It's been almost a decade when the Hyosung Aquila 250 was first introduced in India by Kinetic Motors. With limited options at hand, the cruiser starved bikers grabbed the 200 odd Aquilas that were brought to Indian shores. Sadly, the cruiser had to be phased out as there weren't enough after service options and spares were becoming difficult to procure.
With it's body proportion, this 250cc cruiser appears to be larger than it actually is.
The low seat height of the Aquila is perfect for an average built Indian, it's compact size and a kerb weight of just 179kg makes it really ease to manage. The bike also has good ergonomics as the wide handle bar, low seat and forward-set footrests which makes for fatigue-free riding on long journeys.
Crank up the 250cc, oil-cooled, V-twin fuel injected engine and you'd expect the cruiser to wake up with a beastly roar, but it emits an understated purr instead. Am sure there are plenty of company-approved exhaust available to fix that, including the menacing Gatling gun exhaust. The V-twin produces 26.5PS maximum power at a pretty high 9500rpm and just 21Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Performance is adequate but there's not enough mid-range grunt and you have to keep the motor on the boil to get the best out of it. Moreover, it does not have the torquey character that you expect on touring bikes like these. This cruiser clearly has a sports bike soul.
On hindsight, it's smooth and free revving that can go all the way up to the redline. This fuel injected engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and transfers power to its rear wheel via a chain drive. The gears are well spread out but it tends to find false neutral which can be annoying. It has a perimeter cradle frame which comes with 41mm telescopic USD front forks and coil-spring shocks at the rear. But the setup is firm and the bike tends to jolt over bumpy roads. The 16-inch wheels with 110/90 Shinko tyre and 15-inch 150/80 tyre, at the front and rear respectively, offer ample grip.
ABS is missed. The cruiser gets single disc with 2 pistons caliper in the front, but drums at the rear. Not getting rear disc brake, despite the premium price tag, makes one feel short changed.
Hyosung Aquila 250 Specifications
Dimensions & Dry Mass
|Overall Length (mm)||2,280|
|Overall Width (mm)||885|
|Overall Height (mm)||1,095|
|Dry Mass (kg)||167|
|Wheel Base (mm)||1,508|
|Seat Height (mm)||710|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||150|
|Frame Type||Perimeter Cradle|
|Type||75° V-twin DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Cooling System||Air / Oil Cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||57 x 48.8|
|Max Power||20kW @ 10500rpm|
|Max Torque||22Nm @ 7500rpm|
|Fuel System||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Emissions||Euro 3 Compliant|
|Fuel Tank (litres)||14|
|Gears||Constant Mesh 5 Speed|
|Front Suspension||41mm Conventional Telescopic|
|Rear Suspension||Dual shock|
|Front Tyre||110 / 90 – 16 59S|
|Rear Tyre||150 / 80 – 15 70S|
|Front Brake||Semi-Floating 275mm single disc with dual piston caliper|
|Warranty||Two-year, unlimited kilometres|