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Phil West  says:

New Aprilia SRV850 superscoot debuts

Aprilia has just released this picture of its new maxi-scoot – the SRV850. It’s basically an updated, face-lifted version of sister-company Gilera’s GP800. The Noale firm took a similar approach recently when it launched the  SR Max 300 scoot which was also essentially an updated, facelifted version of Gilera’s Nexus. The SRV has the same basic rolling chassis as the GP800, being...

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Sep 09

Posts: 107

mickofield says:

Motorcycle or Scooter?

As scooters get bigger wheels, bigger engines and better suspension, how do you define the difference between a scooter and a motorcycle? Does it matter as long as this new breed of two wheelers attracts riders that would not be caught dead on a motorcycle? This model looks like it is not a "step-through", perhaps that will make it a motorcycle! Or the new breed could be called Moots!

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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:


There is no difference, all scooters are motorcycles.

This reincarnation of the GP is doomed to failure from the outset.

A dubious styling makeover and a rebadge won't make it sell any better.


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Oct 11

Posts: 1

scruffy101 says:

With all the distractions on the roads nowadays? who needs a 850 cc scooter? I'm driving a microcar virgo, which comes under the same catorgory quad/b1 licence. The same as a 3 wheeler, this microcar virgo is only a 505 cc engine,4 seats/ twin cylinder & is cheapest econimical car on the road, what with the emissions & fuel? it costs around 18-20 pounds to fill up & around 220 miles.  & a top speed of around 72 mph? I've tried to advertise these vehicles to everyone? like top gear/fifth gear/twitter/ & anybody else? Another headache? Because no one listening? & because u can drive one of these on a motorcycle licence? this vehicle's road tax is the same as a 1200 cc vauxhall corsa? & yet a fiat 500 is only 35 a years tax? "WTF" Never liked cars.  & now i'm driving a microcar virgo/4 wheels, 505cc engine, the same as a cb500? but with four wheels & nobody's listening? Help me please, i'm a biker & i'm really happy i'm not having to drive on 3 wheels? & now i'm driving on 4 wheels with me mrs & me son, in comfort?

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Aug 02

Posts: 443

snave says:


...the wrong machine. Aprilias history lies in 2-strokes. The 500cc DiTech twin 2-stroke would have been utterly perfect for the times - 175 kilos, 50+ horse, MORE torque than the 850, 96-107mpg and more performance AND more practicality (400+mile tank range). WTF has Aprilia to do with overweight, under powered, badly-selling, over-priced and under-specified crap like this? Where's the ABS? Traction control? 77+mpg? Two helmet storage space? 200 mile tank range? Cheap servicing and long intervals? It simply fails on every level - except punting out overpriced crap on the gullible masses. It didn't sell as a Gilera because it was rubbish, NOT because it was a Gilera...

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Jan 09

Posts: 158

This looks like a solution looking for a problem.  Surely the whole point(s) of scooters is convenience and ease of use, coupled with economy, low purchase/running costs and, hopefully, some style.  I would have thought 500cc was the absolute limit for a scooter to match the above criteria and I suspect most sales are 250 or less. Is'nt a "maxi" scooter a "motorbike"?

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Jul 10

Posts: 183

BBQdog says:

Another elefant, what about a nice little nimble road bike Aprilia ??? 250 or 350cc ??
This whole industry seems only to be able to delevelop fatter and heavier bikes.

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Sep 11

Posts: 12

maxiscooter says:

Not for me

It's not really a scooter, it's a bike with an auto gearbox. How many scooters have a swing arm and chain drive? It's in the same catgory as the Honda VFR1200FD dual clutch bike and I know which one I'd prefer. The Aprilia is too big, too heavy, has poor storage, will cost the wrong side of £8K and won't be cheap to run. It's no good for touring and no good for commuting compared with the many other offerings in the bike and scooter market. The Gilera GP800 didn't sell and this won't either in this country.

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Jan 09

Posts: 158

Quite right BBQ,  how about a road version of their v-twin 450 motor in an RS250 chassis..mmm.....

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