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Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

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    Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

    Totally bowled over by this experience, I decided to sit back and do a proper homework and not go by popular sentiments.Here are the comparative salient features : Superlow vs Aquila.


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    I would like to state that this bike, the Aquila, cant be compared to the Superlow , as most mistakenly do,since its specifications exceed it in every respect

    The current booking price is Rs 25,000 and the waiting period has risen from 15 days to almost 3 months since the bike is getting popular.
    Much of the sale ,I learnt ,has been done in Pune ,Mumbai , Bangalore and Delhi. It has a 2 year or 35,000km warranty whichever is first.
    The best part of the deal is that the periodic services are done at your door-step, no need to take the vehicle to the service centre!

    THE RIDING EXPERIENCE :
    • The saddle is very comfortable .
    • The pillon seat although comes with a back-rest ,the foot pegs are placed high.Hence if the passenger is tall ,he would be a tad uncomfortable over a long ride.
    • The driving position is very comfortable and those not used to riding a cruiser would take some time to adjusting the brakes and the gears.
    • The foot peg position is adjustible ,albiet minimally. Aluminium foot-rests can be bought optionally.
    • The rear-view mirror position is optimal,giving a good overall view of the rear.
    • Unless the side stand is folded back completely the vehicle will not start.
    • The handle bar switches are ergonomic and resemble in all details to a RE Classic 500.
    • The lamp is bright but not bright enough and sooner I would want it to be changed to a Xenon.
    • The horn is very meek and I would soon replace the "meep-meep" with something better.
    • The speedometre is well lit even in dark and the stats are very readable .It lacks a tachometre.However I dont see why a cruiser should need a tachometre.
    • The rear stop/parking lights are LED ,very bright and look good.
    • Once you start the engine,the stock exhaust is very soft in accordance with the EPA guidelines. There are many options for an after-market silencer fitment. The most famous exhausts are the Larry Cook Double shots ,manufactured in the US.
    • Although the bike is heavy, 244 kg to be exact ,once you are on it ,the bike dosent feel so heavy at all courtesy of the slow-slung seats.
    • A drive through a crowded section of the city is as easy as any normal bike. Frequent change in gears is not neccessary as the LOW and MID range torque is too good.
    • Highways bring out the real pleasure of riding this bike. Its poised, overtakes in a blink of an eye , races through quickly and stops effortlessly. I brought this bike from Pune to Alibag a distance of almost 155 km in 1:40 hours and I wasn't exactly tired when I reached home.
    • Initially I had my anxiety on the cornering ability of the bike ,but as I came to understand the bike ,I found that the cornering capability was not all bad and it could take all but few corners with ease .
    • The bike requires high-octane fuel.
    • it returns roughly 20-24 km per litre.

    • At upto speeds of 100 ,I could not notice any appreciable vibration or faultering of the vehicle.
    • The vehicle comes to a stop very easily thanks to its dual front and rear single disc.
    • The gear change is a little stiff as of now ,but I learnt that it grows softer with time.




    So as I continue to ride happily on this bike I would keep adding my experiences, both good and bad as my relations with my bike unfolds gradually and takes on a new meaning.

    SUMMARY
    The Aquila GV650 is a VFM bike(without the legendary tag!!) which has placed itself impressively in the market since 2007 without any adverse reports ,looks and drives very impressively ,with an exceptional customer service (I bought the bike from DSK Auto Pune). The product is being handled by the DSK group who are into the Auto field for more than a decade and have a plant at Satara with plans to manufacture the bikes locally in the coming future.


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brownhawk View Post
      Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

      why... oh why does this happen to me...

      here i am... who visited bajaj probiking yesterday [saturday] yet again [prolly 6th time in last 2 months] to inquire about the ninja 650 bookings... they told me that they shall have a 650 on-display @ the showroom the coming week.

      i have metal-plates on my right leg since 1990 & i am incapable of bending my leg beyond 90-degrees-angle... precisely the the reason why 5 yrs ago, i chose the avenger-200 as my ride [for its comfortable riding stance.]

      its also for the same reason, why i want to be astride the ninja 650 to get a feel of the bike [& my right-leg angle] BEFORE i formally book it! what good is a bike if i am uncomfortable riding it?

      i had decided that if the ninja 650 does'nt work out for some reasons, my next option would be the harley super-low.

      and while i am burning midnight oil researching the internet for the harley super-low feedback & videos, in you come, doctor jekyll & hyde & blow away my perception about owning a harley.

      so, my mind is now in complete mess... to be verbatim about it... deemag ka shudh taaza dahi ho gaya hain!!!
      it is the ninja 650?
      or is it to be the harley super-low?
      or shall i @ least do a test ride of hyosung gv-650?

      tune toh mera baand baja daala bhai... this is sooooo wrong!
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      • #4
        congrats for the new bike, aquilla looks great though the exhaust could have been designed better.

        just wanted to know, is all the shinning chrome stuff .. all metal ...??
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        • #5
          Nope it isnt. The tank scoops are plastic and chrome. Havent you seen our review video yet
          Congrats BrownHawk... Do you work for Hyosung? It seems like youve put in a lot of effort in pitching the bike to us :P he he he!
          But yes, definitely agreed that the bike is indeed quite a handful and is unfair to be compared with the Harley!
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          • #6
            congratulations on owning the aquila.........
            I myself have tried it, it is a great bike to ride

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            • #7
              That pro loooks sexy mahn.. good choice, anyways Harley's superlow is one of the fantastic cruiser but tough to ride through speed breakers but comparison seems odd there anyways your personal choice ...

              Congrats for your new bike ... ODO looks fantastic too, hope it doesn't heat up like superlow & wnt burn your leg's
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              • #8
                Originally posted by satyenpoojary View Post
                Nope it isnt. The tank scoops are plastic and chrome. Havent you seen our review video yet Congrats BrownHawk... Do you work for Hyosung? It seems like youve put in a lot of effort in pitching the bike to us :P he he he!But yes, definitely agreed that the bike is indeed quite a handful and is unfair to be compared with the Harley!
                no, don't remember whether i have seen your video ... but i vaguely remember that i have read it somewhere that all that glitters is not actually metal on hyosung, thats why i asked...or maybe it was your video... don't remember exactly. and while we are at discussing hyosungs... you can drop in at the discussion here -->>http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/what-bik...a-cbr250r.html
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                • #9
                  Does the bike come with an option for chrome plating the sides and top just like the ST 7 while placing the order?

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                  I meant the Top and sides of the Radiator......
                  Last edited by VK Subash; 04-23-2013, 01:55 PM. Reason: incomplete sentence

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

                    Seen the bike today at Kolkata showroom
                    Look wise its a real mean machine,few things I did not like all welding joints are too prominent,horn is non existing,you can't fit even a single horn rest aside a better bulb till 1000 km!!! Side chromed plastics don't looks like metal at all,pillion seat might be PIA for pillion rider in long runs.Handel bar seems to be a single bar and not adjustable.
                    But man oh man at 6 lakh its just VFM for sure.

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                    Last edited by sumitro_d; 04-23-2013, 07:33 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

                      Its interesting to know that the service is also being done at the doorstep. Do they have a MOBILE setup to undertake all servicing activities?
                      Are there dealers in India selling the LC Double shots? The original stock exhausts are really pathetic.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

                        did a test ride of the gv650 last evening & here are my observations.

                        *my* observations is the important part – no offense meant to anybody here – pls be advised :-)

                        1. the bike is a looker for sure - @least from a distance. i ogled @ her from a distance & i was like ‘oh my freaking gawwwd... she's got nice t|ts... err... i mean... she looks hawwttt!!!’ ;-)

                        2. up close & personal, the build quality is mediocre & many parts on the bike feel right off the cheap chinese remote controlled cars sold @ crawford market.

                        3. even the engine casing, the belt-drive covers, the oval black plastic cover which serves no purpose other than concealing the wide gap & several cables that run between the engine chambers, the fake air-inlets, everything on the bike appears i.m.h.o., to be of substandard levels.

                        4. as much as the presence of the bike is intimidating from afar, a closer inspection, @least for me, was a complete let-down. somehow i felt the engine to be too ‘frail’ on its appearance, especially for a bike that is this huge. somehow i got a feeling that the blacked out engine & all those fake plastic parts, were there for a reason – to conceal / hide what lay underneath – not a good feeling – that i can say.

                        5. the bike is heavy & quiet a handful. i am fairly well built but even then, it took significant heave & push to point it to the direction i wanted it to move while it was resting. no way in hell, u can walk her up to local mechanic in case of a flat tyre or some other troubles :-)

                        6. cranked her up – the exhaust note sounds okay & is devoid of the bass expected from a bike of these proportions. headed off to open roads.

                        7. bottom end / low rev grunt is impressive & the bike pulls off with keen eagerness thru the baseline of the revband. stressed the rpm range towards the higher side & the beast started shaking as if it were about to unsaddle me. seems like the engine just doesn’t want to be on the higher rev-band & would rather prefer to be in sub 5k rpm range. grunt & consistent pull is uniform even across the taller cogs. guess that’s what highway cruising is all about then :-)

                        8. even then, low-flying @ sub-100 speeds was no bother & the bike seemed to be comfortable @ those speeds. go on the other side of the 100’s & things start getting real hairy. i personally found the engine to be or the rough side – clearly has a far way to go just yet, to be in the league of honda’s & kawa’s of the world.

                        9. despite the bike appearing to be center-heavy, i tried some extreme braking & it showed the same symptoms as what my avenger does... the tail leaves the straight line rather easy, which it should stick to & starts wobbling all over the place under extreme braking despite having dual-leaf discs up front & single disc @ the rear. and beware of those dual-leafs up front. they lock up with ferocious brutality. the front brake lever comes w/ an adjuster – that’s good thinking.

                        10. the headlight is just about adequate for city commute. i strongly feel there’s the need of a hd kit on highways. the horn is best described as a ‘meep meep’ & that would need to go, unless you don’t plan to honk at all.

                        11. riding posture & comfort is one of the best i’ve come across & the rider seat is as comfortable as that bean bag i’ve @ my home. i could clock hours of riding, letting my ‘chair’ rest on that seat. the pillion seat is also adequately cushioned, unlike what it is on the avenger & should work good for long rides.

                        12. the service part is rather tricky. initial free services [read as only the 1st service] ‘may’ get done on-site by the mechanic staff visiting the owner premise & servicing the bike – this too comes @ a cost or inr. 600~800/-. going forward [read 2nd service onwards] the bike needs to be brought in @ the service center although the dealership can get the bike picked up & dropped off @ the owners – but this is a chargeable feature & comes @ an extra cost.

                        13. the on-road price for this bike is well above that for the ninja 650 & hovers dangerously close to the harley super-low. add-ons are not much but the essentials like engine guard, leg guard, etc. will take the prince further northbound!

                        14. personally speaking, i would invest my money in something that is better built, has far better dynamics & road-manners & is honest to what it appears – something that i feel, is just lacking in this machine.

                        enuff said :-)
                        Last edited by whymail; 04-26-2013, 02:14 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

                          When I shown the prominent Welding spots,hanging cables etc to Kolkata showroom guy his answer was!!! "we kept them knowingly so GOI can understand its assembled here if we done too good a job in this areas it will be treated imported bike and people have to pay more"

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                            Re: Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

                            Originally posted by sumitro_d View Post
                            When I shown the prominent Welding spots,hanging cables etc to Kolkata showroom guy his answer was!!! "we kept them knowingly so GOI can understand its assembled here if we done too good a job in this areas it will be treated imported bike and people have to pay more"
                            ROFL!!! i pointed out the rough welding spots etc. to the sales rep & he told me "sir, aaj kal sabhi bikes ko aise he rehta hain"
                            i politely invited him over - actually made him walk up to my 5+ yr old avenger & asked him to explain what he meant.
                            he ate a humble pie then & went back to attending other clients.
                            lamers!!!
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                              Re: Hyosung Aquila Pro, G V-650. My Unfinished Story!

                              waiting for further on road experience.

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