2017 Hyosung GD250R
A fresh take of the quarter-litre segment
The Korean manufacturer has been really trying hard with having a success in the Indian market for a long time. All their success stories, if any, have been very short lived and with six models in the country, they have not managed to make a mark at the leader boards due their sky rocket pricing and cut-throat competition.
But without giving up on their standing chance, Hyosung have been undergoing a rescue mission and developed a new platform for their smaller capacity motorcycles. And the first iteration from them is the GD250R. It features a single-cylinder motor and is aimed at a full faired sport segment.
We all had seen the GD250N that Hyosung showcased at the Auto Expo in Delhi a couple of years back and it generated considerable interest. But it failed to launch and we are still waiting for it. Some reported about the homologation process taking too long and then came the costing, which the authorities at DSK thought that it will eat up the Benelli’s TNT25 pie. The authorities were in talks about having a manufacturing unit setup in India apart from the assembly plant in Wai, Maharashtra, which also doubles up as the assembly plant for Benelli. But that was the last we heard about the GD series until we saw spy shots of the GD250R running on Indian streets. And looking at the motorcycle, faith seems to have gotten restored.
The GD250R brings in a fresh outlook to the rather dud designs attributed to other models in the line-up. The sharp and aggressive lines carry the motorcycle’s features really well. Made to compete against the quarter-litres, it definitely smacks the competition right out of the ball park in terms of styling.
The front houses projection lens with uplink and downlink splitting-type headlights and LED sidelights. It looks like a merger between the Yamaha Fazer and Triumph Daytona 675. Above it is the large wind deflector and rear view mirrors mounted onto the front panel.
The side panels are well chiselled and has a unique textured shape that gives the motorcycle a fighting attitude. The bodywork is quite stylishly designed and it also gives us a peak at the red trellis frame which beautifully contrasts with the colour palette. Trying to show off its prowess, the rear suspension unit is completely exposed on one side and so it the stainless steel underbelly muffler. A nice visually appealing touch according me.
Large and towering fuel tank gives it a big-bike feel to it. It allows easy access to air cleaner box for easy serviceability and the fuel tank is made of reinforced plastic material to reduce the weight. As a matter of fact, the fuel tank located much below near the cog to improve weight centralization. The reason why you cannot see the rear suspension unit from the left side.
Dual tone two-up split seats look really plush and one of the best in the segment. At the rear, you will find a full LED light cluster that integrates into the curve to finish an aggressive design. The bike will sport an all-digital instrument console having a wide panel with the added feature of a gear shift indicator and a digital clock.
This motorcycle will feature the same motor showcased in the GD250N. A 250cc single-cylinder, water-cooled, engine with electronic fuel injection that provides improved fuel efficiency.
The motor punches a healthy 28.4 bhp @ 9500 rpm and torques at a maximum 24.17 Nm @ 7000 rpm. One more horse power than the twin cylinder brother, the GT250R. Power will be transmitted through a six-speed gearbox and a wet-multi plate clutch action. Refinement levels and responsiveness are said to be better than the V-Twin GT.
The bike will weigh in at 155 Kilos, 33 less than the GT. This simply means that this motorcycle will eat up the GT figures with ease and produce better power to weight ratio and riding dynamics that its predecessor. Expect a unique exhaust note from the underbelly unit.
|Bore/ Stroke mm||73/59.6|
|Output||28.4 bhp @ 9500 rpm|
|Torque||24.17 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, DOHC|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Clutch type||Wet- Multiplate|
RIDE AND HANDLING
Given the sporty figure of this motorcycle, you get wide clip-on handlebars for that sport riding position having a bend recess. Position adjustable cast aluminium footpeg sets allows for varying leg positions. Your legs can wrap around the contour of the tank pretty well and can give you sufficient confidence to ride the motorcycle aggressively. The tall 810 mm saddle will favour taller riders.
The fuel tank is tilted towards the swingarm pivot so that the fuel always gathers around for a better centre of gravity. This provides natural steering character by reducing the amount of front and rear weight transfer. The silencer too is purposefully located below the swingarm pivot which improves mass centralization. All of these provide the motorcycle a better active handling capabilities.
Suspension duties are handled by 37mm USD Telescopic forks at the front and a pre-load adjustable dual side aluminium swing arm with gas charged hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. The lateral shock absorber is pivoted directly on the swingarm and this frees up space to the centrally located fuel tank and eventually allows perfectly symmetrical weight distribution.
High-efficiency steel braided brake lines are made use of for constant braking performances. 300 mm and 230 mm petal disc brakes are installed on the front and rear respectively for adequate control and greater stopping power. ABS is missing on this motorcycle and we hope Hyosung provides it as an optional package. Nonetheless, the government of India is making it mandatory for higher capacity motorcycles to carry it as a standard feature and soon this will also get one.
|Suspension / Front||37mm Upside down Telescopic|
|Suspension / Rear||Dual side Aluminum Swing arm with Gas charged Hydraulic shock absorber|
|Brakes / Front||300mm Petal shaped spoke mounted single disc, 4 opposed pistons caliper, Stainless mesh hose|
|Brakes / Rear||230mm Petal shaped single disc, 2 opposed pistons caliper, Stainless mesh hose|
|Tyres / Front||110/70 R17 54S|
|Tyres / Rear||150/60 R17 66S|
Looking at the history of the company in India, Hyosung is not very good at pricing their motorcycles. You have to blame the CKD route they take but that still is their fate and talks are on to start a manufacturing unit in India itself. That said, the GD250R stands at a ₹ 1.5-2 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag which is justifiable given its looks and improved riding dynamics.
Expect official launch of this motorcycle in the second quarter of 2017. You can avail this in three colour options. Black, White and Grey/Silver and all of them come with black inserts and the EXIV R decals.
In a country where people love full faired motorcycles, this GD250R comes in as a fresh take on the segment with fabulous design and a good engine. Ofcourse, the best comparison would be the Honda CBR250R, the unadulterated champion of the quarter-litre in the country. But it’s aged now and 2017 will see many motorcycles to vie the top spots. One will be the Hero HX 250R. Made in India. For India.
Hero HX 250R
This stunning piece is the result of Hero MotorCorp’s collaboration with the European Erik Buell Racing. Developed completely in house is the 249 cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which is coupled to a company first 6 speed gearbox and is capable of an enthralling 31 bhp along with 26 Nm of torque. Top speed could be around 160 kmph. It has a bore and stroke of 81 mm and 48.5 mm respectively along with a wet multi-plate clutch.
There was a time when the Honda CBR250R got in a motorcycle that revolutionised the sports-tourer segment for good. The attention it got made it a superhero and made everyone fall in love with it. A totally reliable machine that can give you miles and miles of happiness. There were no single cylinder quarter-litre that came close to its functionality and a rock steady engine. But things are about to change for 2017.
2017 will run hot on the quarter-litre segment with many manufacturers coming up with low displacement products at cut-throat pricing making it a tough challenge for the GD. Ruled by the Hondas and the Kawasaki with the 250R, it was eventually replaced with the 300. Then came the Austrian KTMs’ that took everyone’s sales away to their stride and made a racket out of it.
The launch of this GD250R is like a breather for the poor performing Hyosung in the country. It looks like many litre-class bikes and run a refined and raunchy engine. Only if it can be priced right, it has the potential to be segment leader, a new high for the Korean brand.
- * Fresh styling
- * Big bike look
- * Raunchy motor
- * Brand Image
- * Not favorable to short riders
- * Missing ABS