September 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm #12186
actually they didn’t bash it at all. in fact it beat out the V-Star 250 in their beginner bike ride off…but they listed the fuel tank size and the average miles per tank, and it put the GV250 in about last place at approx 45-49mpg.
which was kinda a big issue for me, though the same site put the V-Star 250 at the low 60’s so it seems they were either being pretty conservative, or more likely they were blowing through gas a lot faster by doing lots of short fast moves and start and stops
which seems to be in line with the testing they were doing…September 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm #12187
This is what worried me, We have a dealer locally BUT some of the guys with the Hyosungs locally(and there are a few because of the dealer and they sell them out of the local Sams Club) have said..IF the bike needs repair sometimes they have to wait for the DEALER to actually get the parts..some of the guys have gotten parts off Ebay quicker than the dealership could order them…and to me thats LAME. One of the guys needed something like a carb o ring..3 weeks his bike was down for a simple O ring..I needed one for the Ninja 250 when the guys drained the tank(bad gas) and carbs, had it in 25 minutes it took to get to the dealership/bike shop.September 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm #12189
Its not wishful thinking in my opinion. I have been getting 85mpg almost like clockwork on my 2000 virago. I have had the bike for 4 months now and have not gotten below 77mpg (that was when i first started riding it and was not shifting properly). I am 6′ 200lbs and use the bike on stop and go 35-45mph limit roads and highways 60-65mph. On the viragotechforum website others report 100+mpg with simple mods to the sprockets and exhaustSeptember 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm #12192
….the GV250 easily gives 60mpg. All the websites I’ve been to say about the same. Do you have a link to the article you read? In this instance, I would take the word of the majority over the word of 1.
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 15, 2008 at 7:14 pm #12201
Manufacture their parts in Atlanta. Idon’t see why they would be hard to get. And, where are the links to the sites of some of these nay sayers?
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 15, 2008 at 8:06 pm #12205
im hoping like the korean automakers they improve..I still really do like the 250/650 naked bikes they have.
I really like this bike especially in Yellow.September 16, 2008 at 2:26 am #12219
A friend of mine is a few weeks away from the same one. They have a yellow and red naked with the black mag wheels to match the pipes. My friend was thinking about getting a 650 as his first bike. He thought the 250cc wouldn’t be powerful enough for him. I let him get a taste of the GV to allow him a sample of what the dynamics of riding a motorcycle felt like ….again. He’s not a total noob like me, but it’s been over a decade. He is now going to get the 250 Comet naked. Look at me yellow with the black mags. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! = )
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 16, 2008 at 3:11 am #12217
it would be the motorcycle cruiser’s 250cc bike match up http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/250cc_cruiser_comparison/index.html
everyone seemed to like the GV 250 though they’ve got it listed as an Alpha Sports…which might be some name it’s marketed under, but it never turns up in google searches or bike trader searches under alpha sports (their naked bikes and sporty bikes do though) they were a bit lean on ALL the bikes milage, however.
edit: ok i just noticed I linked the same site you did a few posts earlier…either I’m doing my math wrong or you are, because they it came out for me that the gv250’s averaging 49ish mpg.
of course I always want more direct response than what I would get in a magazine article or the like by people who don’t own the bike in question and only ride one for a weekend or something so they can do a write upSeptember 16, 2008 at 3:18 am #12224
wow thats outstanding
I’ve read about modding the sprockets for better mileage, its basically putting larger sprockets in right?
my concern about that is doesn’t it reduce the effective horsepower? I can’t imagine it gives such an improvement in mileage without sacrificing some power. and whichever 250 I get I’ll need for it to do a passable attempt on the highway (comfort is optional) which means I’ll need it to do somewhere between 60 and 70 period, not in comfort, not as good as my goldwing (which doesn’t exist so it either will, or it won’t, or both at once…shroedingers motorcycle?) just can it get up there and can it stay there?September 16, 2008 at 3:40 am #12225
200 miles divided by 3.7 gallons should end you up with 54.054054 miles in total. Only about 6 or 7 miles less than a ninja(which is probably a little lighter. At least those will be 54 comfortable and stylish miles. LOL
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 16, 2008 at 4:32 am #12229
actually they said ALMOST 200 miles, the little side blurb of the specs list
Suggested base price: $3599
Wheelbase: 68.7 in.
Wet weight: 383.2 lbs.
GVWR: 775 lbs.
Seat height: 25 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.7 gal.
Average range: 180 miles <
Engine type: air/oil-cooled four-stroke V-twin
Final drive: chain
Front suspension: 35mm stanchions
Rear suspension: 2 dampers, adjustable for preload
Wheels: cast aluminum, 16 in. front, 15 in. rear
Handlebar width: 31.5 in.
which’ll put it at….180 / 3.7…..carry the one….square of the hypotenuse is equal to the…. = 48.648648648648648648648648648649 which we can go ahead and say 49mpg
now…the question is, is their range including the reserve?September 16, 2008 at 6:42 am #12231
The article is for the 05 model year. They’re not even called Alphasports anymore.` There is plenty of up to date info and opinions on the GV250(if you google). United Motors distributes the GV250 as well. They are all still manufactured by Hyosung Motors.
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINSSeptember 16, 2008 at 12:38 pm #12235
I have not changed my sprocket yet but I am tempted to do the front sprocket and see if it is as good as the reports have been. I have read that it is best on the virago to increase the front sprocket to a 17 tooth (stock is 16t) and reduce the rear to 43 tooth (stock is 45t) I don’t think this reduces horsepower but changes the power band for the bike. It will increase the top speed, reduce RPMs at highway speeds and give better highway preformance but you will lose some lower speed power and exceleration. The other forum raves on how the bike handle at highways speeds after these mods.
With stock sprockets I can easily cruise on the highway at 60 to 70mph, problems would be maintaining 65+ going uphill and and excelleration between 60 to 70 is slow.September 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm #12276
I did alot of research on this bike, as well as the ninja….something just didn’t sit right with me about the Hyosung when it came to making my decision so i went with the 08 Ninja.
reports of rust, warranty issues, relatively new company, plus others edged it past the ninja. I did sit on both and the Hyosung did fit me better being 6’1 and 190, but that wasn’t a large enough factor for me to buy it.September 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm #12277
….has been around for 30 years. 30 years isn’t new!
HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS
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