Hyosung GV650 Aquila Pro : Road Test
It was way back in 2003 when I was aboard my humble Fiero F2 and I was blitzed by this mountain of chrome. It was so quick that all I could figure was that it was obviously quick judging by the way he blew past me and it sounded like nothing else in the Indian market. Luckily a red light upfront meant I could finally get to see what that flash of chrome was.
While I had heard about it, this was the first time I had laid my eyes on the Hyosung Aquila. 250cc, V-twin-oil cooled engine with 4 valves per cylinder with a whopping 26PS of power, it was the bike to have. A decade later, its back. With DSK as its associate, Hyosung is back with the Aquila name and this time promises to make an even deeper impact with its latest power cruiser. Related: Hyosung GV650 Aquila Pro & new GT650R Launched
Lean and Mean
Mention the word “cruiser” to most people and they’ll paint a picture of a heavyweight Harley. And as a result, out on the road be prepared to field a barrage of questions which will mostly be relating your Hyosung to a Harley. Now this isn’t the first cruiser from Hyosung. They already have the brilliant ST7. Then why the Aquila you ask? It’s pretty simple, it’s the same reason why Harley-Davidson has the Fat Boy and the Night Rod. While the ST7 is your typical laid back cruiser meant to ride the torque, the Aquila is the one with which you go after the sportbikes. And the sleek design says the same.
The first thing that you notice is that there is a good balance of chrome and blackened cycle parts. The Aquila doesn’t quite ‘Bling’ it on as the ST7 does and that’s a good thing. The chiseled tank nicely blends into the seat which then flows onto one of the best looking rears seen on a motorcycle. Adding the much needed muscle are the massive chrome shrouds and the big bazooka of a silencer that makes all the right noises. Quality of components look and feel impressive barring a couple of places like on the brake oil reservoir and the chrome bit on the otherwise nicely designed or rather chopped front mud guard.