Thursday, November 15, 2007

2008 Hyosung GT650X and RX450SM ready to hit the streets

The 2008 Hyosung GT650X. Could prove to be a very good entry-level bike...
Pics: MCN

Korea’s biggest bike manufacturer, Hyosung had first shown the GT650X concept about a year ago, and now the bike is finally ready to go into production. It still uses the same 647cc v-twin as before, but the engine now gets fuel injection and a new oil cooler. (The same engine also powers the Fischer MRX, and it’s been rumoured that Cagiva will use this engine in the Mito 650…)

The 2008 Hyosung GT650X has an all-new chassis – a steel tube trellis / aluminium beam hybrid – and the braced aluminium swingarm is also new. The headlamp assembly, fuel tank, all body panels and the alloy wheels have been redesigned, the taillamp is now an LED unit and the exhaust system is a short, stubby little item – the kind which is currently fashionable. Front brakes are twin 300mm discs, gripped by four-piston calipers.

The 2008 Hyosung RX450SM...
Pic: Motoblog

Hyosung have also shown the new RX450SM, their first supermoto. The bike uses a 450cc, liquid-cooled single that makes 50 horsepower. The chassis is (a rather weedy looking) tubular steel unit, while the swingarm is made of aluminium. 45mm USD forks have been fitted at the front, while the rear features a fully adjustable monoshock. Brakes are Brembo units and the bike weighs only 120kg dry.

For details on pricing and availability, visit the Hyosung website here.

Other 2008 bikes:
The Ducati 1098-powered Bimota DB7!
The amazing, awesome KTM 1190 RC8...
Pics and specs: BMW F650GS
Cafe-racer cool: Derbi Mulhacen 659 Angel Nieto LE!
First pics: The Moto Morini Granpasso...
First pics: Aprilia SMV750 and FV2 concept!
The Ducati 1098R. Lustworthy!

...and this is the 30th Anniversary Special Edition Hyosung Aquila GV650

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