Meet a rare Kinetic Hyosung Laser GF170 that's come back to life

Dec 25, 2018 - 5:01pm IST | ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

IndianAutosBlog reader Dr Jeswant Thomas is a collector of rare bikes and cars, and one of his prized possessions is a Kinetic Hyosung Laser GF170. The motorcycle is part of Dr Thomas’s garage that comprises the Yamaha Enticer, Rajdoot 175, Honda Elite 250 and LML Pulse among others.

Kinetic Hyosung Laser Gf170 Processed Post Restora
Post-restoration motorcycle (pictured) receives a new colour theme and an engine cowl that adds a sporty look to the overall package.

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Dr Thomas’s hunt of a fully faired performance motorcycle introduced him to Mr Chandrasekhar, then owner of the Kinetic Hyosung Laser GF170. After a brief discussion about the motorcycle’s past, Dr Thomas got to see the Laser GF170 in person, and he instantly knew that it needs to be in his garage.

The bike was in excellent condition except for the aluminium engine case that had cracked and was not able to hold oil.

After bringing home the motorcycle, Dr Thomas gave the bike the care that it required to come back to working condition. The cracked engine case was fixed, and the Laser GF170 was re-painted with a revised combination of colour. The stock red paint was no longer the dominating colour on the motorcycle. Instead, Dr Thomas gave the bike a unique blend of black and red colour that is accompanied by white stripes.

A Hyosung tag replaced the Kinetic badge on the fuel tank while a new tank pad sourced from Ducati protects the paint from belt buckles and elements that may damage the paint. The side panel continues to don the GF170 logo.

Another addition to the mix is a sporty engine cowl that has been added to the Laser GF170. The new cowl adds a sporty look to the overall package and comes painted in the same theme as the body colour. The black engine complements the new paint scheme.

The hardware is retained, and the Kinetic Hyosung Laser GF170 continues to use conventional telescopic forks at the front, and twin sided springs at the rear. Stopping power comes from a disc brake at the front and a drum unit at the back. That said, Dr Thomas plans to add sleek indicators to the motorcycle, but besides that, there are no changes to the machine.

Kinetic Hyosung Laser Gf170 Processed Post Restora
The fuel tank gets a pad to protect the paint against damage from a belt buckle.

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The GF170 is powered by a 165.12cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, four-valve engine that delivers 14.8 PS of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 14.2 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The motor is paired with a five-speed gearbox.

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