Posted: 27 May 2012 09:39 AM PDT
Price of the GT250R will be made public on its official launch in the first week of June.. Posting here is a 230 kms first hand experience of the Hyosung GT250R..!!Photo Credits: Gourab Das aka "MG". Visit his Photography page here
Hyosung GT250R: In a nutshell
It is easy to label the Hyosung GT250R as another Superbike wannabe, but is it really so? After clocking 230 kms and spending some quality time (8 hours) with the Hyosung GT250R, if I have to sum up the essence of the bike, it would be, "Very close to a Superbike attitude & Ride experience".
+ Big bike handsome looks
It is difficult for someone who is not that much into bikes, to believe that the GT250R is not a 10 lakh plus bike (Superbike in short for that laymen)..!! Yes Sir, the GT250R is BIG in size. The GT250R shares identical dimensions with its elder sibling the GT650R. The size of the GT250R itself is reason enough to generate the interest/desire of the "desi" biker.
+ Proper aggressive "racing" stance
The riding position/stance is another USP of the GT250R. The handlebars of the bike is positioned like a 600/1,000 cc super sports bike. Leaning forward to reach for the handlebars and putting your feet on the rearset footpegs, let me tell you that a 600/1,000 cc Superbike don't feel too different..!!
+ Smooth engine
Had the bike been at least 20 Kgs less in weight, performance from the same engine would have felt zippier. The GT250R's engine is not an out and out fire breather but then it's no slouch either. In fact in overall performance, the GT250R feels shade better than the Honda CBR250R and just a notch below the Ninja 250R.
+ No missed gears
The GT250R might have just 5 gears but those 5 gears are well spaced out and one doesn't really miss the need for an extra gear. The clutch is well weighted had no issues while engaging/releasing the gears. The gears on my test bike was a bit clunky though.. not bad but not slick either. Also the shift effort could have had slightly more positive feel to it, especially while slotting into neutral. But let me add that there were no missed gear shifts during the entire test ride experience.
+ Neutral, predictable, sporty and stable handling
The GT250R comes with thick upside down front forks, a frame which is essentially is a cradle frame but with perimeter elements (not a proper perimeter frame though) and a linked type monoshock rear suspension. All these, along with a long wheelbase and low center of gravity give the GT250R very sporty handling. The crouched forward riding position and low seating also helps get the center of gravity lower. Handling is very stable at high straight line speeds and confidence inspiring and predictable around corners as well. In fact even the handling gives the feel of riding a 600/1,000 cc "Superbike".
- Brakes could have been better
So far the GT250R had come across as a likeable package. Even with the idiosyncrasy and impracticality of almost riding a Superbike with a 250 cc heart, the GT250R is able to carry it off with élan. Had the brakes been as potent as the twin disc set up at the front looks, it would have been almost a near perfect experience.
+ Decently powerful twin projector headlamps
The GT250R comes with a twin projector headlamp set up. These lamps do a good job of lighting up the road ahead. Like on imported bikes, the low beam doesn't stay "ON" permanently, but can be switched On/Off. The GT250R also gets a neat looking LED tail lamp cluster and a digital speedometer + analog tachometer combo, which looks quite basic and could have been designed better.
Hyosung GT250R: Technical Specifications
Hyosung GT250R: Photos
This is to remind that the Views or Opinions in the blog are entirely mine unless explicitly stated. The Views and Opinions published in this blog should in no way be related to any other person or organization associated -- directly or indirectly -- with me.
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