The 250cc class of bikes is a favorite recommendation for beginner riders. For many years, there was little competition at this level to the Kawasaki Ninja 250, at least in terms of dedicated streetbikes. There was the Honda XR250L, the Kawasaki KLR250, and some other 250cc dual-sports, but for the average rider who wanted a seat-height that allowed them to touch both feet to the ground flat-footed, the Ninja was about the only option.
Now Korean manufacturer Hyosung has brought out two new alternatives, the Hyosung GT250 and GT250R. The non-R version is a naked bike that retails at only $3499 new. Seat height is only 30.0 inches – about as low as you can hope for from a full-size streetbike these days. Dry weight is 330 pounds, and that featherweight is propelled by a 27 horsepower 249cc V-twin mated to a five-speed transmission.
The GT250R is pretty much the same bike only with trick full-fairings. They add an extra 47 lbs to the bike’s dry weight, but there are four color schemes available, and the bike just looks sexy. Price is $300 more than its “naked” sibling. Both Hyosung 250s have inverted forks and dual disc brakes. The 250cc displacement is good enough for some solid pep, but small enough to keep your motorcycle insurance company happy — no exorbitant premiums.