Hyosungs clean up their act
The Koreans have injected more power, writes CRAIG DUFF
THE bold ‘‘EFI’’ decals give some idea of how highly Hyosung rates having a fuelinjected model range for 2010.
For years the South Koreanbuilt bikes have endured the ‘‘you-get-what-you-pay-for’’ tag.
Now with EFI and the same prices, Hyosung is hoping that tag is seen as a compliment.
Nothing was wrong with the carburettor-fed models ... other than the fact they had carbies when their rivals had fuel injection.
There’s also no doubt fuel injection has seriously improved the Hyosung’s power delivery, with a consistent response any time you open the throttle.
The system was sourced from parent company S&T and Hyosung Australia’s Simon Gloyne says it’s a multi-channel unit.
‘‘It can download updated (engine) tunes just like the Triumphs,’’ Gloyne says. S&T also produces the dash on the bikes, which features an analogue tachometer and digital LCD display in place of the digital LED screen.
Given the target market is cash-conscious or learner riders, a display showing what gear you’re in would be preferred, but that’s a minor gripe.
The chassis and suspension setup is spot on, a fact pounded home on our test ride over the repatched potholes that make up the road from Stroud to Dungog.
There’s 59kW and 67Nm on offer in the regular bikes and on most roads you don’t need much more. Enjoy yes, but not need. The LAMS-approved versions of the bikes are scaled down to 40kW, but that’s 15kW more than learners had with the carbie versions. It’s a safe bet that won’t hurt sales.
There are three models in the GT650 range, starting with the naked bike, then the semi-faired S and the fully faired R. A cruiser— the GV650 — gives a more laidback option. On the road it will only lose ground if you’re running through tight turns, but only because you’ll back off when you hear the footpeg grinding.
The bikes have had a cosmetic tidy-up, with a cleaner tail section and a set of grab bars with barbs for your luggage straps.
There’s not much that can match Hyosung for value. And they now do even better at holding their own on the road.
Tidy up: the injected 650s in the Hyosung range include the GV650 cruiser (right and below).