bees to get into motorcycles and actually buy a motorcycle. Many of those new bees will be actually women which for a couple years straight have been the fast growing market into motorcycles. So do not fall forward when you see college campuses flooded with Gladius, because all those college kids instead of owing a Zuma scooter, they will now be owing a real motorcycle.
I love the Gladius and I am very gracius for such a great move from Suzuki!