In addition to the current 125 models, Malaguti probably wants to bring at least the naked Drakon as a 250.
So far, Malaguti has only shown 125cc models after being revived by the KSR group. Pictures of a Malaguti with 250 cc and the optics of the already known Drakon 125 have appeared at the manufacturer Zongshen in China. The 250 is probably powered by a single cylinder from the Asian Aprilia models in this displacement class. But that makes little sense for Europe, because we have practically no 250cc class anymore.
Malaguti Drakon 250
We’ll stay with the engine: The Asian Aprilia models GPR 250 and GPR 250 S use the bored version of the well-known 125 engine. With a bore of 72 millimeters and a stroke of 61.2 millimeters, the single-cylinder has 27.5 hp and 26 Nm of torque. In the Chinese registration documents, manufacturer Zongshen speaks of 150 kilos ready to drive, which would be just under 7 kilos more than the 125 Drakon. Nevertheless: A 250 makes little sense for Europe and KSR wanted to place Malaguti purely as a European brand.
250er in Europa?
With 27.5 hp, this 250 engine is firstly too big and secondly too powerful for driving license class A1 or B196, which are allowed to have a maximum of 125 cc and 14.7 hp. For the also very popular A2 class, which allows a maximum of 48 hp, the engine is clearly too weak to represent an alternative. In other words: We shouldn’t see the Drakon 250 in Germany.
Yes, the manufacturers from China have a lot of tailwind and money is not an issue.
Never, passion, history and quality, China doesn’t learn overnight.
So far, KSR has only imported Chinese-made 125s with a European design under the “Malaguti” label. The naked bike Drakon 125 seems to be getting a bigger sister with 250 cc. It basically comes from Aprilia and drives two current models in China. But 250cc with 27.5 hp make little sense on the European market.
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