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Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

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    Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    Found one of these for sale near me and the price on it is pretty reasonable! Anyone know if this would make a decent track bike? I'm thinking it would race in the Lightweight class with the SV650s since it is a twin 650. From the reviews I've read online, seems like a racier bike than the SV out of the box. But the problem I'm thinking might be limited parts, limited upgrades, limited aftermarket stuff, limited race bodies, limited race shocks, limited rearsets, limited everything for it.

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    Go SV...more aftermarket support and if something breaks..someone at the track is almost gaurentee'd to have a part, or know how to fix it.

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    I asked a similar question a bit ago. See http://www.nestreetriders.com/forum/...one-these.html for more info.

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    I bet if you raced a hyosung you could get some sponsorship money from then. I heard somewhere that they actually make the sv650 motor for Suzuki. Not sure how true that is.

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    Ask Bj Worsham. Pretty sure he tried it out and it was up for sale a month later.

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    I bet if you raced a hyosung you could get some sponsorship money from then. I heard somewhere that they actually make the sv650 motor for Suzuki. Not sure how true that is.
    I have heard the same thing, along with other various Suzuki parts.
    MOM's was a dealer for these, not sure if they still are or not.

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by PinHead View Post
    I have heard the same thing, along with other various Suzuki parts.
    MOM's was a dealer for these, not sure if they still are or not.
    It is and they are... Not much in the aftermarket tho

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    Ask Bj Worsham. Pretty sure he tried it out and it was up for sale a month later.
    The intent was always to sell it. (And still is.) I paid very little for 2, robbed from Peter to make Paul work, and now have a bike with spare rims for rains and a nearly naked chassis/engine hulk at home that I really oughta just dump at the recycler for whatever he'll give me.

    A nagging carburetion problem was solved over the winter ... I *think*: never had enough time last year, and got a new job just before this season started, which meant no more Fridays off for a while, precluding any "take it out while I lead the students around" shakedown runs. Gotta pay da man, so blame "priorities."

    When right, the motor felt strong enough, and it didn't do anything too weird suspension-wise. That with the stock shock, mind you.

    Concerns: Rims: They are "you have GOT to be kidding me" heavy. No, really ... they appear to be cast aluminum ... and feel as if they are cast with a lead core.
    Frame, same thing: it's heavier, with spotty-looking welds.
    Shock requires something crazy expensive/custom, or taking a decade's old street model from one of a few bikes and rebuilding it, (and still buying a spring for your size) or reworking the swingarm so a contemporary one fits through it.
    Parts or bike-specific advice at the track - yep, you're own your own.

    So for racing, nah. You want to be running what everyone else is running, so you get as much apples-to-apples feedback and comparisons to judge your performance by. Track days? Sure - if you can buy it at a good savings over an SV, jump on it and have fun. I expect to have mine on the track again when I'm not too busy. Definitely enjoyed riding it.

    B.J.

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    Word. Thanks for stoppin by, BJ

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    what happened to that blue r6 you were running around on?

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    Do not buy a hyosung. If you do, when I see you, Im kicking it over onto its side. Have a good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecd2004 View Post
    what happened to that blue r6 you were running around on?
    I still got the R6 but I was looking to get into racing next year. The R6 would put me in the middleweight class. The middleweight class is the MOST competitive class and there are lots of guys with egos willing to take you out at every turn. My feeling is the lightweight class (SV650) is a better class cause the guys are older, they're more chill, and like myself they have mortgages to pay which requires them to wake up monday morning to go to work. I still have my GSX-R600, I have the R6, and I have a GSX-R750. All good bikes to keep for track days, but maybe I'll get an SV and make it my winter project. What's going on with you? How's your CBR600 92 right? Is that your street bike too or is it exclusively a track bike only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjshredder View Post
    The intent was always to sell it. (And still is.) I paid very little for 2, robbed from Peter to make Paul work, and now have a bike with spare rims for rains and a nearly naked chassis/engine hulk at home that I really oughta just dump at the recycler for whatever he'll give me.

    A nagging carburetion problem was solved over the winter ... I *think*: never had enough time last year, and got a new job just before this season started, which meant no more Fridays off for a while, precluding any "take it out while I lead the students around" shakedown runs. Gotta pay da man, so blame "priorities."

    When right, the motor felt strong enough, and it didn't do anything too weird suspension-wise. That with the stock shock, mind you.

    Concerns: Rims: They are "you have GOT to be kidding me" heavy. No, really ... they appear to be cast aluminum ... and feel as if they are cast with a lead core.
    Frame, same thing: it's heavier, with spotty-looking welds.
    Shock requires something crazy expensive/custom, or taking a decade's old street model from one of a few bikes and rebuilding it, (and still buying a spring for your size) or reworking the swingarm so a contemporary one fits through it.
    Parts or bike-specific advice at the track - yep, you're own your own.

    So for racing, nah. You want to be running what everyone else is running, so you get as much apples-to-apples feedback and comparisons to judge your performance by. Track days? Sure - if you can buy it at a good savings over an SV, jump on it and have fun. I expect to have mine on the track again when I'm not too busy. Definitely enjoyed riding it.

    B.J.

    Yeah, I think a stock SV650 is about 20lbs lighter than a stock Hyosung 650GT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidkump View Post
    I still got the R6 but I was looking to get into racing next year. The R6 would put me in the middleweight class. The middleweight class is the MOST competitive class and there are lots of guys with egos willing to take you out at every turn. My feeling is the lightweight class (SV650) is a better class cause the guys are older, they're more chill, and like myself they have mortgages to pay which requires them to wake up monday morning to go to work. I still have my GSX-R600, I have the R6, and I have a GSX-R750. All good bikes to keep for track days, but maybe I'll get an SV and make it my winter project. What's going on with you? How's your CBR600 92 right? Is that your street bike too or is it exclusively a track bike only?
    Just want to make sure a couple of things are clear here....

    1 - the meatgrinder class isn't as bad as it used to be.
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    2 - racing, no matter WHAT class you're in, is dangerous.

    If you think you're safER in the lightweight classes, maybe it is, but that doesn't mean it's *safe*.

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    good point oreo!

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    s.

    If you think you're safER in the lightweight classes, maybe it is, but that doesn't mean it's *safe*.
    Yeah. Some of "Responsible" 40+ guys like to throw down pretty well too..........











    Throw it down on the ground that is...

    I chose to start racing in the LW classes for the same reasons as you. Although I raced one race with the 600s and I agree with Pete. It wasn't that bad.

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    Re: Hyosung 650 GT a good track bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidkump View Post
    I still got the R6 but I was looking to get into racing next year. The R6 would put me in the middleweight class. The middleweight class is the MOST competitive class and there are lots of guys with egos willing to take you out at every turn. My feeling is the lightweight class (SV650) is a better class cause the guys are older, they're more chill, and like myself they have mortgages to pay which requires them to wake up monday morning to go to work. I still have my GSX-R600, I have the R6, and I have a GSX-R750. All good bikes to keep for track days, but maybe I'll get an SV and make it my winter project. What's going on with you? How's your CBR600 92 right? Is that your street bike too or is it exclusively a track bike only?
    It's going good, I was up at loudon this weekend for the penguin trackday and i lowsided going into 11a so i have some very minor repairs to make. At the moment it's in a limbo state, its registered and insured but left in track setup which it may become a trackbike next year, i'm not sure.

    As far as the racing goes I dont really have the knowledge to give advice but it would seem to me that you'd want to ride the same bike at trackdays that you would be racing just to get as familiar as possible with it. you could get a nice sv in a trade for the r6 as for others it's an upward progression.

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