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2013 Hyosung GV250 - Coolness Factor = 61.0

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:46 pm

2013 Hyosung GV250 on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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2013 Hyosung GV250

The GV250 will make even the long way home feel short.

A full-size, 250cc cruiser with low handle bar built around classic styling and V-twin DOHC 8 valve engine combine to deliver a smooth and confident ride, normally only found in larger displacement motorcycles. Featuring electronic fuel injection, increased intake and exhaust efficiency and improved riding position, you will not find a more comfortable or better performing small cruiser. It breaks through the hardest tasks with ease.

An entry level cruiser with a real V-Twin engine and true custom cruiser styling. The low seat height and easy riding makes the GV250 an ideal first motorcycle. Recent open road tests by a learner rider returned 33km per litre!
Compare the GV250 to any in its class and you will soon realize the value for money.

The fuel injected GV250 is capable, nimble and right at home on the open road.



2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila Features and Benefits

The 250cc v-twin includes roller bearing cam shafts, 2 piece spring dampened bevel primary drive gears, and dual squelch combustion chamber. These are features that were previously confined to racing engines, and in the past have not been economical to incorporate into smaller capacity engines for street use until now.

Air / Oil cooled 75° V-twin DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder

Double piston of large size disk (Ø 275mm)

Disk brake of strong brake force that employs caliper

Wide and comfortable seat, low seat height 700mm.

Rear combination and turn-signal lamp for excellent rear visual recognition.

High-capacity (14 l) fuel tank of two-tone color with beautifully curved lines.

Aluminum casting wheel and extra-wide tubeless tire

Rear wheel : 150/80 - 15 MCs 70 Ss




2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila - US Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: $3,999 USD


Chassis Type Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin
Displacement 249cc
Bore x Stroke 57 x 48.8
Compression 10.3 : 1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Lubrication Wet sump
Clutch Wet, Multiplate
Gear Constant Mesh 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Overall Length 89.84 inches
Overall Height 43.15 inches
Overall Width 34.45 inches

Engine Wheel Base 59.65 inches
Seat Heigh 27.95 inches
Brake Front: Single disc, 2 pistons caliper
Brake Rear: Drum
Suspension Front: Conventional Telescopic
Suspension Rear: Swing arm with Hyeraulic Double shock absorber (Preload adjustable)

Transmission Tire Front: 110/90 -16 / Rear: 150/80 -15
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.7ga;
Curb Weight 388lbs

Colors: Black and red, black and silver, carmel and black, black
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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:48 pm

As we just had an inexpensive 250cc cruiser up (The CCW Heist for $3200), I thought this would be an interesting back-to-back challenge. Hyosung is a pretty new company as well in North America and are known for inexpensive bikes, their 250cc here rings in at $4000 or $800 more.
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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:23 pm

For my fellow metrically challenged Americans, that's 77.5 miles per gallon...

I'm a little disappointed to see Hyosung style their cruiser so mainstream, as opposed to the 'techno-muscle' look they had previously. That said, I think it's going to work out well for them and this little machine is going to put a burr in the Rebel's saddle. It's especially going to make a splash because it's a 'beginners' 250cc that doesn't look like a beginners bike. Wait 'till your neices' 'bike-curious' husband gets a load of this thing -- they'll be flying off the shelves all this spring, and come about August they'll be all over Craigslist for 3k.

I'm curious to see if this move to a more traditional looking cruiser means that Hyosung will also be offering larger displacements in the future. If the GV of 'ago had also been available in a GV750, I may very well have one in the driveway now instead of PowerSlave.

I'm voting Cool.

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:25 pm

Gave it a cool. It's got the right looks for its market segment and its small enough for entry level riders to master as well as cheap enough to afford. And they have been around for a bit now so should have made some decent progress in reliability and finish, like Korean cars have made. Compared to the last offering, which was one ugly, shoddy POS in my humble opinion, this one is the real deal, and with luck will give Honda a push to upgrade and freshen up their Rebel.
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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by sheister » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:46 pm

Gave it a cool. Don't know much about the company or it's products but at least it's actually 250cc and it's fit and finish look far and away beyond what CCW has offered for not much more money. Anyone own one of their products that wants to chime in?

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:42 am

JackoftheGreen wrote:For my fellow metrically challenged Americans, that's 77.5 miles per gallon...

I'm a little disappointed to see Hyosung style their cruiser so mainstream, as opposed to the 'techno-muscle' look they had previously.
I like the "mainstream" cruiser look. I think this would make an awesome commuter bike.
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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by montanalifter » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:37 am

I voted cool, a lot of good things going for it, modern except the rear drum brake. Could be liquid cooled but oil cooler is good. I think a lot of people will never buy it though because it says hyosung on the tank.

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by storysunfolding » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:01 pm

When we bought Hyosung's for the Navy and Marines Traffic Safety program it was mainly because with the gas crunch in 2008 it was hard as hell to get any of the more traditional bikes (rebels, TW's, v-star, dR's, eliminators etc). We ended up with a fleet that was mostly Hyosung aquila's, comets and Lifan motorcycles. While the lifan's didn't make the first year due to horrible QA issues, the comets and aquila's are still in circulation and going strong after four full seasons of new rider abuse.

While I'm not a fan of the styling, I gave it a cool for reliability, and a smooth ride.
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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:54 pm

blues2cruise wrote:I like the "mainstream" cruiser look. I think this would make an awesome commuter bike.
I like the traditional cruiser look too -- I only meant that I appreciated the previous GV because it had that meld of cruiser and techno-future. I think if the GV had been offered in larger displacements, a 750 or an 800 to be sure, a lot of us younger novice riders would have gravitated towards it for the styling. I came [--] <~~ that close to buying a GV650 instead of my Vulcan, but in the end I just wasn't confident I could do the sort of long-distance freeway riding I wanted to do with a 650 under my butt. (-:

I worry that without that edgy look in their cruiser, Hyosung will have to truly go "head-to-head" with the well-established brands. If they're going to make that work, this bike will have to stay significantly lower in price-point than the Rebels, Marauders and V-Star 250s -- where previously they were below price-point and had that teckie style.

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:36 pm

Thought this could use a bump, given the amount of attention we're still giving to the previous Cool Wall candidate. Let's not let a good bike languish 'cause were too busy trashing a bad one. (-:

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:29 pm

Not much to say other than uncool. That being said, anything made in South Korea is light years ahead of POS made in China.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:37 am

Boooooring.
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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:15 pm

I voted: Cool

For $4k for a starter cruiser that looks like it's designed for bigger riders and current up to date styling too, not bad at all! But for $800 more I'd have to look at the Honda Rebel 250, it's a Honda after all, but then again, it's a 20+ year old design too...

Versus the CCW 250cc that was up last week it's quite an upgrade for an extra $800, but then again, you lose the charater as well but gain reliability (but $800 will get you even more reliability). Quite a call.

I would be happy to smile at any new rider enjoying themselves on the GV250. :revv:

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:51 pm

Well said.

Out of curiosity, I cruised on over to Hyosung's website and checked to see if all the GV's were this new style. Turns out, I was sorely uneducated.

The GV650 is still the edgy, techno cruiser I love, and it turns out Hyosung has always had a traditional cruiser body style on offer -- the ST7. All this I probably could have learned right here on TMW, but it's my habit to head to a manufacturers website when I have questions.

What I don't understand is why Hyosung badged this the GV250, when it would make more sense to keep the ST7 and GV styles separate. This bike should be the ST7-250, not the GV250.

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by Bullet Bill » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:38 pm

There are things I like about this - the fuel tank is more reasonable than the one on a v-star 250, for instance - but overall, this bike looks a little too heavy. A 250 probably shouldn't be your first choice for a full dress touring cruiser. Also, not a fan of those cast wheels. I'm okay with cast wheels in a more general sense, but not those.

Like some others here, I'd check out a new Rebel first; she's an old beast of burden, but she's tried-and-true.

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:59 am

It was a bit of a struggle but I ended up at Cool.

This is not the kind of bike I would buy and for that reason I guess to me personally it's uncool, but in the grand scheme of the market I think the bike is quite cool. There isn't a lot of choice out there for "starter" bikes and I like that companies such as Hyosung are trying to fill that gap left by the majors. The styling is modern and mainstream and that always helps sell a person on a new brand (i.e. new to them, not new as a company!).

I kind of think the rider in the photo looks uncomfortable, all huddled up at the front with neck down, but that's kind of why I don't like cruisers so maybe I'm a bit biased. ;)

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Re: This week: 2013 Hyosung GV250: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:38 am

Quite an interesting turnout, not quite the 230+ votes of the CCW, which I do suspect is a little suspect; but anyways it does go to show the Hyosung just isn't as popular as the CCW for interest sake, but that is secondary to the vote result, which is:

COOL FACTOR: 61.0%


Your Coolness Factor of the 2013 Hyosung GV250 is...

Awesome (3 points) 9% [ 3 ]
Cool (2 points) 40% [ 14 ]
Uncool (1 point) 26% [ 9 ]
Fail (0 point) 26% [ 9 ]

Total votes : 35
Total Score: 64

35/64 = 1.83 / 3 * 100% = 61.0%
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Re: 2013 Hyosung GV250 - Coolness Factor = 61.0

Unread post by luckynap17 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:00 am

Im on my 2nd gv250 because the driver of the car that turned in front of me didnt see me butttt this is the best 250 out there for a 4 11 female and my husband is a harley rider and luvs the look and the reliability. And I can handle the weight with confidence. I started off on a rebel and moved up. We moved recently and had to drive 5 hours round trip just to to get the same bike, my husband searched for something comparable( and closer) and nothing else compares, it looks good and runs great. I just wish they had better advertising in the US. This little bike kicks butt.

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