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
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.
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.
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.
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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.