Naked weapon is high and mighty

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

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.

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