The premium end of the quarter liter motorcycle segment has recently witnessed a lot of action like never before. A segment which was alive only due to the sole presence of Kawasaki Ninja 300 has hit a storm with the arrival of two very potent motorcycles, the KTM RC 390 and the Yamaha YZF R3.
The KTM RC 390, when launched in 2014, rewrote the rules of the segment, by offering a mind boggling package and spectacular performance to price ratio. Without any doubts, the motorcycle went on becoming an overnight success, making the brand as new as KTM a popular nameplate. It was this fabulous value for money trait of the RC 390 which made all the other bike manufacturers to sit back and rework on their product strategies.
The excitement of the motorcycling enthusiasts reached an all new height when Yamaha unveiled its all new quarter liter sportsbike, the YZF R3, before the end of 2014. And when it announced that the R3 will be subsequently launched in the emerging markets, the list of which included India as well, the potential buyers and fans just began to wait and cross the passing dates on the calendars in a hope of sooner arrival of the motorcycle in India.
And after a lot of anticipation and rumors, the date of 11th August 2012 saw the arrival of the R3 on the Indian shores. The motorcycle has been launched at a price which pits it in the middle of the RC 390 as well as the Ninja 300. The motorcycle will also have to face the rivalry from the motorcycle which started it all – the first twin cylinder 250cc motorcycle of India, Hyosung GT 250 R. Following is a comprehensive comparison of all these four motorcycles – Hyosung GT 250 R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390 and Yamaha YZF R3 – based on various parameters.
Hyosung arrived in India at that time, when the two wheeler market here in the country was in a very nascent stage. For a new and globally less popular than other big bike marques, Hyosung had a quite successful start with the Comet and Aquila range of midsize superbikes, which were introduced through Kinetic Automobiles.
After a very brief stint with Kinetic Automobiles, Hyosung re-entered the Indian market in a full-fledged manner by launching its performance oriented motorcycles ranging between 250cc to 750cc. In this way, Hyosung had, and still has, the most versatile lineup of mid-range superbikes in the nation.
Currently, Hyosung has two fully faired sportbikes on sale here in India – GT250R and GT650R. Out of these, the GT650R is bigger than the two, and is the flagship motorcycle of Hyosung in India. The GT650R was the first middleweight fully faired motorcycle to make its way into the Indian market. The motorcycle has recently received a minor cosmetic upgrade which has livened up its appeal. Here’s a quick look on the new Hyosung GT650R.
The relation of Hyosung with the Indian market has been quite good in the past decade. It was this motorcycle manufacturer from South Korea which introduced the Indian motorcycling enthusiasts with big bike riding experience in the country. Thanks to their local assembly in India, the motorcycles were priced reasonably for the segments in which they were introduced.
Hyosung was the manufacturer which started the quarter liter sportsbike segment by launching the GT250R in India. The motorcycle, with its big bike appeal and twin cylinder engine layout, instantly became a hot favorite, as there was no such thing in the Indian market at the time of its launch. Within a few years of its launch, the Hyosung GT250R created a renowned stature itself for a relatively new company in the Indian two wheeler market.
It is not a hidden fact that the quarter liter segment has seen a lot of action in the recent times, with many companies like Bajaj, KTM, Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki indulging in a cut throat competition. Hyosung too began to feel the heat of this rapidly increasing rivalry, which is why it has updated its GT250R recently. Here’s a quick look on what all changes does the new Hyosung GT250R packs in.
In its goal to reach more and more Indian customers and to expand themselves in tire II and tire III cities in the country, DSK Hyosung have launched a new showroom of their superbikes in Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to Autocar India the new showroom have been christened as ‘The Riders Zone’ and was inaugurated by Mr. Shivapada Ray, COO, DSK Motowheels. Jaipur being the capital city is the business hub of the region and so this showroom in will serve the customers in the western part of the country. This showroom will not only serve as bike seller but also provide some of the other convenience like the 3S facility (i.e. sales, service and spares) by well trained service personnel.
DSK Hyosung already have its showrooms in - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune; the brand also has a remarkable presence in cities like Raipur, Aizwal, Indore, Lucknow, Nagpur, Dimapur and Patna. An interesting fact is that most of the showrooms have been given a name of their own, for eg. The showroom in Patna is known as ‘Speed Riders’ while the showroom in Bangalore is known as ‘Surfers Automotive’. This technique of naming the superbike showrooms is quite appealing and helps the brand to gain popularity and recognition. Hyosung Motorcycles often competes with KTM Motorcycles in the Indian market.
Patna showroom launch picture shown
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According to a report by Autocar Professional DSK Motowheels which is a Pune based company renowned for assembling and selling the Korean 2 wheeler manufacturers Hyosung products in India are actually planning to bring one of the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli into India.
Now I know many motorcycle enthusiast already know about Benelli but for those who don’t Benelli was established way back in the year 1911 and although they manufacturer motorcycles Benelli also have a separate division who manufacturers Shotguns weapons. Benelli went through many tough times exchanged lot of hands and seen it all but from the year 1995 onward the brand settled in and flourished their business. Benelli went on and launched some of the most aggressive looking and well engineered motorcycles like the Tornado Tre 900 in the year 2002 and it became an instant hit and was powered by a 900 cc engine. Now the same 2 wheeler manufacturer who even had to stop their production for a long time bounced back and at present have an interesting product portfolio which starts from a BN302 which is actually a 300 cc motorcycle and goes all the way to the ultimate tourer TRE 1130 K AMAZONAS powered by a mighty 1131 cc engine.
If DSK is able to partner Benelli then this will be the third biggest merger of our Country after TVS-BMW Motorrad and Bajaj-KTM and because Benelli has an interesting lineup of motorcycles they really don’t have to research a lot about the Indian market. Their entry level motorcycle the BNE302 is a 300 cc sportsbike and quite frankly the entry level premium 2 wheeler motorcycle markets is fast flourishing in India and we have seen plenty of new launches from KTM, Kawasaki and even Honda in the recent times. So if this whole thing is a success then Indian motorcycle enthusiast can get soon get their hands on a Benelli.
This particular motorcycle from Hyosung attracted lots of attention at the 2014 Delhi, Auto expo and according to a report on Motorbeam, Hyosung is all set to launch the GD250N in the Indian market by August, 2014. The bike still needs to be get homologated by ARAI which atleast will take 3 months.
Hyosung India product line up currently constitute of six motorcycles starting from cruiser to sportbikes but to be frank none of them are much popular in our Indian market either because they are too expensive to own or people avoid them because of their unimpressive build quality. But this is all about to change because their newest product the GD250N will surely impress the crowd with it’s out of the box design, build quality and most importantly performance.
The GD250N is powered by a liquid-cooled, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine which produces 28bhp of maximum power at 8000 rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm. The modern powertrain is mated to a 6 speed gearbox. The naked streetfighter has a digital instrument cluster, underbelly exhaust, wide handlebars, broad rear tyres and all other ingredients in right amount to impress the bike enthusiast of India. Now the pricing will play a key factor behind the success of this motorcycle.
DSK Hyosung launched an updated GT250R in the Indian market which has been by far their best selling model.
However you won’t be impressed at all when you will hear that it has received only minor updates in terms of styling. The 250 cc motorcycle gets minor design updates and some refreshed graphics, however the only noticeable updates that it received is in its headlamps. The facelifted GT250R also gets three new color options in the form of Red Titanium, White Titanium and Black Titanium each of which will be available in three tone shade.
The GT250R is powered by a V twin-cylinder and an oil-cooled 4-stroke engine which generates 27.6 Bhp of maximum power at 10000 rpm, and 22.07Nm of maximum torque at 8000 rpm. The engine has been mated to a 5 speed transmission and it has a top speed of about 140 km/h.
Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman DSK Hyosung said that GT250R which is also known as ‘The Big Boy’ has always received an exceptional response from the super biking community in India. Their organization has always adapted themselves with the changing customer profile, preferences and purchase decisions. Over all these years they have tracked their customers behavior and incorporated elements of customer feedback in this New GT250 R. They are pretty confident that the new GT250R’s exciting new changes will also appeal to their consumers who are looking for not only great technology but unmatched aesthetics and sporty looks.
The new Hyosung GT250R is priced at Rs. 2, 76,000 (ex-showroom Pune) and will be available in all the 36 DSK Hyosung brand outlets spread all across the country.
We have said this in the past that Indian people don’t have a wide choice when it comes to selecting an entry level cruiser which possesses all the qualities of a proper cruiser. Although there are few options and quite frankly either they look boring or are underpowered but Hysoung perhaps understood and read Indian peoples mind and thus the manufacturer is here with a solution.
Meet the new Hyosung Aquila 250, which was launched recently at the 2014, Auto expo held at Delhi and it also has been priced quite aggressively considering the fact that this is powered by a V twin engine which generates quite impressive amount of power and torque. Now a lot of questions are perhaps rising in your mind that is this same motorcycle which was launched in India a decade ago? and your answer is yes! This is the same motorcycle but now it comes in a new avatar. Previously it was a direct import and was expensive but still it managed to grab some bookings but later it was discontinued due to unavailable spare parts and few service centers. Now after all these years it is made available via the CKD route, what is even more fascinating is the fact that Hyosung will manufacture the cruiser here in India itself at their facility at Pune.
The Hyosung Aquila 250 is powered by a 249cc, V-twin, oil-cooled engine which generates descent amount of power and torque and perhaps this is most cheapest V-twin cruiser available in India today. A good seating posture, comfortable seats, wide handlebars powerful engine and lots of chrome the Aquila 250 has it all. So without wasting any more time let’s find out more about this affordable cruiser.
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The year 2013 was an average year for most of the auto manufacturers but the same year brought many new surprises for the 2 wheeler enthusiast of the country. Indian motorcycle enthusiast witnessed the entry of the legendary British 2 wheeler manufacturer Triumph in our Indian market; the Austrian brand KTM also showcased three motorcycles at the 2013 EICMA motor show in Italy out of which two will definitely make its way into our Indian market this year. Then we also saw the Japanese two wheeler manufacturer Kawasaki launched some of their most powerful motorcycles on our Indian roads.
There are lot of good news for motorcycle enthusiast of India because recently lot of famous foreign brands have decided to step in the Indian market and try their luck and as a result of that Indian motorcycle enthusiast now proudly can own and experience riding the new aggressively priced Harley Davidson Street 750 which has been specially designed and made for markets like India. Now as a result of all these foreign brands like the legendary Harley Davidson, Indian and Triumph, the Indian people especially the youths just don’t have to satisfy themselves by modifying their 100 or 150cc commuter motorcycles to look like one big and powerful sportsbikes.
Let’s face the facts here in India most of the people rely on two wheelers and use them as their daily means of commute. To exactly give directions to our long list of mumbo jumbo words that I wrote above let’s just run you through the long list of upcoming two wheelers that will be launched here in the Indian market in the next couple of months.
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Hyosung the Korean 2 wheeler manufacturer did impressed us with their comeback effort and after starting their second innings in our Indian market we have seen many interesting launches from their end, including the bigger GT 650R which is a stylish and mean looking sportsbike and it attracted a huge attention from the people. Then they also launched the Aquila Pro which is a chunky and muscular looking cruiser. Previous year Hyosung launched the GT 250R, it can be called as the smaller version of the GT 650R. Don’t underestimate the GT250R just because I used the word ‘small’ because this motorcycle too packs a lot of punch.
The GT 250R debuted back in the year 2005 and since then Hyosung made lots of significant changes which made this motorcycle a worthy competitor. It has a full fairing, a powerful and compact V twin engine which generates an impressive amount of power and lastly priced extremely well.
We all are quite aware that the 250 cc motorcycle segment In India is becoming crowded with lots of new launches happening from the Japanese manufacturers Honda and Kawasaki. It will be interesting to find that does this Korean manufacturer have what it takes to impress the sportsbike fans of India and compete with its other rivals.
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Hyosung the two wheeler manufacturer from Korea has made its mark not only in India but almost all over the World. Hyosung motors have given the world some of the best products. The Hyosung GT650R was launched in India in the year 2012 and it is one of the most stylish and powerful motorcycles in the Indian market.
The updated 2013 version of Hyosung GT 650R was unveiled in the Indian market on January. The aggressive looking motorcycle is powered by a V-twin, liquid-cooled, four-stroke 647 CC engine which generates 72.6bhp of maximum power at 9000rpm and 6.2kgm of maximum torque at 7500rpm. The Motorcycle has a very punchy engine and some good amount of power is available at a twist of a throttle. Let’s get to know the details of this Motorcycle.
Hyosung launched the 2013, version of their cruiser Aquila GV 650 also known as the Aquila pro this January in India. The motorcycle is being assembled at Wai, Maharashtra thus the pricing of this motorcycle have to be impressive, but we will talk about the pricing a bit later. Hyosung promised that the new cruiser has both the characteristics of a cruiser and a Sports bike in it. The Aquila pro has its unique old school styling of a cruiser along with some modern touches in it which sets it apart from rest of the motorcycles that are present in the Indian market today. It was heard that the previous version of the GV 650 failed to impress the crowd, but the 2013 version of the GV 650 looks stylish and mean and is already a hit amongst many.
The Aquila Pro is powered by a 647cc, liquid cooled, V-twin engine which generates 74bhp of maximum power at 9000 rpm and 62.1 nm of torque at 7500 rpm. The cruiser generates enough power which makes this motorcycle a mean machine. Let’s find out some more details about this cruiser.