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Aprilia SR 50 Factory Review

everything is costed, but nothing does the SR 50 Factory make any

When most people scooter, they think and cheerful commuting or stylish living. Hip pocket or street And, let’s face it, is a good reason to buy a scooter but and if not big, then a reasonably but what about later?

Are you to be disappointed that your although cheap to buy and run or sweet and to look at, doesn’t quite up to the demands you place upon it it’s most important? you’re riding it.

Performance in many varieties: power and are obvious, as is fuel economy. But about handling? Often it third in a manufacturer’s list of attributes. Aprilia, it seems, a different tack, not least its diminutive 50cc SR series.

We briefly last issue at the developments, but what’s it like to

For those who came in late, the SR 50 is the latest incarnation of the direct-injected DiTech engine, developed in by the Perth-based Orbital Engine and it is an engineering tour de force. engines make more by capacity than four-strokes as the name implies, there is one … for every two engine (or every revolution), whereas have one power … per strokes (or two revolutions).

Without getting into the cal nitty-gritty, this is a Good but the way in which this is achieved is a Bad from a fuel economy and standpoint. In a normal two-… there is a lot of unburned fuel and pumped straight out of the exhaust in the form of that tell-tale puff of blue, smelly In fact, until Orbital along, twostrokes had almost legislated out of existence in developed and fairly so because of their to meet increasingly stringent control.

Orbital came up a method of injecting the fuel/oil mix into the cylinder head the system (as opposed to upstream of the in a fuel-injected four-…) and this combined with some electronic engine management has two-… engines. As an example, I toured the Perth facility, engineers demonstrated that a engine would run quite on the emissions of a normal two-….

As an aside, the system also engineers easily to tune to various power curves to different applications. Imagine a switch on the handlebars which the engine from full to full economy to a setting be good for wet weather, etc, and get the idea.

Anyway, Aprilia engine characteristics that the scootering world when the model came out. I was enough to ride one and found I carry a comfortable 110km/h on a from a 50! Later models detuned a bit to comply with registration requirements, but the power was waiting to be released.

The upside of the came in fuel economy, as little as 2L/100km claimed in usage but, more up to 60 per cent less oil consumption service intervals of 12,000km. So keeps the bureaucrats happy and more change in your but it’s still an expensive 50,

Yes and no. Sure, the purchase price is but the running costs are low and you haven’t ridden it yet. Aprilia may be big in the game, but the company is also involved in motorcycle manufacture and in racing, with numerous championships under its belt.

So it how to screw motorcycles together and applies to scooters, too. The SR 50 benefits from Aprilia’s program in more than its colour and graphics. Mass is the new buzzword, and the Factory has had various moved, or redesigned to bring the of gravity closer to the centre of the which helps in creating handling allowing the rider to the engine-chassis combination.

Aprilia SR 50

You can see how seriously Aprilia took the centralisation when it comes to top up the oil reservoir. Most scooters an oil filler cap under the seat, to the fuel. Not the SR 50 Factory. In fact, it us about half an hour to it. I’ll save prospective some time.

It’s above the headlight! Moving the oil there put a little more over the front wheel and handling, though it may not improve an temper when you have to two screws and ease a panel off to get to the filler cap. I know will say the 1.2-litre tank last for about 1500km, but for owners it’ll be a dealer-only

That quibble aside, the process works. The SR is a joy to ride, sweet handling and braking far the capacity of the engine. In fact, the is so good, it seems that the has only two positions. Shut and open. You ride everywhere at noise because you can ride at full noise.

The trick L C D dash has a memory for top which maxed out at 78km/h I ran out of road, but there was 2500-3000rpm on the clock so theoretical top speed is All it would take would be a few and you’d have a seriously (around 120km/h), yet seriously 50. It’s a shame the bike has restricted because this with the original engine be a screamer.

Of course, that of performance is not far away, but it doesn’t standard. There are other that don’t come such as screens, a luggage and 2 8 -litre top-box, front spoilers, a sidestand and armoured lock among other on the Aprilia accessory list.

The with the multi-function digital and the automatic backlighting, offers of fun and games and it is nice to see an immobiliser in there too. But you’d no less from such a advanced scooter.

And therein lies the rub. It brilliant, handles like a is dripping with really sensible hi-tech solutions to problems, but it is still “ a 50 and it is still significantly more than the rest. So you’re not to buy it on price, but you are sure going to get out of riding it.

As published in TW SCOOTER — 26/05/2005

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