Hyosungs clean up their act

The Kore­ans have in­jected more power, writes CRAIG DUFF

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

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).

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