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2013 Hyosung GT650R Test Ride Review

2013 Hyosung GT650R Road Test

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Hyosung GT650R Review

Bike tested: 2013 Hyosung GT650R

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 5,24,400/-

The Hyosung GT650R continues to please with terrific performance from its 650cc motor.

When the Hyosung GT650R was first launched in India, it did not have any real competition. Soon Bajaj-Kawasaki launched the Ninja 650R, which ate into the GT650R’s sales. However both bikes are very different. While the Ninja 650R is a more relaxed machine, the Hyosung GT650R is an aggressive motorcycle with a very committed riding position. Now DSK-Hyosung have launched the 2013 GT650R, which gets mild updates to keep the product fresh. The changes are not drastic and are not immediately apparent either but they do make the GT650R more appealing.

Styling – The 2013 Hyosung GT650R gets cosmetic changes. While the rest of the bike remains largely the same as before, the front gets revisions which are immediately noticeable. The oval shaped headlight has been replaced by a V-shaped unit which looks sharper than before. The nose and side body panels have been re-styled and improve aerodynamics of this machine. The air dams have been changed and are now sleeker than before. The company has given the Hyosung GT650R new body graphics along with new colours, which further accentuate the appeal of this motorcycle. The GT650R continues to turn heads where ever it goes.

Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear – Not many changes have been done to the console of the Hyosung GT650R, but the cluster looks fresh thanks to the use of new colors. The all black analogue tachometer on the Hyosung GT650R is easier to read than the earlier model while the digital display houses the same amount of data as last year’s model. The display is now back lit in orange color, making it easier to read even in extremely sunny conditions. The quality of switch gear is good although not the best, there are a few rough edges, like the adjustable front brake lever not being the easiest to use.

Performance and Gearbox – The engine of the Hyosung GT650R produces the same output as before but has been tweaked to offer better city driveability. The 647cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin motor produces 72.68 BHP of power at 9000 RPM and 60.9 Nm of torque at 7500 RPM. This motor does perform well although throttle response is not immediate. The engine of the Hyosung GT650R feels strong in the mid-range and once past 5000 RPM, it accelerates very brutally to its 10,500 RPM redline, with power starting to trail off gradually and vibrations increasing as the revvs build. The engine does tend to heat your legs through the fairing after continuous amount of kms on the saddle. The 6-speed gearbox works well although it does tend to get a bit rough at times but the clutch is well weighed and the overall performance of the GT650R is nothing short of exciting with 0 – 100 km/hr being achieved in just 5.5 seconds. This V-twin powerplant feels at home cruising and one can pull the GT650R from 50 km/hr in top gear to its top speed of 210 km/hr without any hint of uneasiness from the motor.

Riding Dynamics – The Hyosung GT650R is not short on hardware, getting a rigid steel frame and Kayaba upside down forks. The riding position is super aggressive with the rider having to crouch forward, making it uncomfortable to ride this machine in the city. This sporty riding position takes getting used to but the seats are good and offer very good comfort to the derriere. The GT650R is a heavy machine, weighing in at 215 kgs, which doesn’t make it the easiest bike to push around corners. Handling is good but changing directions quickly requires some effort. The balance of this motorcycle through corners is extremely good and so is the high speed stability, with the GT650R staying firmly planted to the ground at all speeds. The Bridgestone tyres offer very good grip and braking performance is excellent although ABS should have been offered, atleast as an option. Ride quality is on the harsh side but very good by sportbike standards.

Verdict – DSK-Hyosung are betting bike on the Indian market. The company is working on improving customer experience and its nice to see them revise the GT650R. The mild updates to the Hyosung GT650R makes this motorcycle a better overall package. While the GT650R does have a few short comings, the company has priced the machine aggressively, making it one of the best sportbike in its segment.

The Hyosung GT650R might not be polished, but it offers an excellent sportbike experience without breaking the bank.

What’s Cool

* Styling
* Engine Performance

What’s Not So Cool

* High RPM Vibrations

2013 Hyosung GT650R Specifications

* Engine: 647cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve,V-twin
* Power: 72.68 BHP @ 9000 RPM
* Torque: 60.9 Nm @ 7500 RPM
* Transmission: 6-speed manual
* Top Speed: 210 km/hr
* 0-100kmph: 5.5 seconds
* Fuel Consumption: 17-18 kmpl (City), 20-22 kmpl (highway)
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Suspension: Inverted telescopic forks (front), linked monoshock (rear)
* Tires: 120/60/17 (Front), 160/60/17 (Rear)
* Brakes: 300 mm Ventilated Discs (Front), 230 mm Disc (Rear)

2013 Hyosung GT650R Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 2095 mm X 700 mm X 1135 mm
* Wheelbase: 1445 mm
* Ground clearance: 165 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 17-liters
* Kerb Weight: 215 kgs

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • rakesh

    It should work at this price since its cheaper than Ninja and offers more performance too

  • bhavesh

    the bikes styling looks best from hyosung.i like it.and dual tone looks best.

  • Sanjay

    s it me or is it English or is it the initial system check of this bike that is dumb ? An initial system check is supposed to check all systems to ensure they are working fine, that is freakin why its called a system CHECK, for gods sake. In the GT650R and GT250R as well, only the Neutral light lights up during the system check. The Turn signal indicators, high beam indicators and FI indicator does not light up. That is just dumb for a system check. Thank god atleast the LCD display and Tach needle does its cycle. Even out of the wallet priced 150 cc bikes like FZ16 does it gracefully.

    • Vivek

      Hey Sanjay, i don’t mean it otherwise, but do you really need a few extra lights to light up to make it more convincing (that a system check has been done)? The hyosung does have a way to tell you if anything is wrong with it’s parts.

  • alad

    With its ability to reach a maximum speed of up to 210 kilometer per hour with ease, the new Hyosung 650R is definitely one among the coolest super bike choices on the present market.

  • Gajbar

    funny to see hyosung not tuning engine for more power

    • Vivek

      Yes, i too wish they’d put in the new line of ECU. I think the one in the US market is currently close to 93HP.

  • javin dass

    I’ve heared about the 2013 250 version of the same looks is going to launch in india this year is it true that Dsk group is going to launch it or its just a rumour…..

  • Sandeep

    I have booked titanium red 650R and will get the bike this weekend.
    I currently have R15 v1, so i wont feel uncomfortable with ridding position.

    look wise, no comments – simply awesome
    Power – Excellent
    Performance – good
    Only concern i have is with the exhaust/engine sound, i am not able to get a complete feel of its exhaust sound on you-tube, but if i compare it with R6 sound, it doesnt give a “zroom” feel.m i right?

    i really hope that this bike exhaust will sound lke a sports bike, not a silencer busted tempo :)

    • Ankit

      Congrats for ur purchase.
      As far as the sound is concerned it will never sound like an R6 buddy as a V Twin cannot sound like an inline 4. No matter what slip on/full system exhaust you go for.
      A V Twin sounds like a high revving tractor and an inline 4 is just orgasmic(“zroom” feel).

    • James

      V-twins are power in the same way a Harley is, but the Hyosung has unbelievably good performance, speed, and impressive acceleration. The front rears up easily when you accelerate. Lots of torque. If anyone is worried about the noise, don’t be. Whilst your GSXR’s and Ninja’s scream, the GT650R has a completely unique noise to these other bikes. It roars like a Nascar. Or a T-Rex having an orgasm if you stick a Screaming Demon exhaust on it. Other sport bike riders are envious of the completely unique roar it makes. And let me tell you, it really roars loud.

  • souma

    Style is good…..nice sitting position….wide tyre…everything is gud…need to increase bhp….top end should be 230km/h…..nd tail light not so good….

  • sadhi

    It good buy for the entry level super bikers as its not too quick to the numbers ………………….but i doubt whether it can be called a super bike…………………..

  • Archie

    The Hyosung GT650R has been designed to be stable and cozy in terms of ride and handling. The bike features a long distance of 1445mm that sheds the particular weight of this bike by creating it staggeringly stable at high speeds and sharp corners

  • Glenelg

    It’s is really an eye catching bike and it will make every head turn for a second look. The company has done an excellent designing job by deploying a rigid and tough steel frame along with a rectangular swing arm. The front facade is loaded with bold adjustable Japanese made Kayaba upside-down telescopic forks.

  • Subhankar

    Bike is no doubt is really nice. But what sucks is the service.
    Everytime you give the bike for service, they will screw up one or the other thing and results.. within a week after the service you will find some problems.
    One part goes wrong they will try their best to not replace the part which is within warranty. You say that you will pay for the part and it is available the next day. Worst service I have ever seen.

    • Faisal Khan

      Yes Hysoung service has been poor since they entered India, even after partnering with DSK.

  • Biswajit chanda

    Only I wnt to know wen dis gt250 2013 ver will launch in india I m waiting for dis can anyone help me out I m really eger to know

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