• 2004 AlphaSports GT-250 Comet by Hyosung

    That’s the official US name for the imported Hyosung Comet 250, distributed by AlphaSports Motors. If you buy this bike, be prepared to get asked over and over again “what the heck is an AlphaSport?” Buying a bike from a growing and maturing company is a calculated risk, but it’s one I took because the looks of this bike really appealed to me, and Hyosung is a pretty big South Korean company that should be around for a while. Their track record seems to indicate that they are very serious when it comes to improving the quality of their products and competing with the established motorcycle manufacturers.

    The ergonomics of the bike are typical for a sporty standard – your back is leaned forward slightly and if you don’t pay attention, you can end up putting a lot of pressure on your wrists. I’ve bought a ThrottleRocker for each handgrip and they have worked wonders.

    The throttle is very smooth and forgiving - great for a beginner learning throttle control and for any rider who doesn’t want to worry about surprise rocket launches. I believe that performing an accidental wheelie on this bike is next to impossible. If you want to shoot this bike forward, though, it is very willing and able. The sound of this bike is really nice. Revving the engine at stoplights is a fun thing to do on the Comet. Keep the revs below 6500 for the break in period (the initial 1600km). Once the engine is broken in, it likes to run in the 7-9k range, with peak power around 9500 rpm. This bike’s official output is said to be 28 horsepower, but some testers say that stock it can reach 30 hp. Dry weight: not sure, between 310 and 350 pounds – no real consistency in the specs that I have found. Mileage: about 60 miles per gallon when you run the bike the way it likes, 75-80 mpg when keeping the revs below 6500. The bike is geared high from the factory – maximum speed is reached in 4th gear and 5th gear is overdrive. Adding a 50T rear sprocket should allow you to red-line in 4th and then use 5th for a higher top-end speed.

    The brakes seem fine to me. Some reviews say the stock Hyosung brakes aren’t as crisp as those on most bikes, but they come on nice and progressively when applied. A kit to add a second front disc brake is available.

    The clutch is amazingly smooth – I ride a lot in stop-and-go traffic and my hand doesn’t get tired at all. The friction zone is very easy to find and use. Some Comet owners report neutral being hard to find until the engine is broken in, but on my bike it’s been no problem at all. Do not use synthetic oils in this engine, ever.

    Steering is quick. Sharp turns from a stop are a piece of cake. Mastering a u-turn on this bike takes a lot of practice, due to its height and the large fuel tank. Keep the revs up, use the generous friction zone, and look where you want the bike to go.

    Because Hyosung’s history is so intertwined with Suzuki, there are many parts for the Comet that can be replaced with Suzuki after-market parts, like brake pads, oil filters, etc. The bike comes outfitted with Shinko tires, which are made for long life but should be able to handle real-world conditions well. After riding the first 100 miles, sand them down from edge to edge to get the shiny gunk off before doing any serious cornering. I used 100-grade sandpaper and then washed and rinsed them.

    The paint job on the ’04 Comet seems to need another coat of wax before the bike gets serious use. The corrosion resistance on the bike might not be as good as better known brands – I’m not sure. I had to sand the black exhaust pipes and put another layer of heat-resistant, rust-proofing paint on them. Just keep an eye out, like all bikes require I suppose. I’ve heard that Hyosung is starting to take the overall finish of their bikes seriously – one example: the welds on the ‘04 Comet aren’t very pretty, but the new Comet GT-650 has very smooth welds.

    AlphaSports says the Comet GT-650 has just passed its CARB tests, and they are waiting on the official paperwork before beginning US-bound shipments. Also, they said the GT-250 and GV-250 would not be available in California, as they believe that the 250cc market in California is too small to justify putting the bikes through the CARB wringer.

    Well there’s my review. I hope it is helpful, and not too biased – because I really do like this bike. If there’s a Hyosung/AlphaSports dealer in your neighborhood, check out their bikes – they make cruisers too. To see what Comet owners are saying about their bikes, visit http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Comet250Owners/. To read magazine articles reviewing the Hyosung line, visit http://www.hyosungmotors.com.au/road.html. Ride safe.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2004 AlphaSports GT-250 Comet by Hyosung started by CometRider View original post
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