Hyosung GT650R Reviews from United States of America

2007 Hyosung GT650R

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance5748 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS500F

Summary:

Great bike for the price. Could definitely have a competitor for the big 4 in the korean upstart

Faults:

Mirrors cracked mysteriously (it was parked).

Rear brakes shot after 2,000 miles (replaced with EBC HH pads).

General Comments:

The bike is very torquey. Run it about 3g's on the tach, then give the throttle a good twist and it's like getting shot out of a cannon with the front forks wobbling at each gear change, because they're barely touching the ground.

The bike is definitely heavier than the SV650, but the trade-off being the bike is very stable even at low speeds (can easily get a knee down at only 25mph, and it self rights with ease).

I'm 5'5" at 135lbs, and the suspension seems to be just right, and the rear shock is a bit stiff, but that's how I like it; nose down tail up in the twisties.

I've replaced the air box with 2 K&N 40mm pod filters on 2 molded rubber hoses, and ran them slightly out of the forward fairing holes (created a short RAM for a carburated bike) I.E one short ram per carb ran out the fairings on the same side as the carb. Bike required a Stage 3 re-jetting due to all the air being shoved down the carbs. Also has a Scorpion stainless oval slip on. AiS has also been blocked off to stop the engine from sucking in hot exhaust gases.

Bike was recently dynoed on a dyno jet from our local race teams HQ Speedwerks in DE. They specialize in Ducati and SV650 race bikes and manage to squeeze out 89.5 HP on a stock block GT650R. The little bike freaking roars and walks the dog VS. a CBR600rr from a stop. Upgrading to stainless steel braided lines and EBC HH's all around.

Summarizing the bike is a great platform, great engine with a mediocre suspension, and poor but easily upgraded brakes. If Brembo made a retrofitted brake calliper kit for the bike, I bet they would fly off the shelves, and the Hyo will build up a lot of cred for being a good bike.

The bike handles well, even with its heavy weight. It needs a little bit of effort for the turn in, but the extra weight keeps it planted to the ground reaching max lean angle with no complaints at speeds nearing 50-65 mph on tight cornered back roads. And on the track requires a noticeable tug on the handle bars, coupled with body movement to turn the Hyo, but in the turn the bike keeps its line like it's on rails.

The engine has been very good engine that has soaked up a lot of abuse on track days and random bouts of hooliganism on public roads (not stunting, but a lot of hauling ass and knee dragging).

The GT650R could definitely be put on a diet; light weight wheels would drop the weight to a comparable size with the SV650. Maybe later drop the heavy steel trellis for an aluminum frame. Or make a trellis on par with Ducati (since their benchmark is Ducati, so why not?).

The fairings could be updated to fit flush with the frame for a more Ducatiesque look. Would also help in the fit and finish department, which is a weak area for the Hyo's. Some apparently having rust problems, and the really cheap looking plastic surround on the LCD dash could be replaced with a better LCD gauge cluster and a more form fitting plastic or a carbon fibre look dash.

I saw on the 2009 models they updated the triple tree from the "Silver Brick" of the older models to a much slimmer triple tree, much like that of the "Big 4".

Great all around bike for the price with potential to become a super sport bike when tuned properly, or when Hyosung decides to hook the bike bike up with some serious quality parts (Ohlins cartridge forks/Rear shock, Brembo brakes,). Drop the bike's rather porky weight to around 395lbs dry and you'll have a winner.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2009

18th Jul 2009, 08:55

O.K update on the review July 16th 2009.

Rear master cylinder failed. Locking the rear brake caliper to the rotors frying the caliper, scoring and warping the rear rotor. Bikes in the shop getting the warranty work done. Beginning to lose faith in this bike.

Looking at purchasing a Triumph Daytona 675.

2008 Hyosung GT650R

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous motorcycleHyosung GT650R

Summary:

This bike will excite a 30 year old veteran rider as well as a first time rider

Faults:

Nothing at all. I am a ASE certified mechanic and I have worked on any and all motorcycles, and the Hyosung GT650r is the easiest bike that I have ever had to work on. Four bolts will take just about anything off this bike, which I love.

General Comments:

This bike is amazing all around for the price. It doesn't handle like my 2007 Suzuki GSXR 750, and it doesn't accelerate as fast as my 2005 Yamaha R1, but I only paid $6988.18 for this bike, and after a few bolt on and custom parts, I already have this bike running low 11s in a quarter mile.

A little spare change, research, and a little imagination will get you a long way with this motorcycle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2009

21st Jan 2009, 18:34

After 35 years of riding I'm looking at the Hyosung 650R. Really it boils down to long-distance trips. How comfortable is this bike? Does it require a Corbin, Sargent, or other aftermarket seat? And then, is it a smooth runner or a vibrator? And at what speed is the "sweet spot"?

Any help on these topics will be much appreciated.

Ivan Crow.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews