It was in early February when DSK Hyosung launched the new Aquila 250 cruiser bike in India. The new Hyosung Aquila 250 is the logical successor to the Kinetic Aquila 250 that was launched in India way back in the first half of last decade. The new Aquila 250 plays the role of entry level cruiser bike in DSK Hyosung’s large product portfolio and also plays the perfect younger sibling to the very tasty Hyosung Aquila GV650 Pro. CLICK HERE for Hyosung Aquila GV650 Pro Review. Recently, we spent an entire day with the new Hyosung Aquila 250, taking it through our strict testing regime. Here is the new Hyosung Aquila 250 Review for you-
If looks could kill, this bike here would have been behind bars by now! One quick glance at the new Hyosung Aquila 250 is enough to have your eyeballs glued on to it for next few seconds. The new Hyosung Aquila 250 boasts of a ‘true blue cruiser’ styling and stands out in a segment full of street naked and faired motorcycles. Come to think of it, save for the Kawasaki Eliminator, nay, the Bajaj Avenger, the new Hyosung Aquila 250 is the only cruiser in the sub 500cc motorcycle market of our country, and hence, enjoys a distinct identity.
The Aquila 250 boasts of a timeless design that comprises of a low set saddle, a large tank, a round headlamp, billet style aluminum wheels and a meaty end can. Add to it the wide handlebar, fat tyres, analogue instrumentation, almost an overdose of chrome and the bike has some serious head turning and eyeball grabbing ability! The bike is long and low slung, and looks almost nothing line anything on road today.
While the styling of the new Hyosung Aquila 250 might be a bit too extravagant, and I daresay, almost gaudy for some, we would still choose it over truck-loads of plastic, and the resultant bland styling, on some of the bikes out there.
Powering the new Hyosung Aquila 250 is a 250cc, oil-cooled, V-twin fuel injected engine that has a max power of 26.21 bhp at 9500 rpm and a peak torque of 21 Nm at 7500 rpm. The engine comes mated to a five speed manual gearbox. To be honest, these power figures from a 250cc engine come across as really ordinary and we had our reservations about the bike’s performance before we finally hopped on to it and gunned the throttle. Once astride, we were quick to notice the high refinement levels of the engine and the smooth gearshifts the five speed manual transmission offers. The power can be best described as adequate and while we sorely missed the availability of more power while trying to keep up with our friends on their Japanese sportsbikes, we were quick to note that the bike is still adept with cruising at, say 90-100 kmph, over a long period of time, without breaking a sweat. That said, the performance hungry blokes that we are, would still want the motor to offer at least a bit more in terms of grunt and a more linear power delivery would make the deal even sweeter. The gearbox, whilst smooth in operation, did throw some false neutrals at us.
Everything said and done, we would like to confirm that the motor is sufficiently potent with bestowing the Aquila 250 with a decent mile munching ability and only those wanting sportsbike-level performance would be left unsatisfied.
Ride, Handling and Braking
The Hyosung Aquila 250 boasts of 41mm upside down telescopic forks up front and a set of coil-spring shocks at the rear. The rather tasty looking alloy wheels come shod with 110/90 section tyre up front and 15-inch 150/80 section tyre at the rear. The test bike we rode came with sufficiently grippy Shinko rubber, which is what is currently available even with Hyosung’s sportsbikes.
The Hyosung Aquila 250 is not exactly softly sprung and while it can easily gobble up most of the small sized ruts and minor undulations, the slightly larger craters/irregularities make the rider a tad uncomfortable. On well paved roads, the bike provides a nice, stable, comfortable and a vibration free ride but the state of affairs change on broken surfaces. The bike can surely do with a slightly softer suspension setting, particularly at the rear.
It should be kept in mind that the Aquila 250 is every bit a cruiser motorcycle and bikes in this genre aren’t meant to be taken for apex hunting and it is nothing short of fool-hardy to try and have a ‘knee scrapper’ at every turn the nearby mountain road has on offer. For its size and weight (of nearly 180 kgs), the Hyosung Aquila 250 is pretty quick with changing directions and while it isn’t our obvious choice to play the ‘lane splitter’, we would still rate the Aquila 250 as a fairly nimble cruiser, an oxymoron until you start comparing the 250cc bike with some of the bigger offerings in the cruiser bike segment.
The Hyosung Aquila 250 boasts of a single disc brake with 2 pistons caliper at the front and a conventional drum brake at the rear, which is quite unpleasantly surprising for a bike in this class and price bracket. Quite obviously, there is nothing to write home about the brake setup on this bike and while the brakes do get the job done, they are far from being exceptionally potent with hauling down this Korean cruiser. And no, there’s no ABS on offer, not even as an option.
Ride, Handling and Braking- 6/10
The Hyosung Aquila 250, priced at approx INR 2.7 lakhs (ex showroom), is not exactly pocket friendly. It is also not, by an stretch of imagination, a fast bike that can keep up with your friends on their fully faired machines on a winding road. However, this is exactly not what the bike is meant for. On the contrary, while your same set of sportsbiker friends will complain of back-ache, wrist pains and sore fingers on that 500 km long highway trip, you will be fresh and relaxed on your Aquila 250. Also, while it won’t be as fast as the aforementioned bikes, it will help you take in the scenery and make the most of your road trip.
Sadly, many people have referred to Hyosung bikes as “Chinese” offerings, which they certainly are not. Rather, this bike here should be considered as a world class product that, like all Hyosung bikes in India, enjoys a decent after sales network by the DSK group. All those looking for a 250cc cruiser that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and has decent performance and ergonomics for long highway rides, need not look any further. And did we mention that this bike guarantees ‘superstar’ level of attention wherever it goes!?
Pricing and Specifications
Launched at a price of INR 2.69 Lakhs, the Hyosung Aquila 250 comes to us via CKD route and is available at all DSK Hyosung dealerships across the country.
Hyosung Aquila 250 Specification
|Hyosung GV 250 Aquila|
|Liquid cooled, four stroke, 75° V twin, DOHC, 4 valve|
|Bore x Stroke||57 x 48.8 mm|
Ignition / Starting
|– / electric|
|30 hp 22.4 KW @ 10500 rpm|
|20.6 Nm @ 7300 rpm|
Transmission / Drive
|5 Speed / chain|
|Frame||Steel, double pipe|
|Seat Height||690 mm|