DSK-Hyosung is sure on a roll at the ongoing 2014 Auto Expo showcasing the GD250N and the RT125D performance bikes from their range. While the GD250N is for the performance hungry quarter-litre enthusiasts, the RT125D offers performance both on and off road.
First off is the GD250N, the highly anticipated bike to be joining the quarter-litre party from Korea. The bike showcased is a naked street-fighter motorcycle with a striking resemblance to the Duke 200 in terms of looks and dimensions and one can be mistaken for one easily. Powering the GD250N is a 249cc, single-cylinder engine producing 28 BHP of power and 24 Nm of torque. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The Hyosung GD250N uses 37 mm inverted forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. Stopping power comes from petal disc brakes on the front and rear wheels. You also get an underbelly exhaust, while a total weight of 145 kgs on the bike provides an excellent power to weight ratio. Hyosung already sells the GT250R full-faired bike with a twin-cylinder engine and the GD250N will be an appropriate inclusion to the portfolio.
The second bike to take everyone’s notice is the Hyosung RT125D, which is a dual purpose motorcycle and has been showcased at the show to gauge public reaction. The RT125D is essentially an Enduro and is powered by a 124cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 13.5 PS of power. The bike is based on a cradle frame and uses a monoshock. Unlike the other 125cc bikes that are available in India right now, the RT125D is significantly better equipped and potent. Hyosung has shown no interests in launching the bike as of now and is currently studying the feasibility and the market demand for a product like this.
Hyosung has high hopes from the GD250N and will commence sales in the later months of 2014. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 1.8 lakhs (ex-showroon) when launched and will be competing with the Duke 200 in terms of specs and the 390 in terms of price. Hyosung is generating a response for the RT125D, which will decide whether it is feasible to launch the bike in India. Considering it is underpowered; it might just make way for the RT250D to be launched in the future.