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Hyosung GT250R Test Ride Review

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2012 Hyosung GT250R Review

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Hyosung GT250R Review

Bike tested: 2012 Hyosung GT250R

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 3.15 lakhs (est.)

While motorcycle makers have a good line-up of 600cc plus bikes in their stable, it really is the 250cc segment where the real action lies. Kawasaki started it with the Ninja 250R almost 4 years back, only to be joined by Honda’s CBR250R last year. The KTM Duke 200 came earlier this year and now Hyosung is re-entering the segment with the GT250R, this time with Garware Motors. Popularly known as the Comet R, the Hyosung GT250R is very different from other offerings in this segment, but is it enough to put the sales chart on fire? We take the Hyosung GT250R for an outing to find out.

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The GT250R is the best looking 250cc bike in India today.

Styling – At first glance you will notice the Hyosung GT250R is very similar to its big brother, the GT650R in many ways. The six spoke alloy wheels with the massive 300 mm twin floating disc brakes, the upside down forks at the front is the very same. The Hyosung GT250R is projected as a compact design, but it isn’t. The vertically stacked headlights, the two intake vents at the front are very Ducati-ish. The huge visor has its own appeal. The 17-litre fuel tank is very well sculpted. The front fairing with exposed bolts look huge and has cuts and slashes, which are very well executed. The edgy wing mirrors blend in perfectly. The raised rear seat with LED tail lights, split grab rails and a very well designed mudguard makes it very appealing from the rear. The long exhaust, the exposed chain and the massive 150 section tires add to the distinctive look.

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Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – Turn on the ignition of the Hyosung GT250R and the tachometer does the traditional spin. The bike features digital speedometer which displays ample amount of information such as dual trip meter, fuel level, time and engine temperature. It also also has turn indicator lights, high beam, pass-by, along with Neutral and FI malfunction indicators on top of the instrument cluster. There are two buttons, one for resetting the trip meters and the other for the odometer and trip meter reading. The Hyosung GT250R also features adjustable foot-pegs but the position hampers the easy deployment of the side stand.

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Performance and Gearbox – So the Hyosung GT250R is bigger than your normal 250cc motorcycle but how does it perform is the question which everybody wants to know. The GT250R is powered by a 249cc, 75-degree, V-twin, DOHC engine which uses 8-valves and air/oil-cooling. This twin-cylinder powerplant produces a peak power output of 27.6 BHP at 10,000 RPM and peak torque output of 22.07 Nm at 8000 RPM. One would expect the Hyosung GT250R to give intense performance but the bike fails to impress in this regard. The GT250R does climb revvs very quickly but power delivery is nothing close to what you would expect from a V-twin machine. The engine also feels rough at certain points of the power band and more so at the top.

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Take the Hyosung GT250R past 8000 RPM and it starts to feel uneasy. This is very surprising considering peak power is produced at 10,000 RPM. Hyosung engineers have put a revv limiter at 11,500 RPM and the GT250R reaches it’s redline very quickly. I managed to hit 96 km/h in second gear before the revv-limiter cut in. But the Hyosung GT250R doesn’t feel fast enough nor does it accelerate as quickly as the rev counter suggests. As the revvs start to rise, so does the vibrations on the fairing and foot pegs. Mind you the GT250R is fun but just not fast enough as I expected. The gearbox is just about average and our test bike did not shift as smoothly (probably since it was being ridden hard day-in and day-out). The 5-speed transmission is well spaced out and one doesn’t need to work the gearbox too often to get going in any condition.

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Ride, Handling and Braking – The Hyosung GT250R not only replicates its elder sibling in styling, it also does it in terms of other bits and pieces. The front uses 110/70/17 tyres, while the rear features 150/70/17 tyres. The tyres are made by Shinko and do the job very well, offering very good grip levels. The GT250R uses a pressed steel frame but weighs close to 180 kgs. The weight along with the long wheelbase does blunt handling but not to a great extent. The front feels slightly heavy and changing direction quickly needs some effort. The Hyosung GT250R does not feel agile enough and riding in the city can get difficult at times. But one must not forget that the GT250R is a bigger bike in dimension than any other 250cc machine and thus offers the big bike feel. It feels extremely composed at triple digit speeds, firmly planted to the road.

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The turning radius is extremely large (as you can see me take a U-turn above) and the riding position is too sporty for city commute. The clip-on handle bars are positioned lower, putting more weight on the riders wrists. The GT250R is very sporty and the ergonomics can get uncomfortable for those not used to riding such a machine. But once you get used to the GT250R, you will feel at home riding bigger motorcycles. Ride quality is good and the GT250R absorbs most of the bumps comfortably, without creating any uneasiness for the rider. Braking performance is good but the 300mm twin discs at the front don’t really give it any better stopping power. The brake lever is adjustable just like it is on the GT650R.

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Conclusion – The Hyosung GT250R is a mixed bag. While it has the goodies on paper (in terms of performance), it lacks many features one would expect at that price. There is no liquid-cooling or 6-speed gearbox and buyers would expect ABS as standard. The GT250R doesn’t offer the twin-cylinder punch in its performance but it’s gorgeous looks make up for it. The big bike looks and feel of the GT250R are the strong points going for it, with the only hindrance in its path to success is its pricing. Grapevine suggests something close to the Ninja 250R, which would be hard to justify for the Korean automaker.

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Whats Cool

* Stunning looks
* Engine sound
* Twin projector headlights

Whats Not So Cool

* Performance
* Pricing

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2012 Hyosung GT250R Specifications : –

* Engine: 249 cc, air/oil cooled, 75° V-twin 8-valves, DOHC engine
* Power: 27.6 BHP @ 10,000 RPM
* Torque: 22.07 Nm @ 8000 RPM
* Transmission: 5-speed manual
* Top Speed: 140 km/h
* 0-100kmph: 9.50 seconds
* Fuel Consumption: 24-25 kmpl (City), 28-29 kmpl (highway)
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Suspension: 41mm inverted forks (Front), Gas filled monoshock (Rear)
* Tires: 110/70/17 (Front), 150/70/17 (Rear)
* Brakes: 300 mm Twin Discs (Front), Disc ( Rear)
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 liters
* Kerb Weight: 177 kgs

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  • Ram

    Nice review, the conclusion was perfect and you summed it well, but why 4.1 stars? I think it deserves a 3 star for the reasons you guys highlighted.

    Also, from pics, looks like the silencer is not finished well. Is that just the photo?

    • Faisal

      Ram, trust me the GT250R is not a bad bike at all. Its only the pricing which will cause problems for it. You can’t price it near the Ninja, because the Ninja is way more powerful and refined. The conclusion stars are based on the stars allocated on other parameters and the GT250R scores very well in styling and console departments.

      The silencer was finished that way. Some issues with the test bikes I am told.

  • Vijeth v

    Nice Review.
    But in the 0-100 accleration that you have mentioned -9.5sec
    which is pretty similar to the cbr and the duke?
    But you mention that it doesnt accelerate as fast?

    • Faisal

      Vijeth, both the bikes you mentioned are single-cylinder machines, priced atleast 40% less. The Ninja 250R does the 0-100 km/h dash in less than 8 seconds.

  • Ram

    Thanks Faisal, hows the heat? When I rode them in US, the heat was quite unbearable in traffic. Has that improved? Glad to see the gearing is better in this

    • Faisal

      Ram, I am not in a very good position to comment on the heat, because the temperature outside was itself way too hot for me to notice how hot the bike was getting. I rode it in 40 degree Pune heat.

  • Ram

    Hmmm. May be when you guys do a prolonged ride you can tell us. For me the fairing kind of focused the heat to my legs and it got uncomfortable. Hope thats not the case here. Also, good to see Shinko getting a positive report. Though have booked the CBR will wait for the launch to decide provided Garware prices it sensibly for what it is.

    • Faisal

      Ram, I had a word with Garware. Pricing will be close to Ninja and the GT250R is brought in as through the CKD route.

  • Ram

    I thought so, its sad that they opted this. I feel the bike does not command such a price tag given that 650N is at 4. Now will go ahead with CBR till Daytona is launched.

    • Faisal

      Ram, the 650N ex-showroom is Rs. 3.8 lakhs. Looks like the GT250N will be priced aggressively against the CBR250R.

  • rohit

    faisal i think u should shoot an email to garware mentioning what issues u faced while testing & if the company sorts out issues you wrote & price it aggressively it has the capability to eat in the market share of 250cbr. Apart from that the bikes sporty and bulky styling really hot and sexy. u should also say your good friends at indianautosblog to shoot an email regarding the same….

    • Faisal

      Rohit, I have personally highlighted all the issues to the Garware Motors team. Garware Motors does not have an engineering or R&D center here. They only assemble bikes in India. What ever has to be done, will be done by Hyosung in Korea. More so, Garware Motors is not looking at volumes with the GT250R and planning to sell around 8000-10,000 units a year.

  • Hi Fas,

    Short and sweet review highlighting the points very perfectly. As I see it and as you have mentioned, the price one would pay for this is for styling and the big bike feel (almost looks like a 600). Lack of liquid cooling and a 6 click box is frankly a sin. Still this would definitely find buyers more specifically the poser junta- but I hope Garware backs up the product with good after-sales or else after some time, the looks alone won’t be good enough for this bike to hold its ground. Great review once again.

    • Faisal

      Thanks Deepak. Garware Motors is working on the service bit I am told. They have 18 outlets and plan to launch many more.

  • Ronak

    Looks are one of the best in my view! But the specs and features put me off! A 5 speed transmission and a oil cooled engine are simply out of date and also pointing to the twin cylinder engine the power output must be extremely high! Just 26bhp ?? I doubt its performance and with that massive weight it wont be a pocket rocket!

    • Faisal

      Ronak, you are absolutely right. The GT250R is no rocket and is as fast as the CBR250R or the Duke even with a twin-cylinder engine.

  • NINU

    Its for those people who wants to hone their riding skills before buying a proper sports bike as GT250r has all the dimensions similar to big bikes & also makes power in higher Rpms. It will find many buyers if priced near 2 lakhs, just because of its looks & big bike feel.

    • Faisal

      Ninu, that is the main reason why the GT250R will sell, the looks and big bike appearance.

  • Hunky

    GT250R with same performance figure as CBR250 or even a duke but priced at 2.5L ??

    Why would some one wont pay extra Rs. 30,000 for a Ninja 250R or why wont some one pay a full 1L less to buy CBR 250 with almost same performance..

    Only thing this has going for it is its looks..

    It seems like just like Honda went heywire with their CBR 150 pricing, this bike too will suffer heavily for its pricing..

    Hoping to see GTR250N at more realistic price..


    Strange to read the targeted figure of Gayware for their entry level offering.. usually companies go aggressive about their entry level model to penetrate the market..

    Hyosung isn’t quite a premium brand rather its the bike for the mass in else where surviving on volume and value for money factor rather than being in a proper SBK league.. If Gayware is targeting this for Indian SBK buyers, well majority has Pulsar is sports in their mind with great value for money factor getting 24ps @ less than 1 lack, where as rest of the buyers would certainly think, why not paying 30k extra for the baby Ninja ??

    • Faisal

      Hunky, the reason is that Garware Motors will target the naked version for volumes I feel. Also people don’t like Ninja cluster and the GT250R looks so much better in terms of looks.

  • JJ

    Faisal Bro, U did not mention anything about the engine n exhaust sounds. please elaborate????

    • Faisal

      JJ, engine sound is slightly roary. Its loud and you can hear 2 seconds of sound in the video review.

    • JJ

      i want want a engine to sound like a newly wedded gal’s bangles….. like P220 does after 5000kms of runs, n what about the exaust sound?

    • Faisal Khan

      JJ, exhaust sound is decent, did you see the video, it is there in it for a couple of seconds.

  • Suddhatma

    I do not know why India got the detuned version of the 28.5 bhp GT250R, this is ridiculous, its only 26.7 bhp here ??? !!!

    Here is a video for the performance of the original GT250R :

    • Faisal

      Suddhatma, the reason is emissions or mileage. Had the GT250R got the international tune, it might have justified the Rs. 2 lakh plus pricing.

    • Aryan

      From a foreign companys INDIA always gets the degraded version…. also the CBR’s, R15 all r way different from originally built in japan.
      Its may b bcoz of pricing in India & Indian people mostly go for looks more than performance.

  • Raj

    Why there is a difference in the specs of Overdrive review and your review ?
    there [Overdrive] the back tyre is 130 section and here its 150 section .. its strange

    • Faisal Khan

      Raj, we can confirm the details we are carrying is right ;-)

  • I doubt if a massive bike like this would come with a 130 section rear tyre….it has to be a 150.

  • hi, faisal ! nice write up and felt it as an unbiased review. heard they have reduced the output as much as 2 BHP and so is torque, but why ? the only reason they might have done this is to reduce the engine stress and vibration with a taught of improving fuel consumption. but as from ur review, it still have nagging vibrations past a particular rev range, right ? and if they are going to price it near to Ninja 250R, they are not going to sell it well ! as much as 90% guy’s here who’s gonna spend nearly 3 lakh for a bike know each and everything ! ;) they will blindly go for Ninja, its a cult !

    • But, Faisal ! Ninja 250 & Yammie R15 are happily running on our Petrol with stratospheric Compression ratio’s and so is our superbikes ! then why should they detune this puny Hyosung ? tat too a V-twin, already in a detuned state of 28 BHP outside ! i am a passionate automobile engineer working with an Oil major researching on the impact’s of the quality of fuel to the automobile engines and our petrol easily pass the criteria except some high end SBk’s. sure they tried to destress the engine to reduce the nagging vibrations as both Ninja, which i own and CBR are butter smooth, slick and trouble free ! pls enlighten the garware pple ! u pple are powerful enough to Enlighten them ! coz, 3 of my frnds already pulled out of buying it already and they are going to buy Ninja even though it cost more…

    • Faisal Khan

      Abiram, I guess its only because of the fuel consumption they did the detuning.

    • Faisal Khan

      Abiram, they reduced the power for fuel efficiency I suppose.

  • @Abiram: Engines are generally detuned not for improving fuel consumption but more for the quality of fuels available here.

  • looks just like the 650r. we think that exhaust could be more better in the appearence. we are waiting for the shootout with the baby ninja and the cbr 250.
    we loved the review. Way to go !!!!

  • Vishnu

    great news….

  • Manool

    Please advise which bike is shld take i will be greatfull please.

    Pleas guys advise. Money between 1 to 3 lakhs.

    • Blindly go for Ninja, if u can maintain it regularly ! or save almost half de cash and buy CBR !! spare part’s & service cost almost half of the others ! if u wanna show off, but GT 250r.

  • asif khumani

    Hi faisal, which byk is best cbr250, ninja250 or hyosung250… I m intrested in hyosung..i m totally confused ,what is the future of hyosung byk in india…pls give me right feed back

  • robin

    hi faisal !!
    this is my first log in at ur website n i must say its a real gud wrk from u .
    u hav beautifully filtered out the pros n cons ..
    will stick to motorbeam for upcoming reviews ..

    • Thanks for your kind words Robin, really appreciate it ;-)

  • Ali

    Should we wait for nunja300

  • Hemanth

    Hi Faisal,

    I am posting on this website for the 1st time. Company siad Hyosung GT250R, in India (2014) is available at a price tag of around 2 lacs, are you sure. If so, Company will reduce quality of bike (Parts)??

    • Hemanth, it will be available only in 2014 for that price once its locally manufactured. They will localize parts not reduce quality.

  • Agnal

    Hi faisal
    can u tell me the showroom of hyosong in kerala?

  • santosh

    dear friends
    i am haveing yamaha R15 and its good for me without any problem and now its hyosung GT250r which i am very much happy about the desing and the model so please suggest me weather i should go for the hyosung or baby ninja ,as i have see both bike and i feel that Hyosung feel good sound and i am totaly confused about ninja and hyosung …

    hope to make me to take a best bike and also in comeing time it want get any problem and the servics .

  • Maheswar Das

    My bike choseing is Hyosung GTR250
    so hot and i like this bike real very hot

  • Sanjay

    Hi Faisal,

    Great review, gud job, I can see more cons than pros to be honest, mainly…

    1) Instrument cluster looks plain boring, the tach should have been bigger.
    2) The system check is just stupid, usually, when you turn on the ignition of a motorcycle, the system check happens where all indications light up for a second and the tach does a cycle but in this Hyosung, during initial system check, none of the indication lights light up other than the FI and Neutral lights…thats dumb stupid.
    3) Liquid cooling is muct to get rid of that old school air & oil cooled look of the engine compartment.
    4) Last but yes least, exhaust pipe could have been better looking atlease a nice carbon coating, but forgivable if the current finish gives the awesome 3 cylinder like note. love the note. Atleast a heat plate would have been fair.

    I would never buy this bike for more than 1.8 lacs or for 3 lacs surely if they consider atleast 3 of the above.

  • Alfred

    Is the quality, reliability, as good as the Honda CBR 250 R?

  • Chethan

    The instrument cluster looks very cheap, I believe the build quality, fit and finish is poor.

  • Ayush

    Does comet has its assembly line in india????……if yes then where is it loacted?????

  • Jayaprakash M

    I plan to buy HYOSUNG GT250R within next 2 months.
    1) Only question I have in mind is; How’s the service and availability of SPARES and quality of Service in Mumbai? Can I have a close look at their Service center?
    2) Is this the right kind of SPORTS bike to ride from Thane to Worli daily (80 kms round-trip) on the highway?

  • pritam

    konsi bike best hai Hyosung GT 250 R////// Honda CBR 250

    • Pritam, Honda CBR250R seems more value for money in front of the Hyosong GT250R.

  • Arvind

    Hi Faisal, am planing to buy 250 cc bike, am stuck between honda cbr250cc & hyosung gtr250cc, u help me which bike i cn buy….

  • ankit

    Hi,Faisal buying hyosung gt250r is a correct decision or not can u plz suggest .

  • john

    Hi faisal, which byk is best cbr250, ninja250 or hyosung250 r duke 390… I m intrested in hyosung..i m totally confused ,what is the future of hyosung byk in india…pls give me right feed back. im not goin to take it for race nd all its just for my occational use. so which bike would be btr u can also suggest me some other bikes which have launched recently

    • Ninja 250R is no longer on sale but the Ninja 300 is the best quarter-litre.

    • john

      how about duke 200 vs cbr 250 which is the best pik

    • Depends on your requirements, I would suggest to wait for the RC 200.

  • manas

    hey faisal,hw u doing? well am planning to buy the new look hyosung simpls reason that it looks good and its also in budget. advice me on the service and maintainance cost.wud be ridding it everyday for 34km .also let me knw which silencer to fit in.the twin brother is expensive.

  • manas

    faisal,me hv also heard that hyosung accepts only premium that right? currently i am using the hero honda ZMR. will i enjoy the hyosung 250??? i hope its faster and quicker. ninja is not in my budget

  • Terry

    I just finished riding the both 250’s, Honda and hyosung.
    Apples to apples I liked the hyosung better. Brakes are better, power band is equal.
    Hyosung sung is sat up like a real sport bike. The Honda would most likely be better on a long run.
    Both had a little lag time between shifts. Keep the hyosung in the 7 to 8 rpm range and the lag goes away.
    As for the numbers 1 out 10, hyosung gets 8 Honda gets a 7.

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