Naked weapon is high and mighty
The riding position is fairly upright and there’s not even a pretend screen to keep the bugs off the instruments, so your neck will cop the wind blast.
The Gladius was more stable than a 600cc sportsbike in swirling cross- winds, though. The Tokico brakes — twin calipers on a pair of 290mm discs up front and a single 240mm disc at the rear — bite hard and with feel, even the rear, which you feel becoming progressively less happy before it finally locks up. Interest- ingly, the SV650 was offered with anti-skid brakes.
That quibble aside, the Gladius is a good option for novice riders and those who want a mid-sized bike that can still cut it with the pack on weekends.