Aprilia Terra 250 ADV motorcycle spied, could rival Hero Xpulse 200, Royal Enfield Himalayan and KTM 250 Adventure
The Aprilia Terra 250 has been spied at what looks like a factory premise in China. From the images, it is clear that the 250 Terra is being readied to take on entry-level adventure motorcycles. And it will be manufactured by Zongshen Aprilia, the Chinese subsidiary of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Presently, the Terra range of motorcycles sold in China are available in two lower displacement models, the Terra 250 will be positioned above them. We believe if Aprilia plans to launch the Terra 250 in India, it will essentially compete with the Hero Xpulse 200 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan when it comes to pricing. Additionally, it could also lock horns with the upcoming KTM 250 Adventure.
Aprilia Terra 250 ADV motorcycle spied - Source
From the looks of it, the Aprilia Terra 250 ADV is more focussed towards off-road with wire-spoked wheels and block pattern tyres with a similar tread as that of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The spied motorcycle also has disc brakes. We believe, there could be a more purpose-built off-road version like the junior Terras that will offer longer travel suspension and larger wheels on the Terra 250. The overall design has been kept simple with a basic headlight, non-adjustable windscreen and round mirrors. Also, the Terra 250 gets a different exhaust design as compared to the Terra 150 which could be to comply with cleaner emission norms.
The Aprilia Terra 150 is sold in the Chinese market
The Hero Xpulse 200 on the other hand is offered with longer travel suspension (190mm travel at the front and 170mm at the rear), a 21-inch front wheel, 220mm ground clearance and wire-spoked wheels shod with on and off-road tyres from CEAT Tyres. The Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6, too, gets a 21-inch front wheel but gets a 17-inch rear wheel. Both the motorcycles are offered with tube type tyres. What works in favour of the XPulse 200 both on and off-road has to be its weight at 154kg, while the RE Himalayan tips the scale at 199kg, the heaviest of the present lot.
It has been reported that the Aprilia Terra 250 ADV will be powered by the same single-cylinder 250cc water-cooled engine that is offered on the GPR250 bike along with the CF Moto 250 NK sold in India. This engine churns out 26.5PS at 9,200rpm and generates 22 Nm at 7,300rpm. In comparison, the Royal Enfield's BS6 unit makes 24.3PS at 6,500rpm with a torque rating of 32 Nm between 4,000-4,500rpm. The smaller displacement Xpulse 200 produces 18.4PS at 8,000rpm and generates 17.1 Nm at 6,500rpm.
On the other hand, the upcoming KTM 250 Adventure has a seat height of 855mm and the fuel tank capacity stands at 14.5 litres - identical to the 390 Adventure. The source of power is a 250cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that we've seen in the 250 Duke. The power is rated at 29.5PS and torque, 24 Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The 250 also misses out on the ride-by-wire and traction control, like the 390 Adventure, however, the 250 gets a dual-channel ABS that can be completely turned off.
Looking at the popularity of ADV motorcycles in the country, especially in the entry-level range with the Hero Xpulse 200, KTM 390 Adventure, BMW G 310 GS and the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the Aprilia Terra 250 could be a nice addition, if priced well and offered with the right set of features. Let us know your views in the comments below.
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