September 13, 2008 at 9:58 am #2088
So what is the deal with this company? I’ve heard a lot of comments, both good and bad. Some people seem to think that they offer a lot of bike for the price, others seem to think they are junk. I know they’ve been around a while, and that they do manufacture parts for some of the Japanese companies. Reason I ask is that a bud of mine was suggesting today that I might want to go take a look at what they have to offer. Any thoughts?September 13, 2008 at 11:09 am #12108
Hyosung is the motorcycle equivalent to Kia. Kia may be good now but if you recall they were horrible when they first came out.
Many reviews say their engines have strong motors but the build quality is just horrid and according to motorcycle technicians I know who have worked on them, they are plagued with electrical problems (specifically pertaining to the gauge cluster) that simply cannot be fixed properly due to lack of parts availability. They come with good warranties but they cannot honor the warranties due to lack of parts.
I anticipate the brand will eventually get its act together like Kia did but until then, I would say steer clear of them unless you plan on replacing your bike within a year of purchasing it.September 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm #12117
I think it depends. I always wonder about their reliability then next I wonder about their dealer network and or service department and availability of parts. Lets say you have a local dealer(I do) that sells them..how good are they, can they and do they readily stock the parts for repair and or service or is it going to be one of those things if something breaks that you have to wait days/weeks/months for the parts to come in? I know with mu Ninja parts and dealerships as so prevalent that I can rebuild almost the whole thing from the ground up in a few days, I dont know but I dont think you can do that with the Hyosung. I think they look nice Id really like that Naked 650(comet GT?) as my second bike but im just not sold on them yet.September 13, 2008 at 5:18 pm #12120
They offer a 2 year warranty. My friend is about to get a GT 250R(black and grey). Only problems I’ve heard seem to stem from poor assembly. I bought a GV250 about 3 weeks ago. Really, I am glad I didn’t start with any other. I think they are worth a nod. Good dealer is key.
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 14, 2008 at 2:12 am #12131
I’ve had good luck with them so far… my wife has one that she loves. No problems at all after about 8 months.September 14, 2008 at 5:19 am #12133
..what should I expect in 8 months, if you don’t mind my inquisitiveness?
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm #12147
I guess I should have said that she’s had it for 8 months and hasn’t had any problems with it. Sorry about the confusion.September 15, 2008 at 1:18 am #12154
Im looking to get the Hyosung GT650R for my next bike. I have a dealer who says when he order parts their there in about 2 days and always within 2 weeks. The bikes are beautiful.
They also make the motors for Suzuki o_-September 15, 2008 at 1:34 am #12156
I’m seriously considering the GV250 for my first bike as well, it’s neck and neck that or the V-Star 250 both have their pluses and negatives.
hey smoke, what kind of milage are you getting with yours? I’ve heard reports that it’s around 40-50ish, which is what an average 650’ll get…and that just seems really crappy. but then the site I saw that in was also giving really low averages for all the 250’s they were testing.September 15, 2008 at 5:25 am #12172
We get around 65-68 mpg on average on our 2007 GV250… that being said, one of the only “negatives” of the bike that we’ve had is that the odometer is in kilometers instead on miles, so you have to a do little math to get your average. Once you get used to it though, it’s not so bad. Also, the speedometer is also in Km, but also has Mph on he inside circle. Not sure if they’ve changed this on the later models or not.September 15, 2008 at 6:08 am #12174
I can’t put a number to it just yet. I just started riding about two weeks ago. And, I think when my dealer “filled me up”, they put real cheap gas in the tank, which burns really fast. In combination with breaking the bike in, and my skills, that may have caused quick burns as well. Note, the second time I went to the gas station was for a quick lesson on where I shouldn’t fill pass. Since then, I’ve been many places. Places that people would usually take the freeway which would take 20 mins, takes me up to an hour and more. The needle has barley passed the F. 40-50 I think is inaccurate. I’m thinking more in the 55-65 range for me, or more.
Let me know about these websites that have been bashing the GV. I’ve only heard good things about it. That’s why I went Korean instead of Japanese. I think the bikes aren’t as popular in the US because (A)Hyosung is virtually unknown in the US which leads to (B)poor marketing in my opinion. The low cc motorcycles practically sell themselves. That’s why you see such a price increase on these models by mostly every manufacturer this model year. I’ve been to about 5 dealers between this month and last. The amount of 250cc motorcycles I saw at all 4 Japanese dealers was 4 or5 shy of the total amount of 250s at 1 Hyosung dealer. This includes Sport, Sport(naked), and cruiser.
If I didn’t do my research, I would have went Japanese all the way. I hated the way all of the 250s looked. All of them just look like “close but no cigar” bikes. Almost a motorcycle but not quite(all you honda rebelers…flame away). I get a heap of compliments on the bike. Other bikers (sometimes even the Harley Elitist)give an extra glance. I was on the fence with the Kymco Venox 250, and the Hyosung. When I saw the GV(couldn’t find a Kymco dealer anywhere), I said this is the one for me. It looks like a baby Shadow Aero or V-Star Classic.
Plus the best thing of all, it doesn’t look like a 250 at all! Anyone who saw the bike, and who knew about them thought it was a bigger cc motorcycle. It’s definitely worth a visit to the dealer. Be wary. I’ve heard most of the problems with Hyosung motorcycles is due to poor assembly. Good luck and choose wisely! 1 more thing. Hyosung gives a $300 dollar rebate for those who successfully complete the MSF course. This is another example of poor marketing. That is a hell of an incentive. They are practically paying for you to take the class, and giving you an extra $50 in your pocket. At least that’s the way I see it.
Check this article. This was 3 years ago, but 3 years isn’t that long. Ok it’s almost 4, but I think it’s still relevant. And, this helped shape my decision.
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 15, 2008 at 6:19 am #12175
Mines is an 08 and I’m here to tell you, it’s still all metric. You need a conversion table to see exactly how fast you are going, and how far you went. However so minor, one of my only complaints. May grow into full whining if I get a speeding ticket one day.
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm #12182
1 mile = 1.6km
Once you remember that, everything else is easy. And really, it doesn’t take long to just “know instantly” the conversion.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”September 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm #12183
One of the biggest problems I’ve read about facing Hyosung is that the warranties aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on because the dealerships can’t get the parts they need to perform necessary repairs.
I guess the biggest thing I can say about Hyosung would be to read the post on this forum that has a link to a video comparison between the GT250R and the ’08 Ninja 250R. The reviewer stated in the review (which was taken from some british tv show) that while they performed similarly well, the build quality on the Hyosung was absolutely horrible compared to the Kawasaki and he wouldn’t trust it not to fall apart on him within a year’s time.September 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm #12185
well thats better than the 49ish the other site was giving it. I could likely deal with 55-65ish…especially if the virago/V-Star’s 70-80 is a bit wishful thinking…
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