APRILIA SRV850 (2012-on) Review

Published: 23 April 2012

"The world's most powerful ever scooter is loads of fun but has an unfinished feel"

APRILIA SRV850  (2012-on)

"The world's most powerful ever scooter is loads of fun but has an unfinished feel"

  • At a glance
  • 839cc  -  76 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  157 miles range
  • Medium seat height (780mm)
  • £8,432

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 2 out of 5

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.  

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their APRILIA SRV850 (2012-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Srv a year on

05 September 2013 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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 .

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

A perfect cross-over machine

30 July 2012 by disposalist

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... Read more won't be disappointed. Theres nothing better (well, I haven't tried the BMW C600GT yet, but I have ridden all the other competition).

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

1st test ride

18 July 2012 by trek164

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... Read more 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 .

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £8,432
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 76 bhp
Max torque 56.3 ft-lb
Top speed 126 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 157 miles
Specification
Engine size 839cc
Engine type 90º V-twin four-stroke, SOHC, eight valves, electronic fuel injection, liquid cooled. CVT transmission, chain final drive
Frame type Double cradle high strength tubular steel
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 249kg
Front suspension 41mm fork with 122mm travel.
Rear suspension Laterally mounted monoshock with seven-position spring preload adjustment.
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

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