Hyosung Gt250R VS. Kawisaki 250R

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Hyosung Gt250R VS. Kawisaki 250R

#1 Unread post by lefty1806 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:20 pm

Im looking to get my first bike hopefully this summer or maybe next..n its pretty much between those two bikes since i dont have much money now..n i like the looks of the GT250R alot bettter..but are they as reliable since not as big known name as kawisaki..n kawisaki is also alot cheeper..so replys would be nice..thnks

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#2 Unread post by Septimus » Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:27 pm

It'd be tough to find a bike as reliable as the Ninjas just because they've been making them for so long.

The Hyosung bikes haven't been around for all that long and so you are bound to have a few more issues (or, at least, the same number of issues but they will be harder/more expensive to solve). So much so that you shouuld get a different bike? I doubt it, the GT250r does look pretty sweet. :)

I'd get the cheaper one to start with though, ride it for a couple seasons, and then spend some more money.

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#3 Unread post by jonnythan » Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:34 pm

The Hyosung isn't hideous.
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#4 Unread post by Veda » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:23 am

Have you sat on either? The Hyosung has a sportier seating position (leaning forward on your wrists, legs a bit behind you) and the Ninja a more standard position (sitting up straighter, feet directly below you). You may find one to be more comfortable than the other.

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#5 Unread post by Furadi » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:05 pm

I'm also considering a Hyosung. I would choose one over the little ninja on looks alone. It has a much better fit in my opinion. I always feel like im riding a dirtbike on the ninja 250:p

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#6 Unread post by palerider » Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:24 pm

I just bought my wife an 08 Ninja 250R. It now has 700 miles and the first service has been done. I live in California with mountains nearby, so many of the miles are from twisty roads. So far, excellent news on the little bomb. I really liked the new styling and the improved power is evident as I have ridden my friend's 07. The factory has noticed me of two recalls, both of which were done during service. The only adjustment made at service was the amount of play in the throttle...(needed less for comfort). Good news for 2008..the service is about $75.00 less than 2007 due to not needing a valve adjustment.

First riding impressions: These little revvers feel gutless at low rpm unless you keep the tach above 6000 (this is especially difficult at first since the factory break in limits the rpm). Freeway speeds require around 8000 and above. To pass quickly at 65, a downshift to 5th provides the needed punch. The first 300 miles is pretty tedious because of the rpm limits and the lack of power at low rpm. At around 400 miles, the bike really picked up power and it continues to get more powerful each time I ride it.
Gas mileage has been consistent at 58 mpg.

The riding position is typically sport bike uncomfortable with most of the physical discomfort for males (at about 1 hour in the saddle) centered just below the ol' family jewels. Since I normally ride a bagger, it really bugs me not to have sufficient rear view from the mirrors (gotta move your arms to see). Finally, I wish the turn signals were self cancelling...I'm spoiled.

Overall...I cannot believe that Kawasaki can produce a bike that looks this good and runs this well for such a cheap price. I bought my bike for $4200 OTD. This has gotta be the bargain of the year.

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#7 Unread post by Big B » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:56 pm

i'd get the kawi any day of the week and twice on sundays over the hyosung. a bunch of reasons why, but a huge one is that here in wisconsin (where the o.p. is from) there are a ton of kawasaki dealers and very very few (i've never seen one, but that doesn't mean there isn't any) hyosung dealers.
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#8 Unread post by damooster » Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:45 pm

I don't have any experience with the Hyosung, but I currently own a 2007 Ninja 250. It is a good bike to learn on, but I gotta ask you: do you have to have a 250? It's been less than a year since I bought my 250 and I'm trading it in this week. Like I mentioned, it's a good bike to learn on, but you may get bored of it fast (my personal opinion). A lot of people I know that ride bikes predicted that this would happen.

I'm no speed demon or squid by any means; I have never been over 75MPH and that was on the highway. I'm just tired of getting pushed around on the highway, not to mention the jokes. No one should influence your riding decision, but it did get old telling people that I rode a Ninja 250 and them asking why so small.

I'm not recommending that you go out and get a huge bike, but there a few 500's that you might keep longer and are marginally more expensive.

My two cents, but I hope you don't end up like me: less than 2000 miles and already bored.

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#9 Unread post by Misguided Missle » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:34 pm

Septimus wrote: The Hyosung bikes haven't been around for all that long and so you are bound to have a few more issues .
They have not been around HERE long. In asia they have been around for 30 years.

Ill pit my UM against any of the japanese big 3 in its class.

If you ride it wild and beat it like a wicked step child, yeah they break.
but then so do the others.

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#10 Unread post by goodies » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:08 pm

I just seen my first Hyosung the other day. I thought it was a pretty good looking bike. A guy I went to the MSF with had one. He loves it!

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#11 Unread post by HYPERR » Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:16 pm

Big B wrote:i'd get the kawi any day of the week and twice on sundays over the hyosung.
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#12 Unread post by Misguided Missle » Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:05 am

It is common for humans to fear what they dont understand

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#13 Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:52 am

Misguided Missle wrote:It is common for humans to fear what they dont understand
In my case the "fear" has nothing to do with lack of understanding. I have been in the automotive industry for 20 years. I have first hand experiences with Korean(Hyundai) and Japanese(Honda) automotive manufacturers. There is no comparasion between the two. Do I have any personal experience with Hyosung? No but I am going to bet that the delta between a Hyosung-Honda is the same as Hyundai-Honda. I remember a top executive at Hyundai telling skeptic Hyundai dealer principals about 8 years ago, "we are almost caught up with Honda"(a big exaggeration) and "in a few years we will be on par with them"(a huge optimism).....obviously not a prediction that had come true to no surprise of anyone.
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#14 Unread post by Misguided Missle » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:31 am

My wife drives a Hyundai, good car for the money.

Seems they are now in the top 5 in the USA.

They must be doing something right.

I remember in 59 when the Hondas showed up, they were the laughing stock of the motorcycle world.

I guess they had the last laugh.

Before I bought my Hyosung, I long long and hard at the Honda Aero. I saved two grand up front, and got better fuel mileage.

Two good enough reasons to go with the unknown dark horse.

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#15 Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:45 am

Misguided Missle wrote:
I remember in 59 when the Hondas showed up, they were the laughing stock of the motorcycle world.
I wasn't alive then but I don't really think Honda was ever the laughing stock of the motorcycle world. Their product had brilliant engineering and were super sound from day one and they filled a niche that did not conflict with Brits and the American manufacturers so basically they were ignored by Triumph, not laughed at.

Honda however made a quantum leap in a very short time. Within a few years they were dominating races and in 1969 introduced the brilliant CB750K which was so technically advanced, it basically rang the death bell for the British motorcycle industry.
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#16 Unread post by Misguided Missle » Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:27 am

Compared to the Euro bikes, they were a joke. My ole man was still riding his square four Indian on the street, and an Matchless off road into the mid 60s.

It took the Japs years to get into the market, by then most of the Euro companies stopped importing to the US. Except BMW. By the mid 70s most of the Euro machines were gone. I never owned a japanese bike until the late 70s. Then it was a nasty 3 cylinder 2 cycle 750, for road racing.

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