For the 2012 model year, South Korean manufacturer Hyosung Corp., via its subsidiary S&T Motors, released two models of the Hyosung CV cruiser motorcycle. The lower-level trim, the GV 250, received a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $3,999. The other model, the GV 650 Pro, has an MSRP of $6,899.
The numbers designating the models of the 2012 Hyosung GV correspond with the displacement of the engine, which is a fuel-injected four-stroke V-twin unit. The engine is air or oil-cooled on the GV 250, and liquid-cooled on the GV 650 Pro. The displacement is 249 cubic centimeters, or cc (rounded up to 250) on the GV 250 and 647 cc (rounded up to 650) on the GV 650 Pro. Each of the two cylinders on the 2012 Hyosung GV engine has four intake valves, bringing the total to eight.
The GV 250 engine generates 25 horsepower at 9,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 14.8 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque at 7,000 RPM. The one on the GV 650 was designed to be more powerful. It pumps out 79 horsepower at 9,000 RPM and 49.4 lb-ft of torque at 7,250 RPM. The engine of the 2012 Hyosung GV is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
For fuel, Hyosung installed a 3.7-gallon (14-liter) gas tank on the GV 250 model of the 2012 Hyosung GV. The GV 650 Pro has a bigger gas tank, with a peak capacity of 4.2 gallons (16 liters). However, with a fuel economy of 64 miles per gallon (mpg), the GV 650 Pro is less fuel efficient than the GV 250, which offers up to 80 mpg.
While the GV 250 model of the 2012 Hyosung GV uses a front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake layout for its stopping ability, the GV 650 Pro uses the more advanced all-wheel disc brake system. Also, the aluminum wheels on the bike are larger on the 650 Pro: 18 inches at the front and 17 inches at the back, instead of the front 16-inch and rear 15-inch wheels on the 250 model.
Made with a steel frame, the 2012 Hyosung GV comes with standard under-seat and lockable storage; a pair of rearview mirrors; halogen headlight; and digital instrumentation that consists of a trip odometer, tachometer, speedometer, and temperature warning and fuel level warning indicators. A visor adorns the headlight on the GV 650 Pro. Moreover, its temperature warning indicator is a gauge instead of a light, and Hyosung adds a clock on its digital dashboard.
Hyosung provides two good choices of a good cruising machine. Of course, if you don’t mind the added weight while appreciating the increased power and handling ability and added features, the GV 650 Pro is the way to go.