Hyosung Avitar 650
October 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm #2255MattParticipant
This is kind of interesting… Hyosung USA aparently hated this review.
“…if this is what you call a review in your magazine, then please don’t bother to ask to ‘review’ our products in the future.”
But here’s the odd thing, the review is actually remarkably positive.
It is actually two reviews written by two different people.
The first by someone who spends a great deal of time on scooters and seemed to geniunely like the bike save for a the foot and leg setup – fine bike, just doesn’t fit this particular rider.
The second one, is imo poorly written. Simply put they put a dedicated sport/standard rider on a cruiser, when he dislikes ALL cruisers. This was partly the editor’s mistake (Don’t send a sportcar nut to review the latest minivan), and partly the author’s mistake for not sucking it up and trying to review it through the eyes of a cruiser rider.
The entire piece is littered with comments like “To get out of a parking space, I made several maneuvers for every one I’d need on my V-Strom.”
No s**t Sherlock, it is a long wheelbase cruiser, stop thinking of it in terms of a touring dual-sport!
“Ten miles from home, my hands were tingling, my butt was sore, and I still can’t figure out why my feet are sticking out in front of the rest of me. Usually, I’m good for 100-150 miles between rest stops. Today, 20 miles and I’m ready to look at scenery, on foot. Those aren’t Hyosung complaints, those are cruiser complaints.”
Congrats author, you are in a new seating position and you don’t have the muscles built up for it yet.
This author could have reviewed any and all cruisers on the market and written the exact same review.
So yea, I can understand why Hyosung is bothered by this review; it doesn’t feel like the author even tried to review this from a perspective outside of his niche. I’m kind of surprised they never bothered writting a rebuttle, but I suppose they figure this small publication isn’t worth the PR risk of getting into a scuffle.
Speaking of Hyosungs, I saw a black-and-red Aquila 30th Aniversary Special Edition in person the other day.
Holy cow, that is one GORGEOUS bike imo. It looks hella sharp. V-Rod, only sexier. Seriously, I think it might be the best looking cruiser I’ve ever laid eyes on.
If I could have a stable of dream bikes, it would be in there.October 19, 2008 at 7:17 am #13997ReindeerParticipant
Probably a good indicator as to why you shouldn’t believe everything you read in magazines anyway.
Has anyone ever really seen a bad review of any bike or gear? Seems like even when the reviewers don’t like something, they try and put a positive spin on it. Kind of like a politician when they are trying to sell something they know is going to screw the country over! LOL!October 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm #14148DeD FredParticipant
Kinda hard ot wear out chains on a belt driven crusier.
The sporkbike version is chain driven, and beat like a redheaded step child.
It seems those guys were a tad on the bias side.
I call mine a sport/crusier. In all the shoot outs, it spanks the rest of the class.
I raced a Dynaglide for 10 miles, we played tag up to 100 mph, then I backed off, for my motor is still new.
I dont fell bad playing tag with a 1400cc Harley.
On the seating postion. Im a big guy, and I had to alter the heck out of the seat in order to get a good riding position.
Id not recomend one for any one over 6ft tall.
I added the windscreen and Throttlemiester dampener.
My 100 miles a day, is a joy.
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