Hyosung GT250R Update Review

2013_gt250rThe Hyosung GT250R has been updated for 2013 and is probably one of the first competitive non-Japanese 250cc to hit the world wide market and maintained a good reputation for reliability and affordability over a relatively short period of time on the market. Sure its not regarded as a premium brand but it does offer a valid additional choice in what is a small market here at least.

Looking though the specifications there no significant differences in the updated 2013 model to prior series apart from more black plaint, modified instrument box and different colour schemes and fairing design. Indeed in the showroom there is very difference between old on update GT250R in build quality or design. Although the differences are small they make the GT look better. I haven’t had a chance to ride one yet so opinions on that side of things will have to wait.

So why would you buy the new Hyosung GT250R over any other 250cc or learn and commuter class motorcycle?  )Apart from the promise of an all new model being made ready for 2014!) I think the GT250R’s selling features are the just right physical size, good looks, V-Twin sound track USD front forks and class competitive power and at a reasonable price.  Of course the only downside is the 5 speed gear box which is an interesting aberration for any motorcycle in 2013.

Overall the Hyosung GT250R is another great little motorcycle that is very well specified. The only shortfall is the gearbox but otherwise there’s very little else that has the same level of features.  Unfortunately and like the other manufacturers of 250cc motorcycles it is no longer priced as enticingly as it should be considering the high Aussie dollar. 

Hyosung GT250R Gen 2 Key Specifications
Engine:   V2 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity:  249cc
Power/Torque:  21Kw @ 10,500 RPM 22Nm @ 8000 RPM
Gearbox:   5 speed
Kerb Weight:  182Kg
Performance:  0-100kph 9 seconds Approx
Max Speed 140Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790mm
Dimensions:  L2095 X W720  X H1125
 Recommended Retail Price:   $5490 (2012) 

 

 

Hyosung GT250R Review

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)
Capacity:  249cc
Power/Torque:  21Kw @ 10,500 RPM 22Nm @ 8000 RPM
Gearbox:   5 speed
Kerb Weight:  182Kg
Performance:  0-100kph 9 seconds Approx
Max Speed 140Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790mm
Dimensions:  L2085 X W720  X H1125
 Recommended Retail Price:   $5490 (2012)