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Hyosung GV250 Aquila: Specs, Features, Background, Performance, & More

Hyosung GV250 Aquila: Specs, Features, Background, Performance, & More

All cruisers are designed to provide motorcyclists with a memorable riding experience. However, only a few companies have manufactured an entry-level cruiser that is easy to control.

Hyosung’s GV250 Aquila is the perfect first ride for any rider who has just completed his/her MSF training course. With its 250 cc engine, low-slung seat, laid-back handlebars, and nimble steering, the GV250 Aquila is the perfect riding partner for every beginner.

Read on to find out what qualities and specs make the GV250 Aquila the perfect motorcycle to practice and improve one’s riding skills.

1. A Brief Background of Hyosung GV250 Aquila

The Hyosung GV250, also called the GV250 Aquila, was designed by Hyosung Motors and Machinery Inc. - a Korean company - as an entry level cruiser. The bike was introduced to the American cruiser market in 2003. The 250 cc engine of the first generation GV250 Aquila produced a horsepower of 25 hp. Moreover, the bikes featured the following color schemes:

Model Year Colors
2003 Red & Black
Burgundy & White
2004-2007 Red & Black
Silver & Red (N/A in 2005)
Silver & Black
2008 Black & Gray
Red & Gray
2009 Black & Gray
Red & Gray
Black & Orange

The first generation GV250 Aquila was discontinued after 2009.

The next year, the GV250 Aquila EFI was introduced. While both models were essentially the same, the engine of the 2010 model was tuned to produce a greater horsepower of 28.5 hp.

Moreover, the Mikuni carburetors were replaced by an efficient electronic fuel injection system borrowed from the Hyosung GV650 motorcycle.

The only mechanical upgrade was the new EFI system, while any aesthetic changes were restricted to new color schemes. Here are the details:

Model Year Price Colors
2010 $3,899 Black
Black & White
Black & Red
2011-2013 $3,699 (2011)
$3,999 (2012-2013)
Black & Orange
Black & White
Black & Red
2014 $3,999 Black
Black & Yellow
Black & White
Black & Red
2015-2017 $3,199 (2015-2016)
$4,099 (2017)

The second generation Hyosung GV250 Aquila was discontinued after 2017.

2. Hyosung GV250 Aquila at First Glance

Hyosung GV250 Aquila at First Glance
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Hyosung GV250 Aquila Styling

As far as styling is concerned, the GV250 Aquila looks gorgeous at first glance. The exquisite paint jobs, heavy chrome details, stylish laid-back handlebars, two-toned leather seats, color-matched pinstriped fenders, and large teardrop fuel tank with an integrated fuel cap make this bike a head-turner.

However, there are many gaps in the styling that don’t sit well with certain bikers. The paint lacks a luxurious finish and tends to chip off after some time. The instrument dashboard has a “fake chrome look.” What looks like metal from afar is actually plastic dipped in shiny silver paint.

The wires of the oxygen sensors emerging from the exhaust headers take away some of this motorcycle’s aesthetic appeal.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila Engine

The GV250 Aquila is powered by a 250 cc 75° V-twin engine with a DOHC configuration. As expected, the small displacement engine does not produce impressive torque at low rpm. On the other hand, the 28.5 hp at 10,000 rpm is manageable and perfect for novice riders.

The clutch action is clumsy, and the rider needs to master fluid clutch release to keep the engine running. A rider might feel some vibrations at a higher rpm, but there isn’t too much shaking. The electronic fuel injection system provides a predictable throttle response throughout the rpm range, allowing beginners to understand the basics of riding a motorcycle.

Hyosung GV250 Drive Train

The five-speed driveline features close gear ratios, ensuring adequate acceleration. However, the rider should quickly transition to second gear to maintain speed at lower rpm as the first gear is shorter and cannot function as well when the bike is moving too slowly.

The five-speed transmission is a constant mesh driveline ensuring linear power delivery to the rear wheel via a chain final drive.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila Handling

With a quick glance, this cruiser looks like a full-sized heavy bike, but it weighs only 176 kg.

The GV250 Aquila features laid-back handlebars that offer nimble steering and adequate leverage when turning corners.

The front and rear suspensions do a satisfactory job in absorbing road jolts and bumps. Due to GV250 Aquila’s budget-friendly suspensions, riding aggressively without wear and tear is near to impossible.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila Wheels

The bike features a 110 mm front tire and a 150 mm rear tire attached to cast aluminum wheels. The wheels give the bike its commanding profile, offering optimal traction and improved stability.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila Brakes

Hyosung engineers have affixed two-piston calipers to the front, improving the reliability of the front disc brake. On the other hand, the rear drum brakes have a basic structure and are not as powerful brakes as the front.

The unimpressive braking setup calls for an anti-lock braking system. Unfortunately, the motorcycle company neither offers the ABS as a standard feature nor as an optional feature.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila Comfort

The GV250 Aquila’s level of comfort is subjective. Tall riders feel cramped on this bike, while short riders find it difficult to reach hand grips, clutch, and lower controls.

The seat is wide and comfortable, but there is an ergonomic flaw. While the low seat height keeps the center of gravity low, the width of the seat makes it hard for shorter riders to reach the ground. The wide fuel tank offers support and stability except for shorter riders. The bike lacks roomy floorboards which would have better served a beginner, but its foot pegs are within reach of most riders.

Hyosung 250 Aquila Instruments & Lighting

The GV250 Aquila features a basic dual-dial analog tachometer and speedometer. The instrument panel is handlebar-mounted so the guages can be quickly checked.

The headlight features a halogen bulb, providing both good illumination and visibility. The turn signal and tail light are functional but nothing fancy.

3. Hyosung GV250 Aquila: A Buyer’s Guide

3.1 What Is the Top Speed of Hyosung GV250 Aquila?

The Hyosung GV250 Aquila has an estimated top speed of 103 mph.

3.2 How Much Horsepower Does the Hyosung GV250 Get?

The Hyosung GV250 Aquila’s engine is a 250 cc air- and oil-cooled motor that generates a maximum horsepower of 28.5 hp at 10,000 rpm.

3.3 Is Hyosung GV250 Aquila Fuel Injected or Carbureted?

Initially, the 75° V-twin engine of the Hyosung GV250 Aquila was carbureted and featured two Mikuni carburetors. From 2010 onwards, the fuel system was upgraded to an electronic fuel injection for precise fuel supply and combustion efficiency.

3.4 What Is the Size of the Hyosung GC250 Aquila?

The Hyosung GV250 Aquila is designed like a mighty cruiser and looks much bigger than its engine suggests. This lightweight bike has a maximum weight of 176 kg and is 2282 mm long.

3.5 How Many Miles Per Gallon Does the Hyosung GV250 Aquila Get?

The Hyosung GV250 Aquila bike has an average mileage of 55 mpg.

3.6 Is Hyosung GV250 Aquila a Good Beginner Bike?

The Hyosung GV250 Aquila is a lightweight cruiser meant for novice riders. It features a powerful engine that produces only 28.5 hp at 10,000 rpm and a torque of 22 Nm at 7,500 rpm.

The low seat height keeps the bike stable which helps beginners to stay upright and maintain their balance. The clutch system and gear transitions require quick action, but the carbureted motor offers a predictable throttle response at any speed.

All of these features make the Hyosung GV250 Aquila a great entry level bike.

4. Detailed Specifications (Hyosung GV250 Aquila Specs)

4.1 General

Manufacturer Hyosung Motos
(S & T Motors)
Production Years 2000-2017
Model Hyosung GV250 Aquila
Also Called Hyosung GV250
Alpha Sports GV250
Mirage 250 by S&T Motors
Category Custom Cruiser
Touring Ability Average
Price $4,099
Colors Black
Warranty Two Years

4.2 Dimensions

Max. Length 89.8 in / 2282 mm
Height 43.1 in / 1096 mm
Width 34.4 in / 875 mm
Max. Weight 388 lbs / 176 kg
Max. Seat Height 28 in / 710 mm
Rake 25°
Wheel Base 59.6 in / 1515 mm
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal / 14 L
Fuel Economy/Mileage Range 55 mpg

4.3 Chassis

Frame Double Cradle
(Mild Steel)
Swingarm Yoke-Style
Front Suspension Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension Dual Hydraulic Shock & Swingarm
Preload Adjustment
Front Tire Size 110/90 - 16
Rear Tire Size 150/80 - 15
Front Brake Single Disc
w/ Two-Piston Calipers
Rear Brake Drum

4.4 Engine

Type Air-Cooled
Bore 57 mm / 2.2 in
Stroke 48.8 mm / 1.9 in
Displacement 250 cc
No. Cylinders Two
Engine Details 75°
Compression 10.3:1
Fuel System/ Induction 2x Carburetors
(Mikuni BDS26)
Electronic Fuel Injection System (2010 onward)
Lubrication Wet Sump

4.5 Performance

Maximum Power 25 hp at 10,000 rpm
28.5 hp (2010 onward)
Maximum Torque 22 Nm at 7500 rpm
Top Speed 103 mph
Weight to Power Ratio 0.1420 hp per kg

4.6 DriveTrain

Clutch System Wet Clutch
Transmission Five-Speed
(w/ Constant Mesh Driveline)
Final Drive Chain

4.7 Electrical

Starter Electric
Ignition Digital

5. Aftermarket Parts & Modification Options for Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Based on the information above, it is obvious that the Hyosung GV250 Aquila has a specific niche as it is not suitable for interstate rides and motorcycle trips.

The bike is designed to provide novice riders and American youths a chance to explore their passion for motorcycling while honing their skills. The bike serves its purpose well and is best suited for urban settings.

To make it more user-friendly and versatile, you can customize this entry-level urban commuter by choosing suitable add-ons from a wide selection of motorcycle saddlebags, luggage racks, fairings, crash bars, sissy bars, and rider and passenger backrest.

These motorcycle aftermarket parts will enhance your bike’s functionality and give it a fresh look.

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