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Aprilia Scarabeo 200

Aprilia Scarabeo 200

Have now been riding my Aprilia Scarabeo for just on a month and have clocked up just over 1,000km so I thought it time to share my findings so far. As noted earlier, I have mainly been commuting to work on a 50km round trip with max road speeds of 60kph and 80kph through three little townships linked by a gently winding road. The big 16 wheels and generous, wide seats give a comfy ride over potholes and corrugated sections of the road and the relatively heavy kerbside mass of 165kg gives quite an amount of stability in 30 knot cross winds and the pressure wave from large trucks and buses coming in the opposite direction.

Hill climbs are a breeze with a just a little on-throttle needed to maintain speed. In fact I have been impressed with the ease of climbing the Southern Outlet, out of Hobart. Both our Toyota Corolla and Mitsubishi Pajero have difficulty in maintaining 80kph up the long climb to Mt Nelson, changing back from 5th to 4th and sometimes even 3rd resulting in a speed of between 60kph and 70kph at the top. I found that I was in fact having to throttle back so as not to go over the limit.

Mt Nelson is a favourite speed gun area, especially towards the end of the month.

At the opposite end of the speed spectrum I’ve found the disc brakes (front and rear) bring the scooter to a controlled stop, so far without any skidding as well as allow for back brake dragging at slow speeds with a constant throttle just above what is needed to give a smooth ride.

The large top box and side panniers are great for storing full face helmet, gloves, trousers and jacket while stopped and a brief case and laptop while on the move.

As with any scooter body that tends to enclose the mechanical parts, checking water, oil, battery water, levels requires unscrewing panels and fiddling around, however the bits fit back together fairly solidly and I seem to be getting through the weekly checks at a faster rate.

I guess as well as the great sense of enjoyment at riding through the countryside and outlying suburbs the weekly fills at the bowser are rewarding. Whereas I would get little change from $50 with the V6 Pajero I now get change from $10. The Scarabeo is returning figures of 34.3km/l and 34.4km/l.

One week I got 35.1km/l which is around 2.9l/100km.

Am starting to venture into town a lot more and find the Scarabeo is just as capable in close quarters. Had to check the throttle on the first few red light hill starts. But even with a smooth, gentle throttle action it pulls away from the traffic very quickly.

I guess as with any scooter the main ingredient is the rider and I look forward to gaining more handling skills so as to enjoy my Scarabeo well into the future.

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