Neo-retro bikes will always be in vogue. Even brands that don’t have much history to show for are coming up with retro-inspired bikes that are more about style than they are heritage. Take for example Thailand-based manufacturer GPX, which first opened its doors in 2007. The brand has a wide selection of retro-inspired machines that are sold under different brands in multiple Asian markets. In Japan, it launched a new model called the GTM250R.

GPX Unveils Limited Japan-Only GTM250R Cafe Racer

On the technology side of the equation, the GTM250R at least boasts some substantialThe GTM250R is GPX’s attempt at making a limited-edition model exclusive to the Japanese market. It’s a successor to the GPX Gentleman Racer 200, an affordable yet stylish machine whose selling point was its neo-retro cafe-racer aesthetics. As for the new GTM250R, it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with a retro-inspired headlight cowl. The fuel tank, saddle, and tail section all follow a straight line that’s parallel to the ground, giving the bike a streamlined look. Oddly enough, there’s a faux crankcase that’s actually part of the bike’s bodywork under the saddle.

GPX Unveils Limited Japan-Only GTM250R Cafe Racer

improvements versus its barebones predecessor. In place of the 197cc carbureted single in the Gentleman Racer 200, the GTM250R now receives a 250cc, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine, and pumps out 20.4 horsepower – hardly a thrilling ride, but just enough power for a brisk commute around town. GPX claims a weight of 148 kilograms, but we can expect this to be closer to 160 kilograms (353 pounds) with a full tank of gas.


As for the bike's underpinnings, they’re pretty much the same as those of the older model. The GTM250R rolls on 17-inch wire-spoke wheels shod in road-focused rubber, while suspension duties are handled by an inverted front fork and a rear monoshock with preload adjustability. Interestingly, the bike gets dual radially mounted front disc brakes – a little overkill for a little bike like this, so it’s obvious that this was done more for aesthetics.

As for pricing and availability, the GPX GTM250R is a Japan-exclusive, and will be limited to just 150 units. It’s offered in red, black, and yellow colorways. Those who want to get a hold of this limited edition retro-inspired machine will have to fork up 566,500 yen, which translates to roughly $4,007 USD.

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