Friday, July 26


WITH $10,000 in series prizemoney up for grabs, perhaps it is not surprising that the third running of the popular Hyosung GT250R Cup series is in danger of being over-subscribed.

Although it is two months until the first round of the 2013-14 series kicks off at Hampton Downs in the Waikato, there are currently just seven spots left on the 35 rider grid.

That is pretty healthy.  No - it is VERY healthy.

Series dates are:

Round One          September 22 (Sunday)
Round Two          October 12 (Saturday)
Round Three        December 1 (Sunday)
Round Four          March 1 (Saturday)
Round Five           April 6 (Sunday)

All rounds will be held at Hampton Downs.

For full details, contact Hyosung New Zealand at 09 486 2873, or visit its excellent website here


For the complete series Regulations, read on:


Series Technical and Sporting Regulations

This class of motorcycle requires an MNZ Homologation, with a minimum of 50 units sold of that mass produced motorcycle.

This homologated motorcycle must be a street type, road registerable and WoF mass production machine, available and sold new in New Zealand.

This class to be called “HYOSUNG GT250R CUP ” and is restricted to Hyosung GT250s and GT250Rs manufactured from 2003 -.

In special cases, approval may be granted by the MNZ Board on an individual basis for a 13-year-old to ride in this production class.  The basis for this approval will be a
recommendation from a previous or current top level rider or coach who shall
commit to act as a mentor to the junior rider until the rider is eligible for a senior
license.  All riders are to wear a high visibility vest over their leathers for the first
events at which they compete.  Proof of these events will be from their log book.

All items not mentioned in the following articles must remain as originally produced
by the manufacturer, remain fitted and operational for that homologated model.  The parts and service manuals for the homologated models will be used as reference to confirm standard specifications.

1.    V-twin four-stroke 250cc engines.

2.    Only OEM engine parts for the homologated model may be fitted - In the case of over-boring, only over-sizes listed as genuine options in the manufacturers’ parts book for the homologated model may be used.  Only gaskets of the standard thickness may be used.

3. Number Plate Colours and placement:
Black numbers on an Orange background, BOLD type, and as large as practicable – 140mm MINIMUM height, and must be separate (i.e. not overlapping) - Prefer to rule 10.2.3 in the MNZ rulebook:

4. Fuel
This class must function on normal unleaded fuel with a maximum lead content of 0.013g/l (unleaded) and a maximum research octane number (RON) of 98.
5. Tyres
a) Only treaded tyres on sale to the general public in New Zealand as E or DOT marked road legal type treaded, all weather fitment will be permitted.

b)  No specialist rain / wet tyres allowed, even if E or DOT marked.  No modification or treatment of the tread or carcass is permitted
c) Tyre warmers are not allowed.

6. Machine Specifications (General)
All machines must comply with the relevant General Competition Rules such as Chapter 10. Effective 1st January, 2012

7. Modifications Allowed
a) All front fork internals must remain as originally supplied by the machines manufacturer.  Quality and quantity of the oil in forks is free to change.

b) The height and position of the front fork in relation to the top yoke (fork crown) is free.

c) Muffler: Slip-on aluminium alloy or stainless steel only, original headers must be retained.

d) Drive sprockets and chain width may be changed

e) Handlebars and levers may be changed, but the height and angle of the bars must remain as standard. GT250 may fit GT250R handlebars.

f) Instrument panel aftermarket items may be substituted for Tacho/Speedo and temperature gauges

g) Foot rest/Foot controls, must be mounted to the frame at the original mounting point and be the same height and position as standard.

h) Substitution of rubber-topped foot pegs for other material is allowed.
i) The fitment of an aftermarket sub-frame supporting the seat and tailpiece is allowed providing that the construction is as the original OEM parts both in material, construction and design. Items (battery, wiring, ecu, etc) must be fitted to the aftermarket sub-frame in the same position as the original OEM fitment.

j) Small protective cones/knobs may be fitted to minimize accident damage.

k) Brake disc pads.

l) Brake lines front and rear.

m) Spark plugs

n) Carburettor jetting and slides. Fuel-injected models may run model specific” plug and play, Power Commander type” mixture controllers. NO other modifications/ alterations/ additions to fuel mixture control, ignition curves or wiring loom are allowable

o) Ignition, Engine control module/unit (ICM, ECU, ECM) and wiring loom must remain standard.

p) Countershaft sprocket cover may be modified to allow for altered gear change pattern, but must remain fitted to the machine.

q) Lamda (oxygen) sensor(s) may be removed and replaced with a blanking plug, but the original fitting must remain in the original unmodified header.

8. Fairing/Body Work
a) Fibreglass replicas of originals are allowed but the fairing shape and size must remain as homologated.

b) Headlight, mirror and indicator holes may be filled in. Note that the use of carbon fibre is restricted to small reinforcing amounts in the mounting area only.

c) Replicas of genuine OEM solo seat cowls for that homologated model may be fitted Effective 1st January 2012

d) The original combination instrument/fairing brackets may be changed.
e) Material may be removed from the side stand bracket to the extent where it does not contact the race track whilst competing.

9. The following items must be removed

a) Passenger footrests/grab rails

b) Side stand

c) Safety bars, centre stands (all fixed or welded brackets must remain in place)

d) Where breather or over flow pipes are fitted, they must discharge via existing outlet. The original closed system must be retained; no direct atmospheric emission is permitted.

e) Headlight, rear light and blinkers must be removed

f) Horn

g) License plate bracket

10. Additional Equipment not fitted on the original homologated model must not be added (ie Data Acquisition, computers, recording equipment etc). Lap timers may be used.

11. The following may be removed
a) Instruments, brackets and associated cables

b) Toolbox

c) Speedometer

d) Radiator fan and wiring

e) Number plate/ rear guard

f) Passenger footpeg brackets may be unbolted only – NO cutting allowed.  In cases where the peg hanger is used as a muffler bracket, it may be replaced with an alternative of the same material.

12. Items not allowed
a) No Data logging
b) The fitment of aftermarket Traction Control units is not permitted.