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Aprilia Scarabeo 400

A maxi in a commuters body. We a run on largest of them all, the 500 from Aprilia.


The Scarabeo has long been an icon in its hometown of Italy. A style, all wrapped in a big wheeled this has been the Scarabeo for over 20 years. Actually it was in 1990 when Aprilia put pen to paper on the concept.

Today the has grown into a range of that spans from 50 cc through to 500 cc, its become a part of culture. This time we the 500 out for a spin.


Aprilia’s 500 is no bigger in size than the 300 this means dimensionally the is quite small for the capacity it Though being a 500, you do get all the of a maxi scooter as well.

Firstly the brakes are two large 260 mm on the front, and a single 240 mm disc on the The brakes are linked, which pull on the left hand lever and you get front and rear in unison. Means you really use the right hand brake all that often.

A small screen at the front protects you the elements, and this combined the front fairing does a job of shielding the rider. The rider snug on a wide well seat, very upright and comfortable. The rear passenger an even better position, and wide with large mounted foot-pegs.

The gauges on the are simple and easy to use, laid out with a mix of analogue and to get the job done. Fuel is located your feet and the tank a whopping 13.2 litres of with a 3 litre reserve.

Storage is a ripper, under the long seat we have room to fit a full face on its side and more if required. The bay is and whilst not overly deep, you can fit a fair bit in. The rear rack is sturdy and box ready at any time.

If you more storage space, also sell an optional bag that will fill the between your legs.

The is a ripper, Piaggio’s twin-spark 492 cc engine. A heap of grunt and quite a bit smoother than the 460 derivative. This one has twin-spark, 29 Kw of power and the vibes are nowhere as pronounced as they once

Up the back we have twin shocks on the rear, a side and stand are both present. all Scarabeo’s, the wheel combination is in size, thanks to the family The wheel combination is 16 Inch on the and a smaller 14 Inch on the rear.

Our test mule was shod Sava rubber.

Should make note of the alarm comes fitted standard, the have a remote for turning the on and off and a separate push button for the seat. Open the glovebox and you a manual seat release

On The Road

The Scarabeo 500 has the capacity to be a tourer, in the body of a city And really it can do both fairly though for me its probably better to the commuter role first, the role second. I had owned a 500 for a few years and in that time I Sydney to Phillip Island without a hitch.

Actually my travelling companions amazed of the Beo’s ability to speed.

Aprilia Scarabeo 400
Aprilia Scarabeo 400

Nothing has changed those days, the Beo is still thanks to the size versus equation, it tackles freeway with ease, hills no resistance. Top speed would to be in the vicinity of around 160 km/h on the so I would think that we may seen around 150 km/h The Scarabeo is claimed to have the wheelbase and best power to ratio in its class.

So it does off the mark in a brisk and rapid especially once moving, the punch is impressive.

The key though is the thin stature helping it to a very practical commuter, and it’s not big and bulky, it’s very easy to manhandle. is something we don’t normally with larger capacity The real benefit is that it comes time to hit the motorway for the leg of the journey home, the Scarabeo streaks away.

Handling wise the Scarabeo can suffer from short big heavy motor syndrome. So rough surfaces it can get a little Keep it locked onto any of smooth blacktop and the Scarabeo like a well controlled train on rails.

Fairly ground clearance helps, its to get anything scraping whilst hard.

The brakes are very and something I would expect a brand with this of sporting heritage behind it.

So that’s our rap on the Scarabeo 500, a bit of a machine, part tourer, commuter. An option for those for a short wheelbase, larger scooter with full power, yet easy enough to around town.

Things can get a little twitchy time to time, though the of this format is probably its positive. Build quality is as expect, and price wise the offers a significant amount of for under 9 grand.

The Scarabeo 500 is worth a look, especially if the commute requires some herbs.

Aprilia Scarabeo 400

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