Hyosung will show a new 650 naked bike
and a super-moto style 450 at the NEC Scooter and Motorcycle Show in
Birmingham, UK, later this month.
The GT650X is based on the company’s
V-twin DOHC motor, but adds EFI (new for all 650 models) and a new
oil cooler. The new motor will produce 82 hp – about 5 hp more than
the carbureted version.
It’s an aggressive
looking model with a small chin fairing, a sportbike style high rear
seat, and handlebars above the triple clamp. The GT650X uses a new ‘Monsteresque’ tubular frame, composed of
chrome-moly and aluminum, and light five-spoke wheels. Radially-mounted four-piston
calipers grip 300 mm discs up front.
The RX450SM brings a new motor to the
Hyosung line, a liquid-cooled 450 cc single that should produce 50
It’s a super-moto style bike with a
chrome-moly frame that incorporates an oil reservoir, 45 mm inverted
forks, fully adjustable suspension front and rear, and Brembo brakes
with a wave-style 260 mm rotor up front. Dry weight is 120 kg.
The Korean manufacturer will also
preview a 125 scooter with large wheels and disc brakes.
Canadian importer National Motorsports
says the 650X and the 450 super-moto will arrive in Canada, possibly
in the fall of 2008. Prices are not set.
Hyosung is also working on a
liquid-cooled 1200 cc model that company VP Kent Aubichon said is
“V-roddish” and should produce 115 – 120 hp, as well as a
larger engine for the GT650 line.