Hyosung GT650 Comet — BUDGET STREAKER InsureMyRide

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Hyosung Comet GT650


Words: Rod Pics: Rod Chapman Hyosung

bikes like this GT650 Comet prowling the for just under eight I reckon alarm bells in are ringing — and so they be. Introduced late in 2003, the was Korean manufacture Hyosung’s ‘big’ bike released on the market, and it made quite a — even if that was more to do with what the represented, rather than it actually was.

For the majority of the 50 years the non-Japanese Asian manufacturers have been giants, but now those giants are to wake up. Also, until these companies had focused on commuters, providing budget for Asia’s considerable masses. cheap labour and the sheer of scale at work here, the and the Koreans can now build increasingly products far cheaper than western counterparts, and when it to motorcycles, that’s a problem the manufacturers in particular are going to difficult to combat.

Still, enough of the crystal — let’s get back to the that sent me off on this in the first place. When so used to names like Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, understandable that the market be a little cautious of something the GT650 Comet, given its of origin and that super-low

Only one thing can allay fears, and that’s a test — and you’ve only got to one of these for a short period you start dreaming of what you can buy the cash you’ve saved buying one of these over a competitor. Plenty of people been snapping up Hyosungs too over 2000 were last year, covering roadsters and cruisers, and that over a 100 per cent increase 2005.

After getting around on a myself for a couple of weeks, I can see why rapidly gaining in popularity. the name doesn’t exactly ‘allure’, but this really feel like a good, machine. The liquid-cooled, eight-valve, V-twin is actually built in and although not identical shares a similar design to that in Suzuki’s popular SV650.

is no coincidence, for historically the two companies shared a collaborative agreement goes back decades.

The offers plenty of low and mid-range yet pulls quite strongly to its 11,500rpm redline in the majority of its six This zippy performance is by a decent frame, reasonable and brakes that are more up to the task at hand. In fact even the odd surprise here like the inverted forks, come complete with and compression adjustment, yet strangely no adjustment.

The ride position is relatively as you’d expect of a … this, and it’s really for nipping through heavy although its steering range is a limited for a bike of this At 100km/h in sixth gear be pulling 4000rpm, so it’s enough for long distance if you feel up to braving the wind for extended periods, while if really in need of a bit more you can always opt for the GT650S tourer, screen and upper fairing, or the sportsbike, complete with fairing. Each will set you an extra $1000 over the bike’s $7990 price

The black marks against the Comet are relatively few. You the lack of electronic fuel in it requires a little bit of choke it’s warmed up, but that’s no problem — it wasn’t too years back that was the case with every Its overall finish isn’t up to the standard of say a Suzuki SV650 and its clocks in particular I thought a bit cheap and chunky — but not too far behind. And remember, the Comet is cheaper than an SV.

This paint scheme set my pulse racing either. test bike was classed at ‘Midnight Black’, but when you closely in strong sunlight it was a very deep metallic Still, this is just a aside, and when it comes to counts — its handling, its its engine and its outright value for — it’s smiley stamps at every turn.

I have a feeling we’ll be increasing numbers of Hyosungs on the in the coming years, and if the Korean manages its western expansion it might not be too outlandish to think five or 10 years from now foreign name will be off the tongue a whole lot more

Hyosung GT650 Comet

647cc, liquid-cooled, four-…, eight-valve, 90-degree V-twin

and …: 81.5 x 62mm


Fuel system: Mikuni downdraft carburettors

79bhp @ 9000rpm

Torque: @ 7200rpm

Transmission: six-speed

aluminium alloy double

Front brake: twin discs with twin-piston calipers

Hyosung Comet GT650

Rear brake: single disc with twin-piston caliper

Front suspension: 41mm forks, adjustable for and preload

Rear suspension: adjustable for preload

Wheels: alloy

Tyres: Bridgestone BT56; 120/60-17 front, rear

Seat height:

Wheelbase: 1435mm

Claimed dry 180kg

Fuel tank:

Price: $7990 plus ORC

Midnight Black, Deep Mango Yellow or Signal Red

24 months/unlimited kilometres

Hyosung Comet GT650
Hyosung Comet GT650


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