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Hyosung GD250N Arrives in Europe, Light , Cheap and Awesome

The name of the Hyosung GD250N may not be laden with the almost mystical vibe other quarter-liter machines, such as the Ninja 250/300 or Honda’s CBR250R come with, but by all means, we can anticipate quite an interesting move in the European small-displacement market. South-Korean maker Hyosung has started shipping the bike to its new Italian distributor, and we can expect that the GD250N will make it soon in all dealerships around Europe.
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A quick look at the new Hyosung GD250N however tells us that this bike is most likely to give KTM’s Dukes a hard time. Edgy, naked, light and with plenty of power to make riding a thrilling experience, the GD250N also comes with a very nifty price which slots it among the best bang-for-the-buck buys in Europe.

A quick look at the new Hyosung GD250N however tells us that this bike is most likely to give KTM’s Duke a hard time. Edgy, naked, light and with plenty of power to make riding a thrilling experience, the GD250N also comes with a very nifty price which slots it among the best bang-for-the-buck buys in Europe. In Italy, the Hyosung GD250N will be offered for just under €4,000 ($5,340) and this makes it a very nifty choice for a first bike or as an economical, but nimble commuter.

The 249cc liquid-cooled parallel twin can produce 28 horsepower at 9,500 revs and 24Nm (17.7 lb-ft) at 7,000, and its 6-speed manual gearbox is equally useable for streaking through the urban clutter and for fast highway hauls. Stopping power comes from a 300mm hydraulic disc and a 230mm rear rotor, with both wheels made from cast lightweight alloy and equipped with tubeless tires.

Front suspension relies on a 37mm inverted Kayaba fork, while the aluminium swingarm is linked to the main frame with an offset (right side) single shock absorber mounted almost horizontally. And with a wet weight of 145 kg (320 lb), underbelly racing-look exhaust, an overall very robust character and modern design, the naked Hyosung GD250N seems like one of the really great small-displacement all-rounders you could spend your money on.

 
 
 
 
 

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