Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Riding impression: Hyosung GT650R

Pics: Motomag

For those who may be looking for a budget-spec sports 600, the Korean-made Hyosung GT650R looks like a good bet. Well, at least it does on paper. But does it measure up in the real world? Here are some excerpts from Motomag’s riding impression of the bike:

On paper, the Korean bike provokes enthusiasm. But in the real world… things turn out to be a bit different. Close up, the bike looks and feels cheaply put together and lacks refinement. On the move, it quickly informs you of its dynamic limits. The suspension simply isn’t very good and the bike doesn’t feel stable in bends. Also, the engine’s fuel-injection system needs more work – throttle response is inconsistent and getting on and off the throttle at higher revs can be jerky.

The Hyosung GT650R isn’t exactly terrible, but it’s simply not in the same league as, say, a Suzuki SV650 or Kawasaki ER-6. To sum up, the bike, which is barely 100 euros cheaper than an SV650, isn’t worth it. This verdict may seem harsh, but in a market where competition is strong, the Hyosung simply doesn’t have any special talents to recommend its case.

Hyosung GT650R: Tech Specs

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC, 90-degree, 647cc v-twin

Power and Torque: 82bhp at 9,000rpm, 61Nm at 7,600rpm

Transmission: Six-speed

Brakes: Twin 300mm discs (front), single 240mm disc (front)

Dry weight: 191kg

Price: € 5,490


piwyr said...

Wrong !!

Hermes said...

Disappointing review, I would of thought an experienced reviewer would be less bias. This is the type of negative enthusiasm that lets consumers down and not willing to try the cheaper or unknown brands. Basically it comes down too, if you do not ride a Yamaha, Honda or Kawasaki the rest is rubbish. Where is the spirit of motorcycling and riding regardless of the bike brand and the brand of riding clothes you wear ? Forgive my rant, but it is typical of people rubbishing the unknown or something new and different.

Daniel said...

Having ridden a GT650R for the past year, I have nothing but praise for it. Yes, it might look a bit more cheap than a Suzuki or a Kawasaki, but it certainly holds its own against them.

Hyosung have made a damn good effort at bringing out a good competing bike for the big bike brands.

Acceleration, speed and handling are good in comparison to other bikes (I've ridden and owned: GSX-R 750, Katana, GPZ 750 as well as a few other larger touring bikes).

Give Hyosung a chance, take it for a test ride... you'll be surprised.

Squid said...

How can you honestly say anything about the bike if you haven't been on one? I'll chalk this up to knob rubbing of his favorite bikes.

Get off of the paper and on the bike please. I've reado several reviews of the GT650R being compared along side the Suzuki SV650 and aside from the handling due to the longer body of the bike and weight, it seems to be on point with the pricing.

Anonymous said...

Considering a Hyosung is barely cheaper than a SV650, and far crappier, I would say his review is pretty accurate.
From afar the bike looks decent, but once you get closer you notice all the small things. The bolts start rusting quite soon and the fairings look like something from walmart.

Don't even get me started with the engine and suspension. The suspension needs to be trashed if you plan to do anything more than commute or do some light curves. The suspension is too unpredictable for my comfort.
Same with the engine. I expect a linear feel from an engine. This is 2009, and jerky fueling like the TL1000 had isn't really acceptable anymore.
For the insignificant price difference between this an the SV650, and the huge quality difference, the choice is pretty obvious.

Anonymous said...

if its anything like the 2009 hyosung gt650r. this review is completely accurate!!

Anonymous said...

I have the UM version of this bike and I love it. I owned a GSXR 750 and this bike is just as fun. I took this bike to the drag strip and whipped a few "high end" bikes. A SV650 can't touch it off the line and top end. So when someone says that this bike is cheap, they don't know anything about the bike. I would like the haters to think for a minute. If you had 40 plus years to build bikes ( Honda, Yamaha etc.) then a newcomer enters the game why not help them instead of trash them. A good example is Hyundai. In the early 80's it was a bucket car. now it has automakers like BMW and Lexus worried. Think about that..

Al said...

Bollocks this is the eigth review Ive read and it totally goes against the others plus here in Australia the Hyosung is a lot cheaper than the so called big name japs about $1500- $2000 cheaper

Anonymous said...

Well, I just want to say. I have looked at the "well-known" bike brands,and, the 650r is still a fetching sportbike. Looking 4 power-ups isn't 2 much of a drag. I vote YEA for one.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'll add my 2 cents . I've seen this bike up close and have ridden both the 250 and the 650 . The Hyosungs are good . I picked apart a 2009 when I was shopping for a second bike coming to find a lot of the components that people are critiquing is prior generation Suzuki. Mikuni FI , the brakes , etc . I'll admit the suspension is a little blah but it will certainly hold its own to a lot of the bikes it its price range . It's heavier due to the frame but the motor is much stronger than an SV . This bike would make a great sport touring bike . After reading a lot of the reviews on this bike I really find it funny that almost all of the negative review come from people that either test rode it briefly or never rode it and all owner's reviews are great . Anyone considering one should ride one and make their own opinion than reading bum reviews on the web .
I found it to be a really good bike coming from 15 years of riding experience . The older ones were junk I'd admit . But the 2009-2010s are spot on . I compare Hyosung to Hyundai. They just keep getting better .

Anonymous said...

i own a 2005 gt650r and i love it my friends and i went riding recently one on a cbr600 and the other on a gsxr600. and the hyosung stayed with them through every bend and sharp curve we went through so i am very happy with the performance this review is far to bias

Deni said...

Hey i want to buy my first bike i was looking at the price of the new wakasaki 250r 4000$ and the 2010 hyosung gt650r 3500$ i would go for the hyosung which is fits my budget but is it reliable? if you own one please email me to and tell me if is worth buying one. thanks!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone my name is joe, I am getting ready to buy a bike myself, I'd love to purchase a brand new 2009 hyosung gt650r but after reading so much negative and positive reviews I am just so confused on what to do. If someone who has owned one could give me some solid positive and negative facts I would really appreciate it. Please email me at thanks

Andrew Carlson said...


hay joe. hopefully you get to read this. I currently own a 2009 gt650r fuel injected model. is it a very reliable bike and has plenty of power. I will be honest I have never owned a cbr or gsxr so I cant make a comparison, but all these negative comments are unfounded. I have raced against my buddys cbr600 and my hyosung ate it for lunch. its fun to ride and worth the money. +1 for hyosung

Anonymous said...

I own a 2005 GT650R. The Hyosung is actually not a bad bike, with the exception of the charging system which is trouble prone. The frame and suspension are very sturdy and stable, definitely so for its price range. Fit and finish are reasonable. People who complain about bad handling and unpredictability simply never rode one.

Daniel Burchell said...

So true I have the 2010 GT650R can't fault it my mates all own Harley's and triumphs and my bike can keep up and cruise just as well I've hit 200km on mine and smooth riding is what it feels like. Looks good rides good and cornering is a breeze.



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