Aprilia SR150 MotoScooter Review — Is it Worth Buying?

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The Aprilia brand has been available in the Indian market for a while now. The entire range of two-wheelers from Piaggio Group is on offer at the MotoPlex outlets. Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, and Vespa products are available in these exclusive showrooms pan India.

At the 2016 Auto Expo, the Piaggio Group showcased an all-new scooter the Aprilia SR150. What was even more interesting was the promise to launch it within this year.

Aprilia SR 150 Pricing

Aprilia has not yet launched the SR150 in the Indian market, but has begun accepting bookings. The SR150 motoscooter will bear an introductory price of Rs. 65,000 ex-showroom (Pune).

Aprilia SR 150 Engine

Powering the Aprilia SR150 is a 154.4cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine. The engine produces 11.4bhp, along with 11.5Nm of peak torque.

Aprilia claims that the SR150 can attain a top speed of 95km/h, however, on a long stretch of road we managed to hit a staggering 120km/h. The SR150 gets a large 6-litre fuel tank, which should reduce the number of fuel stops on a long journey.

Aprilia SR 150 Mileage

Unfortunately, fuel efficiency could not be calculated owing to the brief testing time provided. However, the Aprilia SR150 is expected to deliver fuel efficiency figures in the 45 - 50km/l range.

Aprilia SR 150 Features

The SR150 rides on 14-inch alloy wheels with tubeless 'Vee Rubber' 120/70 R17 tyres on the front and rear wheels. Stopping power is provided by a 220mm disc brake with a twin-piston caliper at the front while the rear wheel receives a normal drum brake.

Coming to the suspension, the new Aprilia features 32mm Hydraulic telescopic forks up front. The rear gets a single mono shock hydraulic suspension. This setup provides the Aprilia SR150 with an unparalleled riding experience on a scooter.

Aprilia SR 150 Colours

At the time of launch, only two colour options will be available: Matte Black and White. Both these colours will sport body decals that highlight the SR 150.

Design & Styling Of The Aprilia SR 150

With regards to its design, there is nothing quite like the SR150 in the Indian market today. 

The Aprilia SR150 looks sharp and aggressive from every angle. The front-end looks sporty and the dual-pod headlamps grab all the eyeballs. The rear-end looks more like a motorcycle and less of a scooter.

The SR150's styling is a sure shot head turner no matter where it is ridden.

Ride & Handling Of The SR 150

While the Aprilia SR150 idles, there is a constant vibration felt throughout the scooter. Surprisingly, this all disappears once you start riding. Unfortunately, the Aprilia SR150 does not have good acceleration off the line, but has a very strong mid-range power delivery.

Currently, only the Vespa range of scooters are available in the 150cc segment in India. The SR150 borrows the Vespa 150 engine, however, it is geared differently for maximum riding pleasure.

The most noteworthy features are the tyres on the Aprilia SR150, which provide really good traction. The suspension setup is on the stiffer side, sacrificing comfort for an exhilarating ride, but when combined with the strong chassis setup, it instills confidence while cornering.

The brakes on the Aprilia are sharp and have good bite and remind you of the brake setups on a motorcycle. 

Competition

At launch, the Aprilia SR150 motoscooter will have no direct competitors in the Indian market. Aprilia is looking to target a much younger audience with the SR150, rather than the usual crowd seen riding around on an Activa.

Things We Liked

The fit and finish are top-notch on the Aprilia SR150, the overall design language is sharp and aggressive. Cornering and the ability to shed speed are phenomenal on the Aprilia. Pricing has been spot on and is sure to garner interest from younger male scooter buyers in India.

Things We Did Not Like

The initial acceleration is quite flat which does not excite enthusiastic riders. Being a 150cc engine, we were expecting a tad bit more power across the range. For tall riders, the footboard will surely feel narrow, as well as, inadequate to keep their feet in one place.

The Aprilia SR150 also does not have a lot of storage options, the under seat storage is sufficient only for a half face helmet. The stiff suspension setup will not be appreciated long commutes on Indian roads.

Pros
+ Aggressive pricing
+ Unique design
+ Sticky and wide tyres
+ Sharp disc brake setup

Cons
Lack of storage
Low-end performance

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Story first published: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:48 [IST]
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