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Hyosung Developing Off-Road Bike For India


Hyosung Off Roader India

Hyosung is planning to launch an off-road motorcycle, specific for the Indian market. This off-road motorcycle will be called the Hyosung RT250D and will be a bigger version of the RT125D, which is currently sold in global markets. This new off-roader will be launched around April 2013 and will be assembled in Wai, near Pune. The company has invested close to Rs. 65 crore in setting up of a second assembly facility, which will have three assembly lines producing 10 bikes per line, per shift every day. This assembly line will be operational soon and will also churn out the upcoming Hyosung GT250R and the GV650 cruiser.

While off-roader motorcycles have not really taken off in the Indian market, one can expect the Hyosung RT250D to create a niche for itself. Power will come in from the same 250cc V-twin motor which does duty in the GT250R, so don’t expect pricing to be below Rs. 1.5 lakhs. The 250cc engine produces close to 26 BHP of power and has good top end punch. Honda is planing to launch the CRF250L motorcycle in the Indian market as well, which would go head on with the RT250D. Do we really need off-roading motorcycles in India, just because our roads look off-road!

Hyosung Off Road Bike

Source – Autocar India

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  • k 72 racing team May 3, 2012, 7:34 pm

    before Honda, hyosung and other company kick off for off road bikes , I think Ktm will lead the market.

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    • Faisal May 5, 2012, 6:53 pm

      k72, yes but the Duke is not an outright off-roader due to the engine shrouds being at risk when you take it off-road.

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      • karikor May 6, 2012, 10:20 am

        For KTM to enter the 250 cc Off Road segment by launching their MX and Enduro series like the the 250-SX, 250-SX-F, 250-EXC and 250-EXC-F. Ofcourse the MX series have models till 450cc and the Enduro series upto 690cc. They even have their Supermoto series like 450 SMR and 690 SMR-C.

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        • Faisal May 8, 2012, 5:55 pm

          Karikor, this model is India specific. They are not getting anything from outside, yet!

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  • Manty Ahmed May 4, 2012, 7:44 am

    This one looks funny. Anyone??

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    • Faisal May 5, 2012, 6:55 pm

      Manty, I am sure the final version will look much better.

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  • Ninu May 4, 2012, 1:05 pm

    I dont think that this will sport the same 250cc engine of GT250R as it is very heavy bcoz of v twin engine configuration. Off roader bikes are made as light as possible so we can expect a single cylinder 250 cc low with good torque in low rpms .High revving engine making power in high rpms is not needed on an off roader due to its nature of job of climbing rocks… cheers… :)

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  • karikor May 4, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Kudos to Hyosung for thinking of bringing such a machine to satiate the appetite of those hard core Indian off-road enthusiast. Yes Hero Motocorp initiated the process by launching the Hero Impulse and such news is the subsequent cascading effect of the Impulse and is very much welcomed. However, despite the good looks, the engine lacks the power requirements for proper off-roading. And yes, Hyosung should really introspect properly before launching a 250cc dual purpose bike carrying the looks of the RT125D. The RT125D looks more like, not just a 70′s off road bike, but much much earlier than that. Looks more 60′s to me. And Hyosung cannot fool the Indian buyer with a half-a-century dated looks. The Indian buyer is far more knowledgeble and choosier than that. However the Hyosung XRX 400 does relatively look more contemporary. A Hyosung XRX 250 would be a sensible start as an option. And Hopefully as the market matures, even the XRX400 would be a good proposition. Over and above,the Honda CRF 250L is what Hyosung should make their anticipated product match up with and compete.

    However this looks more like a local mechanic modified RX or infact reminds me of a modified Bajaj Kawasaki Enduro.

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    • Faisal May 5, 2012, 6:56 pm

      Karikor, I won’t say the final model will look anything like this. A company which produces something as gorgeous as the GT250R can’t put a dated model like above in the same showroom.

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      • karikor May 5, 2012, 9:05 pm

        I know…I just love the GT250R looks and also the GV650…..Something with the looks of the Hyosung XRX range of dual sport bikes would look more decent and contemporary for launching in the market. the XRX 125 / RX 125 was produced and sold in many markets between 1998-2009. it produces 9 Kw of power and 9.9 Nm of torque and weighed just 125 kgs and was related to the Suzuki DR 125. They can launch something more like it or even better. Wot say you Faisal?

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        • karikor May 5, 2012, 9:16 pm

          The thing is Hyosung have discontinued the XRX series of Off road bikes…the funny thing is that something like the RT125D shown above is still being sold in markets like the UK . :)

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          • Faisal May 8, 2012, 5:54 pm

            Karikor, being sold in UK? That is really funny. Would have accepted it if it was sold in China.

        • Faisal May 8, 2012, 5:53 pm

          Karikor, I doubt that the off-roader will look anything close to the GT250R, because it will have very few parts.

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          • karikor May 8, 2012, 6:56 pm

            @ Fas,

            Yes the RT250D is still being sold currently in the UK market at 2599 pounds along with their GT and GV models. ;-)
            Yes the off-roader will most certainly not look anything like the GT and GV models but should atleast have the looks of a contemporary modern off-roader.

          • Faisal May 16, 2012, 12:06 am

            Karikor, my talk with Hyosung revealed that no such plans to bring RT250D anytime soon.

          • karikor May 16, 2012, 10:00 am

            Faisal, Thank God they are not bringing in this model. It would be such a waste of opportunity. I hope they are still working on developing a 250cc off-roader though???

          • Faisal May 21, 2012, 12:46 am

            Karikor, yes they are working on it.

          • karikor May 21, 2012, 8:49 am

            Well atleast thats good news to start the week by.

  • Deepak Dongre May 4, 2012, 11:12 pm

    The rear tyre gives an impression that it holds so much air in it that this bike can even float/run on water ;)

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    • Faisal May 5, 2012, 6:56 pm

      Deepak, that is extremely high profile tyre so it appears that way!

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