2008 Aprilia SportCity 250 Scooter Review — Full Review of the 2008 Aprilia…

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Aprilia Sportcity 50

A Sure Sign of Things to

Now is a great time for scooter Not only does this category offer more than ever, but escalating prices and increasingly crowded are bringing more people ever to this previously segment of motorcycling.

Aprilia is an manufacturer with a long of building scooters for the European and they’ve recently ramped up U.S. presence. The SportCity 250 was to the American market in 2007, and at $4,599.

Available options three sizes of top boxes, a windshield. a sport windshield. and a leg

The Equipment: A Mechanical Overview of the SportCity 250

The Aprilia SportCity 250 is on the side of the scooter spectrum, and most other scooters, its 15 inch wheels offer stability at highway speeds. its engine isn’t large to qualify it as a power scooter. the 4-…, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine acts as a swingarm and 22.5 horsepower at 8,000 rpm same powerplant is found in GTS and Aprilia’s MP3, both of are built by Aprilia’s owners, the group.) Power is routed an automatic torque converter, means all you need for forward is a twist of the throttle. Claimed mph acceleration is 7 seconds, top speed is 79 and fuel economy is estimated at 61

A high-strength tubular steel is designed for responsive handling. double hydraulic shocks 3.9 inches of travel offer pre-load, and their variable comes in handy for two-up

Unlike most motorcycles, hand controls include and brakes, both of the SportCity’s and right hand levers the brakes. The front setup twin 260mm stainless discs with twin floating calipers, and the rear a single 220mm stainless disc.

Storage options an underseat area that’s big for a half-helmet (but not a full-face), and a slot in the fairing fits a phone and sunglasses, but not much

Seat height is just 32 inches, and dry weight is 326 lbs.

Continued below.

Seat of the The Look and Feel of the Aprilia 250

Details, details.

Photo © Wasef

If you’re used to a typical motorcycle, jumping on a might take a little bit of used to. For starters, forget kickstands; the SportCity, as with all scooters, parks with a Not having a kickstand option can hill parking a challenge, you can’t lean a scooter and advantage of gravity; it’s to make sure your is stable and not easily tipped on hills.

Once you push off and the springs up into the body, the feels light and maneuverable. A button start kicks the to life instantly, and simple throttle and brakes— are all you have to about while riding. to read instrumentation includes key like speed (via an dial) and fuel level and temperature (via LCD graphs.) A digital clock is centrally

The SportCity’s floorboard is grippy but as is its overall stance ; in fact, the scooter is a bit narrow, and if you’re to wrapping your legs a motorcycle, you’ll have to the urge to let your knees outwards, which can expose you to cars.

Its plastic body are nicely finished in metallic and though it lacks the … styling of Vespa’s scooters, the 250’s silhouette is purposeful and with just enough edges to give it a modern

Riding the 2008 Aprilia 250

The SportCity’s scaled down might take some used to. I’m 5’11, and jaunts around town comfortable and fun, longer on the freeway invited some The riding posture— at least for my requires a bit of knee-bending even my posterior is scooted (pun all the way at the rear edge of the front of the two-passenger seat.

Two-up forces the issue a bit more, but passenger footpegs fold into the body when not in

Aprilia Sportcity 50

Twist the throttle, and the single-cylinder winds up a bit and propels you forward at a pace. Once the engine higher, acceleration becomes enough to allow merging traffic; once again, important to know the limitations of the and remember you’re on a scooter, not a even though the SportCity 250 is legal.

The ride quality is a bit and while the suspension (which a front telescopic setup) up surface irregularities, you’ll feel bigger grooves and quite strongly. There’s an reality that limited travel means bottoming out big bumps, but on the plus side the 15 inch wheels offer stability at higher speeds.

work well and take a bit of effort to lockup, and the SportCity is fun to and easy to maneuver through exactly what you’d from an eco-friendly scooter.

Our Reservation.

The SportCity’s narrow

Photo © Basem Wasef

A week spent riding SportCity offered breezy free from the worry of clothes or contact with mechanical parts, thanks to its design. The fuel indicator dipped below the full and freeway legality made it practical to live with smaller scooters. Wind is decent at speed, though might opt for the tall (but looking) windscreen.

As my week the SportCity approached its end the little guy more endearing, though one prevented a higher rating: before it was due to be returned, the scooter over and ran fine until it was off the centerstand, at which point it off immediately. This pattern itself a dozen or so times, and a call to Aprilia, a handler out and hauled it away on a flatbed

The issue was later diagnosed as a spark plug wire, became completely disconnected the suspension loaded up (since the is hard mounted to the frame.) It out that tension in the plug stretched the gap between the wire and forcing the engine to quit the bike was pushed off the center

The bike reportedly ran perfectly after the wire was re-installed, and from that problem the behaved well enough to be recommended. Though the mechanical bumps it down to a 2.5 star keep in mind that is a time-tested brand with a track record, and hopefully got a bright future ahead of in the budding American market.

Aprilia Sportcity 50


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