Hyosung GT650R: The ultimate Korean sports bike
There wasn’t any rivalry in the 650cc segment when Hyosung launched the GT650R many years ago. And then Kawasaki ushered in the Ninja 650R, which took away a major chunk of buyers. The response from customers has been pretty good for the existing line-up of Hyosung motorcycles, and the GT650R has been the manufacturer’s flagship ever since it was introduced in India. Although it has found a fair share of buyers out there, it still isn’t really up to the mark. The GT650R has received some all-important updates to keep up with the times.
Packed neatly within the frame is a 647cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces 72.68bhp and 60.90Nm of torque. The motor is water-cooled and comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Hyosung GT650R is BSIV-compliant.
The GT650R remains more or less the same as before, but it does get revisions to enhance its appeal. Gone is the oval-shaped headlight at the front, and now there’s a V-shaped unit that looks smarter. The nose and the fairing have been re-shaped to help improve aerodynamics. The tank is huge and muscular and the air dams look different. Even the body graphics are new, giving the bike a fresh persona. It gets a hunched tail section, a large exhaust and an LED taillight at the rear. The instrument cluster includes an all-black analogue tachometer along with a digital display that shows a lot of information like the speedometer, distance covered, fuel level and clock with the background lit up in orange. The quality of the switchgear is not bad. In terms of dimensions, the GT650R is 2095mm in length, 700mm in width and 1135mm in height. Throttle response isn’t instant, but it has a strong mid-range. Acceleration is great after 5000 RPM, but vibrations can be felt when the motor is stressed on. The clutch is well-weighted, but the gearbox does get a bit gruff. Performance is impressive, and the bike loves cruising. It can manage a top speed of 210kph. At 215kgs, the bike’s weight is manageable. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 165mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1445mm and a seat height of 830mm.
The Hyosung GT650R has a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres. In terms of mileage, the bike is capable of returning 20kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.
On the GT650R, you are seated very aggressively, crouching forward like you would on any other sports bike. Riding it in the city isn’t the most practical thing to do, as it takes some getting used to. But the seats are comfortable and offer good support. And the footpegs for the rider are positioned correctly. Being a hefty bike, it tends to be quite difficult pushing it around corners. The handling is good, but changing direction isn’t a cinch. The bike is also very stable at high speeds and is very sure-footed. Ride quality could’ve been better, and the tyres provide good grip. Braking too is fantastic. At the front, the bike rides on inverted telescopic suspension, while the rear gets progressive linkage. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a rigid steel frame. The GT650R runs on 120/60 ZR-17 tyres at the front and 160/60 ZR-17 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and at the rear.
The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like a part-digital display, step-up seat, pillion grab handle, LED tail lamp, alloy wheels, pass light switch and a digital trip meter.
The Hyosung GT650R is available in two shades like Black & Red and Black & White. Black and Red is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.
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Prices and Variants
The Hyosung GT650R is available in one variant: GT650R Standard for ₹ 5.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the bike, you can head to autox.
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