Hyosung GT650R Review and Test Ride

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Hyosung Comet GT650 X

Hyosung GT650R Review and Ride

The name Hyosung our memory back to the very traces of sports biking in It was the 250cc Comet and Aquila duo it is the much larger 650cc and 678cc ST7 now which challenge to the Korean brand in India. The last time was that the bikes were brought in numbers but this time a no barrier, rejoice!

BikeAdvice’s own Saad Khan took the bikes to a voyage which open highways, congested junctions and serene surroundings of city to test the bikes and to taste the promised adrenalin! Let us from Saad himself…

since I rode the Comet one years ago, I had big eyes set on the And the day when I heard Garware is them Home, I was mighty in their folio for this And boy did they not strike it with

A follow up with them, a or two and here I go flying on their

First things first; have been immensely focused and the very talk we had the same trait about which I feel would win the jackpot in all the times to come.

back to the ride, I invited a rider, Rohan Albal the California Super School so that I can take both the together and share each experiences. Reached the Bhandarkar showroom at 1, they had kept the bikes absolutely ready for us and we in 10 minutes. I took the GT650R and Rohan the mighty ST7 which we a couple of times in our approximate 3 ride of both the bikes.

in this edition we would our talks limited to the GT, we would the ST7 at least for the time being. The promises a lot of potential, more so this is Hyosung’s second in India and it would want to latch onto the growing power of an average Indian. So the bike leave us impressed. Let us try to out…

Engine Transmission

A at the stats reveal that the is powered by a 647cc 90 degree 4 … engine which liquid cooling to keep under control. The DOHC produces 72.68 bhp of peak and 60.9 Nm of maximum torque at and 7500 rpm respectively. Keeping its racy dynamics, GT 650 uses an or a short … engine 81.5 x 62mm bore x dimensions.

This 8 valve is mated to a 6 speed gearbox the universal 1 down – 5 up pattern.

of on-paper things, lets hit the Crank the starter button and the comes to life with a and considerably rough tone. It have that ‘humm’ of 4s but is more of a crude v-twin was not so obvious about it now!) the clutch, tap the toe to plonk it onto the gear and here you go flying to The performance of the engine is really and spirited.

The eagerness to move is one thing which impressed us.

through the busy streets of FC and Aundh, GT felt at ease. one thing which disappointed us was the response when GT is taken into its powerband. Engine and under refinement made precedential as soon as we hit the high(ish) of 7k or more.

Into its redline of over 10k, GT turns a vibrating ‘morning runner’.

I was a thickish riding pant and after that the engine had my legs in discomfort. That me wonder what would to a normal jeans clad worse a knickers clad) GT who gets caught in the morning IT of Hinjewadi.

Anyways, it’s a big engine and I had this. Rohan also it clear that heat by this GT is not as harsh as some biggies he has ridden including his own (now who asked him about a 175 bhp One good thing about the system that Hyosung has is that the heat dissipates as as you hit open roads after irritating road jams.

All in if you do not plan to ride GT immensely in our conditions, heat emission is manageable.

GT feels in its comfort when ridden between to 6k, not that this is its absolute but I would term that as most comfortable band’ engine is also revving at and the rpm is big enough to overtake any vehicle on the This zone also least roughness and vibrations to be open to the rider. One good about GT that impressed us was the built-up at lower-mid to mid rpms.

It up with ease even in gears without any unnecessary

However, we noticed two indifferent from the bike we were – One, the weird idling of the bike; two, whenever we the throttle hard there was a slight jerk. We would these two issues with a inconsistent fuel injection that this bike which results in disproportionate delivery. Apart from two minor hitches, power is linear and there is no unnecessary anywhere in the complete rev cycle.

we found it to be slightly heavy and it needy as time progressed. to the gearbox: Till the GT was under temperatures, gearbox was pretty and we could hit back and forth ease. Things did go a little when GT heated up especially my speed runs.

Not that I on false gears or something, that the effort required I would term the overall feel as ‘good’ and reasonably Gear ratios are pretty spaced and it doesn’t feel one gear is intruding into the or an unneeded fall back down/up shifting.

Let me also that the bikes we rode pretty new and I would expect to open up to smoother feel the engines are properly run-in. the engine is pretty powerful and would like taking the for fear paced speed however the overall engine and unnecessary clatter does us a little wanting for more and Hyosung to work on it especially the part of it.

Engine Transmission:

Styling Build And Design

A casual look at the Korean reveal that this was built with immense The bulbous but rightly contoured fairing, smartly stacked projectors, ribbed front all lend an aggressive quotient to bike. The humongous tank, upswept exhaust, tubular slim sportbike like seats and a pointed tail that no part feels out of

The grab rails are apache and pretty functional and huge enhance the racy dynamics of the

A simple glance at the vertically headlight reminds us of the Bajaj 220 which was probably inspired GT. The dummy scoops on either of the headlamp however spoil the and deteriorate the smoothly contoured flow. The gigantic fuel has scathing lines flowing and possesses a very well knee recess.

Any rider of 5’7 would feel absolutely tucked on this bike.

good part about the is that it comes without of fanfare (read graphics). in bold keeps the tank and sober. However, the tanks and visor are disproportionate ie the tank is slightly higher not allowing the to duck under that completely when completely

Also, we suggest all customers to get a guard on the tank as soon as you buy machine because even ducking the natural stance of bike would mean Chinese notations at the heart of tank. A slightly raised air craft type fuel cap and a note similar to Hero form the top of the tank.

While the and side panel come in one but towards the tank connection it a little mismatched. However, it fantastically well towards the LED tail providing beautiful overall. Hyosung has provided a keyhole between the seats when opened provides the a small cubbyhole big enough to a few important papers. According to maximum allowed space is 1 kg.

quality is very good at places, but needs attention at a few Paint quality on the black GT we was gleaming good.

Summing it up, and design is this bike’s and probably the biggest Unique Point (USP) among its It looks full of attitude and is what would win it customers.

Build Design: 9/10

Comfort And Braking

GT comes trellis-type twin spar which is very robust and the duties are performed by inverted shock ups at the front and a Progressive Hydraulic Mono Shock (with adjustable preload) on the rectangular swingarm. The 41mm forks are adjustable for compression and damping. Both the rubbers are 17 – front being 120/60 being a massive 160/60.

The GT we came shod with grippy Bridgestone Battlax of radial tubeless tires front and rear) and we hear are constant throughout the GT series in India. Also noticed the in Japan’ tag on the tires where the ST7 Korean made tires. 650R also uses in Japan’ Bridgestone Battlax very slight difference in

The braking duties are handed to twin 300mm discs 4 calipers at the front and a 270mm rotor with 2 calipers at the GT650R is equipped with a stand ignition interlock which doesn’t allow the to come to power unless the is pulled in. The idea is not to allow the to start in case the side is up.

As soon as you go astride the GT’s you get an inherent feeling of absolute with its forward biased riding stance. The rider-bike in a proper riding suit look a … machinery on roads. And hence you have to leverage to the comfort factor of the just like any other super sports/sports oriented

Your upper part of the (just) touches the tank as hands stretch to reach out to the levers where your forms as acute an angle as while resting at the adjustable when your bums are not on a flowery bed. And things go aggressive as you reduce the height of the For the majority, I have listed an position of out and out sporty riding and this is what GT650R – like it or you don’t!

After numbs and riding for 1 and half did not feel at discomfort but yes do not expect it to be a paradise on two wheels either. The offer fantastic rear and are picture perfect till 6k. 6k things start deteriorating and blurring as the engine crosses 7k

Ride quality is pretty and the suspension response pretty (default settings). GT handled well on whatever we put it to.

Yes, its 215 of mass does make evident while taking maneuvers but it was never unsettling at any what so ever. Sudden on speed brakers or otherwise did the bike absolutely composed – no no tantrums no nothing unwanted. A part of the credit also to the Bridgestones which were as to their task as anything be.

Fortunately, I also got a chance to the bike in wet as well which me to test battlax’s response in wet and may I you that they retain posture and don’t skid for solace. Rossying is also one which you can do on this bike in considering the ease at which it On the other hand, braking was a spongy and GT could do with a better bite from its system especially the rear.

they are fairly effective and GT650R react to their Just a wee bit more precise and we have them what we I could not verify the pillion but the overall cushioning and dimensions of the seats were perfect.

A handler, comfortable if you are this brakes need little

Handling, Comfort Braking:

Electrical And Instrumentation

GT comes with a neat and conventional backlit semi digital which comprise of a round tachometer which is calibrated 13k r/min and redlines at anything 10.5k r/min. Towards the of the tacho is housed the digital which is divided in 4 quadrants. The space is occupied by the speedometer displays speed in Km/h in big letters.

The temperature gauge and gauge are placed in one quadrant small one-over-other horizontal signaling the respective values. at the time we were feeling burning hot in congested traffic the gauge was chilling at only 4-5 The bottommost fuel gauge bar is with the remaining in similar and shape.

The bottom right is occupied by the all important clock and the bottom quadrant displays the and the dual tripmeters’ readings.

The two buttons placed just this small window the readings of the tripmeter and clock The remaining part of the console is by the regular tell tale which include the side high beam indicator, indicator and the Fuel Injector lamp. The light of the speedometer also be adjusted according to needs.

The red lamp comes up remaining fuel in the tank is 3.4 liters.

Switchgear comprises of an kill switch, starter and hazard warning switch four side indicators flash simultaneously) at the right and lights (the lower is ON all the time), side indicators, switch and horn towards the Switchgear formation is pretty to Bajaj Pulsars and similarly good quality.

The horn like a mouse squeak (if et all squeak!) from a gigantic however, we were told it has been kept under 120 to adhere to Indian guidelines. The are also adjustable, however I the default setting and decided to to it and not tinker around. I hope are functionally good and help with varying sizes.

Instrumentation: 7/10


Riding a sportsbike and missing the of its performance would be like prey from a Lions GT650R always felt to move forward in almost all till mid rpm band and getting it doesn’t require any efforts. I hit 84 kms on the speedo in first gear and 130 in second.

Second and third gears are taller and have a lot of juice in range. But that doesn’t away any major time its speed runs. The bike 100 kmph from naught in 6 seconds and goes a long way there.

The kind of track we the bike on allowed us to do a top whack of (only) with at least 20 left unused! People claimed to cross that barrier and I would support the Given a proper straight and a bit of time and with the amount of left when we revved the it has all the capability to cross the magical of 200 kmph which we guess is one heck of a figure to achieve for all of speed enthusiasts.

Once the amount of poise the bike had at over 120kmph forces us to the trellis twin spar frame and its potency. The bike absolutely at ease with to the response from the chassis no unwanted dwindling or dancing GT650R can cruise at a very cruising speed of 140kmph

From casual 50kmph in 6 th gear to sudden rev ups, the shows great enthusiasm in forward. One more important which goes in favor of bike is the manageable engine on Indian kind of roads. of a liner power delivery, GT go bonkers and break free the control away from the and yet it proves its point whenever it is to do so.

This, along with its frame makes it one very big size motorcycle in India.

A 72bhp bike and you ask me ‘kitna hai?’ – typical Indian process! We did not measure the amount of this bike consumes per However, we were given the which showed absolute on the console which dropped by 4 when we returned the bikes to Garware. According to reports have been able to get in return of every liter of that goes into bike – definitely good, I say!

Even considering on an average, GT650R, with a tank of 17 liters would at least 300 kms before calling it

Performance Mileage: 8/10


Garware has made on a plethora of color variants for flagship model here. is available in two options basically by the kind of color patterns come in – Single Tone and Dual Tone. In the Single category they have the Red, Satin Black and Glory whereas in the dual category they have Black, Royal Sunrise and Pelican.

Ironically, the single look better than the dual tone ones. Of all the I liked the White Glory the It kind of reminds us about the Suzuki Hayabusa.

And hey that’s not as their name suggest dual tones are priced at a of 15k on the exshowroom price in Pune. are the prices of GT650R variants in

GT650R Single Tone: Rs (Ex showroom) Rs 5,36,189 (On Road

GT650R Dual Tone: Rs (Ex showroom) Rs 5,52591 (On Road

Few Points To Note

Listed are a few which I thought would add to the test. Read on

For all those enthusiasts, Two Brothers performance approved for foreign markets by Might be in pipeline for India!

in collaboration with Garware are these bikes as CKDs with only a few things in India like the mandatory guard, horn etc.

The JV has plans to localize components as as they can to provide the bike an price advantage.

GT650R is for 2 years or 25000 kms with 1 service free.

Their coverage with TATA AIG 100% plastic/fiber coverage would be immensely beneficial for us, considering that the bike has got lot plastic/fiber parts plus we are neither very aptly nor are accustomed to such heavy weighing over 200kgs. I did not talk about our road and people’s road riding

Furthermore, you get absolutely ZERO for 2 claims in 1 year.

Hyosung Comet GT650 X
Hyosung Comet GT650 X

Every who buys GT650R gets a kit as a complement which includes – a Vega off roader helmet, keychain and goggles; a nice set of freebies.

The first service is within the regular 1000 kms each subsequent service spacing 4000 kms.

recommends only synthetic oil for GT650R with a change at every service. The oil capacity for bike is 3.4 liters which mean an approximate bill of every service including oil regular tidbits and the labor

Garware also offers a servicing van along with 24 x 7 Services which include: the clock breakdown support, emergency repairs, battery start, fuel delivery, key support, transfer/towing, taxi facility.

Garware currently has in Gurgaon, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad, and Chennai with Bangalore, and Kolkata in pipeline.

According to at Bhandarkar road Garware has been pretty good for bike since its launch and has improved after the launch of 650R. They also say lost only a handful of to Ninja but have gained They have received 60 bookings in a span of 2 months.

period for the bike depends the color a customer is interested in – a more for dual-tones. On an average project a customer to ride on his own in a span of 15-20 days, we mention the competition!

They a well appointed service at Model Colony in Pune.

bookings for the red color and clearly green is to Kawasaki, red is doing for

Hyosung also plans to the … version GT650 by and the price point they are on is in the range of 4 lakhs; music to

Good news for people who the Comet and are looking at a Korean to the current 250cc breed – also plans to launch the by first half of next (March-April 2012 is what are considering currently)

Hyosung is to provide test rides to who want to get the feel of what are putting their money unlike Bajaj/Kawasaki.

Hyosung SAE 10W40 engine oil for this

Also recommended is the unleaded with an octane rating of 91 or

Total solution capacity for the is 1.6 liter out of which water and should be used is a ratio of 50% ie 800ml of both.


The Koreans proved themselves in by triumphing the Japs (or at least them a run for their money) it came to market share and The Koreans are doing it big time in the 4 industry in India. And these are the Koreans which were pretty lowly not many back.

So does the new Korean (in has the mettle to do it in the heavenly spanned two market in India?

If you ask me, definitely YES! Though needs to improve on the engine and more importantly fuelling bit on but as a complete package it seems a compelling buy also considering V-twins are characterized by a bit of harshness. All the road test, we were after, chased along, with people crumpling in all over and enquiring various about the bike.

Now who doesn’t this amount of limelight they pay over 5 lakhs to own a GT650R definitely gives an of a bigger bike to the masses at

And let me assure you no other bike, the renowned American style – Harley Davidson Superlow might be considered in the similar bracket guarantees so much of attention. Indians have a penchant towards sports faired bikes with big bulldozer-like tires. So from 3 going all the way to 10 lakhs, I could not a true super sports which could serve

All others which exist are tourers/sport tourers, street or cruisers. And what we hit after is not the sweet spot! According to my opinion a liter class is a big overkill for an average Indian The insane power delivery insatiable monsters produce are a … warrant on the kind of and riding sense we have.

And you cannot buy a 12-15 lakh only (and ONLY) to it on a track (in either Chennai or or ride it using only 5% of its during its entire lifetime (or

First, this is the most segment for an enthusiast because of the power characteristics along the better affordability factor. GT650R is probably the only in this segment out till now fulfills the requirements of a true racing super sports/sports bike prospect.

Hyosung’s bears direct competition Ninja 650R in the Indian not because they are 650cc but more because these are the two bikes in this segment and at prices. Ninja 650R is of a sports tourer and not a full sports oriented bike is why it would have its own set of customers. We talk about both bikes at some other of time.

Until the Japs to launch their sports Yamaha -the R6; Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki -the etc Hyosung’s GT650R remains the choice in this segment and a competent one.

If you seek nirvana, style and a drool all at a relatively affordable price, has an answer just for you. So are you waiting for: MEN YOUR IS HERE! Go. Fly!

Bikeadvice 7/10

Good Bits

sportsbike looks and super like seating position

power delivery

Leech grippy tires


Immense road presence

and robust frame

Least period

Good color

Customer friendly customer company

Bad Bits

Crude and refined engine

Vibrations 7-8k rpm

Erratic fuel

Hyosung Comet GT650 X
Hyosung Comet GT650 X
Hyosung Comet GT650 X
Hyosung Comet GT650 X

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