2009 Hyosung Avitar Review


For the 2009 model year, South Korean conglomerate Hyosung Co.--via its motorcycle manufacturing imprint S&T; Motors--released two models for its Avitar cruiser. They are called the Hyosung Avitar GV650 (GV650 Base) and Hyosung Avitar GV650 SE. The manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the models were $6,699 for the GV650 and $7,499 for the GV650 SE.

The models of the 2009 Hyosung Avitar are named after the displacement of their engines, which is measured at 647 cubic centimeters (rounded up to 650). The engine itself, which produces 79 horsepower at 9,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 49.4 lb-ft of torque at 7,250 RPM, is a four-stroke liquid-cooled V-twin unit. With a double overhead camshaft configuration, four intake valves go on each of the engine's two cylinders for a grand total of eight. The engine on each 2009 Avitar has a bore and stroke of 3.21 x 2.44 inches (81.5 x 62 millimeters) and a compression ratio of 11.6 to 1.

Hooked up to a five-speed manual transmission, the 2009 Hyosung Avitar uses fuel injection and is linked with an electric starter for ignition. Each cruiser gets a gas tank that can hold up to 4.2 gallons (16 liters).

For its stopping power, the 2009 Hyosung Avitar relies on hydraulic disc brakes. An 11.8-inch (300-mm) dual disc is installed at the front, while a 10.6-inch (270-mm) single disc goes to the back. For its suspension, the cruiser uses a 1.6-inch (41-mm) inverted fork combined with a twin-sided steel swing arm with two shock absorbers for providing a smooth ride. Each 2009 Avitar rides on aluminum wheels: 18 inches at the front and 17 inches at the back.

The 2009 Hyosung Avitar uses a steel frame for sturdiness and is covered with fork guards, side covers, front and rear fenders, and an engine case guard. A kick stand is provided for parking the cruiser. Three color schemes are available for the 2009 Avitar: Black, Orange/Black, and Silver. The seat on the bike can accommodate the driver and a passenger, and it is accompanied by adjustable foot pegs for two occupants.

Standard digital instrumentation on the 2009 Hyosung Avitar comprises a clock, tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer, and fuel level and temperature warning gauges. Also included on the cruiser are a halogen headlight with visor, and a pair of rearview mirrors: installed for heightening the driver's visual perception.

Each 2009 Hyosung Avitar has a length of 95.8 inches (2,432.3 mm), width of 33.1 inches (840.7 mm), height of 42.3 inches (1,074.4 mm) and wheelbase of 67 inches (1,701.8 mm). The ground clearance and seat height of each cruiser are measured at 6.3 inches (160 mm) and 26.5 inches (673.1 mm), respectively. The dry weight of the 2009 Avitar is 485 lbs. (220 kilograms).

With an engine similar to the powerful one found on the Suzuki SV650, the 2009 Hyosung Avitar is worth more than a glance or two. It also gets high marks for its solid build, great handling and braking, and low-maintenance belt drive.

New For 2009

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2009 Hyosung Avitar Specs

  • Model: Cruiser (2009 Hyosung Avitar GV650 and 2009 Hyosung Avitar GV650 SE)
  • Engine Type: 647cc four-stroke liquid-cooled V-twin (two cylinder)
  • Bore and Stroke (millimeters/inches): 81.5 / 3.21 x 62 / 2.44
  • Compression ratio: 11.6:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: Fuel injection
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters): 4.2 / 16
  • Estimated Fuel Economy (miles per gallon): N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 11.8-inch / 300-millimeter dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 10.6-inch / 270-millimeter disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.6-inch / 41-millimeter inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided steel swing arm, with two shock absorbers
  • Wheelbase (inches/millimeters): 67 / 1701.8
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height (inches/millimeters): 26.5 / 673.1
  • Dry Weight (lbs./kg): 485 / 220
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR18 59W on aluminum wheel
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17 73W on aluminum wheel


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Key Competitors For The 2009 Hyosung Avitar

  • 2009 Yamaha V Star
  • 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan
  • 2009 Suzuki Boulevard
  • 2009 Triumph Speedmaster