The Indian two wheel market is dominated by the Japanese and I think they are they best in producing vehicles. This time it’s the invasion of another Asian country it’s the Hyosung Motors from South Korea.
Hyosung is a part of S&T group that had acquired the Hyosung Motors Division in 2007. The sportiest model is very close to the Suzuki GSX R. The naked version of the GT650R is also available as the GT650. Both of the models receive a 647cc V twin engine which is similar to the Suzuki SV650.
The engine architecture of the Hyosung relates to those of Suzuki bikes because Hysoung in its early days used to produce Suzuki licensed motorcycles for the South Korean markets.
The Hyosung GT650R in India will be the most budget sportbike available. The two piece handle bar of the R model are matted to 41mm upside down forks that does its job well but are not with spring preload adjustment. On the rear the GT650R receives single shock offered only with preload setting.
Many of its Indian buyers will like the niceties it includes pair of hooks on the tail piece, dual trip meter, helmet lock, adjustable footpegs, ample under seat space and multi position brake lever.
The digital speedometer rests beside analog tachometer. The digital console uses vacuum florescent display (vfd), the same kind of display that we found on microwave and on a DVD player. The vfd is durable, functions well and is inexpensive to manufacture.
Hyosung GT650R Photo Gallery
The seating position is extremely tight and racy but its broad saddle keeps the rider comfortable. GT650R generates 64 bhp that should be fine with most of the Indian riders. Its fuel injected engine is mated to six speed gear box. New Hyosung GT650R weighs around 212 kgs now the weight of the motorcycle is not in favor of the flick-ability of the motorcycle. Most of the international reviews of the ride feels that the suspension doesn’t works well and the front dual piston brakes lack power and confidence.
The Hyosung GT650R in India may be bad on handling. The center of gravity is high above the ground and also the ride has longer wheels base, this makes the 650R slow in changing direction but is far more stable at high speeds.
This Korean motorcycle is very similar to the Japanese, Suzuki SV650. The New Hyosung GT650R is 70% of the SV650 in terms of performance and quality and is priced much lower than the Suzuki.
The Bottom Line
When Hyosung comes to India with Garware motors, the ride will be preferred over the Japanese makes as Hyosung will costs less and perform near to equal with the Japanese make.
Hyosung GT650R price in India may settle at Rs 5 Lakh. Now the price will be a low one when we compare to models in the same category from the Japanese.
We can all expect a bright future for the Hyosung GT650R in India. Hyosung may become like the Hyundai in coming years. Don’t get surprised if the Hyosung holds a position in India similar to that of Hyundai cars in India.
Expected: April 2011
Estimated Price: Rs 5 lakh approx
Hyosung GT650R Specification
Engine type: l-c 90-deg.V-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v
Horsepower: 64.2 bhp at 9000 rpm
Torque: 42.3 lb.-ft. at 7500 rpm
Chassis: Tubular-steel trellis
Front suspension: inverted fork 41mm rebound and compression damping
Rear suspension: Single shock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake: 300mm discs, Dual two-piston calipers
Rear brake: 230mm disc, Single-piston caliper
Front tire: Bridgestone BT56, 120/60-ZR17
Rear tire: Bridgestone BT56, 160/60-ZR17
Rake/trail: 25.5°/2.9 in.
Seat height: 31.5 in.
Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 17 liters approx.
Curb weight: 212 kg approx.