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I do really like the look with the trellis on the gladius. I did sit on one and the riding position is a little more leaned forward than the Kawi, and I was told it is a little more aggressively tuned. Less low end, more high end, and a little higher max speed. All slight differences though?

I don't really have anything else to offer as far as the gladius, I've never ridden one. But I did just purchase an ER-6n, and have a little info at: http://www.motorcycleforum.com/showthread.php?t=100328

I use it as a commuter and its fantastic. Only had it for a couple weeks, but I spent over 2 hours in the seat one time and it was very comfortable/could have gone longer. This is my first bike as well and it is very manageable as I'm sure the gladius is too.

If you have any questions about the Kawi I'd be happy to answer them.
 

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the er6n is a very nippy bike, very good handling, even if it does look a bit odd (imo)
also very economical and as with most kawasakis, the motor is bulletproof.

a friend had one for a while and traded up last year to a buell.
now he's on his second - a spanking new 1125r at a giveaway price.:D

it would be the er for me.
 

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Its a sad day that they dont make the naked SV anymore. The abomination that is the gladius just makes me want to vomit whenever I see it.

Performance wise they will be close and not noticeable. Just go for the one that feels more comfortable for you personally. You cant really buy a bad bike now a days.
 

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I vote Er-6N. But you're the one who has to ride it.

Motorcyclist magazine did a comparo of the two last year. They preferred the Er-6n slightly, saying that it was a little more exciting than the gladius. Both have tried and true engines. Go with the one that looks better to you. Personally, I think the Er-6N has a cool "poor man's Aprilia Shiver" look to it.
 
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