The Hyosung GT250R is a sports style motorcycle from the increasing known South Korean company. Like their cars, Sth Korean motorcycles undercut the Japanese manufacturers in price and match or exceed them on features. The model has been on sale since about 2006 and was the best thing to happen to the 250cc market then, as it made the Japanese manufacturers lower their prices to reasonable levels.
In 2009 the Hyosung GT250R was given electronic fuel injection (EFI) and along with its unique (for a 250cc) upside down front forks, dual front discs, digital and analogue gauges to became arguably the highest spec 250cc motorcycle on the Australian market. The GT250R despite it’s age still looks quite good in the showroom and on the road and it certainly appears to be a larger capacity bike since it shares the design with the GT650R version – however parts quality needs some updating in terms of design but at least the quality almost up to Japanese standards on most parts.
The half faired version, the GT250 is cheaper but I don’t think it looks as good. Both models have the same V-Twin engine which does sound nicer than the parallel twin on the Ninja 250R and the single on the CBR250R. None sound as good a prior 4 cylinders. The only low spec hardware on the GT250R is the five speed gearbox where the normal number is 6 speed for obvious reasons.
The GT250R retails for around $5490 which is a great price point especially next to the Ninja 250R when comparing specifications. However the more modern Honda CBR250R despite having one cylinder is more than a match. Sure the GT250R is reportedly not as good as the other two main competitors but I think it will be other factors like dealership and various forums that will decide which one you get. I don’t personally know anyone who has bought one yet…
Overall the Hyosung GT250R is another great little motorcycle, it is well specified but no longer state of art, looks the part and sells at a fair price.
|Hyosung GT250R Key Specifications|
|Engine:||V2 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)|
|Power/Torque:||21Kw @ 10,500 RPM 22Nm @ 8000 RPM|
|Performance:||0-100kph 9 seconds Approx
Max Speed 140Kph Approx
|Fuel Economy:||17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
|Dimensions:||L2085 X W720 X H1125|
|Recommended Retail Price:||$5490 (2012)|