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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
14— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Sharp little streetfighter CONQUERER: Suzuki is hoping the Gladius will help it dominate the mid-sized naked bike market. Craig Duff I T’S not until after to ride Suzuki’s Gladius that you realise how appropriate the name is. This is a compact streetfighter rather than a sword but neither should be judged by their size. The original gladius was used to conquer most of the known world; Suzuki only wants to dominate the mid-sized naked bike segment. It’s already peppered the naked market with the 1250cc Bandit, SV650 (while stocks last) and the in-line four-cylinder GSR600. But the Gladius is chasing those who like their bikes to look like they go. To that end it’s a visually slimmer and more sculpted ma- chine than the outgoing SV650 with which it share an engine. Where the SV650 was a blunt- edged utility tool, this is a sharper, smarter interpretation. Ground clearance is huge — I didn’t touch down despite enjoy- ing a pair of near-new (and stan- dard) Dunlop Qualifiers. That level of grip coupled with the bike’s low centre of gravity and neutral handling are great assets on any model, especially one also offered in a detuned guise for L- and P-plate riders. On the ‘‘real’’ version, the V-twin’s exhaust burble on trail- ing throttle is so addictive it will keep you below the posted limits. 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 deal with the wind rush. The Gladius was more stable than a 600cc sportsbike in swirling crosswinds 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 hap- py before it finally locks up. Perfect for learning braking thresholds, though it is interesting to note the outgoing SV650 was offered with anti-skid brakes. That quibble aside, the Gladius is good option for novice riders and those who want a mid-sized bike that can still cut it with the pack on weekends. small torque SUZUKI SFV650 GLADIUS Price:From$10,490 Engine:645cc90-degree V-twin Fuel tank: 14.5 litres Power:52kW(approx) Torque:64Nm(approx) Transmission: Six-speed, chain drive Seat height:785mm Weight:202kg Warranty:Twoyears/ unlimitedkm www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au Unleashing full potential small torque Triumph Scrambler Price: $13,990 Engine: 865cc, fuel- injected parallel twin Power:44kW@ 6800rpm Torque:69Nm@ 4750rpm Transmission: 5-speed, wet multi- plate clutch Wheels: 36-spoke 19 x 2.5 (front); 40-spoke 17 x 3.5 (rear) Tyres:100/9019; 130/8017 Brakes:310/255mm single discs Fuel tank: 16 litres Colours: Jet blackand military green UNFINISHED SYMPHONY: Dave Pearce and his Triumph Scrambler 900. Picture: KEVIN BULL Scrambler. While it has finally T caught up with the rest of the Bonneville range, it is still a machine that is showing about 90 per cent of its potential. The Scrambler was in- troduced to cash in on the nostalgia surrounding Triumph fan Steve McQueenand that famous scene from The Great Es- cape. But weighing in at 205kg, it was never going to fly. Ground clearance is- sues also prevent it racing across Austrian paddocks from pursuing Nazis or RIUMPH has added electronic fuel injection to its Bonneville Triumph bark. It also al- lows the bike to rev a lot more liberally. Further adding to the rev-ability are New Zealand-sourced Thun- derbike cams and a K&N air filter. Pearce says it hasn’t Mark Hinchcliffe staging beach romps as in the iconic On Any Sunday documentary. However, with a few tweaks, some genuine Tri- umph accessories and a bit of ingenuity, the full potential of the machine can be achieved. Dave Pearce of Aussie Bikers Shop in Noosaville has unleashed much of that potential with his Scrambler project bike. Dispensing with the double side-mounted muf- flers alone saves almost 8kg. Pearce said the origi- nal dual mufflers weighed a staggering 12.1kg. The replacement Tri- umph Arrow single ex- haust weighs only 4.6kg and releases a nostalgic been dyno tested but claims top-end power has been improved. Weight has also been shed by using a Triumph single seatand smaller, lighter mirrors. However, that has been offset by the addition of a fly screen, bash plate, en- gine protectors, Barkbus- ters and an SW-Motech rack mount for a Givi top box but the total weight saving is still 10kg. The limited suspension is aided by YSS emulators in the forks and YSS piggyback shocks which replace the Kayaba units and lift the bike by 2mm. Clearance is also im- proved by a Thai-sourced RMP rear brake caliper relocator which moves it from the bottom to the top of the brake disc. ‘‘I’ve been through the forest trails and I’ve been surprised by how well it went,’’ Pearce said. Don’t ask him what it costs, but the relocator alone cost almost $600. Pearce is also planning to fit more knobbily tread from Mitas to replace the Trailwings, plus other modifications. Like any good project, it is never finished. PARK YOUR MOTORBIKE HERE AND WATCH ITGO 248 Argyle Street Hobart Ph 6234 3888 www.motorworks.com.au For only $29.95, park your wheels in Tasmania’s highest profile vehicle market, the CARSguide classifieds. With a colour photo and 4 lines (extra lines $2) you’re much more likely to attract the right buyer. ...it’s that easy! Saturday, July 11, 2009 HIGHLIGHTER ADS HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPECIALISTS. SALES, SERVICE, REPAIRS ? FOR ALL MODELS ? Statewide service, pick up and delivery. Fast, friendly, old-fashioned service by qualified technicians. Over 50 pre-loved low km Harley-Davidsons in stock. Contact Titan Bike&Trike 76 Charles Street, Moonah Ph 6272 1700. YOURLARGEST STOCKIST OF AFTER MARKET HARLEY-DAVIDSON ACCESSORIES IN HOBART. Open 6 days a week 10 A SUZUKIDR750 Dakar Tourer, rare, exc cond, big sgle, $6,000. 0427 539 623 0 ATV’s from $1,500 to $12,900. 15 to choose from. F Series Parts Tas. Ph 6330 1449. 0 BMWSALE Fully serviced all ex cond, R1200GS, 07, 46K’s $17,000 R1200GS, 07, 40K’s, $17,000 F650GS, 08, twin, 30K $12,500 G650GS, 07, 25K’s, $9,000 MotoAdventure.com.au ? 0417 556 189 1 BSA 1952 $4,500. Piaggio scooter X9 250cc $3,500. Postie 05 $450. 0419 553 865. 0 In exc cond, 22,000 kms $7,000 ph 0408 542 226 1 CBR 900 Fireblade Draggin Jeans W/proof jean polo fleeced lined. Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. Oilskin jeans, jackets, swags Country Leather 108 Elizabeth St, Hbt 62315082 1 Eastern Shore Motorcycles All casual clothing, accessories for on and off road. 0 GASGAS125cc 06 model, needs new plastic kit, $2,300. Ph 0428 998 969 0 $6,400 ono. Ph 0407 555 808. 0 SOUTHERN DIRTBIKES 505 Main Rd Montrose Easy fi nance interest free or DIRTBIKES ATTENTION! 505 Main Rd Montrose Ph 6273 2871 deferred payment available TAA THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY’S CLASSIFIEDS. 1 HYOSUNG GT 250R 2008, 2,600 ks, as new, Now open 7 days. 27 South Arm Rd, Rokeby. 0428 998 969 or 6247 6699. Laybuy now for Xmas 1 0 Kawasaki ZZR250 A1 cond, LAMS approv, rego, $2,700 ono. Ph 0415 420 097 1 KTM250 2002, for sale or swap for 4 stoke bike 2000 and up. Ph 0438 304 796. 0 KX80 1997, good cond, goes well, $2,500 ono. Ph 0439 949 423 1 NINJA 250CC reg, $2,200 or swap for road trail. Atomic Pro 250 $1,250. Lifan 150 $550. Bike trailer $550. All ono. Ph 6275 0147. 0 Yamaha Warrior 350, 2001, very good cond. $3,500 ph 0437 455 677 or 6268 1403 QUADBIKE STMCA Practice day Sun, July 12 cancelled, grass track Sun July 19 postponed until further notice. Enq 0447 568 569 1 SUZUKI DRZ400E 2004, Aug reg, big tank, rack, lots of accessories, good cond, $5,900 neg. Ph 0418 525 282 0 Motorcycle Council GENERAL MEETING 3 pm Saturday 11th July 2009, Richardsons 468 westbury Rd, Prospect 2 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Yamaha PW50’04 Yamaha XT250 2003 Exc cond $1,050. 0417 035379 1 Road trail, 6 mths reg, LAMS approv, good cond. Lady owner, going o/s. All riding gear incl. $3,800 ono. 0439 452 832 1 Harley-Davidson Tasmanian KAWASAKIGPX250 ’06 as new, only 2,200klms, $5,300 ride away. Ph 6231 1500 ?northhobartmotorco.com.au 1 Motor Cycles AAAAA Make your ad stand out from the rest! Ask the operator for a price when next placing your car ad for Saturday. Ph 62 300 400. 1 HONDACBR1000 1987 56k, new batt/back tyre, good cond $2,200 ono. 0419 577 122 0 Honda CBR1100XX 2004, immac, bag rack, v low ks $10,900 ono. Ph 0407 231 744. 2003678-41 2017379-28
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