Based in Miami, in the US, United Motors (set up by the Villegas family more than 50 years ago) look like they're getting ready to hit the big time this year. The company had signed an 11-year agreement with Hyosung, of Korea, back in 2005 and this involves the distribution of Hyosung motorcycles in North America.
While Hyosung will also continue to sell the same bikes through their independent dealership network in the US, United Motors are putting their own colour schemes and graphics on Hyosung bikes and selling those alongside UM’s own sub-200cc machines!
The bikes which United Motors are sourcing from Hyosung are 650cc and 250cc v-twin powered sportsbikes and cruisers. New for 2007 is the fully faired, 70bhp, V2S 650R, which is pegged at US$5,999 and the fully faired, 30bhp, V2S 250R, which goes for US$3,699. For those who like cruisers, there’s also the V2C 650S, which actually looks a bit like a Harley V-Rod but costs only US$6,399. And get this – while Hyosung only offer a two-year warranty on their bikes, United Motors actually offer a three-year warranty on what are essentially the same bikes!
United Motors claim that they’ll soon be launching a liquid-cooled 450cc engine (all the Hyosung v-twins are air-and-oil-cooled) that’ll power their off-road bikes. And in 2008, the company will also start redesigning the Hyosung bikes’ bodywork, headlamps, taillamps and other small bits.
For more details, visit the United Motors website here
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