Aprilia Atlantic 500 — CycleChaos

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Aprilia Atlantic 125

Aprilia Atlantic 500

Two main give the Aprilia Atlantic an over its rivals — its and predictable handling, and its relatively low

The surefootedness it has round corners is primarily to its large, by scooter anyway, front wheel. The alloy five-spoker gives the a more conventional motorcycle It’s a virtue which became apparent just around the gravel car park at the venue’s hotel.

And instead of like the front end would tuck under if it lost as most scooters do, the Aprilia the impression it would slide more gracefully and give you a to save it. That untypical, but margin for error made obvious later, out on some slippery roads. It was a feature I and my skin were more thankful for.

But the real point of the Atlantic is its price. At on the road, the Aprilia is significantly than its Japanese rivals, the T-max 500 and Honda Silver 600. Both cost in of £6,000.

Price is always an important when buying any two-wheeler and the has a significant head start buyers.

The ride round very demanding roads on also proved that not is it cheaper to buy, but offers as much value for money as its

It’s a good looker, similar lines and shapes to its big brother, the Futura. It also has of features to make it apractical, go anytime, machine.

There’s of protection from the fairing and Though in the chilly weather greeted us at the start of the test, the didn’t prove to be quite as at fending off the elements as the Honda Wing.

But the plush seat, and relaxed upright riding make it suitable for any length of and more than a match for any super-scoot. Though it’s noting you can’t adopt the reclined feet-forward stance as you can on others. And that’s simply there’s simply not enough on the footboards to stretch your

In fairness, though that be a bit unusual, I never found it a

There’s little to criticise the for either. The 460cc single fuel-injected motor, supplied by is the same one that’s fitted to the firm’s ill-fated X9 (recalled due to problems), with an Aprilia-spec exhaust and fuel-injection mapping.

a cracking engine which very smoothly, has bags of and zips from a standstill at a old rate. There’s very lag when you twist the throttle, as the clutch bites promptly and — a feature that’s important when you’re at very slow speeds. In feet-up U-turns feel and more composed on the Atlantic they do on many other

There’s no rolling on this despite the Aprilia looking a tad big and

That same sense of possesses the Atlantic, even going a bit faster, thanks to the stiff, steel-tubed trellis long wheelbase, and ( shock ) a steering damper, keeping nicely on track — when the Atlantic’s flat

Keep the throttle pinned and soon up to a very decent Cruising at around 85mph is possible. Tuck in a bit you’ll see a of around 100mph registered on the speedo.

The rest of the instrumentation is comprehensive. There’s a fuel and rev counter, two trip meters, and a readout which records and highest speeds, ambient fuel consumption, battery rate, and a ‘service due’ There’s also a clock, and a lap timer!

Fuel consumption from 34mpg if you’re it, to an impressive 72mpg when cruising along at just And with a bigger than tank size of 16 Litres, the fuel range is between miles. That’s a hell of a lot than any of the other super-scoots, and a welcome feature.

Being to ride the Atlantic over distances means you’ll be tempted to sample it on some like I did. And after the fun I had on it Sicily’s twists and turns, I’d that you give one a go too if ever you get the Stable handling with feel for what the scoot’s doing into and round soon encourages a bit of lunacy.

Aprilia Atlantic 125

It’s a big bus by scooter standards, but it about is still pretty The linked brakes are OK, and will the Aprilia up sharpish, but you must the levers a big squeeze to be sure of on time. Aprilia’s technical men say going to fit different pads for initial bite on the production

That should be all that’s for them be fully up for the job. And they’re at it, they should fit the parking brake, which considering. My bike fell twice when I parked it on an as there’s nothing to hold it in

No such attention is needed to the It’s stiff enough to sporty riding, and the rear in particular do a very credible job as have to control the very unsprung weight of the engine, in true scooter fashion the swingarm. The impressive control the and shocks give is another why the Atlantic can feel so settled along ‘proper’ roads.

But it has to be said, if a really smooth is crucial, you won’t appreciate the suspension settings so much.

of comfort will be thankful for the pillion carrying capacity, with large grab They’ll also like the luggage space, which is big for a full face helmet a bit of juggling. An aftermarket top box is available if you more space.

Up front a slim glove compartment, big for stuff like documents and a of Marlboros.

More room be needed here to praise the fully. But, and it’s a big but, there’s still a bit of about the scooter’s sales in the UK. The Atlantic is a great scooter. But the that it’s a scooter and not a bike’ will put some

And though the price is a lot lower the opposition, it’ll still be a bit too steep by most riders.

On the hand though, depending on its even if that turns out to be in Europe, I can still see even automatic scoots coming to us in the near future. I’d predict happening within just two or so A new side to biking is about to

How big it gets over here is to us Brit bikers recognizing its Ride an Atlantic and you’ll see the

Aprilia Atlantic 125
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