Aprilia Scarabeo 200 Review Scooter News and Reviews Scootersales

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Aprilia Scarabeo 200

Aprilia Scarabeo 200 Review

A Scarabeo is one of the few things that can leave DiRado lost for words

Words by DAVE DI RADO,photography courtesy of APRILIA

I’m going on strike and it’s because of the new Aprilia Scarabeo 200. I know my job is to ride and review the thing, but after two weeks in the saddle I’m kinda lost for words. So what I have decided to do is write my first one-sentence review of a scooter and it goes like this: The Aprilia Scarabeo 200 is an excellent scooter and I recommend you ride one to see for yourself.

You may think I am being lazy, you may even think that I am not doing my job properly and if that’s the case I apologise. But it really is that simple to disect the Scarabeo. I just can’t see the point of trying to write a witty ditty about a scooter that is so damn sensible.

Even if the one I had to test was likened to a zebra and a white tiger by several people, this is a serious scooter.

Actually, now I’ve mentioned that interesting scheme, when I initially met the scooter in its urban camouflage, I wasn’t too sure what I thought of it. I swayed between thinking it was ugly and rather cool, with the latter being where my opinion rested. If, on the other hand, you are leaning more towards the ugly side, have no fear, as the Scarabeo 200 is available in Shine Red and Coffee Black too.

The zebra scheme I tested is called Venice White.

As I am sure you will go and see the Scarabeo for yourself, it would also be a waste of time telling you all about the dash pod. It’s really easy to read with a nice big speedo flanked by accurate fuel and temperature gauges. It also has low oil and fuel warning lights and a digital screen with a clock permanently displayed on the left side and a choice of trip modes on the right activated by the mode button on the right-hand switchblock.

The 810mm seat not only looks nice, it oozes quality and, more importantly, it’s very comfortable with a shape that lends itself to two-up riding. As usual JB and myself went for hoon two-up and it was great. I also like the relationship between the seating position and the handgrips.

It is very comfortable, and didn’t me feel like one of the Thunderbirds marionettes after a long ride.

The mirrors work well and, with an overall width of only 720mm, the Scarabeo is a gem to sneak to the head of the lights on. When they go green, it’s really a case of twist and gone as the CVT engages extremely smoothly. If you hold it open the skinny Scarabeo will have you hitting 130km/h before you know it yes constable, I know.

Another great asset the Scarabeo has is the way it effortlessly cruises at freeway speeds and still leaves you with more than enough pull to overtake, even if you are sitting on 110km/h when you decide to pull your passing move. The Scarabeo is extremely stable at freeway speeds too.

Pushing on

Big wheels are definitely an advantage and, if you want to cover some serious kilometres on a scooter, the Scarabeo’s 16-inch alloy six-spoke rims work as well as they look. Unlike on some smaller-wheeled scooters you can really get stuck into the tight stuff and feel totally grounded while doing it.

It’s the kind of scooter that made me want to push it harder and harder each time I rode it, so I did. Until I got to the point where I starting thinking the Scarabeo is more like riding a motorcycle than a scooter.

Well, like a motorcycle might be pushing it. As it’s a scooter with a CVT, life is much simpler than what it is on a motorbike. It’s very light, has an amazing turning circle and you get storage under the seat, enough for an open-face helmet and your gloves.

Aprilia Scarabeo 200

There is also lockable storage in front of your knees. It’s not very deep, but gives you enough room for storing a pair of sunnies and a mobile phone safely.

If you need more storage there is also a topbox option that fits nicely on the rear rack. And unlike some other scooters on the market, this rear rack can take some weight. Nine kilograms worth to be exact and, once you feel the rack’s solid construction, you will not have to worry about your case of red wine falling off the back, with the rack still attached to it.

The Scarabeo even comes with a spare lock under the seat that fits the topbox. It’s a great little feature that means you will only have one key. Oh and about that key, it looks great when it is in the ignition. But when you put the thing in your pocket, it’s uncomfortable.

Especially when you sit on it.

The brakes on the Scarabeo are linked, not directly but with a proportioning valve, just like a car. If you hit the rear brake via the left lever it will apply a percentage of that force to the front brake and vice versa. It means that you can’t lock up the rear brake to induce a slide and while that may not sound like fun, it’s very safe.

The Scarabeo will stop on a dime thanks to the linked system. The front brake is a healthy 260mm diameter, while the rear is a 220mm unit and together they have more than enough stopping power to haul the 200 up safely. Speaking of 200, the Scarabeo is actually 180.8cc.

It’s a bored and stroked version of the 150cc Scarabeo and punches out a bit more than 14kW at 8250rpm and 17Nm of torque at 7500rpm. They’re pretty good figures for a little single-cylinder four-stroke with double overhead camshafts.

To be fair, while I maintain that I am on strike and will not write any more than my one-sentence review of the Scarabeo, fuel consumption is something you probably won’t be able to work out on a test ride. So I did. The Scarabeo didn’t blink a fuel warning light until I hit the 220km mark and when I did the sums I worked out it was using 3.34 litres per 100km.

That’s better than the Vespa 300, while the Aprilia has the same if not a little more in the top speed department and at $5490 +orc, it’s $3500 cheaper. So there you go, like I said earlier, the Aprilia Scarabeo 200 is an excellent scooter and I recommend you ride one to see for yourself. And if you like it, which I think you may, here’s something else to ponder.

The Scarabeo is also available in 50, 125, 250 and 500cc capacities. To learn more than I am willing to tell you, due to my strike, check them out at your nearest Aprilia dealer or jump online and go to www.aprilia.com.au .

Aprilia Scarabeo 200

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