DSK-Hyosung are taking the Indian market very seriously and after tasting success with its cruiser bikes, the automaker is looking at winning volumes in the quarter-litre segment. Hyosung currently has the GT250R in the 250cc segment but that bike doesn’t sell well due to the high price. DSK Motowheels plans to launch not one but two quarter-litre bikes in India later this year, they are none other than the Hyosung GD250N and Hyosung GT250 Comet. Both bikes are naked street-fighters but one is a single while the other is a twin.
DSK-Hyosung had showcased the GD250N at the 2014 Auto Expo and multiple reports were pointing to an April launch. We got in touch with Hyosung who told us that the GD250N will not be launched in April but by August and sales will commence in full flow by the festive season. Although Hyosung showcased the GD250N in India, the bike is yet to get homologated by ARAI, a task which can take at least three months. Thus all of you hoping to get hands on the GD250N next month should alter your plans accordingly.
The Hyosung GD250N is powered by a 250cc engine which is a single-cylinder unit that produces more power than Hyosung’s twin-cylinder engine. This quarter-litre bike has 28 BHP and 24 Nm on tap, coupled to a 6-speed gearbox (the GT250R uses a 5-speed box). The influence of the KTM Duke 200 is very apparent, the GD250N has upside down forks at the front, an underbelly exhaust and uses a full digital instrument cluster. To be assembled in India via the CKD route, the Hyosung GD250N is expected to be priced at Rs. 1.50 lakhs (ex-showroom).