A type-approval certificate from China indicates that the Drakon 250 will likely be released in Europe soon. Italian maker Malaguti is well-known for its beginner-friendly, small-displacement versions. The company’s connections to China suggest that Malaguti employs Chinese manufacturers to control costs and keep the Drakon 250’s competitive pricing in Europe. However, Malaguti is a subsidiary of the Austrian KSR group.
This is especially promising for customers on a low budget because Malaguti and Chinese manufacturer Zongshen collaborated to develop the Drakon 250. Zongshen, one of the first two-wheeler manufacturers in China, is also a participant in a joint venture with Piaggio to manufacture Aprilia motorbikes in China. It should not be a surprise that the Drakon 250 will incorporate several Aprilia parts. Expectations are that the 249cc single-cylinder engine, which generates 27 horsepower and 15 ft-lbs of torque in the Chinese versions of the Aprilia GPR250 and GPR250S, is at work here.
The Drakon 250 and the KTM 250 Duke have an eerie resemblance, especially in design. The Drakon initially has a look comparable to the Austrian naked bike. On the other hand, the Drakon’s fascia has an avant-garde headlamp cluster that is both daring and futuristic, along with angular, minimalist bodywork that extends to the rear section. The bike has an even more futuristic appearance thanks to its underbelly exhaust.
According to the most recent data, the Drakon 250 weighs 150 kg wet. It has dimensions similar to those of its smaller sister, the Drakon 125. The rear monoshock has preload adjustment, while the front fork is an inverted telescopic unit without any adjustments. Both bike wheels are equipped with disc brakes, and dual-channel ABS will likely feature. The Malaguti Drakon 250’s front and rear tires measure 110/70-17 and 140/70-17, respectively.
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