24 Jul 06 1:49
The Bike Rides Well. It has the most comfortable seat out of all the 600's I Tried. EN-6f,Zx-6R,CBR600RR,GSXR600.
The Build quality is Good on the Frame and Engine components but the Paint work is really Shoddy. One Coat of Colour and Clear, No Hardner so it scratches real easy. The Fairing also leave a bit to be desired as the fit is not spot on due to its segemented panels. And has a terible Resonant Vibration at 4500rpm.
I have set my Front shocks pretty soft so the bike flings into corners and holds them damn well, even without a dampner but I would suggest a Dampner as it gets a bit of head shake when decelerating in a straight line. (down from 200 to about 140).
The Top end is not as High as the straight four bikes but it gives huge Torque from the V-Twin and gives them a good run for the money especially in the corners. I have only taken my bike to 227 and it still had a little more to go so I would think topend would be near 235-240. Raced a Fireblade along a 60k stretch last weekend and held my own, He did pull away on the straights but in the corners he was no match and I caught up everytime.
Im pretty impressed with Engine reliability as I sat at 220 (9500rpm, bike limited at 10500rpm) for about 15mins yesterday and it didnt even blip or skip. The only thing I do worry about is the AIS or second air system, So if you dont have to strict emission laws in your state I would suggest getting it disabled.
But all in all the bike is well worth the money! as the money that you save on the purchase if you fork out a little more for a new spray job, new fairing mounts, dampner and aftermarket Can you still havent paid anywhere near the nearest equivelant price for a popular Brand bike and got one that is just as good and maybe even better.
My Biggest Grip at the moment is that Aftermarket parts are almost non existant or incredibly expensive. As for standard spares Hyosung normally insure that their dealers have a decent stock of spares and if need be when spares are ordered they get shipped very fast. Some dealers have been known to try the whole "Stuck in Customs" bit so I would suggest that you research your dealer first and ensure that they have spares in stock.
Here is a financial Egsample of the savings: in ZAR
GT650R = 47000
Dampner = 2000
Paint = 4000
Can = 3000
Mounts and bolts = 200
Total = 56200
New SV650 (Standard) = 82000
Its a no brainer!