Hyosung retro-cruiser motorcycles
By James Grahame
Korean motorcycle manufacturer Hyosung has been around since 1978. They entered into a technical manufacturing agreement with Suzuki a year later and now employ over 400 people, having shipped well over 2 million motorbikes and scoots to every corner of the globe.
Their cruiser lineup is classic with a decidedly modern flair. They offer a wide range of engine displacements from the compact and fuel efficient GV125 to the competent GV650. The web site proudly proclaims that the 650 offers "Romantic sailing to make beautiful recollection." Somehow I doubt this two-wheeler is truly amphibious, though. Despite its old-fashioned looks, the GV650 features a shiny modern VFD digital instrument panel (with chrome trim) and a semi-permanent belt drive that is "three times superior" to a chain drive. I suspect all the company needs to become truly successful is a competent translator, although their product manuals are probably quite amusing.
The GV650's 647cc V-twin powerplant puts out around 60 HP, which doesn't seem like much until you factor in that this shiny bike weighs a respectably low 220kg (dry). The MSRP is also a respectable low $8,795 Canadian.
"The track is an odd place to test a cruiser, but then the GV 650 is not a standard issue offering and that’s because normally in cruiser land there is a high price of style; under the weight of chrome and leather, performance is quickly and thoroughly crushed. The recipe for a cruiser is a tried and true one, a torque laden v-twin engine, a relaxed foot forward chassis, comfortable all day ergonomics, and style. Hyosung has done up a proper cruiser in all these respects, and then they went on to mix it up a bit, like a modern martini versus a classic dry offering. The end result extends the class and amuses the rider’s pallet a lot more than the tried, tired and true cruiser mix."
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