Korean motorcycle company Hyosung needs an injection of new blood and, thankfully, it looks like it is about to get some.
Together with Indian joint venture partner DSK, their hot-blooded ST7 Concept Cruiser looks like being revealed as a production bike at the Milan Motorcycle show in November. How close it is to the inspiring concept in the above video is another matter.
It is about time Hysoung had some new product to promote. It’s aging fleet is looking very tired, even if it is good build quality and represents very good value. Unfortunately, the lack of new product has led to a continual decrease in sales in Australia, down 30.6% last year to 992.
In Australia, the Hyosung line-up is pretty much unchanged for the past few years. There are the GT250 ($4490) and GT650 ($6390) plus R-spec (+ $500) road bikes, while their cruisers are the GV250 ($4990) and GV650 ($7690) Aquila cruisers plus a classic-styled GC650C ($7690.
All are learner-approved and Australian importer PS Imports has not felt the need to bring in the ST7 which is powered by a 678cc V-twin which puts it just outside the LAMS limits.
While the ST7 Concept Cruiser is also powered by the ST7 engine, many believe it will come into production with a much larger engine, making it more of a power cruiser in keeping with its muscular looks.
This would be a giant leap for Hyosung and its Indian partner as both have been restricted to small and mid-capacity motorcycles. If it remains powered by the SRT7 engine, Aussies can likely forget about it being imported here.
Meanwhile, we are still waiting for news on the GD250 naked and sports bikes being imported. Read my story on the link below.