Hyosung Aquila GV650 Reviews from Australia

2007 Hyosung Aquila GV650

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.9 / 10
Most recent distance3200 kilometres

Summary:

Great when it goes, easy to ride

Faults:

Will not start (7 times now and the dealer cannot fix it).

Left indicator not working.

Some kind of acid spilled on to swing arm and corroded the exhaust pipe.

General Comments:

Great bike when it is going, but unreliable. Unfortunately it is all I can afford at the moment.

Very poor back-up service from the dealers.

Parts hard to come by.

Accessories very expensive ($A550.00) for a rack and rear seat rest.

Service frequency is too great.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st November, 2008

18th Mar 2010, 01:19

Can't complain about my 650 Aquila 2007 model. Great power for me, handles rough bitumen surfaces and dirt surface easily. Comments on the bling (shine and chrome), style and general appearance. For the money it's unreal. Can't wait for a 700efi or similar to come to Australia. I give mine a hard time riding in Western Queensland, and it can hack it.

2007 Hyosung Aquila GV650

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8500 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha Virago 250

Summary:

Fast bike (when it goes)

Faults:

Consistent hard starting when cold - yet to be resolved.

Pulse coil faulty at 8000kms.

Inlet manifold gasket blew at 8000kms.

Intermittent slow cranking - yet to be resolved.

Side-stand cutting off engine in transit - unresolved.

Carburettors go out of tune very easily.

General Comments:

This model accelerates fast and feels good to handle.

Reasonable fuel economy - I get 300kms per 12L on freeway.

Stunning appearance and is a head-turner.

However, it has been unreliable in the last 5 weeks, having been in the workshop 3 times for a week at a time for hard-starting problem. The problem is still under investigation/diagnosis and may require a technician from Hyosung to investigate. Fortunately however, this is all under warranty.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2008

2006 Hyosung Aquila GV650

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance4700 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW R1150RT

Summary:

Great value for money cruiser -- rough, but honest

Faults:

The original equipment mirrors disintegrated at the base within the first couple of months. They are plastic (!) bases.

Screen cracked at an attachment screw. (Dealer put it down to overzealous tightening on his behalf and replaced it free)

General Comments:

Surprisingly quick for a 650 V-twin -- it certainly out-accelerates some larger cruisers and leaves equivalent cruisers in the dust.

I find the seat very comfortable. However, my regular pillion can't handle more than an hour at a time on the back, since the seating position forces me to lean back slightly, robbing her of any space or room to move.

Brakes are very effective, if somewhat "wooden". Never a drama stopping.

Bike is very stable at speed, and even at walking pace. A little ponderous perhaps, but easy to turn and manoeuvre. For a cruiser, it corners well -- your heel will let you know how close you're getting.

Fuel consumption is reasonable. About 300+km on a tank. You wouldn't want to ride more without a break anyway.

Gearchanges are easy and remarkably silent.

Some of the chromed "bling" is actually plastic; its longevity will be interesting.

The huge muffler does nothing for the engine note, but the dealer showed me a "sports" exhaust that had it snapping and snarling!

Instruments are reasonable, though I feel a tacho would be good (on a cruiser!) in light of the way this motor revs out so (too) easily.

It attracts attention! People like the look of it. It has road presence.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2006

26th Nov 2006, 23:57

What is a replacement for the mirrors? At $136 each, a bit costly. Found the plastic type used in the guards soft even after 12 months, scratches easly.

Tyres are good wearing. Book says that at 10k service heads to be taken off, why? This is a 4 stroke bike.

Only bad fault, replaced by shop, was the radiator got a hole in tube, and not a rock thanks to the guard.

Can a set of extra lights, like the Harley, be fitted to the front forks?

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews