Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Riding impression: Hyosung GT650R
For those who may be looking for a budget-spec sports 600, the Korean-made Hyosung GT650R looks like a good bet. Well, at least it does on paper. But does it measure up in the real world? Here are some excerpts from Motomag’s riding impression of the bike:
On paper, the Korean bike provokes enthusiasm. But in the real world… things turn out to be a bit different. Close up, the bike looks and feels cheaply put together and lacks refinement. On the move, it quickly informs you of its dynamic limits. The suspension simply isn’t very good and the bike doesn’t feel stable in bends. Also, the engine’s fuel-injection system needs more work – throttle response is inconsistent and getting on and off the throttle at higher revs can be jerky.
The Hyosung GT650R isn’t exactly terrible, but it’s simply not in the same league as, say, a Suzuki SV650 or Kawasaki ER-6. To sum up, the bike, which is barely 100 euros cheaper than an SV650, isn’t worth it. This verdict may seem harsh, but in a market where competition is strong, the Hyosung simply doesn’t have any special talents to recommend its case.
Hyosung GT650R: Tech Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC, 90-degree, 647cc v-twin
Power and Torque: 82bhp at 9,000rpm, 61Nm at 7,600rpm
Brakes: Twin 300mm discs (front), single 240mm disc (front)
Dry weight: 191kg
Price: € 5,490
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