PIC: STUART GRANT
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.
Plenty of grunt
Good cornering clearance
Provides fun cruising
Bit big for shorties
Narrow market niche
SPEX Hyosung GV700C Aquila Classic
Type: Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, 90-degree V-twin
Bore x stroke: 81.5 x 65mm
Fuel system: EFI
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
Max power: 46kW @ 8000rpm
Max torque: 64Nm @7000rpm
Fuel consumption: 22km/l
Price: $9990 *
Bike supplied by: Hyosung Australia
Warranty: 24 months, unlimited kilometres