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09 Feb 2011 | Hyosung’s latest cruiser relies on a modest engine-capacity increase to differentiate it from its stable-mates. Spannerman reports.

PIC: STUART GRANT

EAGLE DREAMING

The new Hyosung Aquila GV700C produces more torque at lower revs than its GV650 LAMS-approved stable-mate. That’s a value traditionally cherished by cruiser riders.

Given that all cruiser styling involves fat back tyres, low seat hight, forward controls, swept-back bars and a raked front end, the designers have worked on the detail to provide some distinctive differences. The shape of the tank coupled with the semi-valanced guards makes the Aquila (Latin for eagle) easy to recognise on the street.

It’s a big bike. The stretch from the low seat to both the bars and forward controls will rule out the genuinely short even though they’ll be able to reach the ground with their cute, stumpy legs. Riders below 170cm (5’7”) need not apply.

The seat is broad but relatively thin to keep the seat height to 690mm. The pillion pad is thicker although the position of the pillion foot rests suits shorter passengers.

The EFI engine starts easily and the fuelling is faultless in everyday use. Clutch operation is light but it draws the line at drag-race starts. In the less extreme environment of day-to-day riding and traffic-light sprints, no car will touch it.

For a cruiser, the Aqulia has class-leading cornering clearance. Much courage is required to touch down on either side of the bike. Handling, generally, is very good, and the Indonesian-made Dunlops are well up to any demands you’re likely to make of them. While it’s a bit sensitive to steering input at very low speeds, its stability at normal and high road speeds is great.

Fuel consumption averaged 22 kilometres per litre – good without being exceptional. It’s where you pay for the lashings of torque available. The Aquila is a hoot to cruise around town; its combination of performance, handling and braking fill the rider with confidence.

The suspension is non-adjustable apart from spring pre-load on the twin rear shocks but the standard setting is well within the bike’s performance envelope.

Servicing is also easy. There’s good access for oil and filter changes and air filter changes. There’s a helmet lock but no provision for attaching luggage. A rear seat bag would probably be the best option.

The GV700C sits in an unusual market space. The GV650C is LAMS-approved which will help support its resale value. The GV700C misses out by a few cc, meaning it’s only legal for experienced riders who have access to a much wider range of options. The styling of the 650 and 700 is the same (as is the price) and if that’s the main motivator in the purchasing decision, the 650 makes more sense.

If none of this matters, the GV700C will set you apart and give you just that little extra in terms of grunt. It’s a good-looker for the price.

 

THUMBS UP

Plenty of grunt

Good cornering clearance

Provides fun cruising

 

THUMBS DOWN

Bit big for shorties

Narrow market niche

 

SPEX  Hyosung GV700C Aquila Classic

Engine

Type: Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, 90-degree V-twin

Capacity: 680cc

Bore x stroke: 81.5 x 65mm

Fuel system: EFI

 

Transmission

Type: five-speed constant-mesh

Final drive: Belt

 

Chassis and running gear

Front suspension: 41mm telescopic non-adjustable

Rear suspension: Dual shock with adjustable pre-load

Front brake: single 300mm disc with four-spot callipers

Rear brake: single disc

 

Dimensions and capacities

Dry weight: 229kg

Seat height: 690mm

Fuel capacity: 17litres

 

Performance

Max power: 46kW @ 8000rpm

Max torque: 64Nm @7000rpm

Fuel consumption: 22km/l

 

Other stuff

Price: $9990 *

Bike supplied by: Hyosung Australia

Warranty: 24 months, unlimited kilometres