THE GLOBAL CAR MARKET isn?t the only arena where Korea?s manufacturers have been making huge strides, with motorcycle manufacturers Hyosung and Daelim leading a global motorcycle assault.
In Australia, Hyosung has found considerable success, particularly with the GT250R ? a top seller in its category and one of the only road-going fully-faired sports bikes available new in Australia in the 250CC category.
Now, Hyosung has added fuel injection to its entire 250CC and 650CC model range and updated the look of its GT bikes as well.
While the GV250 and GV650 Aquila cruisers retain their classic Harley-inspired styling, EFI has been added to both models, offering what Hyosung promises to be seamless power delivery throughout the rev range.
Hyosung?s GT bikes have all benefited from a styling refresh, with the most obvious improvements coming in the form of a restyled tail with integrated LED tail light and redesigned rear passenger handle.
The number plate holder and rear indicators have also been relocated to a bolt-on mount, similar to that seen on the 2009 Honda CBR600RR.
Improved braking has also been added to the GT650, with four-piston calipers gripping the 300mm semi-floating discs added to the GT650 naked, GT650S and GT650R.
As with the Aquila, the entire GT range now features EFI on its 250CC and 650CC V-Twin engines.
"This is great timing for the Hyosung range. As Australia pulls out of its economic dip, we have a fresh new range for riders both new and experienced," said Hyosung Australia Brand Manager Simon Gloyne.
"In 2006 and 2007 the Hyosung GT250R was the top selling 250cc road bike in Australia because of its massive package of features and performance for such a low price. Now that package has fresh styling and fuel injection across the entire range, we are aiming for the number one spot again."
While the 250CCC range is automatically approved for learner riders, the 650CC models can also be ridden by learners under the LAMS program.
The EFI models go on sale this month, with the following recommended price (before statutory and delivery charges):
- GT250 $5990
- GT250R $6990
- GT650 naked $7990
- GT650S sport tourer $8590
- GT650R $8990
- GV250 $5990
- GV650 $9990
LAMS is not available in WA. It is available in all other states now, and in Queensland from July 1, 2009.