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Hyosung GV650 Aquila (2006-current)



Detail Value
New price £5,499
Used price range View Hyosung GV650 AQUILA bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 647 cc
Power 79 bhp
Top speed 124 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Hyosung GV650 Aquila is an oddball Korean concoction whose extreme Dan Dare styling is surprisingly more than  matched by its consummate ability, specification and value – for a cruiser at least. Look past the GV650 Aqulia's Star Trek styling and there’s a decent SV-style engine, quality cycle parts and effective, real  world performance – and not much to rival the Hyosung GV650 Aquila.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Hyosung GV650 Aquila motor is essentially a copy of Suzuki’s excellent liquid-cooled V-twin from the SV650 – and a good choice it is, too. This mid-sized V-twin in the Hyosung GV650 Aquila is eager yet flexibile, responsive around town and yet thrilling and brisk at the top end, too. The gearbox is sweet, too. If it can match Suzuki’s own reliability record, Hyosung are onto a winner with the GV650 Aquila.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Again, surprisingly good. Many assume cruisers don’t handle and although the Hyosung GV650 Aquila's certainly no sports bike, with decent usd forks and twin discs up front and a reasonable twin shock set-up at the rear, the GV650 Aquila manages to be both laid-back sumptious AND retain enough control to makes bends entertaining. Well, for a custom bike at least.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

You don’t get a hugger or centrestand with the Hyosung GV650 Aquila. You do get a pillion seat on the Hyosung GV650 Aquila that’s not a dirty joke, and a digital display for water temp, trips and clock making the GV650 Aqulia a pretty equipped bike. 

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Still a little early in the day to say with the Hyosung GV650 Aquila. The oddly-named GV650 Aquila was launched onto the UK market in early 2006 and although no major problems have yet come to light (nor have they with the similarly powered roadster GT models), these are new products from a still largely unproven manufacturer.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At £4000+ new, the Hyosung GV650 Aquila isn’t actually any cheaper than Suzuki’s own SV650, wo it’s not actually the bargain many expect. That said, the Hyosung GV650 Aquila is well equipped and, in the middleweight cruiser class, is pretty well unique making it good value. Find a Hyosung GV650 Aquila for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2006: Hyosung GV650 Aquila launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 124 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.6 secs
Max power 79 bhp
Max torque 50.1 ft-lb
Weight 220 kg
Seat height 675 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 141 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 647 cc
Engine specification 4v 90-degree V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel twin spar type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake Single 230mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 200/70 x 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • 2008 gv650

    john8169

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had my gv650 for 1 year now and i love it! i ride it any time it's not raining, both locally and on long trips. i bought it because it has a style all it's own, a work of art on two wheels. now with 4400 mi on it, it has proven to to be very reliable, economical, powerful, and pleasurable ride.

    09 August 2009

  • first time love

    sifi5582

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Originally went for a second hand bike while based abroad. Saw this thing brand new for 5000 tax free. Had a choice between normal model or the 30th anniversary edition. Got the anniversary one and then rode it back from Germany through Hull. Extremely comfortable under 80mph and will do almost 180 miles to a full tank. Would recommend one to anyone that wants something different to start with.

    12 January 2009

  • Spares in Spain

    SteveinSpain

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Saw the bike, fell in love and had to have it. Not in the least disappointed, great looker, great ride and as for value for money, can't be faulted. Now the sad part...having had the bike for only a few weeks I was knocked clean off it by someone who never had the decency to stop and ask 'you ok mate'? Had they done so they would have seen that neither the bike nor myself were 'ok'. My leg well smashed and substantial cosmetic damage to bike, including a well dented tank. That was last May (2008). Leg is on the mend which is more than I can say for the bike as (now almost end of Sept) still waiting for parts. OK, I know I live in Spain and things can take a little longer there, but come on, almost 5 months now and still waiting!!! All I would say is do yourself a favour, if you intend to treat yourself to a GV650 (or any Hyosung for that matter), have a chat with the dealer first about spares and parts, especially if living in Spain. Should you ever be unfortunate enough to require them I sincerely hope you have more luck than me.

    24 September 2008

  • Surprisingly pleased

    AussieSpog

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having had my GV650 for about 18 months and done 16000 km on it, I am absolutely wrapped in the bike. I love it's performance, and handling, probably due to my expectations of a cruiser, (my heritage being sports bikes)! Comfortable seat postion for about two hours at a stretch, but this is more due to the old body not working so well any more. Love the motor, very tractable and quite zippy when getting into the upper rev range. I guess a tacho might be an addition, but after the first week you never look at it anyway!! I like the new instruments on the 08 model, with the indicators more prominent. The only thing I would like to change are the rear shockers, which are fine for solo riding but add a pillion and they sag a lot. This is probaly due to the very forward rake on the rear shocks, great for the rider, but all the pillion weight is behind the shocks. I tend to get a lot of sag with the resultant low ground clearance (not great in the first place). The adjustment mechanism on the standard bike is pathetic, light tinplate that buckles when you try to adjust them, and then you seem to get an extremely hard ride. If anyone has a good option I would be vedry grateful. Cheers Wayne

    07 July 2008

  • Sexy beast

    Pikeybiker

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I was looking at a Harley Night Rod when I just so happened to walk into my local Hyosung dealer and it was love at first sight ! After a year of HARD saving I managed to pin one down in Taunton for £4799, with a whole load of accessories chucked in. The ride home ( around 80 miles) was a doddle, with my grin getting wider all the way, especially when I passed a VERY disgruntled looking HD rider who looked like he'd just sat on a screwdriver ! Since purchase I've changed the stock mirrors, and added the Scorpion twin slash pipe exhaust system, which has improved the MPG and power, and wakes my nxt doors up with the baffles out ! My mate has a Honda VTX 1800, which I can out manouver on most bends, and the bike got a lot of interest at the local N Chopper Club show. Satisfied ? you betcha ! After all, most blokes want something cheap, sexy and oriental that you can shag all day and night, but most of them only get that sort of experience once in a lifetime. Me ? I get it every day, and I'm not complaining !

    09 February 2008

  • Aquila magic

    Gordon Thomas

    Burnley , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Smooth, powerful enough for most people. Need to keep the engine spinning 'cos its not got the low down torque of a big cruiser. Looks to die for and very comfortable. Deserves some accessories such as tachometer and some Harley type bits and merchandise 'cos its as big and well made ans smooth as silk.

    01 August 2007

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patkin

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Ixil Exhaust

I have the GV650 with an Ixil Shorty exhaust, sounds great with several options for baffles all interchangeable.

The bike is a revelation, handles great and with power that surprises many a middleweight.

04 February 2009 13:22

ZigWolf

ZigWolfsays

Scorpion muffler for GV650

So I winged about the steep price of the Scorpion exhaust for my Aquila GV650. I also said that this bike is not worth this kind of expense. I lied!

I've got to tell you people, it doesn't only sound amazing but now I've got so much more power, more mpg and, of course, it looks totally stunning. Have a look for yourself. I totally recommend it.  £400? It was worth every penny!

Performance? Wipes the floor with everything in its class. Sorry Harley owners.

And by the way, It was fitted by the best bike shop in this part of the world - Stealth Motorcycles in Redditch. The way to go Lee and Neil. May you live to be 127. And still ride .. and fix my bikes  of course:wink:

10 April 2008 20:21

Pikeybiker

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Oh yes it is !

I've just paid £400 for my pipes and they kick ass! I've taken out the baffles; sounds better, improved fuel consumption and quicker. I'm planning on spending a lot more on this bike so watch my album for details.....

09 February 2008 01:09

ZigWolf

ZigWolfsays

Scorpion muffler for GV650

As if some top government secret, no amount of Googling could reveal any detail on the new Scorpion muffler for GV650. www.scorpion-exhausts.com doesn't even have Hyosung on their list of bike manufacturers!? Could anyone please shed some light?

It's no figment of my imagination. I've seen it on the Hyosung stand at the NEC Bike Show in Birmingham, England (24 Nov 2007). Scorpion really looks the business mounted on the GV650, but as expected, the UK dealers continue their long rip-off tradition by pinning the price at a prohibitive £400!? GV650 is a decent bike but, come on, it's not the kind of bike that could justify this kind of component expense.

27 November 2007 23:09

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