Hyosung Scooter Lineup First Look

March 12, 2010
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

Hyosung Motors expands its two-wheeled lineup in 2010 with the new ST7 cruiser, alongside its 650cc and now fuel-injected 250 motorcycle lineup. However, the South Korean-based manufacturer also delivers a scooter lineup for American commuters, featuring a lone 250cc model in the MS3-250, as well as a trio of 50cc 2-strokes.

2010 Hyosung MS3-250
The Hyosung MS3-250 is the largest scooter from the South Korean manufacturer.

Hyosung MS3-250

The largest of the Hyosung scooters, the MS3-250 gets its power from a liquid-cooled 4-valve Single. The 73 x 59.6mm bore and stroke work out to a 249cc displacement, with Hyosung claiming peak numbers of 25 hp and 16.4 lb-ft torque from the fuel-injected design. The manufacturer claims its 250’s power transferred via CVT makes the MS3 freeway capable.

The MS3-250 rolls on 13-inch front and 14-inch rear wheels, with a telescopic fork and double rear shocks making up the suspension components. Stopping power up front comes courtesy of double disc brakes, the 240mm rotors pinched by two-piston calipers. A 220mm single disc/2-piston caliper takes care of things out back. Riders sit from a 29.5-inch seat height to wield the 341-lb scooter (claimed dry weight).

Other perks for the MS design include LED taillights and a decent looking LCD instrument console, which includes analog speedo and tach, as well as digital fuel and temperature gauges. The MS3-250 retails for $4499 and comes with a two-year warranty.

2010 Hyosung SF50B2010 Hyosung SF50R2010 Hyosung SD50
The Hyosung 50cc scooter line (left to right): SF50B Prima ($1799), SF50R Rally ($1899) and SD50 ($1599).

Hyosung 50cc Scooters

Hyosung’s three little 50’s – the Prima, Rally and Sense – are all powered by an air-cooled 49cc 2-stroke. The carbureted engine features 5 hp and 2.8 lb-ft power claims, turning its rear wheels via the standard scooter CVT. All feature a small telescopic fork and preload adjustable rear shock. Meanwhile, a single 162mm disc/single-piston caliper front and rear drum make up the braking components. While no MPG claims are listed, the fuel-sipping 2-stroke should get near or above a 100-mile range from its 1.25-gallon tank.

Tweaks in bodywork and tires make up the change in models. Most expensive of the three is the $1899 SF50R Rally, which claims its headlight guard and fat 120 and 130 10-inch tire make it “as confident off road as it is on.” The $1799 Prima model rolls on 12-inch wheels, with the SD50 smaller 10-inch treads and a $1599 MSRP. All the Hyosung 50s come with a one-year warranty.