APRILIA SR GT 125 (2022 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Sporty looking twist-and-go
  • Excellent motorcycle-esque handling
  • Low price for a GT scooter

At a glance

Power: 15 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.5 in / 799 mm)
Weight: Low (318 lbs / 144 kg)

Prices

New £3,700
Used N/A

Overall rating

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

Aprilia call their new SR GT models ‘urban adventure’ scooters and went so far in the press briefing as to compare them to SUVs on two wheels. While I think this is over-egging the pudding a bit, it gives you an idea of what the Italian firm had in mind when they designed the bike.

Let’s be honest, a 125 scooter is never going to make a true Grand Tourer - you know that, we know that and so do Aprilia. But there is a growing market for more premium and capable scooters that look like they could take on more than an inner-city commute. Honda have the Forza 125, Yamaha have the XMax 125 and then there are whackier options like the Italjet Dragster to consider, too.

The SR GT is Aprilia’s attempt to crack the market and it leans on Noale’s sporting heritage for credibility. The front of the scooter apes the sportsbikes in Aprilia’s range with its wide ‘wings’, angry dual headlights and beak-like nose. There are vast swathes of fake carbon-fibre on the Sport models, too, and a #BeARacer sticker on the front mudguard. Even the foot boards are designed to resemble the bash plates on off-road bikes to add to a sense of rugged capability.

Aprilia SR GT 125 on the road

All of this pantomime could feel a bit tragic – like an aftermarket Type R badge on a diesel Honda Civic – but it doesn’t. When asked if the integrated aero (yes it has that, too) had any practical purpose like calming turbulence, the bike’s designer guffawed, "no, they just look cool." This tongue-in-cheek attitude helps to give the SR GT one of its most powerful assets and something that is hard to quantify in a star rating – charisma.

Despite all of the grown-up quality and impressive level of finish on display, there’s a genuine sense of fun about the SR GT. This is no po-faced commuter tool to be used mid-week and forgotten about at the weekend, there’s a cheeky sense of humour living in it, too.

Ride quality & brakes

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

The SR GT may be a charismatic cheeky chappy in the car park, but it’s all business in the bends. With Showa USD forks and twin rear shocks, a 14" front and 13" rear wheel and new Michelin Anakee tyres, this is a scooter that truly handles like a small motorbike.

Those bigger wheels contribute to a high, 175mm ground clearance that allows you to barrel through corners with gay abandon, safe in the knowledge that should your ambition outweigh your talent a gentle squeeze on the rear brake will drag you round without drama. Even when taking complete liberties, the SR GT remains stable and reassuring.

But by opting not to go for a true big-wheel scooter sizes, Aprilia have kept the bike feeling agile and responsive at low speeds. Picking your way through a traffic jam or tricky side streets isn’t just easy, it’s instinctual. I think any rider with any level of experience could handle it in tight spaces.

Aprilia SR GT 125 has excellent sporty handling

Should you need to dab your feet down at very low speed it’s very easy to do so with a low 799mm seat height that’s further aided by a chamfered seat shape that creates a narrow width at the front.

The 125 version here gets a linked braking system which is more than powerful enough for a 144kg (at the kerb) scooter and never felt as though it was affecting my ability to brake how I wanted. The slightly higher capacity 200 gets single channel ABS at the front.

Engine

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

The latest generation i-get engine is smooth and efficient with enough poke to get you up to speed in town. It’s a twist-and-go set-up that works well – Piaggio know a thing or two about making scooters – and the brushless starter/regulator system means that it’s very quiet at start up. You also get stop-start technology, which works seamlessly, but is easily disengaged with a single switch on the handlebar if you don’t like it.

The 200 model gets a brand-new 174cc version of the i-get that gives it a little more poke – around 2bhp extra – which will get you ahead of the 125s in inner-city traffic light GPs but only makes a subtle difference overall.

Crucially, the extra capacity and power will mean that an A2 bike licence at least will be needed to ride it in the UK, a hurdle that might spell trouble for the sales figures.

Aprilia SR GT 125 is very agile at slow speeds

Reliability & build quality

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

The build quality feels good for the class with a good finish on all the metal components and sturdy plastics on the bodywork. Piaggio Group have knocked out millions of scooters and it would be a surprise if the SR suffered with much in the way of mechanical trouble. How the metal surfaces will cope with UK winters and gritted roads remains to be seen.

All of the switchgear feels sturdy and grown up and is easy to use in a thick glove and the finish on components like the mirror stems and pillion grab rails seems strong. You get a proper metal bar clamp and motorcycle-style handlebar, too, which adds to the big-bike aesthetic.

The only place that looks slightly flimsy is the pillion footpegs, which fold away almost flush to the side of the bike... but not quite. They also have a slightly iffy plasticy quality. The fact I’m even mentioning it is testament to how solid the rest of the bike is.

Aprilia SR GT 125 handlebar clamp and dash

Value vs rivals

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

The standard SR GT 125 costs £3700 or £3800 for the Sport version (with the better colours, tinted screen and fake carbon-fibre). The standard 200 costs £3900 and then it’s £4000 for the Sport model.

This may seem expensive compared to competition from the likes of the Honda PCX125 (£3299) or Yamaha NMax 125 (£3400) but these aren't the models the SR GT is aiming for.

The real rivals for the SR are the Honda Forza 125 (£4949 in 2021) and the Yamaha XMax 125 (£5050) which both make the Aprilia look like exceptionally good value. The 200 also undercuts competitors like the Honda ADV350 but is completely outgunned in terms of power.

Aprilia SR GT 125 on zebra crossing

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

The SR is pretty well-equipped as standard with stop-start technology, a white on black LCD display that can display everything from air temperature to MPG and average speed and Showa suspension.

The storage could be better – I couldn’t fit a full face AGV helmet in – but it’s ample for a bit of shopping and your work clothes. You do get a little cubby to put your phone in that holds it still so it doesn’t rattle around and has a USB port for charging, too.

Aprilia’s MIA connectivity system is available as an option on all models but I think it’s a shame it’s not standard on the sport at least, especially given the young demographic it’s aimed at.

There are lots of accessories to choose from, too, including a 33-litre aluminium top box, crash bars and bigger touring screen (which was fitted to our test bike).

Aprilia SR GT 125 LCD dash

Specs

Engine size 125cc
Engine type Single-cylinder 4-stroke i-get with Start&Stop system
Frame type Double cradle, in high-resistance steel tubing
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 799mm
Bike weight 144kg
Front suspension Hydraulic telescopic fork ø 33 mm (120 mm travel)
Rear suspension Double hydraulic shock absorber with adjustable preload (102 mm travel)
Front brake Hydraulic with wavy disc, Ø 260 mm - CBS
Rear brake Hydraulic with wavy disc, Ø 220 mm (except for SR GT 125) - CBS
Front tyre size 110/80 – 14
Rear tyre size 130/70 - 13

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 76.2 mpg
Annual road tax £22
Annual service cost -
New price £3,700
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 8.9 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 151 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2022 Aprilia SR GT introduced

Other versions

The SR GT is available in 125 or 200 versions with a higher sport trim option for each.

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