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http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/hyosung/index481.html

The link goes to a 2007 Hyosong. Those bikes have something in them that looks like a Suzuki 650 engine that is a couple years old. Officially they are not Suzuki engines, but the South Koreans at Hyosung build Suzuki componants.

What caught my eye about this model though was the frame. Looks very Gladdy like.
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Hyosung builds tons of parts for the big four and lots of other smaller companies.

As far as the bikes they sell as hyosungs, they are'nt as close to being copy's as people like to think, everything is completely unique on their bikes. I'm almost tempted to buy one of thier new 450 motards.
 

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ok .. you checked the engine.... NOW GET THIS!~

look carefully at this Italjet's (GRIFFON) Frame...
Ok...so we see that Italjet rebadges Hyosungs and then puts neater components on them?
 

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Gladius content?? ???
 

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instead of Hyosung being the copycat, looks like the table is being turned

with all the rebadged hyosungs out there and Suzuki dropping the SV, infavor of the Gladius, wouldn't surprise me if Hyosung becomes the world leader in the middleweight v-twin category


I like the wheels on the Griffon
 

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Its a real possible future as long as they keep producing attractive bikes like the ones above with a solid level of reliability and refinement.
 

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They are quite a bit heavier than the SV650 though. Fit and finish is said to be below Suzuki standards too.
 

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They are quite a bit heavier than the SV650 though.
But not the gladius...


PS: Looks like the current Hyo GT650 has a dry weight around 405-410 so wet it weighs about the same as a gladius or maybe less.
 

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Suzuki needs to make a GT650. Charge me $800~$1000 extra for it, I'll still bite. As long as you make sure it's SS quality suspension/brake components and make sure it looks as good as the Hyosung. Maybe with more of gen1 SV650 feel to the body work, without all the BS accents that the Gladius has.... and that friggn banana seat has got to go.

They ought to do that. Like a "R" spec SV650. A 650 v-twin SS model. They would sell like hot cakes, I tell ya. Everybody is doing these mods to them anyways, and there are plenty of SV650s on the racetracks. Maybe I should right them a letter...
 

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Suzuki needs to make a GT650. Charge me $800~$1000 extra for it, I'll still bite. As long as you make sure it's SS quality suspension/brake components and make sure it looks as good as the Hyosung. Maybe with more of gen1 SV650 feel to the body work, without all the BS accents that the Gladius has.... and that friggn banana seat has got to go.

They ought to do that. Like a "R" spec SV650. A 650 v-twin SS model. They would sell like hot cakes, I tell ya. Everybody is doing these mods to them anyways, and there are plenty of SV650s on the racetracks. Maybe I should right them a letter...
I suggest writing them a letter instead. ;D
 

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instead of Hyosung being the copycat, looks like the table is being turned

with all the rebadged hyosungs out there and Suzuki dropping the SV, infavor of the Gladius, wouldn't surprise me if Hyosung becomes the world leader in the middleweight v-twin category


I like the wheels on the Griffon
If Hyosung made something like the tiller that looked good (not like a Hyosung), I'd be.....ugh, can't think of the right term, but let's just say confused.
 

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Its a real possible future as long as they keep producing attractive bikes like the ones above with a solid level of reliability and refinement.
FWIW, one of the guys I met at my MSF course had the Hyosung 250. Not a bad bike and he said he did not have any troubles with it...
 

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Lol that italiajet that the same engine as the hyosung too... I would definitely buy one, actually I was looking around for a used one but could find none around here.
 

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Lol that italiajet that the same engine as the hyosung too
Yup...engine and frame and possibly other bits like forks and shocks. Looks like they just changed up the bodywork and wheels.
 

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Talked to my local Hyosung dealer and he tells me that suzuki and Hyosung coloberated on the original enigne design. I have ridden a GTR 650 and they are a VERY nice bike. Fit and finnish MAY not be up to Japanese standards, but still a very nice bike.
 

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Do you believe what the people at a dealership tells you about a bike when they can benefit from selling you that bike or its competitor? I sure as hell don't.
 

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Talked to my local Hyosung dealer and he tells me that suzuki and Hyosung coloberated on the original enigne design. I have ridden a GTR 650 and they are a VERY nice bike. Fit and finnish MAY not be up to Japanese standards, but still a very nice bike.
As the tails go there is no collaboration. At all. The engineers that developed it for Hyosung have worked for Suzuki in the past and supposedly on the SV project.
 
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