When Kartik tested the GT650R for the December 2010 issue of BSM, he was all gaga over the 70-odd bhp of the Hyosung’s V-twin motor, and rightly so. The liquid-cooled V-twin motor had plenty of shove, would happily hurl you forward with the slightest twist of the right wrist and loved being on the boil all the time – all characteristics of a good sportsbike engine.
It was pouring when I got to the Hyosung dealership in Pune. Peak hour traffic didn’t help matters and the very thought of the ride back to where we were to shoot sent shudders through my spine. What’s funny is how people not too long ago moved to Pune from Mumbai to spend their days of retirement in relative peace and calm. I guess that now, they simply don’t get out of their houses, because getting around in this city is worse than Mumbai, and that is saying something.
Anyway, with chaos around me, I set out. And I half expected the ST7 to be lumpy and ride like a tub of lard in traffic. Surprisingly, this cruiser handles really well at low speeds and the far-out pegs aren’t that far out after all. Finally, a bike that a bloke of my dimensions can comfortably fit onto.
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