Aprilia is cooking up a special treat for the Asian market in the form of its new small-displacement bikes. While the Italian manufacturer is known more for its bigger bore offerings like the range-topping RSV4 or the street-capable Tuono 660, it hasn’t neglected the small bike market in other regions, as demonstrated by the successful SXR 160 scooter in India.
In the case of the House of Noale’s latest release, however, the brand has decided to cater to beginner sport riders and those in the market for lightweight fully faired machines. Meet the 2022 Aprilia GPR250R: a relatively tame beginner bike with racy styling, dynamic performance, and premium kit.
At the heart of this street-oriented sportbike is a 250cc single-cylinder engine good for 26hp. While not groundbreaking by any means, this amount of power is just enough for the GPR250R to compete within the power range of other machines in the 250cc sportbike class.
Power aside, the GPR250R has some pretty impressive bits, including the full-color TFT dash; RSV4-like triple LED headlight arrangement; winglets incorporated into the fairings; and race-inspired bodywork that distinguishes this bike as an Aprilia.
The underpinnings are quite nice as well. An inverted 41mm fork holds the bike up at the front paired, while a monoshock with preload adjustability takes care of the rear. Dual-channel ABS can be found on both the front 300mm disc setup and the 218mm disc out back.
If you’re familiar with the RS125, Aprilia’s previous single-cylinder sportbike offering, then the GPR250R might seem like a sort of spiritual successor. Now that 250cc-400cc bikes are the machines of choice for beginner sport riders, it only makes sense that Aprilia pumps out a contender of its own.
So far, the GPR250R has only been released in China, where it retails for CNY26,800 or around P206,202. Would you like to see smaller and more accessible Italian machines like this one in the Philippine market? Let us know in the comments below.
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