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Hyosung Comet GT250 R

Hyosung GT250R review

years ago the Hyosung Comet was squirming behind glass from all the attention and was mostly with very few takers. It had the and was well-endowed going by the standards of era, but it was possibly a bit too early for its

Since then, the market for bikes has grown and matured ‘embarrassing’ to ‘class-leading’. Hyosung too has had and more powerful additions.

in an attempt at wooing buyers who are to buy a performance bike but have a wallet, Hyosung has brought the Comet in a new form. The new Comet is now called the GT250R and is being by new owners, actually two of them, one another in quick succession.

Can the new manage to take on the existing, popular Japanese champs in the category? To find out I headed up to and slipped into the Garware….er…sorry DSK showroom to pick up the test The first point that me is how much of its looks the GT250R with its bigger and older the GT650R.

Set next to each there are very few overall differences. Even in terms of there are very marginal including a pinky finger difference in the wheelbase for the GT250R.

The same chunky body the same large fairing and the vertically stacked projector that we are all familiar with the GT650R have been for the GT250R too. I am sure a of cycle parts and electricals been carried forward It is not oversight or a call bereft of any but, the decision to retain the identity between the two bikes have been made to ensure that the GT250R the street presence of a big bike.

In a though, its beefy looks and is also the reason for dampening its Large body panels, parts and the oversized fuel probably add to the bike’s weight. under the skin of the new Comet, the spar steel chassis is than the GT650R’s, but not by very Overall, the wet kerb weight of the is about 190 kgs and that must be to pulling down the performance of the

Maybe Hyosung should considered keeping the Comet and leveraged the weight savings.

yet attractive

However, GT250R’s looks make it a sure head-turner. The test unit in twin tone Black and Red The 17-litre cold rolled steel jump fuel with a fine paint job the introduction to the big boy image of the motorcycle.

nicely to provide the right area for the rider’s knees, the tank also contributes to the rider inevitably into an sporty riding posture.

why should that be a negative? It be if the Comet was a true super bike, meant to be ridden one and the track or open roads was its de rigueur. Unfortunately, however, a lot of the of the GT250R will be using it as primary commuting bike and be long rides only

And that is why the new Comet could end up them a stiff neck or a back if they are going to be in slow moving city

After being stuck in hour outgoing traffic in and riding slow in the rain, the of the bike’s heft was very on my back, though the initial ride through a few bylanes comfortable. But, once I got out of the and onto the highway, the bike me into a more committed posture and the speed and smooth automatically helped me ease up.

In terms of fit and finish quality, the new left me with mixed There are good parts and there are average parts. The and cast metal parts the grab rail, the foot etc were good, the split were good too, but the and some of the other knobs and etc. were just average for a bike in this

Overall ergonomics is still and in issues like panel consistency of fit, and build the bike matches the segment


I can’t say the same about the GT250R’s performance. The new engine is a 75-degree V-twin that is both air and liquid With a displacement of 249cc, the belts out a respectable peak of 27.6 bhp at 10,000 rpm, a bit than the Honda CBR 250R and a bit than the Kawasaki Ninja

Compared to the other two, the engine delivers peak late in the rev band at about Like I have said I am sure that the weight of the is also a factor. But, the Comet feels a bit unhurried in the acceleration cycle, until the cross the 6,000-6,500 rpm level.

Hyosung Comet GT250 R

delivery is linear and available a series of Big ‘Mahraja Macs’ at 1,000 rpm stop.

The bike a speed of 100 kmph within 10 or so. But the mapping and the fuel injection could both have tweaked to improve the machine’s

The funny bit is that the V-twin peak torque of 22.07 Nm at rpm is pretty much an exact with the other two competing So, the amount of pulling power sent to the rear wheel is the same, at least by the book. top speed is 140 kmph.

Racing up to speeds of over 120 kms is quite though with the GT250R’s shifting five-speed gearbox. you have to keep the engine at the spot where the power is in quick succession.

The quality of the ride in the new Comet is on smooth tarmac, as is straight stability. The 150/70 Shinko shod on 17-inch alloy does provide good but the entire dynamics of the bike provide enough confidence to the bike hard around Rough patches leave the unsettled and it can get quite jarring to the and the pillion.

The suspension set up features telescopic forks in the front and a absorber at the rear. Speeds and potholes on city roads and braking leave the front lunging hard and there is a bit of bounce back. But, while the front forks to do a better job, the ride at the can get quite bouncy.

The GT250R’s feel much better 300 mm twin disks brakes in and a 230 mm single disk brake on the


‘Stares come could be the apt advertisement tagline for GT250R, the latest offering for the from the Korean motorcycle It is not meant to be as capable as a serious bike and I am guessing that the to keep its fuel efficiency too might have affected its But, that bit of a compromise tilt the scales in favour of the that has the street cred and appeal going for them.

The new Hyosung Comet has been at Rs 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom, That makes it a bit expensive But things could get interesting if the new decide to manufacture the bike in and leverage the cost savings to up with a … price

(This article was published on 19, 2012)

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