It’s evident, from the hundreds of stares it got, that the Aquila 250 can draw a crowd.
The Aquila 250 of today is an evolution of the same motorcycle Hyosung launched in India in 2003. So what’s changed? Not much. The Aquila GV250 still is low slung, stretched out, with a large, rounded tear-drop tank and big flared fenders. It’s heaped with chrome, with pleasing, old-school lines.
The old twin exhausts have been replaced by a much nicer single, oversized chromed collector. It rides on large chunky-looking alloy wheels that help build the illusion of a large motorcycle. The ergonomics are typically cruiser, with forward-set foot pegs and handlebars that stretch back to you. Although the build quality has improved, there is room for improvement: The indicator switches were hard to turn off and the fuel level indicator was very slow.
Not much has changed with the engine: The 250 cc, air/oil cooled, 75 degree V-twin now receives fuel injection and makes 26.5 PS and 21.4 Nm. With peak power at a lofty 9,500 rpm and peak torque at 7,000 rpm, it’s not quite a torquey unit. It does build revs cleanly from 2,000 rpm but clearly lacks a cruiser’s punch. From 0 to 100 kmph took 13.2 seconds, topping out at 120.2 kmph, not earth-shattering performance from a 250 cc motor, but given its 179 kg that’s understandable.