Hyosung GT650 Comet

At £3900 on the road the Korean bike is cheaper than its main rivals on list price, but you don’t have to look far to find new SV650s and Monster 620s discounted to under four grand.
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Price
£3995
Available from
2004
The Comet is a reasonable allrounder at a reasonable price
The price may not be attractive enough to justify its purchase over more established competition
I’d expect to make a decent saving over those more established rivals before parting with my cash, but the Comet is worth a look

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Submitted by Shadrgind1966 on Thu, 23/08/2012 - 11:38

Overall Review

An absolute steal, even if you pay full retail £4600. Reliability should not be an issue, after all they made the engine for the SV650 in Korea for sale in that region (so I read on the Korider forum). Fuel economy is not bad, sensible riding (not too slow) gives me 65mpg. Feels stable and tracks well on long sweepers, ground clearance should allow for some exciting peg scraping antics, should you so wish. The fit and finish is upto standard, especially the paint, though I have noticed some rust on the bolt that holds the front brake lever on! The seat height may be a little tall for some, I am 6'2" and find it just fine for me though. There is a little storage under the rear seat pad, much like my '98 model R1, which also houses a few hooks you could use for luggage, or securing a lid, if it has a 'D' ring (mine does not!). There are also hooks on the rear footrests too. The manual is obviously written by someone who's first language is not English, and it would appear, has no English mates to proofread it! It is also incorrect in a few cases, notably when it comes to adjustment of the clock and resetting the (two) trip meters. The wheels are, I think, powder coated, however the finish is textured (black) and though this makes dirt hard to spot, it makes cleaning a little tricky. The brakes are good, but not eye-poppingly so, with great feel. The headlight (one) gives good visibility, if adjusted correctly (mine wasn't). Used no oil during running in period either!

Strengths

I bought a 2011 model new in 2012 for only £3200! So far just run in, it pulls strongly from low down the rev range, with a pleasant engine note. I love he looks, coming from full on sports bike like the GSXR1000 and R1, it took a little getting used to the riding position. It is comfortable on a long ride though. I bought it in Manchester, having not ridden for ix years, rode it 250 miles (tank ran dry at 200) back home, with few aches and pains! The instrument panel is a joy to behold, with analogue rev counter on the left and digital speedo on the right, a la R1 in the late 90's.

Weaknesses

The gearing is a little tall, most noticable when you are in town or negotiating a slow speed left turn, first gear is a little unstable and second means you are at the very bottom of the power, labouring the engine a little. A common mod for this, is to put on a smaller front sprocket. There are distinct vibrations higher up the rev range, even though the footrests are rubber covered. The position of the bars means adjustment of the front forks means handlebar removal. The 2011 model only has one rear light bulb, meaning should it blow, you are left vulnerable from the rear!

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Submitted by psychobry (not verified) on Tue, 29/03/2016 - 22:55

Overall Review

I got this from new for £2300! I have had no trouble whatsoever. It gave me everything my previous bike (SV650) gave me, but it gave me less mechanical problems. I keep it outside under a bike cover so its not been spoiled. I initially made some simple tweaks from what I picked up - changed oil, checked nuts and bolts, took it for early service for a professional once over. Cannot recommend highly enough if you want some simple pleasures with no hassle.

Strengths

Easy maintenance, totally reliable, good-looking. Virtual copy of SV650 at a fraction of the cost. (Much easier to haggle for a bargain)

Weaknesses

When you tell people what you ride, most common response is "What!"

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