2015 Hyosung GT250
Korean manufacturer Hyosung describes the GT250 as, "…the state-of-the-art naked bike." That is an apt description for this stripped down and reduced-power version of the GT250R. With a new-for-2015 sport headlight and instrument cluster and GT250R-inspired LED tail lamp, the GT250 is the see-and-be-seen version of its predecessor the GT 250 Comet.
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2015 Hyosung GT250
Engine:Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin
Top Speed:100 mph
Sharing the aerodynamic, race-inspired lines of the GT250R, the GT250 has minimal bodywork, making it a no-nonsense approach to an entry-level bike. It is bare bones riding with no amenities, but with 82 mpg and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, you have ridiculously long legs. Now that’s the fuel economy I want in a motorcycle.
The reduced unsprung weight afforded by the 41 mm inverted forks makes for a responsive front suspension that absorbs the bumps and keeps the 17-inch wheel in contact with the road. A preload adjustable, progressive linkage hydraulic mono shock mounts in the rear swingarm suspension. Put on the brakes and you’ll engage the 300 mm, semi-floating double discs with two-piston calipers in the front and the 230 mm, single disc, two-piston caliper in the rear wheel for ample stopping power.
Powered by a blacked-out, 249 cc, air-and-oil-cooled, 75-degree V-twin engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, Hyosung wants you to really wind this baby up to give you 27.6 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 15.5 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm. With top speed around 100 mph, you can cruise on the highway and still have enough oomph left to get out of harm’s way. Because it’s hauling only 375 pounds of curb weight, the 249 cc engine can deliver low and mid-range torque to give you a spirited ride that would be loads of fun on twisty roads.
The best part of the GT250 is the price: MSRP is $3,799. Available in red, black or white, it’s so affordable, paying cash and skipping the hassles of financing is easily within reach.
My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, "It looks like about what I would expect from a Korean manufacturer, just based on the body styling. It might make a good entry-level bike just because of the low price, but I would be scared to ride it around wound up to 10 grand rpm. I don’t like it, but then, I’m way beyond entry-level bikes. I might get one for my son because it’s lightweight and easy to handle. It probably has enough get-up-and-go to get him out of trouble, but not so much that it’ll get him into trouble. Insurance would be cheap because of the small engine and it’s inexpensive so if he crunched it, it wouldn’t be tragic."
"These bare-bones bikes are growing on me. They’re affordable and give you so many customizing options. You won’t get that throaty V-twin sound, though. With a little 249 cc engine that you really have to wind up, it’ll go screaming down the road sounding like a pissed-off weed-whacker is chasing you. They are so inexpensive, though, that doesn’t really matter. It’s a good entry-level bike to get your motorcycle license, and if you get a pair of these, you can do some couples or parent-offspring weekend getaways."
|Engine Type:||Air / Oil cooled DOHC eight-valve 75-degree V-twin|
|Bore x Stroke:||57 x 48.8 mm|
|Max Power:||27.6 horsepower at 10,500 rpm|
|Max Torque:||15.5 pound-feet at 7,000 rpm|
|Fuel System:||Fuel injection|
|Transmission:||Constant mesh five-speed (one down, four up)|
|Overall Length:||82.28 inches|
|Overall Height:||43.32 inches|
|Overall Width:||30.71 inches|
|Wheel Base:||56.5 inches|
|Ground Clearance:||6.1 inches|
|Seat Heigh:t||32.7 inches|
|Front Brake:||300 mm Semi floating double discs, 2 pistons calipers|
|Rear Brake:||230 mm Single disc, 2 pistons caliper|
|Front Suspension:||41 mm inverted telescopic forks|
|Rear Suspension:||Swing arm with Progressive linkage Hydraulic Mono shock absorber (Preload adjustable)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||4.5 gallons|
|Fuel Economy:||82 mpg|
|Curb weight:||375 pounds|
|Warranty:||Two Year Limited - 1st year parts & labor, 2nd year parts|
|Colors:||red, white, or black|