APRILIA ATLANTIC 500 (2002 - 2006) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £360
Power: 37 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.7 in / 780 mm)
Weight: Medium (439 lbs / 199 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 size 460cc
Engine type 4v single cylinder, automatic
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
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 £80
Annual service cost £360
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Used price -
Insurance group 8 of 17
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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

Model history

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”.

Other versions

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)

5 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.

Review your APRILIA ATLANTIC 500 (2002 - 2006)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £360
5 out of 5 Mr
13 June 2022 by Stephen King Melvin

Version: Trinbdas

Year: 2003

Annual servicing cost: £800


Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

2 hours

Engine 5 out of 5

Needs more power

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

One time

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Win signed photographs of all the Island man th rider's

Equipment 5 out of 5

Mac tools

Buying experience: Good

5 out of 5
17 July 2020 by Rajko

Year: 2005

Annual servicing cost: £300

Fast and powerfull

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Like a bike

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Well strong build

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Visibility low

3 out of 5
30 December 2018 by Salmonfishing

Year: 2004

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

non-essential dash electronics failed early.

3 out of 5 My Atlantic 500
24 April 2016 by Tim

Year: 2003

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The scooter runs well in the city and on the highway. Comfortable seat lets me ride as long as I want.

Engine 4 out of 5

Sluggish on the start. Plenty of power to quickly get up to speed for the weight of the scooter plus rider.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Had to replace the voltage regulator and battery.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Find a Honest mechanic to keep costs low. The dealer that sold me my scooter has a reputable service department.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

4 out of 5 Atlantic all at sea?
18 October 2013 by mostynmiller1

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.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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