strong performance combined with good ride and handling
makes the Comet 250GT a machine that is at ease in the
city as well as on the highway.
Engineering will soon launch the Hyosung Comet 250 in
India. Expected to be a limited edition run, its price
will be close to two lakhs.
Motors of Korea had made a back door entry into the
Indian market in 1999. Popularly called the Hyundai
of two-wheelers, Hyosung entered into collaboration
with Kinetic to introduce a number of products, the
first of which a bike called the GF125 hit the market
improved and powerful version of this bike, the GF170,
was launched last year. A little before that, 100 of
Hyosung''s 250cc-cruiser bikes, called the Aquila, were
brought in from Korea as CBUs for a limited edition
sale in various Indian cities. With the assurance of
full service back up, the market snapped up the Aquilas
despite their hefty price tag of Rs150,000.
response, according to senior company executives, has
forced Kinetic into considering doing a similar launch
for the Comet 250. Unlike the Aquila, the Comet is a
proper roadster meant for sporty riding and is currently
undergoing homologation at ARAI and will be ready to
hit the market by the end of this year.
on a wheelbase of 1,455mm the Comet, at a glance, seems
quite well proportioned with a ''y'' naked frame that
is keen to speak aggression. Shouting aloud almost,
as if it means business, attracting your attention are
the front forks. Finished in a colour of gold, not only
do they look massive but follow the current trend of
up-side down arrangement. The massive-looking forks
seem to have been borrowed from the Comet 650, which
looks very much like the 250. The similarities in the
appearance of the 650 and 250 Comet could well be why
the Comet 250 tends to appear ''larger than life.''
aggressive stance of the Comet is conveyed from most
angles. Subscribing to the naked theme of styling, up-front
is a round opto-prism headlamp and above it the instrument
cluster two large dials with a tiny fuel gauge in
between. The design of the instrument cluster hints
of a connection with the Aquila. It looks almost the
of the wide handlebars that sport chunky grips and counter-weights,
the meaty fuel tank comes into view. Its shape helps
it store 17-litres of fuel and is separated from the
engine by the Y-stem of the frame made of steel. The
eight-valve, v-twin, motor displaces 250cc and is common
to both, the Aquila and the Comet. Breathing through
a Mikuni carb the engine generates 27bhp and 21Nm of
torque. Peak power is generated at 10,000rpm and peak
torque, at 7500rpm. Power is fed to the rear wheels
via a five-speed gearbox.
two silencers echo the shape of the fairings, which
go on to envelope the tail lamp. A mono-shock and rectangular
swing arm make up the rear geometry and part of the
list is the meaty 150 / 70x17" tubeless footwear.
The ''made for India'' Comet will not be equipped with
tubeless tyres, however. And the reason for this is
the cost of development of tubeless tyres for such a
gear ratios of the five-speed box are well spaced and
the shifting is smooth. The fact that power peaks at
10,000rpm and torque at 7,500rpm speaks about the need
to whack the throttle every time you wish to convey
a strong feedback to the rear wheel. With four valves
per cylinder, the Comet''s engine is essentially a high-revving
unit. Such units are a common occurrence on big capacity
bikes on Indian roads are low capacity machines engineered
to belt out power at lower rpm to aid in-town riding.
The engines of the small capacity bikes are tailored
for lugging ability and efficiency rather than for performance.
This is most vital difference between the small capacity
and big capacity bikes. The Comet thus is sure to take
time to grow on a rider who has spent considerable time
riding a small capacity machine.
big capacity status of the Comet is conveyed not just
by the looks of the bike but by small details like the
external oil cooler, disc brakes on both the ends, the
meaty tyres, the frame and the v-twin motor. So, planning
to seek a headstart? Drop into gear, rev the motor and
release the clutch. Hardly any lift is experienced at
the front wheel and the bike instead takes-off smoothly.
put, the Comet does not leap ahead and instead prefers
to use the torque curve to a good advantage. Torque
starts to trickle in from as low down as 3,000rpm and
continues to build as the revs rise. A strong push comes
in at a little past 7,000rpm and that is when the motor
feels punchy. Keeps the revs above 7,000rpm and the
Comet will deliver handsomely.
levels throughout the range are well within the annoyance
levels. It is only that when the rev needle draws close
to the 1,100rpm redline does the engine tend to feel
a bit coarse. But, then, refinement is not the highlight
of the Comet, the punch that comes after 7,000rpm is.
the rev needle has lodged above 7,000rpm progress can
indeed be quick. Three digit speeds are easily attained
and while you dig your knees into the recesses designed
into the tank. The bike scores on ergonomics. The riding
position calls for a slight lean- forward posture but
not one that gives backaches after long distances.
quality is good and handling gently conveys an amount
of sporting nature. Thus it is possible to aim the bike
at the apexes of tight corners and deal with them with
confidence. Discs at front and rear assure confident
strong performance that does not always ask you to ride
to the edge to keep the machine happy and your ego polished,
when combined with good ride and handling turn the Comet
250GT into a machine that is at ease in the city as
well as on the highway. Fit a saree guard (a saree guard
is mandatory for Indian bikes!) and you can ferry you''re
your mother to the groccer. Get the saree
guard off and take your girlfriend out for a quick thrill.
Both will be happy with the ride as the Comet can manage
them without a complaint.