Hyosung 250 Comet and Aquila NZ 2003 Review Motorcycle Trader New Zealand

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Hyosung Aquila GV 250
Hyosung Aquila GV 250

Hyosung 250 Comet and Aquila NZ Review

Hyosung 250 Comet and NZ 2003

T wenty years the products of car manufacturers from were viewed as low-cost in the world scene. Today, Kia, Daewoo and especially are regarded as world players in the universe, fully competitive Japanese and European companies in of price, design and — — quality. Maybe no coincidence that three out of four companies are Korean.

back 40 years, and it was the same on two rather than four but for Korea, read Japan. then, purchasing a small-capacity motorcycle was an act of faith that was the equivalent of buying one of those portable radios or pocket But the arrival of the CB750 Honda in — arguably the single significant motorcycle ever — changed all that.

three decades ruling sales charts, the rising of manufacturing at home in Japan has all four J-marques growing especially in terms of remaining in the low-cost markets and product in which they made two-wheeled corporate fortunes.

One way to this has been a greater on offshore manufacturers. However, offshore has its dangers, too, it requires joint ventures local companies, with the risk that these may end up growing big enough, and confident to strike off on their own.

exactly what happened in Korea to Suzuki with its to a local manufacturer, now on the verge of on to the world stage with a of V-twin motorcycles powered by its own Welcome to the Hyundai of two wheels:

When, at the 1999 Milan Hyosung displayed a range of well made, if uninspiring-styled fitted with its own design of 75-degree V-twin eight-valve it served notice that was a company worth watching. was proven one year later, at 2000, with the display on the stand of the prototype watercooled 90-degree V-twin Comet with 6-speed gearbox.

Now that model is about to volume production in July in guise, just as Hyosung Jung Soon Kim reveals the Korean company’s RD operation in is hard at work on a 1000cc V-twin eight-valve engine (also to be available in 800cc This model is expected to in 2004 as the basis for a complete of large-capacity Hyosung models, sportbike to cruiser via street and tourer. These are set to propel the company on to the world stage as a manufacturer producing motorcycles targeted at Western markets, but at a significantly reduced cost to its Japanese and European (and rivals.

Hyosung Motors Inc was founded in 1979 as a subsidiary of largest leather goods After unsuccessfully pursuing a link with various manufacturers headed by Moto Hyosung ended up making a with Suzuki to help get Production of a pair of two-strokes the FR80 stepthru and GP125 — began in 1980 at new Changwon factory near in the south of the country.

From bikes built in the first production swiftly rose to an peak of 150,000 units in the by the company’s 440-strong workforce. But placed by Suzuki on exporting products bearing the Hyosung encouraged Kim and Co to establish their own RD in Japan.

They headhunted a of engineers from Suzuki, and Yamaha to develop a range of and the bikes in which to install and each model displayed sophisticated technology and build This has now led to the V-twin family of currently plotting their way up the capacity scale, and a growing on export markets, with bikes sold overseas in the year 2000.

Hyosung’s HQ is located in Changwon home also to a couple of factories, as well as to Daewoo, SsangYong, and the car plant belonging to the Samsung conglomerate. Hyosung’s isn’t ultra-modern, but it’s clean and well tended, with good-quality modern featuring a high degree of with one worker monitoring up to or six different machining operations.

The two production lines — one for models, the other for singles have a production ceiling of 500 a day, depending on the model, and at the of my visit were cranking out 290 daily, with the accent on the intricate V-twin bikes. The model just entering was the 125 Troy (as in Bayliss or Corser), known in Europe as the Karion, it retails for around 3000 ($NZ6144) — a fat-tyred, street scrambler clearly from Yamaha’s successful J-market cult-model.

Hyosung’s RD began work on the first of its family in 1998, and just 18 later it entered production for the model year, in 125 and 250cc Now comes the 650 V-twin range, of which is about to start summer, powered by a 647cc chain-driven dohc V-twin measuring 81.5 x 62mm, 11.6:1 compression, and fitted 39mm Mikuni carbs.

produces a claimed 69bhp at and will initially be marketed in 650 roadster guise, employing the Ducati-esque trellis frame of the 2002 prototype, which is a 60 per cent stiffer than the 250 V-twin’s spaceframe. An Aquila version will appear after, followed later in the by a fully faired sportbike half-faired option, which be a keenly priced rival for 620 Sport. Hyosung is already on a 750cc version of the motor, but is second in line to the forthcoming engine set to debut in 2004.

The chance to spend a day riding the of 250cc V-twins came not in Korea (too difficult conditions for proper test according to the company’s Export but in Australia. There, Hyosung Rick Atkinson has successfully the Korean marque in the local in head-on competition with its counterparts, and in doing so has returned a of valuable feedback to Changwon

The only problems we’ve have been electrical, Atkinson, and that’s been equipment sourced outside The bikes are very well well finished and reliable, and oil-tight, in spite of the vertically crankcases. The power units are to Japanese standards, and the cycle are getting there, too.

a good product.

After a day’s ride through the behind Melbourne aboard the 250 V-twin roadster and its well-chromed cruiser sister, I can only Both bikes share the 75-degree V-twin air/oil-cooled motor producing 38bhp at

The bike starts instantly and via the electric leg, and pulls and smoothly wide open 2000 revs upwards, but the I rode first likes zinged to 11,000rpm and more it’s a really invigorating package. There’s an extra of revs about 7000rpm rather remarkably, zero in spite of the 75-degree engine no balance shaft and being solidly in the steel double-cradle

Hyosung Aquila GV 250
Hyosung Aquila GV 250

The transmission is almost faultless, a light, precise shift to the five-speed gearbox. Neutral is to find when you want it, at rest, and in spite of the rather shape and length to the gearlever, could do with some I never once missed a in seven hours of riding the two

The engine is also undeniably with good-quality …-castings it looks like a smaller of the 1000cc Denco engine adorned John Britten’s winged wonder V-twin In fact, the quality of manufacture of bikes is pretty high, only an orange-peel finish on the top of the fuel tank, and a couple of runs on the Comet triple worthy of criticism. Otherwise, and especially chrome quality is

The Comet feels bigger a 250, and with its 1445mm is relatively spacious for a six-footer myself. My knees tucked into the cutouts on the well-styled fuel tank, and the quite BMW-style handlebar with the pulled back nicely a really comfortable, quite stance. The seat proved comfy for a day in the saddle, too.

The felt more like a 500 a 250 in terms of substance, as well as performance, and the chassis for sure like it could handle a engine — in spite of Hyosung has completely redesigned the for the coming 650 V-twin roadster.

The 250 steers very well, and okay in turns, provided the is good and the tarmac grippy. But the Shinko tyres, and Daesung and upside-down forks, are strictly division — the rubber is for duration rather than and was completely unmarked after a run along some twisty with good, flinty

I think Hyosung needs to the bullet and fit Western rubber to its models, and the same goes for the non-adjustable budget suspension, even with the reduced of the Korean tyres, was simply when the Comet was ridden Nothing a set of Showas or a perhaps cost-effective Paioli package resolve. Brakes are quite (also made in Korea, by even if you have to squeeze the caliper quite hard to get the 300mm front disc well enough to stop the package from speeds of up to

The Comet is not only well but has several nice details, as the fuel gauge included in the well-marked instruments, mirrors work well and don’t cheap-looking but functional switchgear, and a spacious lockable storage under the passenger seat, easily enough room for as well as a toolkit. But what it stand out is that terrific engine, built in Korea but in Japan by Hyosung’s RD operation. If the 650 and versions they’re currently on are as good as this, it’s to be fun riding them.

The Aquila is a less sporty package the Comet, but within its category still be a contender against the of the market-leading Yamaha 250 Virago and not just on price. It has a lot of presence for a this well priced with its acres of chrome and paint scheme, is certain to be candy for its entry-level customers.

also a very low rider, just a 700mm seat against the Comet’s 780mm, but for someone of my height, who is probably than the bike’s target it felt quite comfortable. The forks give a longer wheelbase than the Comet, and the pulled-back handlebar is high, not excessively so — there’s quite good control, the twin-shock rear end, for spring preload, will you testing the plushness of the seat readily when you go over a

The finish on the Aquila is absolutely — you ought to wear to look at the bike in daylight, the is so deep and lustrous. There’s a burble from the twin and although the engine has 3bhp than its Comet equivalent, it its 35bhp at just 7500rpm, so has completely retuned to give a midrange, with stronger from 5000 revs up. allows some seriously cruising round the Victorian and with suspension and choice of not such an issue on a bike this, the Hyosung Aquila is for a pretty competitive package in its sector, and represents a good card for the Korean company’s into the world market.

going to be very interesting to see they go from here. The shipment of red Comets is expected in New by early September. Auckland Motorcycle Distributors Ltd will be the bikes at a special introductory of $5999.

Hyosung Aquila GV 250
Hyosung Aquila GV 250
Hyosung Aquila GV 250
Hyosung Aquila GV 250

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