HYOSUNG GV650 AQUILA (2006-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Oddball Korean concoction whose extreme Dan Dare styling is more than matched by its consummate ability"

Hyosung GV650 Aquila motorcycle review - Riding

"Oddball Korean concoction whose extreme Dan Dare styling is more than matched by its consummate ability"

  • At a glance
  • 647cc  -  79 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  141 miles range
  • Insurance group: 11 of 17
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  • Low seat height (675mm)
  • £5,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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.

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Equipment 3 out of 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. 

Owners' Reviews

8 owners have reviewed their HYOSUNG GV650 AQUILA (2006-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.1 out of 5
Engine 4.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
4 out of 5

all season

24 August 2014 by james1984

Bought mine last year on 11 plate and love it done 10,000 miles on it with no faults. the only thing is lack of aftermarket parts. Great bike Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

swap

21 May 2014 by rennix1985

is one of these bikes worth swaping for my yamaha wr400f 98 road legal Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

2008 gv650

09 August 2009 by john8169

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... Read more very reliable, economical, powerful, and pleasurable ride.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

first time love

12 January 2009 by sifi5582

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.... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Spares in Spain

24 September 2008 by SteveinSpain

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Surprisingly pleased

07 July 2008 by AussieSpog

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Sexy beast

09 February 2008 by Pikeybiker

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.... Read more 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 !

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Aquila magic

01 August 2007 by N.D.Testing

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... Read more merchandise 'cos its as big and well made ans smooth as silk.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 8 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £5,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 79 bhp
Max torque 50.1 ft-lb
Top speed 124 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.6 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 141 miles
Specification
Engine size 647cc
Engine type 4v 90-degree V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel twin spar type
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 675mm
Bike weight 220kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Hyosung GV650 Aquila launched.

Other versions

None.

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