My bikes, for now..
September 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm #3411
Cooler weather is coming, windscreen is mounted on the Gladius…
At triple digit speed, engine heat from the Blackbird keeps me nice and warm.September 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm #22309eonParticipant
Do you like the Gladius? I think it is a sweet looking bike but I’m just not convinced on the practicality of a naked bike. And while that windshield looks practical I don’t think it adds to the looks of the bike.September 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm #22310
I used to have an 2002 SV650S, I sold it because the offered price was more than right. In comparison, the Gladius has smoother engine operation, less vibration throughout the rev range, slightly more hp and torque, wider handlebar makes the bike feel very nimble, awsome tires that are confidence inspiring. I’ve put about 3600 mi. on the Gladius since late May, it’s a great beginner moto IMO, and beginner riders are not liklely to grow out of the Gladius as their riding skill improve.
Some very cheap or no cost way to loose weight on the Gladius make the weight difference between SV dismissable.
I don’t worry so much about looks when it comes to functional items like windshield, I figure if it is cold enough to have a windshield on moto, it better serve its purpose well. The one I have does a great job blocking cold air off my chest and arms, if I duck down with my helmet, it quiets down drastically so I can hear the nice engine and exhaust notes.September 22, 2009 at 2:50 am #22464Bob HarleyParticipant
I really like the black Gladius. I finally figured out why. The body has some nice curves, but the other colors distract you away from that. Anyways, the lack of wind protection has had me looking at other bikes. Your windshield is inspirational! What is the brand and model of the windshield and can you show a better picture of how it mounts to the handlebars? Also, does the windshield mounted this way stay put or do you have to adjust it from time to time? I’ll want to know if I decide to buy one of suzuki’s swords…
BrianSeptember 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm #22470
I just rolled 360 mi. this past weekend with the windshield mounted.. it works wonders blocking off chilly wind from my chest and still allow “clean” air above my neck. As I duck down and rest my helmet on top of my tankbag, the windshield block all if not most of the wind. Rock solid at speed up to 85 mph according to GPS on sustained highway cruising.
I bought this windshield from eBay for $20 plus $25 shipping, I don’t know of the brand but it like most universal windscreen, you mount it however you can. Took me 30-45 minutes to try a couple of different mounting methods to finalize a location for the brackets and placement of the screen.September 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm #22472
Another picSeptember 28, 2009 at 3:40 am #22555Bob HarleyParticipant
I am not sure about the windshield, at least in terms of attractiveness, but I notice I keep coming back to this topic just to look at the pics of the gladius. I really like this bike. I was looking at the er-6n and ninja 650r, but each time I sit on those bikes and then sit on a gladius, the gladius is calling to me…
I would say the kawi product are great, but the little suzuki has something that you can’t put on a spec sheet that makes me want to take it home. Maybe Santa Claus will leave one under my tree this year.
I have also decide that I like both colors. I think anyone who dislikes this bike has not seen it in person or sat on it. It doesn’t photo well, but it looks so nice and feels so good in person. Keep posting pics. At least til’ xmas…
PS: I can’t place it, but something seems to be missing from your bike? I do like the exposed frame. That is a nice touch.
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