Competition in India’s newly discovered 650cc segment is starting to heat up with the launch of the new Hyosung GT650N, which can be easily be considered the naked version of their last bike, the GT650R. With the entry of Kawasaki Ninja 650R in Indian markets, Hyosung’s fully faired GT650R had to face a tough time as it was not well received and much appreciated by performance enthusiasts. The Korean bike also lost out on the price factor when the Japanese makers decided to put a smaller price tag on their offering. The new naked Hyosung is priced still lower and challenges the Ninja directly on the price factor.
For those who are familiar with the Comet GT250 that Hyosung launched in partnership with Kinetic many years ago, will be reminded of the smaller sibling when they see the GT650N. The design has taken a lot of cues from older motorcycles and although it has been updated slightly, still has significant DNA evidence of its bloodline. The new design features which come into view at a glance are a split seat, a new exhaust and a new headlight. While they look good, these new additions are still not able to compensate for the dated look of the motorcycle.
On the bright side though, this is the only naked bike available in its segment and that is reason enough to go for it. The nearest competition for naked bikes in India comes in the form of Yamaha FZ 1, which is a 1000cc bike and thus priced well above the GT650N.
Some features of Hyosung GT650N:
647cc, 4 stroke, 8 valve, DOHC, fuel injected, water cooled, V twin engine that produces 72.68bhp @ 9000 RPM and 60.9Nm @ 7500 RPM
6 speed gearbox
Twin front disc and rear disc brakes with twin piston calipers
Upside down front forks
The Hyosung GT650N is priced at Rs 4.39 (ex showroom Delhi) and will be available in 3 colours (Majestic White, Racy Red and Black Puma)