2003 Aprilia SR 50 DITECH & Atlantic 500 Program #2213 MotorWeek

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2003 SR 50 DITECH Atlantic 500 Program

Episode 2213

Environmentally drivers are always looking for to save gas. And while have invested in today’s hybrids, some commuters to urban areas are taking the approach of scooters. Now, a favorite in Europe for both and play, these compact are rapidly gaining fans in the

They’re lean, they’re and as we recently found out, also a whole lot of fun! because scooters have a long way from the slow, little oil-burners of the 1960s.

scooters are much more with fuel injection and brakes. The onboard computers them much more for diagnostic purposes, and they’re amazing for their fuel Mark Jurus

And Mark Jurus would He’s owned and operated our Baltimore area scooter Moto Strada, since During that time, sold and serviced many brands of scooters, from to modern, and seen real in how Americans view the motor

‘‘In Europe, motor have often been for everyday transportation. And what seeing now is a lot of our customers are coming our shop who originally used to of the motor scooter as a recreational and now as a viable machine for everyday Mark Jurus

These Moto Strada’s most line comes from Aprilia, a manufacturer that scooter buyers an impressive of choices.

At one end of the line are ultra-compact like the SR 50 DITECH. Like scooters, the SR 50 is powered by a 50cc two-… engine. But that’s tradition ends, because the is liquid cooled, and utilizes edge computer controlled fuel injection. This not delivers an output of 7-horsepower, for a tiny 50cc, but reduces consumption by 50-percent, and exhaust by 80-percent!

And thanks to an electric starter and automatic transmission, allows our 196-pound SR to skip briskly traffic, while delivering an 112 miles-per-gallon fuel economy. its maximum speed of 52 miles-per-hour, and the that long hills do tax the engine’s acceleration ability, that you’d best off the highway.

As an urban commuter, the SR 50 impresses us its maneuverability in tight parking the ride quality of its telescopic and single-shock rear suspension, and the ability of its front and rear brakes, an important safety in today’s fast moving environment. While its diminutive and weight makes parking in the most congested areas a

Buying is a breeze as well, to a price of $2,799. A lot less you’d pay for a full size or a decent used car, and a lot of fun.

Aprilia Atlantic 500

But, if you think you can a scooter that is closer to a size motorcycle, step the Aprilia’s flagship scooter, the 500. Huge by scooter the Atlantic 500 is 88.6-inches long, on a 61-inch wheelbase, and weighs 425 It’s powered by a green-friendly 460cc single-overhead-cam 4-valve cylinder engine that 39 horsepower.

And like the SR 50, delivers that through a super-smooth automatic Size, weight and power that a maxi-scooter like the can tackle high-speed highway with ease. Our test handled the Baltimore beltway, speeds sometimes average 75 with power to spare

60mm telescopic forks up and a twin shock rear a plush ride that most full size while a trio of disc with 2-piston calipers full- size stopping But despite the big power boost the SR 50, the Atlantic 500 still delivered an fuel mileage of 60 miles-per-gallon.

Highway prowess notwithstanding, the balanced Atlantic also to be equally at home in the crowded of the scooter’s traditional urban Weather protection is provided by a fairing, with sharp, styling, while comfort is by a wide, well padded which lifts up to reveal a big 1.7 foot luggage compartment.

The of putting this versatile, machine in your garage is Very close to true prices, but then the Aprilia 500 also gives you very to true motorcycle performance.

So the time you pass a scooter like Moto Strada, in and take a look at today’s scooters, like our Aprilia Scooters are more capable, and environmentally friendly than before, and offer more fun, and economy than many times their

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