Auto Expo Delhi 2014: Hyosung Aquila 250 Cruiser & GD250N Street Bike to be Relaunched
The Aquila 250 cruiser from was first introduced in India in 2003 by Kinetic motors, but it wasn’t much of a success due to unavailability of spares and service centers. Now with the new partnership of DSK-Hyosung, the Aquila 250 cruiser is being relaunched followed by a naked street bike GD250N. The Aquila 250 will be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 and the GD250N by April 2014 and will be a good rival for KTM’s Duke 200.
The 250 was a good product for a cruiser at a budget price point as the only other option was the Bajaj Avenger 220 dtsi.
A new version of the Avenger will most probably be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014, read about it here.
The Aquila 250 sports some chrome to give it the bling associated with cruisers with a chrome covering around the body.
The twin dial instrument cluster also has a chrome finish and high set handlebars. The seat is low set and ergonomically designed for that comfortable riding position and footrests angled forwards for comfort for settling on the saddle for long periods.
The naked styled GD250N has a more minimalist styling sporting a stripped out lightened design with the center focus on the engine, rear suspension and the chassis. The riding position is also more sporty with an angled forward stance keeping in tune with the street bike styling, also the saddle height is a bit lower than on the KTM Duke enabling shorter riders to have a sure footing on the ground. The instrument cluster here is a single LCD screen reading out all the important details to the rider.
The 250 Cruiser gets a chrome exhaust to further add to the bling associated with cruisers matches with the chrome on the body work which all in all adds to the cruiser charm. The stock exhaust on 250 Street bike sticks out from the bikes naked sporty styling but it adds to the overall mass centralization thus aiding in better handling and maneuverability.
The Aquila cruiser 250 gets it oomph from a four stroke 249cc air cooled V-twin engine making a good 27 bhp. The fuel injected engine gets 4 valves per cylinder, so any heating issues at idle will be put to rest. The Aquila 250 is mated to a five speed gear box and power transmitted via a drive chain and also gets a handy electric start option. The bike has a perimeter cradle frame with a 41 mm telescopic suspension at the front and coil springs at the back. For stopping power there is a semi floating 275 mm single disc at the front with dual calipers and a drum brake at the rear.
On the other hand, the GD250N gets a more sporty four stroke liquid cooled 249cc single cylinder engine, that suits the looks of the bike. The engine produces one bhp more at 28 and is mated to a six speed gear box. The bike also gets a diamond type tubular frame and an exposed lightened alloy swing arm.
The lower half of the bike has a minimalist approach when it comes to body panels. With upside down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear, we can safely assume that dynamically both the KTM Duke and the GD250N will show the same handling characteristics. Stopping power is also adequate with a 300 mm petal disc up front and a 230 mm petal disc at the rear with the bike riding on 17 inch wheels.
The Hyosung Aquila 250 will be priced around Rs 2 lakh and the GD250N will most likely sport a price tag between the Duke 200 and 390 with it being locally assembled.
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