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Aprilia Scarabeo 500

Aprilia Scarabeo 500 Review

new 500cc Scarabeo packs a in a tidy package.

Words by COX, photography by LOU MARTIN

says “Go”. It’s got it’s got ticker and when not moving it shakes.

All this Aprilia’s slimmed-down, 2007 500 a fine mount for anyone who to give WRX drivers the eye at traffi c or wants something more than those little that go “eeeeeeeee” when you the throttle.

Under the Scarabeo’s red bodywork is the same engine in Piaggio’s X9 and Gilera’s Nexus. of tuning and transmission maybe but the key factor is that the Scarabeo is an 30kg lighter than 500-class maxi-scooters and about lighter than 400-class maxis. One issue with the branding though. This is a which surely rounds to 450 rather than up to 500?

All the this engine are badged as what’s so shameful about a 460 or

Maxi engine, mini is the recipe for a scooter that can any Australian legal speed over any terrain, splits like a 200 or 250 scooter, but has similar protection to a Vespa as well as storage.

On my first night out on the Scarabeo the parking spot was in front of a

“That’s the biggest scooter ever seen,” said a from the tables out front. fella has obviously never a Suzuki Burgman 650! I think the Scarabeo was that

But when I looked back the road at the scene I realised the Scarabeo was parked between a 250 and a slender Buell 1200. In company it looked enormous. at work between my morning of Vespa GT200s it looked fi ne, it is higher around the instrument than the ubiquitous GT.

I said it That’s the big piston bouncing up and under the seat, which the mirrors shake and the handlebars up and down when it idles. but not quite kinda like a The throttle has a fairly heavy but when fi rmly grasped and with authority the Scarabeo off.

It feels like an single, with plenty of at low revs and a slower pick-up the rev range than a geared of similar capacity. I am used to the throttle on my own 150cc scooter to get to the limit as soon as possible. is licence-loss behaviour on the Scarabeo so care, you will be carrying before you know it.

This better engine requires matching brakes and the twin front discs and rear, integrated so that the brake lever also some rear, do a good job of the beast. They aren’t sportsbike brakes, but do provide a balance of good power and control for less experienced You’d have to indulge in inappropriate behaviour to lock up.

Higher speeds also better stability, steering and Not so good this time. is a lot of weight hanging off the front end the big mudguard, massive headlight and binnacle and the shrouded forks. I that the wheels are not too light The result is a lot of weight to push when you are steering the Scarabeo, it a much more physical than someone used to scooters might expect.

faired maxi-scooters I have steer more sweetly as don’t have all that hanging off the steering head. motorcycle rather than when you are working the handlebars a bit, move your about. Think about the full motorcycle training you’ll be going fast and riding something that is,

closer to a motorcycle than a

You might also think more capable rear When you accelerate the Scarabeo the end rises; when you throttle off the end sinks noticeably (just an old BMW or Moto Guzzi). The suspension goes with it, leaving the end stiff when you hit a bump the throttle wound on or running out of travel if you hit a bump on a trailing

Again, the influence of the throttle suspension behaviour could be a to people used to smaller

When you are not keeping a weather eye for cameras and showing car drivers bright red arse away the lights the Scarabeo has some to amuse. A mode switch on the shows odometer, tripmeter and fuel economy. Don’t the fuel economy gauge it kept telling me I was averaging 12 and per litre, but when I filled up the actually averaged just 20km per litre [5L/100km].

A gauge and digital clock sit to the of the large, clear speedo and a gauge to the left. It’s to pick, but the Scarabeo is water-cooled. The is almost invisible behind the mudguard and bodywork, and this up in the temperature gauge behaviour.

Aprilia Scarabeo 500

Any extended period in traffic has the headed for the red zone. It seems as the radiator fan only comes on the needle is a notch away the red, which left me worried on the first couple of The temperature gauge drops from the red zone when the fan in or you get moving.

Amusingly, the key comes buttons for the alarm and a push-button release. So GoldWing! Don’t that the alarm sets when you decide to push the around the driveway it makes an screech.

Also, until you get to it, you will experience plenty of says NO!” moments. You start the engine with the down. You can’t start the unless you hit the alarm button, if you didn’t turn on the alarm you walked away. You can’t the alarm from setting (which should scare the out of anyone who accidentally nudges the in the carpark).

And you can’t open the with the ignition turned on.

I struggled to lock the steering, to pop the compartment behind the legshield more often than Make sure the dealer you thoroughly on this before you away. There is a bit of room in the for very small items. A socket is tucked in there, but my (a PDA) and its car charger are too large.

The (or Thai, your choice) behind the legshield is always

Under the seat you’ll a surprisingly large space for the size of the scooter. The space is not but it is wide, long and rectangular. is enough room for a briefcase or a computer bag. With the out I could fit my wet weather gear the rain!) and helmet in there some careful placement.

No helmets, but mine is a Nolan a peak and flip-down face which doesn’t fi t under seats such as Aprilia’s or Vespa’s GTs. The price to pay for the low height and good underseat seems to be a limited depth of in the seat, which felt a bit after half an hour in the

I rode the Scarabeo 500 around inner city and freeway for nearly two weeks and had a ball. aside, it was great fun and combined the I love from a motorcycle the convenience and traffi c-carving of a small scooter. With a nearly 20cm longer a SportCity 250 and an extra 40kg in it isn’t as nimble as a 200 or 250-class

But when your ride longer freeway sections you argue with nearly the power and torque of the 250, into a package that’s a little larger. They say power corrupts? The Scarabeo punch has absolutely corrupted my with my 150!

As published in TW MAGAZINE — 25/06/2007

Aprilia Scarabeo 500
Aprilia Scarabeo 500
Aprilia Scarabeo 500
Aprilia Scarabeo 500


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