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Hyosung's 05 surprises

Published: 29 September 2004

Updated: 19 November 2014

2005 could be the year you buy your first Hyosung.

They may not have the cache of their Japanese rivals yet, but the new line-up - and their prices - could well turn your head.

Suzuki's SV650S is clearly the target of the GT 650S. It's based on the firm's GT650 commuter but given a sporty update. It's likely to cost just £3800 - almost a grand less than the list price of the SV650S.

There's a fully-faired version with lowered handlebars, raised pegs and digital clocks, too - for only around £100 more. That's called the Comet GT R.

A third bike uses the same twin-cylinder 650cc engine - this time to go after Yamaha's Dragstar. The chrome-laden Aquilia cruiser has twin front disc brakes and a 200-section rear tyre - all for around £4500.

The 2005 line up also includes a 400cc single-cylinder street trailie - the RX400. There's no estimated price yet - but it's likely to undercut Suzuki's DR-Z400, which retails for £3999.

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