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Aprilia reveals GPR250 sportsbike, unlikely to come to India

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Quarter-litre motorcycles are a hot segment worldwide, and Aprilia have now revealed the new GPR250. The bike has been revealed in China, but is seems unlikely to arrive on Indian shores as the brand is already struggling to make a decision to launch the Aprilia RS 150 & Tuono 150 for our market. Although a full faired sportsbike, the GPR250 looks more of a sports tourer to rival the likes of Honda CBR250R & the TVS Apache RR310.

Powering the Aprilia GPR250 is a 249cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor producing 25 BHP of power @ 9000 RPM and 16 lb-ft of torque @ 7500 RPM matched to a 6-speed gearbox. With a 150 kg kerb weight, the bike although low on power output sounds a very interesting proposition to whack the throttle.

The 2020 Aprilia GPR250 measures 1950mm in length, 770mm in width, 1100mm in height, 1350mm in wheelbase and has a 14L fuel tank capacity. The bike rides on 17″ alloy wheels with a 100/80 front tyre and a 130/70 rear tyre, both of which will be tubeless radials. Coupled with front and rear disc brakes, the bike will come with the safety of ABS.

Looks are subjective and while some might like the full faired design, some might find the Aprilia GPR250 to look a bit quirky; typical of Italian design. Nevertheless, you have a split headlamp setup with a smoked effect, LED DRL mounted over the ram air slot, rear view mirrors mounted on the fairing, smoked windscreen, clip-on handlebars, forged levers, split seat design, underbelly exhaust, aluminium swingarm, exposed perimeter chassis, USD front forks, rear monoshock, LED tail lamp, etc.

Piaggio at the moment retails the Aprilia and Vespa scooters in India in the 125cc & 150cc segment. The brand is keen on introducing motorcycles, but justifying the investment with good volumes is the debate the brand is having internally.

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