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20th June 2015: Remember the Kinetic Aquila? That was the first time India ever witnessed a Hyosung. The bike instantly became famous, but disappeared unexpectedly, like an overnight superstar. But it was a long time back, some 13 years ago. Hyosung has been very serious to the Indian market from the moment it stepped its foot here solely with the GT650R, and the current lineup of Hyosung clearly implies that its presence in the middle weight sports bikes cannot be ignored. Though the presence of heavy weight Japanese, European and now Americans too (in the form of Harleys) have made this Korean manufacturer an underdog initally, but the launching of brilliant products one after the other in the face of faired sports bikes and cruisers brought a big fan following towards it and made Hyosung an avid player in the Indian market. And with the introduction of GD250N, Hyosung has filled the void of not having a street fighter in its Indian lineup.
Though with a slow pace, but Hyosung is even building up its sales and service network in most of the parts of India, in order to grab the market share it plans to. Back to the bike then, the GD250N hits every sweet spots for the Indian buyers – it has got solid muscular and swanky looks, its light weighted and compact, it has got a very tractable engine, handling this machine is easy even for amateurs, ride quality is decent and certainly is well kitted out.
Frankly speaking, this is the best overall product Hyosung has presented for Indian market, and this improvement graph over the previous offers it presented clearly indicates the seriousness of Hyosung for India. The only thing left to win the hearts is the pricing. Expected to be launched in April 2014, the bike is supposed to bear a sticker price between Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh. Though on a premium side, but if Hyosung manages to hit the pricing of the motorcycle perfectly, the other players in the quarter liter segment like Honda, Yamaha and KTM need to worry, as this ‘small-but-big” motorcycle from Hyosung certainly has the soul of being a worthy competitor for them. The only task which Hyosung has to cover up on a large scale, is to expand its after sales and service network and become a household name, which still in small towns it isn’t, as maintaining such exotic motorcycles is even more complex than actually buying them, isn’t it?
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|GD 250N||Rs.1,10,000Estimated Price|
|Engine Type||Single-Cylinder, DOHC, 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled|
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|Max Power||28 bhp @ 8500 rpm|
|Max Torque||25 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|Body Type||Commuter Bikes|
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If there is one automobile brand which tells us that India is a serious market for international players, it’s the Hyosung. Being a prominent manufacturer in some of the contemporary markets like those of UK, US, South America and Australia, this Korean brand forayed into the Indian subcontinent some 4 years ago and exists as a joint venture between DSK Moto Wheels and Hyosung, South Korea. Though at a sluggish rate, but this bike maker has made its sure footed position in the middle-weight sports bike segment, thanks to its cruisers and fully faired sports bikes’ lineup. And with the increasing heat of competition, Hyosung has also caught up in the rat race, thanks to its adequate products and competitive pricing – credits go to the CKD assembly at its plant in Wai, Maharashtra.
Sure, Hyosung has made a celebrated reputation among the young enthusiasts, but the one segment where its presence was badly missed is the entry level naked street bike segment. Hyosung has taken care of this particular segment and thus, introduced their first street fighter for India at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, which is christened as GD250N. The bike looked outstanding amongst the other ravishing lineup from Hyosung and drew numerous curious eyeballs towards it in the Auto Expo. Hyosung don’t want to enter this segment late now and has confirmed the launch of this beast by the mid quarter of 2014 in the Indian market. This 250cc muscle street bike promises a lot with its minimalistic, but beefier design approach and an equally promising 250cc motor. Does it fares better amongst its natural competitors like the KTM Duke 200? Time to judge its capabilities, then.
Design and Features
One look at the Hyosung GD250N and you will instantly make up your mind that this motorcycle is easily one of the best looking motorcycles Hyosung has ever produced in its history of quirky but fancy motorcycles. The large and full-sized fuel tank is reminiscent of the liter class superbikes with a chunky appeal and swanky cuts and edges. This fuel tank steals most of the show of visual appeal and thus, is the most beautiful part of the whole silhouette of the motorcycle. The stripped down prism shaped halogen headlamp with a triangular black cladding and without any visor enhances its brutal stance. The edgy character of the motorcycle is further carried on the rear view mirrors too, which are large and functional. The frame and uniquely styled 17 inch alloy wheels are painted in white, which give the whole profile of the motorcycle a distinctive and stylish appeal. The under body exhaust muffler, though not that good looking as that of KTM Duke 200, increases the fabulousness of the slim profile and effects of mass centralization. The side body panels in the motorcycle are almost non-existing, due to which the side profile of the motorcycle is highly dominated by the large and comfortable split seats, with a promising room for both the rider and pillion. The rear profile is the one which will leave you mistaken for an Italian exotic – It’s got a big pointed rear body panel with a longitudinal LED tail lamp nestled in between of it, with the split pillion grab rails and clear lens turn indicators accompanying the tail lamp.
Hyosung has put up a lot of efforts in making this motorcycle feel special for the customers, and this is visible in the beautiful and minute detailing on various parts of the motorcycles, such as on rear set foot pegs and rear white colored monoshock, which is on a bit of left side of the bike and is exposed in a beautiful manner, to the likes of a Ninja 650. This minimalistic design philosophy and compactness of the bike doesn’t mean that the motorcycle is small by any standards. It has enough room for the rider as well as the pillion, to be on the motorcycle comfortably.
As far as equipment is concerned, Hyosung has fully kitted out the GD250N with the essentials as well as other unique features. The instrument console is a fully digital unit with a big LCD panel, showcasing everything digital – from speedometer to cascading tachometer, along with fuel gauge, gear induced, odometer, trip meter and other telltale lights sitting beneath the LCD panel. The handlebar is a long single unit like the Yamaha FZ, with nice and grippy levers on both the sides. The build and fit and finish of the motorcycle is better than other Hyosung motorcycles and has a nice air of quality in it. Overall, Hyosung has left no stone unturned in making this motorcycle a head turner, and will surely lure the young customers who want to upgrade from their regular commuters.
Braking and Handling
So, it’s clear now that the Hyosung GD250N is a completely flexible motorcycle whose engine is utilized fully up to its limits, but this riding is complemented thoroughly due to its committed riding position. The tighter but comfortable dimensions emerged as a result of aggressive bodywork and knee recesses allows the rider to be in an aggressive riding posture. The longer knee recesses are large enough to accommodate comfortably even the six footers and the bike feels big from the saddle, even after its petite dimensions and lighter weight. This is where the ergonomics of this small Hyosung should be applauded. The foot pegs are placed rear set and the handlebar is positioned a bit lower, allowing the rider to lean forward and experiencing a big bike feel. The light weighted steel tubular trellis frame, an adequate short wheelbase of 1346 mm and a good enough ground clearance of 135 mm allows the bike to be stable at all the riding conditions. The suspension setup applied on the bike is a 43mm USD upside down telescopic forks at front and a gas charged monoshock supported by an alloy swingarm at rear. These suspension units are comfortable enough to soak up all the varying uniformities of the broken patches of road surfaces here. Though the ride quality is on a bit firmer and sporty side, the bike still tries hard to manage to deliver a balanced supple ride. The brakes here are exotic too.
Hyosung has employed the in fashion petal pattern for the both the brakes, a 300 mm front disc and a 230 mm rear disc. The bite from the brakes are adequate enough to bring the bikes to a halt as quick as possible. The meaty tyres, 110/70x17 inch front and 150/60x17 inch rear, provide decent grip and have the potential to bear all the hardships our roads are infamous for. The feel from the shorter hand levers is good enough to ooze out the devil side of yours, with their grip. In total, this Hyosung delivers fairly in all aspects of the handling and ride quality and can be proved as a good and flexible motorcycle to be on. Hyosung have played it safe in all the arenas here, by applying the segment standards here in the chassis, suspension and brakes part.
Safety and Features
Its surprising that Hyosung has not offered any safety features for this bike, with the absence of ABS even as an option being the most grilling one. Nevertheless, the disc brakes at front and rear offer better braking safety.
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