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WRN Reviews the Hyosung GV 250 & 650

Video test ride of these entry level bikes


WRN's Genevieve Schmitt and Betsy Huelskamp are two of the first journalists to test ride Hyosung's entry-level cruiser models. Hyosung is a Korean manufacturer that began importing a limited line of cruisers and sportbikes to the United States in 2005. Genevieve and Betsy review both the Hyosung GV 250 and the GV 650 in the latest installment of In the Saddle with Genevieve Schmitt, WRN's video series of test rides.
Here's Betsy on the Hyosung GV 250.
Here's Betsy on the Hyosung GV 250.

These cruiser motorcycles from Hyosung have a big bike feel with all the get-up-and-go of smaller cruiser models. This video review lets you know how the GV 250 and the GV 650 stack up for new riders as well as for those looking to trade up. Click here to see this exclusive review of the Hyosung's cruiser models.

Genevieve sits on the Hyosung GV 650.
Genevieve sits on the Hyosung GV 650.

Reader Comments

I got Hyosung on my mind. The GV 650 is what I would like to have.

John Stinnett
Kingston, TN
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Nice to hear positive comments on the Hyosung GV 650. I have an opportunity to buy a 2008 full dressed model at a very low low price from a car dealer who just wants it gone. Today I have read a dozen reviews and none are demeaning or negative. However, when I asked my professional independent mechanic about the bike his responses all included the word JUNK and NO PARTS and UNRELIABLE and etc. After I left him today, I was turned off, but now am turned back on. My current ride is a 1981 Honda 450 full dress customized and I have been riding for 60 years, like you, everything from Harleys up to BMW...and I prefer smaller engine bikes. We toured the country for five years on two Yamaha 250 Exciters. Again, thanks for the professional input.

Branford, FL
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Thank you for the information on these bikes. You said enough to peak my interest. I plan on finding my nearest dealer to check one out. I was thinking of getting a Harley but don't have that kind of cash to spend at this time. Hyosung may be a new avenue to explore. Thanks again.

Joseph Clute
Queensbury, NY
Friday, August 28, 2009
I have been riding a Hyosung GV250 for about a year and a half now. By riding I mean this is my primary means of transportation I ride every single day rain, sleet snow hot or cold. This has been a great bike I have more than 10,000 miles on it now. I have been on 800-mile trips at 75 to 80 miles an hour for the duration of the trip. With me and my wife aboard it never hesitates and always suprises. Have pulled tall mountain roads in 5th gear without blinking.

Overall this is a very powerful machine not just for a 250 but even against the 650 and 750 class of competitor bikes, while it does not have the torque of some these other bikes you will find that the horsepower is close to the same and that at higher speeds the engine is not wrapped out it loves high RPMs.

As for the GV650 there are not a lot bikes out there that will hang with it. It has about 20 more horsepower then Hondas VTX 1300 and none of the harleys other then the V-Rod even come close to keeping up on the strip or the highway. These bikes are very high qulity well built machines and would recomend to anyone.

I am not new to motorcycles; this is not my first. I have had bigger bikes and I have rode everything from Electra Glides to Rebels to GSXR1000. Also I am a mechanic and I can tell you from experience that from a quality standpoint in the american market Hyosung is top notch and at the top of the list. Those other guys just want your money.

Atlanta, TX
Saturday, July 25, 2009

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