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APRILIA SPORT CITY 300 (2008-2011) Review

Published: 17 December 2009

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Both stylish and comfortable around town"

Aprilia SportCity 300

"Both stylish and comfortable around town"

  • At a glance
  • 278cc  -  22.5 bhp
  • 73 mpg  -  175 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Aprilia SportCity Cube is a totally restyled version of the Sportcity 250ie chassis fitted with a bored and stroked Piaggio Quasar engine, taking it to 278cc. It may seem like 300cc is an odd choice of capacity, but it gives Aprilia a head-on rival to Honda’s Italian chart-topping SH300 high-wheeler that’s both stylish and comfortable around town.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Aprilia SportCity has always had a stiff, fine-handling chassis despite the mono-tube frame being arched under a truly flat floor, but the frame was always quite heavy, particularly for the 125cc version. But the new Aprilia SportCity Cube is a joy to ride: nippy, responsive and very good on the brakes thanks to twin 260mm discs on the front wheel. The Cube’s 15” wheels sport high-profile tyres aimed at further improving the scooter’s manners on poor surfaces compared to lower-profile rubber used on larger wheels.

Engine 4 out of 5

Maximising the performance of the smaller block engine is a good move for the Aprilia SportCity Cube. Keeping unsprung weight to a minimum allows for more reactive suspension over the potholed minefields that city councils laughably refer to as streets. With the new engine, power has been shifted lower down the rev range, producing 1Nm more torque. This does more for the Aprilia SportCity Cube’s acceleration than it does for top speed.   

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Aprilia’s build quality has always been among the best of the Italians, and is often on a par with Honda scoots, so no real complaints there. No reliability issues to mention so far, either.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Excellent. When introduced, Aprilia’s new SportCity Cube 300 was not only a great improvement over the old SportCity – it was also £500 cheaper, too. Find an Aprilia SportCity for sale.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Apart from the engine change, the Aprilia SportCity Cube has had a host of other changes over the old SportCity: The helmet bay under the seat has been slightly enlarged, though it will still only take a ‘jet’ helmet and not a full-face. The seat maintains its 815mm height, but is now broader and fitted with a grippier cover. Also there is a longer, integral alloy rack and passenger grab handle. Compare and buy parts for the SportCity in the MCN Shop. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £2,999
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £43
Annual service cost -
Max power 22.5 bhp
Max torque 22 ft-lb
Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 73 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Engine size 278cc
Engine type 4v liquid-cooled single, automatic
Frame type Hi tensile steel cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 150kg
Front suspension 35mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Twin shocks, no adjust
Front brake 2 x 260mm discs, dual-piston calipers
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 15
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

2008: Aprilia SportCity Cube 300 introduced

Other versions

Aprilia SportCity Cube 125: same rolling chassis as 300, but with learner-legal 125cc power

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their APRILIA SPORT CITY 300 (2008-2011) 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 SPORT CITY 300 (2008-2011)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
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
5 out of 5

Discontinued...what am I to do when I want a new one?

27 August 2015 by superloopy24v

Amazing fun on a commute, and a shock to other road users who try to pass during acceleration. It's smaller appearance is probably very deceptive to those who don't know I'm not 17 and riding a 50.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Those big wheels make a difference, and now I'm on dual compound tyres it's extended their life too
5 out of 5
Cracking acceleration
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Nothing broken in 4 years and 2 MOT's, bit of corrosion on the mirror stalks but this would clean off and re-paint for pennies
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Do it myself for the cost of parts and more frequently than the service schedule which indicates it wouldn't cost a lot anyway
5 out of 5

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