2012 Hyosung GT 250R

2012 Hyosung GT 250R

2012 Hyosung GT 250R

Hyosung and Garware Motors are all ready to launch their latest offering the GT 250R, and this is by far their most ambitious offering as they are expecting that it’s for sure going to boost their sales if everything went well and will change their fortunes. This is going to be a second inning of sort for the GT 250R in India though the first innings was as a naked V-Twin. This time it’s going to be a sport model identical to the GT650R. The meaning of GT is “Grand Tourer” and the R Stands for “Racer”. The claim here is that it’s a versatile motorcycle that can double as a sports motorcycle apart from being a Tourer.

2012 Hyosung GT 250R Digital Console

2012 Hyosung GT 250R Digital Console

Well Well Well…. now the Kawasaki Ninja 250R the big daddy of the 250cc segment around the world is already here, the most practical and affordable Honda CBR 250R is here and is selling like hot cakes, KTM Duke 200 had made a decent entry into the arena and the most awaited and I am sure one of the most ambitious motorcycle from the stable of Bajaj Auto, the Bajaj 200Ns is about to be launched, how will the Hyosung GT 250R going to fare amongst these.

2012 Hyosung GT250R

2012 Hyosung GT250R

It’s going to be a very very tough outing for the GT250R and the price is going to play a vital role in the success or failure of the motorcycle. Along with that, Garware have to match the after sales services and wide spread dealership network of Bajaj and Honda. I am sure by Garware must have thought about it and they will do their best to tackle this as well. Though the exact specs are not known but below are some of the expected specs that GT250R sports around the world.
Specifications GT250R

Engine

 Type:                                    Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin
Displacement:                  249cc
Bore x Stroke:                  57 x 48.8
Compression Ratio:      10.2 : 1
Fuel System:                    Fuel injection
Lubrication:                     Wet sump

Chassis     

Overall Length:               82.28 inches
Overall Height:                44.49 inches
Overall Width:                 27.56 inches
Whelel Base:                     56.5 inches
Seat Height:                      32.68 inches

Suspension

Front:                                 Upside down Telescopic
Rear:                                   Swing arm with Progressive linkage Hydraulic Mono

shock absorber (Preload adjustable)

Tire

Front:                                 110/70 -17 / Rear: 150/70 -17
Fuel Tank Capacity:      4.5gal
Curb Weight:                    416lbs

Transmission

Clutch:                               Wet, Multiplate
Gear:                                  Constant mesh 5-speed
Final Drive:                     Chain

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Garware and ST motors are also planning to launch their cruiser the GV250 Aquila and it will be its second innings in India like the GT 250R. When it was launched  few years back by Kinetic it did well but at that time the Indian biking scenario was not that developed and people use to look at the price first and then at the other aspects of the motorcycle. But the things have changed now and Indian biking has come a long way and now the bikers are ready to spend a few lakhs on a motorcycle.

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

The GV 250 Aquila is going to be a full fledged cruiser with an Air/Oil cooled 75° V-twin DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder power plant and classic styling. It’s going to look like the ST 7 to a great extent in design and styling. Hyosung’s GV250 is known to deliver the same ride and feel that you expect from a full grown large displacement cruisers. I have ridden the old version of the Aquila that made a small foray in India market and it was good to ride with enough power and handled well. This time I expect things to be even better.

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

The 2012 GV 250 will be equipped with an electronic fuel injection, better ride quality and reliability. The low seating and the retro styling like HD Fatboy can  make it an instant hit this time and there is no doubt that it can become a most preferred entry level cruiser in Indian market as no other company so far has a fully fledged real V-Twin engine cruiser in genuine custom cruiser styling. Of course pricing is again going to be the key to its success as Bajaj may launch their affordable cruiser the Avenger 220 Dts-i using the engine of the Pulsar 200NS.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Well now let’s come to the most important question asked in Indian market, the mileage, well it’s expected to deliver a mileage of around 30 Kmpl which is decent enough for a V-Twin cruiser. In every department it is a value for money if compared to any other cruiser in its class, at least on paper it is. The expected specs are as below but the real ones can only be known once the motorcycle is formally launched in India.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Specifications GV250 Aquila

Engine  

Type:                                       Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin
Displacement:                     249cc
Bore x Stroke:                     57 x 48.8
Compression:                      10.3 : 1
Fuel System:                        Fuel injection
Lubrication:                         Wet sump

Chassis     

verall Length:                      89.84 inches
Overall Height:                    43.15 inches
Overall Width:                     34.45 inches
Wheel Base:                          59.65 inches
Seat Height:                          27.95 inches

Brake   

Front:                                     Single disc, 2 pistons caliper
Rear:                                       Drum

Suspension   

Front:                                     Conventional Telescopic
Rear:                                       Swing arm with Hyeraulic Double shock absorber

(Preload adjustable)

Tire

Front:                                     110/90 -16 / Rear: 150/80 -15
Fuel Tank Capacity:          3.7ga;
Curb Weight:                        388lbs

Transmission   

Clutch:                                    Wet, Multiplate
Gear:                                       Constant Mesh 5-speed
Final Drive:                          Chain

My Suggestion to Hyosung…. Give these motorcycles sharp price and these are going to sell like hot cakes.

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