Hyosung Aquila 250: Review - launched at 2.7 lakh

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.

Hyosung Aquila 250 engine shot

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 TypePerimeter Cradle


Type 75° V-twin DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Cooling System Air / Oil Cooled
Displacement (cc) 249
Bore x Stroke 57 x 48.8
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Max Power 20kW @ 10500rpm
Max Torque 22Nm @ 7500rpm
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet Sump
Starting System Electric
Emissions Euro 3 Compliant


Fuel Tank (litres) 14


Gears Constant Mesh 5 Speed
Clutch Wet Multi-Plate


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
Rear Brake Drum


Warranty Two-year, unlimited kilometres