4-Stroke, DOHC 8 Valve 90 Degrees V Twin, Water Cooled
72.68 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Hyosung GT650R Road Test
Korean assault!Most of the biking enthusiasts have good memories of the brand Hyosung. This was the company that gave us the first real taste of a proper 250cc street bike as well as a cruiser – that was in the form of the Comet 250 and the Aquilla 250. The good news is that the Korean is now back on Indian roads and this time with Pune based Garware Motors and the better news comes in the form of their offerings which are bigger and better!Garware Motors will be importing the bikes as CKD (complete knock down) kits and assembling the motorcycles at their assembly un... [ Read More ]
Hyosung GT650R Review
The GT650R from Hyosung is one of the very first attempts in the now nascent middle-weight 600cc segment in India. The bike firmed up its presence in the segment due to its big bruising looks and availability of raw performance of a V-twin engine, at a price much affordable for the Indian mass market.
The GT650R is a purposely built bike to make the rider feel as if he is riding a bike from an upper segment. The front has a unique face with a diamond shaped headlamp incorporating a projector bulb within it. The big bike appeal is further enhanced by the full fairing which has many edgy air scoops embedded on it, to facilitate the cooling of the engine. The fuel tank is a nicely sculpted unit with superb knee recesses, which gives the rider a feeling of being 'in' the bike. The side and rear body panels have a pointed design stretching rearwards, with a small LED tail lamp taking the pride position behind. The very usable split pillion grab rails and split seats accentuate its big bike appeal even moretal . The instrument console is a combination of an analog tachometer and a small LCD displaying digital speedometer, clock, fuel gauge, odometer and trip meter, but the unit looks rather plain and outdated. The build quality and fit and finish is decent, but not up to the benchmarks set up by the Japanese quarter liter motorcycles.
Powering the GT650R is segment-first 647cc 4-stroke, air-cooled, V-twin unit which churns out a maximum 73.7 PS of power and 60.9 Nm of torque. The motorcycle seems eager to rev the moment you twist the throttle, with the abundance of torque lying in the upper ranges of rev limits. The motorcycle seems a bit unrefined when revved hard near the redline, but the linear power delivery pretty much makes up for it. The 6-speed gearbox is a nice unit, which makes the usability of the available power very easy.
The GT650R is destined to be a sharp and focused motorcycle which it perfectly does so. The bike with its bigger stance, low set split handlebars and rear set foot pegs gives it a dedicated seating position, giving you more confidence on the saddle to push it hard. The suspension setup of front downside telescopic forks and rear monoshock is set up on a stiffer side, and aids in complementing with the chassis' flexibility. The brakes are amongst the best in class with dual discs at front and a single disc at rear.
Overall, the GT650R provides you the exclusivity and proper feel and rideability of high-end superbikes, at a much affordable and scaled down package. The engine and power delivery may not be as aggressive as its rivals, but the handling and focused nature of the chassis makes up for it. At present in India, it is present in the nascent category of motorcycles offering a V-twin within Rs. 5 lakhs, and definitely is worth to give a look for.