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Suzuki Gladius SM

Saw this one at the moto show yesterday. It's a Gladius 650 twin with an RMZ450 front end and swingarm. The exhaust could be a little more compact and mounted higher but still, it's a pretty cool looking bike.

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Not a fan of the colors, but I liked how it came out. Thanks for the post.
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Saw it yesterday. I really liked the way it looked. I think it would be bad ass if it was all black. You are right about the exhaust. Would look better with a smaller can or maybe an underseat.

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Isn't it a SV with a different front end/wheels/plastic?

cool bike, but looks like the exhaust came right off a SV, and those colors are ugh.
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Isn't it a SV with a different front end/wheels/plastic?

cool bike, but looks like the exhaust came right off a SV, and those colors are ugh.
No more SVn in 2009 so that is probably what will be taken its place.

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The Gladius is pretty much a redesigned SV. They share the same motor.
The concept really needs a better pipe. This one is like a fist in the face.
Not sure if the rearsets would make me happy either.
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So I'm curious what exactly makes this an SM? Upright handlebars and laced wheels? I'm curious because it seems like a lot of bikes now are getting the "SM" title. I always thought of a "SM" bike being one that could handle road/dirt including jumps since that's what I've seen as true supermoto racing. Is it change, am I just lost? Just wondering what other people's definition of supermoto is.
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Looks, um, different. I would scrape that exhaust right off that bike... waaay too long

Take it to the STREETS!
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So I'm curious what exactly makes this an SM? Upright handlebars and laced wheels? I'm curious because it seems like a lot of bikes now are getting the "SM" title. I always thought of a "SM" bike being one that could handle road/dirt including jumps since that's what I've seen as true supermoto racing. Is it change, am I just lost? Just wondering what other people's definition of supermoto is.
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So I'm curious what exactly makes this an SM?
the acerbis front fender and the fork guards. that's all you need anymore to be a SM.

in my mind, SM = MX bike with 17" (or 16.5) race rubber

a lot of the bigger road-biased bikes get labeled SM usually based on styling aspects only. some bikes like the ducati HM and the ktm 950/990SM replicate a dirtbike riding postion, but are just too big and heavy to be used as a reall motard. but how else would you categorize bikes like that, Super Standards?
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not a SM.

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Id like to someone do 10 laps at waterman with that "SM". Whoops would be real entertaining to say the least!

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not a sm.
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Id like to someone do 10 laps at waterman with that "SM". Whoops would be real entertaining to say the least!
I nominate Geo as the test rider!
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I wrote SM in the title because I really don't know if there's an actual category for these kinds of bikes. How would you call the Dorsoduro? A big twin SM? I'm not a big fan of categorizing bikes in general.
Putting mx suspension on a road bike doesn't automatically make it an SM, that's for sure.

I just think it's good that somebody tried to put a bike like this together. Walking around the Suzuki booth made me feel like it was late 90s. They haven't put out anything fresh in quite a while.
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How would you call the Dorsoduro?
Not a SM.

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That would require Geo to actually come out and ride though.

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I wrote SM in the title because I really don't know if there's an actual category for these kinds of bikes. How would you call the Dorsoduro? A big twin SM? I'm not a big fan of categorizing bikes in general.
Putting mx suspension on a road bike doesn't automatically make it an SM, that's for sure.

I just think it's good that somebody tried to put a bike like this together. Walking around the Suzuki booth made me feel like it was late 90s. They haven't put out anything fresh in quite a while.
I wasn't referencing "you" calling this an SM, but in general lots of bikes are being labeled or sold under an "SM" category by manufacturers and magazines. The whole Hypermotard cracks me up, not that I don't like some of them but it's ammusing to me that because of it's popularity mfgs are now leveraging supermoto to sell "standard" motorcycles. It's great for them because all they do is throw on dirt bike handlebars and a few other things and it allows them to easily rebrand a bike that they might not otherwise be able to sell at all. So I was just looking for peoples opinions on what a supermoto bike really is.
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I guess you could put Distanzias on it and call it a dual sport. A standard bike with increased ground clearance and quicker handling for some occasional light off-road trips.
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That would require Geo to actually come out and ride though.
he rode yesterday

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I nominate Geo as the test rider!
I can't do 10 laps at Waterman on a real supermoto bike. Let alone that pig.

These big "Supermoto" just good looking standards or naked sportbikes.

I would call them Poser Motos but that is already my nickname so maybe something along the lines of Hypermotard

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