Hyosung is constantly updating their products, getting the Aquila Pro cruiser, updating the GT650R’s aesthetics and suspension recently. Almost a year ago, Hyosung launched the naked 650 (GT650N) and with all the bikes comes an impressive price tag as well. But due to brand awareness and other issues, the products are not able to strike the right chords in the Indian market. Hyosung recently launched the updated GT250R in the American market. Our good friends at Motorcycle.com have tested it and report on what exactly has changed.
The changes to the GT250R are quite similar to the ones seen on the GT650R recently. There are a few styling changes and updates to mechanicals as well, like the headlight which now looks sharper with those edges and the upper fairing getting a slight re-design. There will be new colours on offer as well, with new graphics. One of the key problems with the Hyosung GT250R is the lumpy fueling at low speeds and suspension wasn’t up to the mark. Easily running wide, the feedback from the front and the right balance of ride quality and dynamic capabilities was hampering the fun.
Hyosung has updated the fueling system with a new ECU from Delphi which seems to help in better start up and smooth acceleration from bottom of the rev range. The suspension has been updated with front forks coming from KYB (the company was recently acquired by Yamaha) but still lacking feedback which a keen rider wants. As usual the ergonomics are pain in the back and the heat and vibrations kill the fun of riding.
With tough competition from the Honda CBR250R, KTM Duke 200 and especially from the upcoming Ninja 300R, we expect Hyosung to launch the updated GT250R in the later half of 2013. Pricing? Well expect a decrease of Rs. 20,000/- as the company increases localisation. Let’s not forget, at the launch of the Aquila Pro, DSK Motowheels officially announced the setup of a new R&D center which is developing a single cylinder 200/250cc motorcycle. So expect this V-Twin powered bike to be at a premium level when it comes to pricing. But as always, we at MotorBeam never skip a day without saying God bless competition!
Source – Motorcycle.com