Aprilia is an Italian Motorcycle brand owned by Piaggio. They started with manufacturing bicycles and currently have moved on to the assembly of scooters and motorcycles. The brand has bagged a lot of trophies and is clearly one of the most renowned two-wheeler brands globally. Piaggio owns two most premium scooters in India which are the Vespa’s and Aprilia’s. Currently, this scooter segment has a 25% market share and is expected to increase in coming years.
Aprilia came to India in Auto Expo 2016 and since then, they have always received a special interest. In India they have introduced 5 scooters within a range of 125-cc to 850-cc engines. Continue reading to know more about the Aprilia scooter reviews.
This is a 154.8-cc scooter. It produces 10.2 PS at 6750 RPM and 10.9 Nm of torque at 5000 RPM. 37 kilometer per liter is the claimed fuel efficiency. The bike is equipped with single channel ABS, halogen headlamps and tubeless tires. The twin head lamps look aggressive but LED DRL’s could have made more sense with this premium offering. It has front disc and rear drum brakes. 60-0 kmph comes in a meager 1.7 sec. The fuel tank capacity is of 6.5 liters which gives an adequate range. The plastic elements have a very sharp design.
This combined with the graphics add to the sportiness of the design. The bike has no USB charging ports, LED lights in the boot, remote fuel lid opener, etc. Hence it stands a bit low in terms of practicality. However, this is a performance-oriented scooter and the engine really does an excellent job. It uses the same engine as of the vespa. It goes to 80 kmph in a sheer ease. Even 0-100 kmph is achieved without a fuss. Power delivery is very linear. The interesting fact is that the Aprilia SR has a very good low speed response which makes city driving fun.
Tubular underbone chassis, telescopic front suspensions, monoshock suspension at the rear, 14-inch tires all combine together to make this scooter the most drivable one. It is comfortable and confident in almost all the road conditions. The suspension setup of the Aprilia is firm but its not harsh. The rider seat though a bit short in dimensions, is well cushioned, the pillion seat is generous enough. The dual color scheme of the seats looks good.
The riding position on this Aprilia is comfortable, the leg space is a bit compact. The under-seat storage can accommodate a small sized helmet. a full-digital instrument cluster could have enhanced the sporty appeal. The scooter works well in coordination with the Aprilia connectivity app. It has some cool features like find-me, follow-me. The prices of this Aprilia start from 75,887 INR.
Aprilia SR 125 is available in 2 variants and 2 colors. It comes with a 125-cc engine which makes 9.6 PS at 7250 RPM and 9.9 Nm of torque at 6250 RPM. It comes with front disc and rear drum brakes. 60-0 kmph comes in 2.57 seconds. ARAI claimed mileage of this vehicle is 37 kmpl. The scooter sits on 14-inch tubeless tires. The fuel tank capacity of 6.6 liters provides a sufficient range. The engine is the same as that of the vespa with power figures lower than that.
However, it feels faster than the vespa. The performance of this vehicle is very refined, and it feels punchier to drive. The engine noise is also well-contained, at least at low speeds. It feels punchier in the low range and lags power in the high range, however it does manage to reach the 100kmph mark. The suspension set-up remains the same as that of the Aprilia 150. The suspensions, chassis and the tire size together make the ride quality superb. Also, cornering is fun on this scooter because of all these factors. The under-seat storage can fit a small size helmet.
The analog displays look a bit dated on the scooter. Moreover, the switchgear quality could have been better. The grab-rails are missing on this model and what you do get is a leather strap on the seat which the pillion can hold. Ultimately, it’s the most fun to drive 125-cc scooter. The TVS N-torq pulls better than the Aprilia. However, the Aprilia is the best handler anytime as compared to anyone. The prices of this scooter start from 70,120 INR, ex-showroom.
The design is same as that of the regular SR 125. However, the color scheme is different. Unlike the SR125 or the SR 150, there are no graphics on the handle bars, handle bar is completely finished in a matte black color. The headlamp of the storm is however completely different. It’s a single unit setup. There is a “storm” branding on the front.
The seats of the storm are the same but this one has a grabrail. The wheels of the storm are of 12 inches which are 2 inches smaller than the SR 125. Other things like the fuel tank capacity, instrument cluster, floor board, fuel lid opener are the same. There are no disc brakes available with the scooter however the drum brakes have combined braking system.
Ride and handling, suspensions, drivability, linearity is similar to the SR 125. Ride comfort however is marginally better because of the smaller wheels. The braking ability feels very poor in comparison to its sibling. The Aprilia storm starts at 65,000 which is 5000 less than the Aprilia rs 125. This model is best driven on underdeveloped roads rather than city highways.
This is the updated version of the SR 150. The top model of this bike goes up to 92,984. The scooter makes 10.5 PS of power at 6750 RPM and 11.4 Nm of torque at 5000 RPM. These figures are pretty similar to its 150cc sibling. This version of the scooter also gets Moto GP inspired graphics. This bike is very responsive to the throttle inputs.
It misses out on brake lever lock. Even after being a scooter, this one has the soul of a motorbike. It feels absolutely stable and confident round the corners. Ride of this Aprilia is on a firmer side. The dual tone seat is same as that of the SR150. Suspnsions are a bit on the firmer side. Aprilia is not really the best in terms of practicality. It misses out on a lot of features as compared to others. However, this is ultimately the most fun to ride scooter in India and at a competitive price tag, it also offers a great value for money.
This is an 850cc super-scooter. Only a handful of these scooters are actually sold in India. The 839.3cc engine makes 77.08 PS at 7750 RPM and 76.4 Nm of torque at 6000 RPM. It has a very sporty engine grunt. The top speed of the bike is 199 kmph. Its priced at 15.05 lakhs INR. The bike is equipped with dual channel ABS for safe and efficient braking. It gets an analogue tachometer, Fuel warning lamp, analogue speedometer, and digital fuel indicator.
The engine is mated to a CVT with Torque sensor. Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes as standard. It gives an average fuel economy of 14.4 kmpl. The scooter sits on 16-inch front and 15-inch rear tires. The fuel tank capacity is of 18.5 liters.
It gets LED headlamps which are missing on other Aprilia scooters. It looks really like an aggressive superbike from the front. But look closer and then you would notice that it’s a scooter. The most important thing about this vehicle is that you don’t really feel its weight and engine capacity. It is as practical and maneuverable as any other scooter. The instrument cluster and the mirrors give you the feel of a superbike.
This was all about the Aprilia bikes in India. Piaggio has made two different products which can attract altogether different customer segments.
The Vespa is for the people who are looking for a good and practical commuter while the Aprilia is all about the love for driving. Within a very short span of time, both of these scooters conquered the hearts of the scooter buyers. Because of this, company’s sales grew by 14% in 2018-19. Currently the company’s market share in India is 1.16 percent and is constantly increasing. All the scooters from this brand are punchier to drive. They do miss out on a lot of practicality but what you get instead is an exceptional performance from the engine. These scooters feel as stable and confident as motorbikes.
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