The Hyosung GT250R Review and Ride Report by xBhp. Get the specs, prices and photos.
Text: Satadal Payeng
Photos: Gourab Das/ MG
Special mention: I would like to thank MG for the amazing photos and the best ever photo shoot of my life till date.
Hyosung GT250R: In a nutshell
USP (Unique Selling Proposition): Superbike like looks and street presence, Superbike like ergonomics
Good bits: Engine is very likeable, smooth and linear in its power/torque delivery; handling is confidence inspiring and fun to ride
Bits that could improve: Brakes, tyres, attention to details/finish on certain parts
It is easy to label the Hyosung GT250R as another Superbike wannabe, but is it really so? After clocking 230 kms and spending some quality time (8 hours) with the Hyosung GT250R, if I have to sum up the essence of the bike, it would be, “Very close to a Superbike attitude & ride experience”.
My one liner about the bike means that there is more to the GT250R than just a full fairing. Like a true blue super sports (600cc/1000cc) bike, the Hyosung GT250R is actually impractical as a daily commute tool and more of an occasional toy.
Posted below is the detailed ride review of the Hyosung GT250R along with the ride experience of the same in [i] City [ii] Ghats and [iii] Highways
Styling, Fit & Finish: “It’s hard for the average Joe to tell that the GT250R is not a 600/1,000 cc bike”
It is difficult for someone who is not that much into bikes, to believe that the GT250R is not a 10 lakh plus bike..!! Yes Sir, the GT250R is BIG in size. The GT250R shares identical dimensions with its elder sibling the GT650R. The size of the GT250R itself is reason enough to generate the interest/desire of the “desi” biker.
Along with the big dimensions the GT250R comes loaded with twin disc brakes at the front, upside down front forks and a 150 section rear tyre. In fact none of the other currently available small capacity full faired bikes in India, the R15, CBR 150R/250R or the Ninja 250R have the same kind of road presence as the GT250R. But all that bulk on the GT250R makes it tip the scales at a lardy 188 Kgs Kerb Weight..!!
Design wise the GT250R actually is slightly dated by international standards. The GT650R/250R is designed like the 600/1,000 cc bikes from the nineties. But since “desi” bikers missed those nineties and “pre” nineties Superbike era, the Hyosung GT brothers will still cut the mustard as a modern design in present day India.
So much for the burly good looks but a closer inspection reveals that Hyosung could have given the bike better fit and finish in certain parts. The seat cover material, plastic texture on the instrument control, the finishing of the ignition key slot, material used for the grab rails (which by the way looks out of place on a bike designed like a super sports) etc. doesn’t give the impression of a “Premium” offering. The speedometer console also could have been designed better for a more up market and technical feel.
The GT250R looks handsome even if with a somewhat dated design. I personally liked the exhaust of the GT250R better than the one on the GT650R. With a little bit of attention to details and some improvement in fit & finish on certain parts, Hyosung can make the bike even more classy and premium.