Aprilia has created concepts that have emerged as strong values of the market, such as RSV or Super bike Scarabeo scooter. Full range now in the group, it is expanding in 2009 with the arrival of this promising new Aprilia Scarabeo 300.
Do not call me Aprilia, one is tempted to understand about the Scarabeo, pacing the aisles of Milan and in particular the space dedicated to the Piaggio group. Aprilia, which is part of, exhibited in Milan a range Scarabeo well differentiated from the rest of its production, how to identify it now as a brand in itself. The Group’s strategy becomes even clearer, with brand-specific vocations: Sport for Aprilia motorcycles and scooters Gilera, classic motorcycles for Moto Guzzi and Vespa scooters classic at last for Scarabeo scooters practices. This “mark”, which is distinguished by the use of “big wheels”, a remarkable success in Italy and Spain, including 125 and 200 cm3. The range is also very extensive, from 50 cm3 to 500 cm3, 4-stroke. The new 300 cm3 will therefore clarify the range, replacing the 250 and 400 cm3, while promising to attract the largest number via a judicious balance between power and weight.
Not surprisingly, this variation uses the engine of 278.3 cm3 Piaggio launched the Vespa GTS 300 Super. A single-cylinder 250 cm3 derived from the anterior and which is characterized by a very civilized operation (free from vibration) and maximum torque available very early. These characteristics are particularly suited to urban use, its quick start-ups as well as its on highways at speeds usual (60 to 110 km / h). The tubular steel frame is modified accordingly. Hardware side, engineers Noale have worked to strengthen the image of the new bike and racy Aprilia Scarabeo 300. Walking around, we see a perfect finish, as often with Aprilia. Details are at least licked like the dual headlight lens juxtaposed mirrors motorcycle or typed double saddle stitch. Next volume, the 300 is roomy and definitely closer to the size of a maxi scooter than that of a 125 cm3. The saddle is wide and deep, rises to 785 mm. This is quite low despite the enhanced chassis Scarabeo typical high wheel, but still high for less than one meter seventy. On board, there is a perfect layout and limited space for the feet still on the deck with this impressive tunnel (which encloses the fuel). This is also what allows holding the Scarabeo to ride like a motorcycle.
A helmet for two
The Aprilia Scarabeo 300 has a brake coupled in series. Well known Aprilia, this mechanical system is seeking piston brake calipers front and rear under the action of the lever left. In common usage it provides security well enough to come and slow down effectively most of the time. But the relative lack of success in the Scarabeo probably behooves us to his box seat to the limited capacity. Here, he accepted a full helmet cap, but the passenger must carry his own hand (once lowered), unless you opt for one of the top box range. Which easily attach to the plate rack. Importing the Aprilia Scarabeo 300 is confirmed in France for 2009 during February next at a rate of about € 4,500.
– Availability: February 2009
– Colors: white, black, others are not determined
– Priced around € 4500
– Single cylinder 4 stroke liquid-cooled 4-valve SOHC
– Engine (bore x stroke): 278.3 cm3 (75 mm x 63 mm)
– Power 22.3 hp at 7500 r / min
– 2.2 kgm torque at 6500 r / min
– Supply: electronic fuel injection
– Start: Electric
– Compression ratio: 11.5:1
– Automatic transmission drive
– Front suspension: telescopic fork, deb. 104 mm
– Rear suspension: Two dampers, deb. 90 mm
– Front tire: 110/70 x 16
– Rear tire: 140/70 x 14
– Front brake: disc diameter. 260 mm
– Rear brake: disc diameter. 240 mm
– Wheelbase: 1530 mm
– Length: 2270 mm
– Width: 770 mm
– Seat height: 785 mm
– Dry weight: NC
– Tank: 10 liters