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Hyosung ST7


Korea’s most car makers, Hyundai and Kia, successfully blazed a trail the bargain basement to the motoring but can bike brand Hyosung it?

That’s the question asked by Korea’s most expensive the $16,995 Hyosung ST7 Deluxe, for it in New Zealand in a pricing territory by entry-level Harley-Davidsons, some Japanese-branded cruisers and the two interstate-inspired Bonneville variants, the Speedmaster and the

The Deluxe is definitely better-equipped its price position competition, but it has a hurdle to climb in terms of cachet, since Hyosung is known here as a provider of and cheerful disposable bikes for

Hyosung’s strategy for overcoming snobbery is to hide its brand. of displaying the bike maker’s the fuel tank has a huge ST7 reminiscent of the album-cover art for an acid band in the 1970s. Hyosung hopes to win by stealth the widespread that Hyundai and Kia achieved through buying large of advertising muscle.

This potentially self-defeating will hopefully place brave souls on the plush of the ST7 for its virtues to begin to spread by of mouth.

This isn’t a bad as budget-minded cruisers go, especially bought in a simpler $12,995 form, which deletes the worth of questionable accessories in the edition.

The $4000 buys for the rider instead of footpegs, panniers, pillion accommodation in the of a sissy bar with backrest and chromed engine guards, a windscreen, and a heel-toe gearshifter.

If the was my bike and I had no need of the pillion I would probably bin the lot. The causes turbulence around the helmet, the heel-toe shifter waving your left around to operate successfully, and the vibrate enough to cause pins-and-needles sensations.

Worst of all, the panniers a separate key, open the front, offer little in the way of stowage capacity, and have catches that you need to to ensure load security. If one of catches comes loose, the quickly opens the pannier by the lid backwards.

It would have more sense for Hyosung to mounted the panniers the other way so that the breeze would them closed if a catch

Hence, it’s far better to with the base ST7 model and add the you want, rather than the Hyosung thinks you want. Or still, start with any $10,995 Aquila GV650 that the New Zealand Hyosung might still have on the floor, for the now-deleted 650 is arguably a cruiser and the $2000-lower price even more potential for customisation.

With its more muscular front forks and cut-down the Aquila looks like the impression of a Harley-Davidson V-Rod in with the ST7’s heavier, classical look.

The ST7’s 90-degree V-twin engine is the Aquila 650’s fuel-injected given slightly larger pistons. It runs a relatively 11.5:1 compression ratio requires a diet of premium-grade and results in surprisingly good for a cruiser-oriented engine of modest

The ST7 develops 62bhp at 8000rpm and 64 metres at 7500rpm, more enough to embarrass Honda’s VT750 Shadow V-twin and its 36bhp and 54Nm peak

However, where the Honda hands its torque on to one of the most five-speed powertrains in the biking the Hyosung passes on its extra to one of the worst.

The five-speed gearbox has the quality of an ancient Massey-Fergusson, and the engine exaggerates the transmission in on-off throttle transitions.

The bright spot on the Hyosung’s is the fact that it is one of the most cruiser motorcycles.

Hyosung ST7

It definitely to select a cruiser from a with lots of mountainous The ST7 offers more cornering than most, to the point it takes genuine commitment to it over until the floorboards into contact with the

The suspension quality and braking aren’t bad either, and anyone their choice of a Hyosung as a can definitely point with to the chassis.

The build quality isn’t an either, although all the shiny might require plenty of at weekends to keep them up to It will be the ongoing pride by this bike’s initial that will determine Hyosung can become an aspirational here, given that the bike maker’s marketing are relatively scarce in comparison its automotive compatriots.

Engine: liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve V-twin, stoked by electronic injection to develop 46kW at 8000rpm and 64Nm at 7500rpm.

Five-speed sequential gearbox, final drive.

Frame: double-cradle frame and box-section rear swingarm; 41mm front forks, twin shocks adjustable for spring

Price: $16,995 (base $12,995).

Hot: One of the best motorcycles to pilot down a New Zealand road thanks to ground clearance and reasonable quality.

Not: A contentious package places the ST7 Deluxe in pricing territory: would you this bike over a Harley-Davidson XL1200 Custom?

Fairfax NZ News

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