Aprilia Scarabeo 250 i.e. Review Scooter News and Reviews Scootersales

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Aprilia Scarabeo 250
Aprilia Scarabeo 250

Aprilia Scarabeo 250 i.e.

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Words by BOWDLER, photogaphy by LOU MARTIN

the question that strikes into the heart of every The question that puts you on the that admits of no equivocation, demands an answer, a considered before whoever is asking the snorts in derision.

So what’s the scooter, then?

The how long is a of string defence is long shattered by repetition. The question and its (So what do you ride?and So what’s favourit scooter?) are never by reasoned argument. You cant, for say that a 50 would be perfect if all I to do was commute to and from work, or a Vespa GT60 would be my of a modern scooter for posing at the or that an MP3 would be the only one ride in the rain or that the old Li 150 Lammie in the shed holds a place, when what the wants to hear is that the he or she has is, in my opinion as well, the best on the in the world and possibly the history of

Of course, from the above, worked out that the peril of the job in amassing such experience on that you can never be satisfied just one ñ not unless you take the engine from the chassis from another, the from a third and the body a fourth and all for the price of the fifth. I build the best scooter if I had to all the bits.

Fortunately Aprilia has done it for me with the new Scarabeo Almost, but not quite.

Let me take you to issue #7, where we tested the 250, an oddly styled of the delightful (but small) range. We liked the performance the engine (the almost Piaggio Leader), we liked the brakes and compliant suspension and we the motorcycle-derived handling, big wheels and We didnít like the lack of though we did appreciate the top-box, and we like the flip-up sidestand.

Fast forward to last and there was a new, bright red 250ie in the carpark.

At first the only difference appeared to be the of a topbox and the addition of ie badges. the detail began to become and it was apparent that Aprilia has more of what we liked and what we didnít. It’s a upgrade.

Firstly, the scooter is roomy, with low, footboards that fit taller well, despite the seat only 790mm and narrower to an easier reach to the ground. is good, but the rider ís has a scalloped shape and I found I forwards a little under braking. The pillion gets well with a broad, seat and neat fold out as well as a hefty rack doubles as a hand-hold.

The new injection has given the engine a lively in power (it feels like the and tightest incarnation of the 250cc and the claimed 15.6kW at 8500rpm is with 19Nm of torque at While these figures are the as quoted for the older 250, the delivers better power and stronger thanks to the linearity by the electronic injection.

This is emphasised by the quick-action which has less than a turn from closed to open.

Performance from the four-valve single is fine around town blasting from the lights to highway though planning is needed for manoeuvres at highway speeds.

response is clean and accurate and the injection system should you confidence that you are only as little of your precious as is absolutely necessary and with the requiring Unleaded 95, it is precious. background in making high-performance and motorcycles is obvious in the chassis of the Scarabeo which has a rigidity and missing from many The double cradle steel gives a great feeling of aided in no small measure by the wheels (16-inch front and rear) which carry with significant rubber on the

This in turn means the can be upgraded to match the scooterís and the 250ie has a single disc and rear, with the left-hand operating the rear caliper and one in the front, giving an integral, braking performance. Itís a system on many large motorcycles and one which gives confidence to the rider and that more safety.

The suspension has upgraded from the previous with new larger fork giving better handling and confidence in the front tyre, two easily adjustable spring-damper have replace the older single rear shock. this adds up to better and control over bumpy

The single disc of the 250ie is a cover on the right-hand fork leg the larger modelsí second is fitted) reduces unsprung and rotational inertia to give the 250 steering and the scooter is very in town and very capable out of it.

So has improved on almost every we liked. What about the The sidestand is no longer spring-loaded, but has an cut-out so you canít start the with the stand down.

Aprilia Scarabeo 250
Aprilia Scarabeo 250

A much better solution. electrical trickery includes a immobiliser and alarm system.

it comes to storage, Aprilia has Where the 250 had none, the 250ie has looks like class-leading under the seat. Not only is it a shape (rectangular) it has a standard of 150mm, without protrusions or so itíll take a helmet and more easily.

A low seat, big and storage?

You bet.

There is a glovebox in front of your which has the fuel cap and seat (the seat is also from the keyfob) though be hard-pressed to fit a large mobile in either of the two little pockets. A hook completes the storage until you fit the optional topbox (in sizes).

So it’s perfect? As I at the outset, almost but not quite.

from the seat locking me in a ñ which may become after a full day in the saddle my gripe is that to gain the from the chassis, Aprilia has had to the flat footwell that is so Not only can you not carry boxes your feet, getting on and off the leads to boot scuffs are unsightly. What else I like?

Umm, nothing.

Well, is asking a premium price for the but, considering what it is, it has and what it does, plus the resale values, I just got one closer to being able to the big question.

It was apparent that has made more of what we and eliminated what we didnt.


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