Korean manufacturer Hyosung Motorcycles has recently confirmed their plans to launch a new 250 cc sport bike called the GD250R. Based on this new platform, Hyosung plans to launch an all-new range of motorcycles in the coming years.
The motorcycle was showcased at the Intermot fair in 2013 and would also be sold under the Hyosung Exiv R 250 name in some markets. While on showcase, the GD250R was also accompanied by the GD250N, it would be the fully-faired R version that would see light of day first. The new motorcycle resembles the looks of the EBR 1190RX, and is powered by a 249 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that is claimed to produce 27.6 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 24.1 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox while the chassis gets 37 mm USD at the front and an offset monoshock at the back.
For braking the GD250R would employ a single 300 mm disc upfront while the rear gets a 230 mm rotor. As of now, no details about the presence of ABS has been mentioned. The motorcycle would sit 810 mm tall and will weigh in at a claimed 155 kg, dry.
The GD250 series could replace the ongoing GT250 series which is powered by a similar capacity V-twin. While the V-twin certainly would provide better power delivery and smoothness, a larger bore single cylinder would be great for torque and a punchy engine character. That said, if Hyosung plans to retain both the series, the GD250 series would certainly be priced lower due to its more straight forwards single-cylinder mill.
As Hyosung plans to launch the GD by the mid of 2015, it would be interesting to see what else is alighted for this series platform. The next few years could see a cruiser, naked bike and perhaps even a adventure motorcycle, given the popularity of adventure-touring in these days.