APRILIA SR MAX 300 (2011 - 2012) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Power: 22 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: Low (355 lbs / 161 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

There are a lot of good points about buying a maxi scooter like the SR Max. Fuel economy is one, simplicity is the other. There aren’t many full-licenced motorcyclists who would buy a scooter on these benefits alone because of the image they portray of being ‘a ladies bike’. Maybe this is why Aprilia has wound up the ‘sport-styling’ knob to full for the SR Max and turned an ordinary scooter into a man’s scooter.

Ride quality & brakes

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

The SR Max 300 can be easily be classed as a man’s scooter because ladies aren’t likely to buy because the tall seat height is exaggerated by the seat’s width and the width of the running boards. If 5ft 8in blokes have to tip-toe at the lights, then the other half is going to be in trouble. With 15in front and 14in rear wheel sizes, the SR Max doesn’t suffer from wibbly-wobbly steering at speed and over bumps. Occasionally the twin rear shocks get overwhelmed with a series of stutter-like bumps especially with luggage or pillion onboard. But that’s what preload adjustment is for and the shocks’ adjustment is easy to get at.


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

Engine capacity is actually 278cc and isn’t the strongest four-stroke single-cylinder out there with its claimed 21.7bhp and 17ftlb of torque. Honda’s SH300i beats this with 26.82bhp and 19.2ftlb. As a twist and go, the SR Max gets away from the lights easily and simply. But don’t expect to get away first, though. With a bored, piss-taking sales rep at the wheel of a diesel Ford focus, the Ford will get the drop on the Aprilia. MCN recorded a claimed 53mpg average after a 38-mile commute consisting of B-roads and a 15-mile stretch of A1. Testing showed the highest speed figure achieved was 91mph. It took a while to get there after the initial zippy burst up to 57mph. Overtaking from 60mph into a head wind needs to be weighed up very carefully before the throttle is turned in anger because it can be a slow process.

Reliability & build quality

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

Aprilia’s engine is from the same development/production line as the Gilera Qasar engine and we’ve no complaints about this because it means the Aprilia is fuel frugal and will cruise happily at motorway speed in exactly the same way. It may be a scooter but everything looks to be built with the same care and thought as Aprilia’s sports machines.

Value vs rivals

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

If scooters are your bag then the Aprilia is a genuine contender. Its looks are part of its attraction along with miserly fuel consumption and ease of use. The tall seat height is only a problem if you’re short of leg length. The real problem is there are a lot more scooters in this class to view, and some of the far eastern models are cheaper and do the same job of simple commuting.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

The black/red colour scheme is eye-catching and the angular layout of the bike is eye-catching – indeed the wide, spacious red/black vinyl seat is, erm, attention grabbing. The LCD dash readout is controlled by two mode buttons, one bar-mounted and the other inset in the dash. Functions like average fuel consumption, recorded top speed, tank range etc are easy to read. There’s a vast cavity with a 12v socket under the large seat to take a full-face helmet, waterproofs and an evening’s take-away. The central tunnel for the frame has vents to direct warm air from the radiator onto legs and feet.


Engine size 278cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4v, sohc, four-stroke, single-cylinder automatic
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 161kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Spring preload
Front brake 1 x 240mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 15
Rear tyre size 140/60 x 14

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 53 mpg
Annual road tax £47
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group -
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 17 ft-lb
Top speed 91 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 180 miles

Model history & versions

Model history


Other versions

SR Max 125

Owners' reviews for the APRILIA SR MAX 300 (2011 - 2012)

1 owner has reviewed their APRILIA SR MAX 300 (2011 - 2012) 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 SR MAX 300 (2011 - 2012)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 2 out of 5 (2/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Engine: 1 out of 5 (1/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Value vs rivals: 2 out of 5 (2/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
2 out of 5 All looks and no go
11 August 2012 by tman39a

As said 53mpg is awful for a scooter...ZZR 1400 can do that on similar roads. Power output is comical...a 125 yrs ago could make 30+hp albeit a 2 stroke and top 100mph. Only upside i see with this would be weather protection and comfort.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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