Suzuki Canada have just finished their dealer meeting and have announced another couple of models that will be coming into Canada in 2009.
The SFV650 (launched as the Gladius in the US and Europe) is a variant of the very successful SV650 but with its sights firmly on the younger, dare we say, hipper market.
It uses a Ducati style steel trellis frame (with cast aluminium lower) along with the 90 degree, V-twin, SV motor in retuned state for greater low and midrange punch as well as a heavier crank for better plodability.
Suspension looks to be the same as the SV with conventional 41 mm forks up front and spring and damper at the rear, both with preload adjustability only. 17 inch wheels come with twin 290 mm disc and dual piston calipers up front and a single 240 mm disc with single piston caliper at the rear. ABS is not available in Canada although it appears to be an option in Europe.
Claimed curb weight is 202 Kg (445 lbs) with a fuel capacity of 14.5 litres and a seat height of 785 mm (30.9") – that’s 15 mm lower than the SV although a taller seat option should be available.
Available colours are blue/white and red/white. MSRP is $8,899.00.
It’s a mini M109R only instead of a whopping 1783 cc, this 54 degree, v-twin has 1462 cc or 90 cubic inches (thus the 90 bit in the model designation). It’s a brand new motor with 4 valve heads, dual plugs and fuel injection, shaft drive and a 5 speed box.
Frame is a steel double cradle, suspended by 43 mm USD forks and a conventional rear shock hidden to give the hard tail look. Braking up front is by a pair of 290 mm discs with 2 piston calipers with a single 275 mm disc and one piston caliper at the arse.
There’s a capacity of 18 litres in the tank and a curb weight of 328 kg (723 lbs), claimed. Seat height is 716 mm or 28.2 inches.
Available colours are blue, red or black and the MSRP is $12,899.00.
THE OTHER BITS
Some more info for the Canadian market courtesy of Suzuki Canada …
TU250X – A classically styled 250 cc, fuel-injected single that has been available in some countries for a couple of years has been confirmed for the U.S. market, but sadly will not be coming to Canada in 2009.
GSXR1000 – We have an MSRP for the new GSX-R1000 – $15,499.00. That’s $300 up on the 08 model.
Canadian Editions – Following the addition of a ‘Canadian Edition’ 1250 Bandit (comes with hard bags) last year, there’s now Canadian Editions of both the 1000 and 650 V-Stroms, although they now come with a tail trunk as well as a hard bags. Pricing is $12,499.00 and $9,999.00 respectively. Oh yes, and the 1250 Bandit CE now also comes with a tail trunk as well.
GSX650F – Now comes with ABS as standard and will cost $8,799.00 (that’s up $200 over the 2008 price).