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post #1 of 13 Old 05-19-2006, 11:14 AM
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Comet GT650 - What do you think?



Nipping through the corners of the Autodrome St-Eustache, reminds me of how effectively wide naked bike bars can push a ride down into a corner. The Hyosung GT650 complies promptly to such ministrations, making it an easier and quicker ride than the company’s fully faired offerings, which OWD sampled during our marathon track session. The romp is set to the tune of a nicely rotty sounding engine note that offers a smooth throb that could pass for a twin larger than the 647cc plant.

Fueled by twin 39mm Mikuni carbs, with response feeling as good as fuel injection, the GT650’s power plant turns out a claimed 79hp at 9000 RPM. That’s 5hp more than the Suzuki SV650’s claimed output to which the Hyosung derivative will always be compared. Torque also gets a bit of a boost, up 6.9kg-m at 7600rpm to the Suzuki’s 6.5 kg-m at 7200rpm.

Burning off speed on the track’s tight inner field, I slip down a gear. The GT650 voices some complaint, backfiring on deceleration - the result of meeting emissions standards, easily remedied by a slight modification to the carbs (quick, to the Bat-Search-Engine Robin). Counter-pointing the soundtrack is the gearbox’s feel; the action is light, velvety and precise. Coming into the sweeper I gear clutch-less'ly upwards, tall ratios give the GT650 a long legged feel and make good use of the engine’s torque. This also leaves the GT feeling less rev-happy than the SV 650, resulting in a smoother feel. I note the soft rev-limiter nudging me gently to shift at 11,000 RPM. Smooth and flexible seem the keywords of the day for the Hyosung engine, with it offering it’s best in the 5000-8000RPM range.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-19-2006, 11:17 AM
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meh... pretty nice looking, but if i were in the market for that sort of thing I would go with the suzuki personally. I looked up the prices online and it appears that this thing is about the same price...

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When I saw the add for those in cycle world last month, I actually thought it was battery powered. Not much of a "motor"cycle from what I hear. Get an SV or a, hmm, let me see, I think Honda makes a nice naked bike, I just can't remember the...oh...oh yeah, 9191919191919191919191919!
No seriously, if they are comparably priced, get the 9, I mean the sv...whatever!

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I don't mind them at all.... I mean what the hell they are a slightly suped up sv650 right....


anyone who says dick about them being from china/korea needs to stop. take a look around you and at the bottom of the keyboard that your typing on. chances are it says made in china/taiwan/korea....

I hate the fact that it is that way but until Bush's administration gets off their asses and changes the trade policies with asia then buying chinese is almost impossible to avoid.



good looking bike dude... not my thing I like my I4's but not bad for a V.

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Alright, I may have come across a little harsh. First off, I didn't realize you had one, I just thought you were looking at them and posted a copy of the ad. Sorry, wasn't meaning to be a jerk.

Typhoon, I am not saying anything about where it is made. Has nothing to do with it. I could care less. As for Bush, I would get arrested if I told you what I thought about him, his administration, and what he is doing about oversees trade. Please don't put me in that category.

It is a good looking bike, that is for sure, but I don't know anything about its quality. SV is reputable and I know it to be so. I should just shut up because I don't know. I was just being funny. Didn't mean to offend, sorry if I did.

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Do you want a honest opinion or one that is politically correct?
Honest opinion here, I think it is a SV wanna be. I could be wrong, but until China proves to me they have what it takes in the "sportbike" world I will go Jap.

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Honest opinion here, I think it is a SV wanna be. I could be wrong, but until China proves to me they have what it takes in the "sportbike" world I will go Jap.

Oops dude I already made that mistake......it's made in Korea




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its got style. im sure that not everyone would agree, but that mango color is cool for being ugly. Dig the inverted shocks...

If I was buying, I would want to see a 900-1000cc version, since that is what I would want for an all-rounder. But for the 600 crowd, I would imagine it is a good alternative. I would like to give it a spin. The reviews make it sound like it has more power than the SV.

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-20-2006, 04:09 AM
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Isn't it made in Korea, China?

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post #11 of 13 Old 05-20-2006, 10:57 AM
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Korea and China are two different countries now? Man, geography is hard.

Love the avatar, ortonomics.

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Korea and China are two different countries now? Man, geography is hard.

Love the avatar, ortonomics.
thanks man. i do too... i just can't seem to keep politics out of anything, but i guess i just like to voice my complaints whenever possible. Anyway, this is TOTALLY !!

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Best avatar I have ever seen!

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