It’s official. DSK-Hyosung have revealed their 2014 Auto Expo plans and the company will finally launch the GV250 Aquila at the biennial event. The Hyosung GV250 is a cruiser motorcycle which was already sold in India a decade back, when Hyosung entered India in collaboration with Kinetic. The Aquila makes a return but this time the market is more mature to gobble up the bike which is going to be an excellent alternative to Royal Enfield motorcycles. The Aquila 250 is powered by a 249cc, oil-cooled engine which uses a V-twin configuration and will thus have some vibrations. This motor produces 26.21 BHP of power at 9500 RPM, unheard of powerband in a cruiser. Expect the Aquila to be priced at under Rs. 3 lakhs.
Hyosung will also showcase two interesting models, which have never being displayed in India yet. The recently unveiled GD250N which is a naked street-fighter motorcycle, powered by a single-cylinder engine. This bike produces 28 BHP of power and 24 Nm of torque with heavy inspiration coming from the KTM Duke 200, a bike with which it will rub its shoulders in the Indian market. Thus the Hyosung GD250N uses upside down forks, wheels that resemble the Pulsar 200 NS, aggression of a KTM Duke and features galore (petal discs, underbelly exhaust, low weight, etc). Hyosung will launch the GD250N in India in April 2014, priced under Rs. 1.8 lakhs, the bike will be locally assembled.
The most interesting display will be that of the Hyosung RT125D which is a dual purpose bike, aka an Enduro. Just look at the profile of the rear tyre and you know what all it can do. The RT125D is powered by a 124cc, single-cylinder engine belting out a respectable 13.5 PS of power. It uses a cradle frame and a monoshock. Obviously this bike won’t be launched in India as it’s too underpowered (remember the Hero Impulse flopped) but Hyosung can gauge public reactions and a RT250D is likely to be given the go-ahead if the demand persists.