Hello there, I would just like to say that the Hyosung GT650R Motor is blueprinted from the Suzuki SV650's Motor, so reliability is as good as any other motor. I just want to find out how the fairing and general nuts and bolts hold out in everyday riding! :oD.
Sorry to hear you've had such a bad run with your Hyo.
I've got a 2004 GT650 naked, which I bought second hand with 10500kms on it. I've put on a couple thousand more kms, and it hasn't missed a beat. Starts and runs great, and it corners really well. Doesn't handle as well as an R6 or GSXR, but it certainly doesn't suck.
If you check out www.korider.com, you'll hear plenty of horror stories about Hyosung dealers, and I think most of those are in the U.S.
I'm in Australia, and the general experience with the Aussie dealers has been mostly very positive. It sucks that a bunch of bad dealers can give an otherwise good bike a bad reputation.
I hope your bike gets sorted out soon.
I've read many good comments on this bike from various websites stateside and abroad. Funny thing is, this person seems to have posted this on various websites bashing Hyosung. I'm sure if you google any motorcycle manufacturer you'll find many horror stories.
Sorry to hear the bad news on your gt650, but there is a strict break-in period for all motorcycles alike that should be followed pretty carefully by the buyer. Not following these measures could result in a faulty motor. If this is not the case you should know that not every bolt on every bike is torqued the same... You just got a bad apple.
I recently bought myself a 2005 Hyosung GT650R as my first bike, and I must say that till now, I'm very happy, especially considering the price and the looks compared to what was available on the market for that price..
Where can I find more technical information on the bike, like servicing and other DIY stuff?
A Hyo is a great bike! Everyone who says otherwise just doesn't like and doesn't respect anything else than a japanese bike.
The problem with Hyo is that they don't have any reputation so far. They are producing GT Rs only for 3 years now. I've had a Kawa GPZ500 with 30000Kms when I bought it. It had poorer build quality than my Hyo GT650R, poor handling and poor riding comfort, oil leakage and so on... Now I ride GT650R and I am much happier than I was with my Kawa.
I've had no problems with it so far; the only thing I have done on it was oil replacement.
Build quality is regular, everything fits in its place and the bolts are as tight as they were when I bought it.
The fairings are made better than on the GPZ, but they are not the same quality as the fairings on an R1.
The tires are still great.
If you are an easy-rider, you will be happy with a Hyo, but if you are more like an R1 rider, buy an R1!
I sat on the GT650R today and I must say it was really comfortable. I'm 6'2", riding an EX500 ninja right now, and it's a bit small for me. The dealer said the bike comes with a 2 year warranty, so for $5000 I may give it a try. It isn't much of a step up in horsepower though. Any thoughts on how it handles?
Gday, I live in Sydney Australia, and I've owned my Hyo GT650R for about 18 months.
No real problems with the bike. It handles well, and the performance is better than an sv650 according to my mechanic. I will add he is not a dealer either, so he isn't spinning crap. He added my carbon micron muffler custom jets, which he drilled to give good fuel mix on dyno and balanced the carbs. He can get it to pop up, but I don't try, I just enjoy the cheap cruz and the sound.
I just got a 2005 Hyosung GT650R, and I seem to have 2 small problems.
#1 Shifting while the bike is not moving won't work very well. I've got to rock the bike to get it to shift most the time. (Any ideas on this one?)
#2 It was well broke in and has 6k miles on it. It has been well kept and maintained by the shop, but when I try to rev it up, it seems to bog down for a split sec around 6k rpms, and when I go from a stop it seems to be a little sluggish at first. Any help would be great.
Just my 2 cents here, and I'm all for competition. I would like to say that at least on the 05-06 bikes, the reliability just isn't there. I know of 2 people that own them, and one was on his 3rd engine and the other's first engine just seized with under 10k on it. I would call shenanigans with the first guy as perhaps he's just hard on his machinery, but 2 people is just rough odds to swallow. I think the bike looks great for the price, but I'd just be careful.
It is known that '05 bikes owners have reported "blown engines", and are replaced. I ride a '06 model, and had no problems so far.
The gearbox is stiff, but precise (I have no problems to pop it in neutral or miss a gear). It is common for most of bikes to have "difficulties" while popping to 1st gear while in N, but I haven't had that problem, gearbox is OK when the engine is on a proper temperature, it's not stiff anymore.
All in all, the bike is great, easy to mod, with nice performance for a tourer, and a little bit of sporty fun (like wheelies, and blowing acc.).
I've just bought a GT650R, and it goes great, and it can carry a tune. I dragged a ZX6 and beat it; it's a good all round bike and I'm happy with it.
I've had a CBR with the same issues you had; it comes down to the mechanic or the dealer.
I'm currently on my LS and ride a CBR 125. I'm looking for a bigger bike and am interested in a GT650R '07 model. Does anyone have any good, bad or indifferent comments?
I own an 05 model and only problem was a loose clutch plate from re-clutching to pop the front up. 30 000k's later and still going strong. I cop a lot of crap for riding the sungy cause the blokes I ride with own japanese bikes. I would too if I could afford one, but they all changed their minds about the bike after riding it.
I also ran it down the 1/4 mile stock standard, and managed a 13.2. I weigh 96kg, so not a bad little bike.
Hyo's are great bikes, but they do not like being abused (big surprise). It is not a race bike!
If you don't abuse the clutch, run it redline every chance you get, you will have a good bike and a heckuva bang for the buck. My 2005 is running strong at 5k miles. I don't like to walk home, so I treat mine with some respect when I ride.
Hyosung is learning (slowly) what it takes to sell to US and European markets, and they will get it right (eventually). Parts and manuals are available online if you know where to look (korider.com)
I am very happy with mine!