Aprilia SR 150 Full Review
Price of Aprilia SR 150 in India: Rs. 65,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Official Tagline: The Quintessential Sport Scooter | India, It’s Race Day!
Many of the motor lovers didn’t dream of owning an Italian ride at least once in a lifetime. Most of the Italian machines are built with very costly products and have been only adorning in the bedroom walls or desktop screens as there products are beyond the reach of most of the people. In the past 3 year, manufacturers have understood the importance of providing more accessible bike and even we saw some relatively affordable motocycles being released by the Italian marquee like Ducati and Benelli. But the Aprilia’s guy have taken a big step and take the game to a whole new level by releasing their stylish and affordable scooter named as “Aprilia SR 150”.
The new Aprilia SR 150 has made its first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi and now finally after six month of long wait, they released it in Indian market.
After the release, the new Aprilia SR 150 become the most appealing and sporty scooters in India and as of now there are hardly any products that come near to it in its segment. The design has Aprilia’s superbike touch, right from the beautiful character lines to the sharply finished bodywork along with the sporty stickers. The footpegs (when closed) or the brake oil reservoir are properly placed within the body panel which gives this Aprilia a clean look. The SR 150 scooter is available in two shades options – black and white – where the graphics remain same on both the models.
The front area of Aprilia SR 150 feature an apron mounted twin-pod headlight which is currently only available on this scooter. The left pod works as the low beam while the right one provide the high beam. There is a pilot lamp which could have been more prominent. The rear view mirrors are the same which were there on the bigger Aprilia bikes. The place where people are usually used to see the headlight on a scooter gets Aprilia branding along with the Italian flag colours surrounding it. The small fairing is flanked by handle-bar mounted turn-indicators. The hooked apro neatly covers the front fender, providing the scooter a clean design while the tall 10-spoke, 14-inch wheels also provide more smooth handling on the new SR150.
The dual tone seat of Aprilia SR 150 is absolute eye catchy. The seat mounted key-hole provide access to the storage that makes the operation much easy and to access the space with one hand only. The underseat storage capacity is not big although you can use it to store few items. Storage space is large enough to store a full face helmet. The test ride unit of SR 150 dint get has the underseat charging point but it is expected to be available as an optional accessory.
The new Aprilia SR 150 has dual-tone side panel which is a mix of sharp lines with gloss and matte finish. The all black exhaust pipe and black heat shield gives the scooter a sporty and attractive look. The rear side panel reveals many components such as the rear shock absorber which takes the left side of the rear and the engine. The big motorcycle like pillion grab bar, that appears to be a split unit, but it’s a single piece. The grab bar neatly covers the upper part of the tail light. The tail light, rear blinkers and registration plate units are similar to the bigger Aprilia bikes which is a good addition.
The body panels, paint quality and switchgear are the finest in the scooter segment. The headlight could have been more sharper which would gone well with the overall design and the tail light could have a LED unit.
To add more sportiness, the new Aprilia SR 150’s clocks design feature a carbon fibre look with a white background. The instrument panel consist of twin pod design with an analog speedometer, analog odometer and an analog fuel gauge. The instrument cluster could have look more complete if Aprilia would have added a tachometer and the ORVMs.
Engine and Performance
The new Aprilia SR 150 comes with a 154.4cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, carburetor engine which is there in Vespa 150 SXL and VXL as well. While Piaggio stayed tight about the exact changes, the folks claims the engine and gearbox has been improved. The engine produce a maximum power of 11.6 PS at 7000 rpm and a peak torque of 11.5 nm at 5,500 rpm. The power delivery is good but there isn’t that initial pickup that one would like. A fact about SR 150 is that it will surprise you by its good mid range grunt and with its ability to pull after crossing the 70 kmph mark where most of the scooters simply run of steam. The engine runs smooth and can reach 70-80 kph with ease. There is slight vibrations at idle, but will not effect much. The exhaust note is slightly deep which feels nice. Cutting through the traffic is easy while riding in crowdy roads.
Aprilia SR 150 will provide 40-45 kmpl of mileage.
The new SR 150 braking system has a 220 mm ventilated disc brake at the front and a twin-piston calliper from Bybre and a 240 mm drum at the rear end. ABS is not available as an option.
Ride and Handling
The new Aprilia SR 150 comes with a 32 mm hydraulic telescopic fork at the front and a hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. The stronger suspension makes the handling and turn-ins more easy, which is complemented by an excellent grip tyre that are Made in Thailand. Both the tyre are 120/70 – 14 Vee Rubber tubeless tyres. The fun handling part can also be attributed to the big and first time in its segment, a 14-inch wheels. Those 14-inch wheels runs smooth and support straight line stability and despite any windy day, the new SR 150 was steady at 80-90 kph mark.
The Indian two-wheeler market is growing day by day and the products like Aprilia SR 150 are the proof of how the scooter segement is changing rapidly. The build quality of the SR 150 is excellent along with providing a good performance. Currently the new Aprilia scooter has the best styling and handling in its segment. It has a big fuel tank and reasonable storage space to boost it’s good quality. The seat is not so large as the SR 150 is targeted towards the young of India and not for the family guy who’d be riding with his wife in town.
Aprilia SR 150 lacks the brake lock at the rear brake. It gets the pass switch for the headlights. The quality of plastics used and more refinement in the engine could have been better.
Aprilia SR 150 is for enthusiasts and you will have a great riding experience with this scooter. At INR 65,000 (ex-showroom) the new SR 150 is worth of its every penny of the price for the sirious scooter lovers. There is exactly nothing lacking in SR 150 and it can have a great success story for the brand in the country.
Competitors of Aprilia SR 150
Price: Rs 88,696 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine: 150 cc, 3 Valve, Aluminium Cylinder Head, Overhead Cam and Roller Rocker Arm, MAP Sensing and Variable Spark Timing Management
Maximum Power: 11.4 bhp at 7000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 11.5 Nm at 5500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.5 litres
Specifications of Aprilia SR 150
Aprilia SR 150 Engine Engine Type 154.4cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, carburetor engine
Maximum Power 11.6 PS (8.5kw) @ 7.000 rpm
Maximum Torque 11.5 Nm @ 5.500 rpm
Cooling Air Supply Carburetor
No. of Cylinder 1
Dimensions Seat Height 775 mm
Ground Clearance 160 mm
Kerb Weight 122 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.5 litres
Suspension Front 32mm Telescopic Forks
Rear Hydraulic Shock Absorber
Brakes Front 220 mm Disc Brake
Rear 140 mm Drum Brake
Wheels and Tyres Front Tyre 120/70-14
Rear Tyre 120/70-14
Front Wheel 14-inch
Rear Wheel 14-inch
Wheel Type Black alloy wheels