APRILIA ATLANTIC 500 (2002 - 2006) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£210|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is somewhat boat-like as super scooters go, and heavy with it, but the Atlantic is nevertheless remarkably sprightly. 2005’s updates modernised the look and updated the frame and suspension. The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is roomy, stable, practical, rides well with great brakes and lots of nice little touches. Even hardcore bikers could have fun on this.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Updated suspension, combined with a strong, new frame, make the Aprilia Atlantic 500 very nimble and incredibly stable for a scooter. If anything, the rear suspension is a little too firm. The Aprilia Atlantic 500's seat is plush and there’s plenty of leg room so the rider doesn’t feel cramped. In town, it’s punchy and competent; elsewhere, it’s more than capable of taking you places in comfort. The linked brakes work well, too
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Aprilia Atlantic 500 has an electronically fuel-injected number, courtesy of Piaggio, it has a surprising amount of power, delivered smoothly and predictably. Loads of torque means leaping away from the lights on the Aprilia Atlantic 500 is a doddle but there’s enough clout throughout the range to make twisties and motorways a realistic, comfortable option.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Piaggio engine has a healthy history of firing quite a few Aprilia scooters and the Atlantic range has been going well for years now. All seems well, mechanically, but keep an eye on the Aprilia Atlantic 500's electrics and some reckon Aprilia’s aftersales service is a bit patchy.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Aprilia Atlantic 500's main rivals are Yamaha’s T-Max, Suzuki’s 650 Burgman and the Honda Silver Wing but all are far pricier. The 400 Burgman costs the same but lacks the power. The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is well kitted-out and serves up a punchy ride with perky acceleration and great manoeuvrability. As ‘super scooters’ go, this one’s pretty good value. Find an Aprilia Atlantic 500 for sale.
The Aprilia Atlantic 500 has an elaborate dash including a fuel gauge plus two, lockable storage compartments. There’s also a socket for you to charge your mobile and a key-activated alarm/immobiliser as standard. Extras include a huge, 45-litre top box which slots onto the existing mounting, a leg cover and a larger windshield. Good pillion seat with grab rails. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Atlantic 500 in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||4v single cylinder, automatic|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front brake||2 x 260mm disc|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 14|
|Rear tyre size||140/60 x 14|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||53 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£67|
|Annual service cost||£210|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||37 bhp|
|Max torque||31 ft-lb|
|Top speed||100 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||16 secs|
|Tank range||175 miles|
Model history & versions
2002: Aprilia Atlantic 500 introduced.
2003: The 125cc and 200cc versions added to the Aprilia Atlantic range: basically the same as each other but for their power output, they’re lighter and smaller than the 500 but have all the creature comforts and practical touches of the bigger scooter.
2005: The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is given a makeover and becomes the “Atlantic 500 Sprint”.
Aprilia Atlantic 125: baby version, ideal for learners with 15bhp.
Aprilia Atlantic 200: the middle sibling, offering 20bhp.
Aprilia Atlantic 500: before it became the “Sprint”, it weighed a little less, had a smaller tank and had a lower seat. It also had twin front brake discs… Handling wasn’t quite as sharp as on the newer machine.
Owners' reviews for the APRILIA ATLANTIC 500 (2002 - 2006)
4 owners have reviewed their APRILIA ATLANTIC 500 (2002 - 2006) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£210|
Annual servicing cost: £300
Fast and powerfull
Like a bike
Well strong build
Annual servicing cost: £40
My first scooter. I am an experienced rider and am happy with this bike over all except for how it scrapes easily in turns. It is surprisingly stable and comfortable even at 90mph. Happy with it's acceleration and I average 57 miles/gallon. It's been trouble free. In 3 years and 6k miles, I only replaced the oil & battery, however the prior owner dealt with electrical repairs before 11k miles total. I smell gas in the oil. By far more comfortable than the last 8 or so motorcycles I've ever had, (except maybe the Gold Wing which was also a giant beast), and to my surprise I don't miss shifting! The problem is that it high - sides easily in turns as most scooters do. You have to lean with it to prevent if from scraping in even a moderate turn. This is the only thing I don't like about it, because that's a safety issue not to mention a large part of the fun in riding a 'bike'. The last owner gave up riding altogether because he had a scary near accident by leaning it too low, which doesn't take much. The frame won't 'give' like a motorcycle foot peg. So it's definitely not for racing around through the turns. I mostly commute to work on it including lane splitting and hope I never have to turn too sharply too soon.
non-essential dash electronics failed early.
Annual servicing cost: £300
The Best: Fast, Comfortable, Big Ride compared to smaller scooters. The Worst: Electrical problems. Sluggish on the start, but picks up speed quickly.
The scooter runs well in the city and on the highway. Comfortable seat lets me ride as long as I want.
Sluggish on the start. Plenty of power to quickly get up to speed for the weight of the scooter plus rider.
Had to replace the voltage regulator and battery.
Find a Honest mechanic to keep costs low. The dealer that sold me my scooter has a reputable service department.
Dashboard is pleasantly full of instrumentation. I replaced the original top box with a new one with a standard locking mechanism. The original top box lock was malfunctioning and complicated to operate. I had the backrest reupholstered and attached it to the new top box. I installed a 100 watt amp and waterproof speakers for my phone. I can clearly hear my music at 85 mph. I installed a handle to open and close the glove box compartment, where my phone and amplifier is stored, with ease.
Buying experience: I purchased from a dealer. The asking price was 2,299. I paid 2,700 total to complete the transaction which included taxes, tags, registration and title transfer.
The Atlantic is a big scooter with a big engine and a big heart. The single cylinder thumps away pleasingly and at higher revs it pulls well and is very smooth, initial take off is a little sluggish (compared with the more refined TMAX for example). Returns 55mpg whatever you do with it and fine for long rides with wide comfy sadle and good weather protection. Equipment levels are excellent, better than I've seen on any other scooter with trip computer, revs, hazard warning lights, space for a radio (speaker holes are there but not fitted on mine), 12v socket etc. You'd have thought that the great big bulge at the back was a boot, but its not- a real missed opportunity in my view. It will happily sit at 85mpg without bother, in all a very capable machine. The only problem I've had a was a small fire on the fusebox where a wire had melted, that was quickly replaced and since then its been going fine. Fit a Tucano leg cover for £80 and you are well set for the winter commute too. They are a rare site on the roads and you can pick them up for bargain basement money. My 2003 reg with 14k on the clock was a snip at £800, less than half what a TMAX would set you back, and almost steps up the mark.