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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The world’s most powerful ever scooter is loads of fun but has an unfinished feel, with iffy suspension and a lack of attention to detail. If outrunning hot hatches on a step-thru is you’re thing, you’ll love it. If you buy it believing Aprilia’s claim that it corners like a sports bike, you’ll be disappointed. It’s essentially a tweaked and rebadged Gilera GP800 with a claimed one extra bhp. The sharper RSV superbike-derived styling alone has made that a worthwhile endeavour.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Feels exactly like what it is - a 76bhp V-twin motorbike engine crammed into a scooter. Big twist-and-gos often have a delayed throttle response. Not this. Twist your wrist and it just goes. And goes. And goes. The only let-down is the engine noise. It’s not as loud and throaty as you’d expect from a big V-twin. In fact it sounds far too much like a scooter. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

Handling is vague. The front wheel feels far away. The suspension seems under-sprung and under-damped. Too much front suspension travel is taken up just by sitting on it. On high-speed bumps, both front and rear suspension threaten to bottom out.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

Not great for a scooter. You get no glove compartments and space for only one helmet under the seat. The chain final drive seems like an unnecessary inconvenience. The screen is not adjustable and there’s no ABS.  

Aprilia SRV850 (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,432
Used price range View Aprilia SRV850 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 839 cc
Power 76 bhp
Top speed 126 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

The slightest hint of a gradient is enough for the SRV to roll off its side stand, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to those shiny plastics. It’s got a handbrake and you have to use it. Aprilia could have saved a lot of owners from inevitable heartache by linking the parking brake to the side stand à la BMW’s C600 Sport and C650GT.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

It’s one of the cheapest big scooters available, undercutting Yamaha’s 530cc T-Max by £900 and BMW’s C600 Sport by £1600. Granted it’s not as good as those but you can’t have everything. You won’t find a faster scooter for less.

Insurance

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Model History

2012: Model introduced

Other Versions

The SRV850 is a tweaked and rebadged Gilera GP800, which also suffers from iffy handling. The SRV has a claimed one more bhp than the Gilera and better high-speed stability, not to mention sharper looks.

Specifications

Top speed 126 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 76 bhp
Max torque 56.3 ft-lb
Weight 249 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 839 cc
Engine specification 90º V-twin four-stroke, SOHC, eight valves, electronic fuel injection, liquid cooled. CVT transmission, chain final drive
Frame Double cradle high strength tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment 41mm fork with 122mm travel.
Rear suspension adjustment Laterally mounted monoshock with seven-position spring preload adjustment.
Front brakes Twin 300mm semi-floating discs with Brembo double piston 28mm floating calipers.
Rear brake Single 280mm disc with 25.4mm double piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70-R16 57H
Rear tyre size 160/60-R15 67H

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£5,799

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£3,999

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£7,199

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • Srv a year on

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Well over a year on of srv ownership and it still 12k later is putting a smile on my face . The motor is still a real peach and has never failed to do what has been asked of it . I have had a few issues mostly small nuisance things like the fuel gauge which just does not work as it should ,but has been addressed . I have done 400 mile + rides on it with no problems ,hard and fast. Twisty rides with m8s on sports bikes who have been really surprised when the srv is always big in there mirrors . Yes it could be a bit bettering the suspension department ,which I will be addressing to suit my needs. When the time comes . I have found that the Michelin. Pure 2ct tyre to be best suited with faultless grip ,unfortunately Michelin have still not made a front available to match the rear so it's a mix with the older pilot sc on the front . Tyre ware has been approx 4.5k to the ware bars . I think however aprilia should bring it up to date a bit with a nice digital dash so you can read the mph . Compared to others it's not got all the storage space etc ,but it is a lot cheaper to purchase . I do feel its a lot better than a few reviews have made it out to be when comparing it to what we all think a scooter is . I wish I had got a maxi years ago they are a hoot .

    05 September 2013

  • A perfect cross-over machine

    disposalist

    Average rating rating is 5

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    If you want a superbike or a scooter, go get one, stupid. The SRV is neither, thankfully. Of course it doesn't compare well to either extreme, but if you want a good compromise of performance and functionality, thrills and comfort, this is it and you won't be disappointed. Theres nothing better (well, I haven't tried the BMW C600GT yet, but I have ridden all the other competition).

    30 July 2012

  • 1st test ride

    trek164

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I have a need to change from motorcycles because of a disability which is causing normal bike riding to be a painful affair . So i bit the bullet and tried the the srv850 ,What a hoot to ride the motor is a peach.I found it to roll on and accelerate past traffic comfortably .I found it very comfortable .I like the sporty looks of the bike as well .The only downsides i found were the speedo MPH is very hard to read and that my full face helmet did not fit in the storage space under the seat .Overall the test ride has convinced me that this is the route to go rather than spend a load more money converting another motorcycle to fit my needs .

    18 July 2012

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i got an srv

I went and got the SRV850 after the test ride and after about 2k miles i am really glad i did .I have ridden it no different to my cbr honda and it has never complained .The handling i feel is a lot better than mcn described and is certainly a lot better than many of the bikes i have owned over the last 35 years . Due to my disabilities i have i was suffering bad pain while riding and afterwards on the bikes ,now pain is only 10% of what it was while riding ,after getting off my leg recovers within 10 mins not 3 hours .To me this was a no brainer . Fuel consumption has proved to be an average 56mpg and 225 miles per tank .The thing i really like is it can do cruising (2 up) it can be great fun in the twisty bits and it still makes you smile and i think it looks cool .I have tested out all things on the bike/scooter and so far it still ticks those boxes .Many of my mates have had a giggle at "the scooter" but once ridden they have all changed there minds .There is another bonus i have recently discovered .The under seat storage is in fact fantastic for drying wet gloves and keeping the take away warm as it does get quiet warm .I will be touring on it next year and confidently so .

04 August 2012 15:49

disposalist

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Maybe these are just difficult to review...

With a machine like this, if you compare to a sports bike when thinking about handling and performance, then compare to a Vespa when thinking about storage and convenience you're just going to see negatives. Not too helpful to anyone reading a review and wanting a balanced opinion, I think.

If, like me, you learned on 'real' (geared 'standard') motorbikes but have ridden things like Piaggio MP3, Gilera Fuoco, Honda Silverwings (so-called 'maxi-scooters) the SRV, by comparison, is awesome.

If you want the comfort and functionality of a scooter, but also want to not get stuck behind any boxes-on-wheels (city, town, motorway *or* country roads) then the SRV is awesome.

I don't want to pretend I'm on a race track and 'get my knee down'.  I don't want to brag about my near death experiences on the road.  I don't want to strap on a dozen lights and hang out with the Mods, either. 

I want to commute 50 miles into London center, tour europe, pop to the shops, have some fun in the twisties - I want it all!  And the SRV gives it to me.

If you want a sports bike, go get one.  If you want a scooter, go get one.  The SRV is neither and it's awesome.

30 July 2012 21:15

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