Plastic chain guard came unscrewed and scared me with noise, dealer just fixed. First 1000 KM.
Back tire went flat after 4 months, 3,000 km, puncture, handled well on flat tire.
Battery died after 8000 km and towing across country.
Headlight is TOO dim. Almost caused my death, and really doesn't light up the canyon I drive like I need it at night, with deer and such running around. High beams are 100%, unequivocally worthless. Car pulled out in front of me last week at midnight and the bike is totaled. Would a brighter headlight have prevented this potentially deadly accident? Potentially.
TOO quiet. I had to drill the muffler, which I hated to do. I couldn't afford anything else. I did it for safety.
Dead spot in lower RPMs at 3,4,5 gear. I don't know much about engines, so that's all the description I can give.
At 3000 Km engine was sticking, like I'd get power then lose it, thrn get it in a single second, resulting in a potentially dangerous jerk jerk jerk.
My motorcycle friend said it might be because it has a carburetor. Problem stopped and went away, and never came back in another 9000 km.
Just totaled this bike. Car failed to yield and I T boned him at 60. Minor injuries - I flipped over his car and landed on my feet. Bike served me astoundingly well for my first bike. I rode a scooter before this, and I'm hooked forever. I now know how I will die; it's simply unavoidable, because I cannot give this up.
Bike gets a lot of attention. Windows roll down and people ask what it is. People stare at it and look at both sides while it's parked, as if they ought to know what it is but don't.
I absolutely drove the hell out of this thing. I put 7500 miles, 12,000 Km on it between April of 08 and July 4th of 09, and it was in a garage from October 08 to May 09 for winter.
Never broke down. Even after battery died, I just jump started it every time. It's so light and small it's easy. But it doesn't look small, and it doesn't drive small. Not at all. Everyone thinks it's in the realm of 6-700 cc.
I rode through torrential Florida rain, I rode through a tropical storm, it is a little light for those Florida winds and I had to pull off.
I've ridden in Snow in Utah over high mountain canyons. Handles well on slick roads, as in, ice.
I've never had it die on me in a major braking.
Dealer in Utah adjusted the idle high for cooler weather, and that was helpful. Might also be costing me MPG. I tend to get only about 45. I also ride like a 23 year old.
MY wife is small, 100 lbs, but we went on so many rides on this. We'd drive on loops through Utah canyons. That's 280 lbs between the two of us, and top speed up hill is about 70. Don't believe the speedometer of course, It says I'm going 80, and it lies. I commute 75 miles to work through a high mountain canyon, and I'm neither tired nor sore when I get there. I get tired on this bike after about 200 miles, but I am in reasonably good shape, so keep that in mind.
Top speed on flat with just me is closer to 88 mph at 4,000 feet elevation in Utah.
Very little acceleration at 60 MPH plus, which is one reason I'm looking giddily at the Hyosung GV650.
Foot pegs could have been a tiny bit further out for me. I'm 5'9". I guess I like to stretch dem legs.
I drilled the muffler because it was so quiet I felt a little bit at risk. In Florida, Orlando, I saw accidents every day. I don't need a LOUD bike, but I want to be heard for safety. Muffler is REALLY quiet.
If I were to get another GV 250, I'd do a few things:
1. Install the windshield (which I did to this one).
2. Get a back rest for my wife, even though she says she doesn't need it. I want her off my back!
3. Install custom foot pegs out a bit further.
4. Get a custom muffler that is louder for safety.