New Hyosung motorcycles for 2008

South Korean manufacturer Hyosung has launched new models for 2008 that continue with it’s proven formula of combining great value with new technology and raffish good looks. These include a new 650cc fuel injected v-twin sports model, a svelte 450cc single motard and a very grown-up 125cc scooter.

GT650X
New GT650X
It looks like a purpose built street machine and it walks the talk. It boasts electronic fuel injection, power output is now 82bhp with improved fuel efficiency, more low speed torque (67Nm at 7,250rpm) and stronger performance. Vibration is minimised by counterbalancing and a new oil cooler aids performance and durability. The exhaust system is kept low and central for mass centralization.

The new frame is very rigid for improved handling and low vibration, using tubular chromium molybdenum (CrMo) steel and aluminium. The swing arm is rigid, but low weight aluminium and unsprung weight is reduced with lightweight 5-spoke wheels. Tyres are 120/70-17 ZR and 180/60-17 ZR. Front brake discs are 300mm with radial mounted 4-piston callipers.

Combined analogue and digital instruments, carefully located electrical components and an LED tail lamp all help to reduce weight and improve durability. Special attention has been paid to ease of riding and comfort.

RX450SM
New RX450SM
The supermotard style has captured the hearts and minds of commuters and motorcycle couriers alike due to it’s unsurpassed agility in the confines of the urban jungle. Hyosung have seen the writing on the wall and are bringing their own single cylinder, 450cc supermotard style bike to the range.

The RX450SM’s engine is a liquid-cooled DOHC four valve single cylinder, with an aluminium silicon (Si) sleeve for more power and durability. The aluminium alloy comprises over 30 per cent Si and is the only alloy of its type currently in production. A PF die-cast piston is more durable and exhibits less thermal expansion than normal cast and applied steel (FE) pistons. Vibration is reduced by counter-balancing. Power output is 50bhp at 8,500rpm.

The frame uses CrMo steel for lightness with rigidity. The down tube of the main frame acts as the oil reservoir and the aluminium sub-frame is a separate section for easier maintenance. The aluminium swing arm is light, but rigid enough for the most demanding conditions. The wheelbase is 1,486mm with a ground clearance of 278mm.

The 45mm upside down front fork is fully adjustable and has 250mm of wheel travel. The rear suspension features a 50mm fully adjustable damper and has 280mm of travel. Brakes are by Brembo with the wavy front disc 260mm diameter, and the rear 250mm.

The digital speedometer includes a stopwatch function. The dry weight of the Hyosung RX450SM is 120kg.

SX125
New SX125 scooter
Looking more like a fully grown-up motorcycle with its 16 inch wheels and a quality finish, the SX125 scooter is still light, nimble and easy to ride. It’s designed for short trips in the city but with the added ability to handle conditions that would unsettle a traditional scooter.

It is powered by the same 125cc engine found in the Hyosung MS3 introduced earlier this year. The single cylinder 124cc engine uses double overhead camshafts and four valves with water cooling. An electric starter and automatic CVT transmission make for easy riding, and the SX125 has been designed for comfort with little or no fatigue.

The high-tensile steel frame is strong and rigid, providing stability and low vibration. There are disc brakes front and rear, with twin coil spring and damper units at the back. There’s also ample storage space.

More goodies for 2008 from Hyosung
All Hyosung 650 V-twin engines gain electronic fuel injection for more power and torque.

The very popular GV650 cruiser gets nearly 15 percent more power and now gives a class-leading 80bhp with 67Nm of torque at 7,250rpm.

The GT650R and GT650 now have 82bhp (an almost four per cent increase) and torque of 67Nm.

At the same time, fuel injection dispenses with the choke of earlier models to give easier and smoother starting and warm-up. These new fuel injected Hyosungs are already in dealerships. The GT650X, RX450SM and SX125 will arrive in 2008 with prices yet to be set.

There are currently 16 models in the fast-growing Hyosung range from 125cc to 650cc, including cruisers, sports and commuter bikes, supermotard and off-road, scooters and a road-legal quad. These are all very attractive bikes, and that doesn’t exclude their prices! Check out your local dealer and you might be pleasantly surprised.

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13 Responses to “New Hyosung motorcycles for 2008”

  1. BILL stayratis Says:

    I RECENTLY BOUGHT A HYOSUNG AGUILA GV 650 CRUISER AND THE BIKE IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED!!!!!!I HAVE MANY PROBLEMS WITH THE ENGINE AND THE CENTRAL DEALER (IN GREECE,I AM GREEK) CAN’T OR DOESN’T WANT TO FIX THE PROBLEMS.THAT’S BECAUSE WHEN THE 2 YEAR QUARANTIE EXPIRES I WILL HAVE TO PAY TO FIX MY BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE PROBLEM WITH THE ENGINE IS THAT THE ENGINE DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY AND I HERE SOME STRANGE SOUNDS IN THE ENGINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I THINK THE ENGINE WANTS TO LEAVE THE BIKE AND KICK THE SALES MAN!:)PLEASE IF SOMEONE READS THIS……HELP ME ,I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Christos Says:

    Get a lawer :-)
    They always find a solution to problems

  3. loz'er Says:

    “Loz’er” doesn’t like hyo’s and some random **** posts a comment like that? I smell ************* * * ** ** * …

  4. Loz Says:

    Honestly mate, I wouldn’t bother planting comments. I didn’t write this article, either. And if you think anyone who complains about Hyosung reliability is just trolling for fights, then I’m told there’s a wide range of owners at www.korider.com who would agree with you. Good luck with your bike.

  5. hyomunkey Says:

    I have an 06 Avitar and had some issues but am still smiling when I ride it. Some have had bad luck but I am waiting on the 1200.

  6. BILL Says:

    GIES WHAT I WROTE IS TRUE!!!!!!!!!THE BIKE I BOUGHT(HYOSUNG AGUILA GV650) IS MESSED UP!!!!!!!!!IT DOESNT WORK PROPERLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT IS NOT A PLANTED COMMENT ITS TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I COMPLAIN BECAUSE NO ONE CANT FIX IT!NOBODY CARES!!!!!!EVEN THE ONE I BOUGHT IT FROM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i am seriously going for a law suit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Dr. Stevens Says:

    check your state and see if you have a lemon law.
    it good if your dealer doesn’t repair your problem.
    after three repairs on the same problem. Your lemon
    law should be good. just call your state of government.

  8. matt Says:

    I’ve owned a hyosung GT125R for 12months now, I can honestly say is a FANTASTIC Bike, I’ve Had no problems with it, it rides smoothly, engine works a treat, its all round a excellent bike to ride, people can slate Hyosung as much as they like, i’ve riden the bike a lot and can safely say they’ve built an excellent bike, they must be doing sumthing right if the majority of the bike stores by me are now selling hyosungs

  9. John Says:

    I have an 07 GT650R that I bought in January 08 with zero miles. I’ve put almost 2000 miles on it and I’ve had no problems. You’ve got to follow the strict break-in procedure. This is my second Hyosung. The first was a GT250 that I put 1400 miles on with no problems. I know a fellow Hyosung owner with an ‘04 GT250. He has put over 14,000 miles on it and only had to replace a back tire, general maintainance, and didn’t need the valves adjusted until after 8,000 miles. I’ve owned many japanese bikes. Some were great and others not so much. You go to any namebrand bike’s website and you’ll find people who love and hate the brand. When you buy a Japanese sport bike that cost twice what I paid for my 650R but only comes with a one year warranty, to me that’s a no brainer. Any company willing to give a two-year warranty must have great faith in their product.

  10. mark Says:

    hi bill in greece, i was considering buying the same bike, but decided against it, because i also live in greece(kefalonia) and knowing greeks the way i do they always are looking for a shortcut or cutting corners, so i wouldn’t rule out the fact that the bike wasn’t set up correctly when it was brought out of the crate, you will probably find that the greeks havent got the tools or the knowledge to implement this….if i still lived in the u.k or germany etc i wouldnt hesitate to purchase a hyosung aguila, because i could rest assured that when it needs servicing CORRECTLY the job would be done!……i wouldnt trust a greek with a skateboard mate!

  11. Maidstoned Says:

    I was thinking of buying an Aguila from a dealer here in Spain, but reading Marks comments and knowing the Andalucians as i do i reckon I might get one in the UK instead.

  12. David Says:

    Ive got a 08 650 gt and bout it new, there are little things, nothing ever goes wrong with the engines on these bikes. SOunds like the greek is full of shit. All people I know with Hyo’s love the bikes. I ride hard and have highly modified my engine with pipe and jet kit and it just takes it all day, fast rides and come to towns it just purrs, then dial it on and go again. I think people just want to bash new stuff.

  13. unsatisfied Says:

    Having bought two different hyosung motorcycles in the US, (gt650, 2006 and 2007) I can say that they suffer from frequent electrical issues, their warranty department is a joke, and they don’t know the meaning of customer service.

    First bike got stolen, so I replaced it with the 2007, which had all the same problems and more. Came from different dealerships, assembled by different people, same damn problems. I’m currently edging up on the fourth month it’s been in the shop since I bought it a twelve months ago.

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