APRILIA SRV850 (2012 - 2016) Review


  • Very fast, powerful scooter
  • Emphasis on comfort over handling
  • One of the cheapest big scooters out there

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Power: 76 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.7 in / 780 mm)
Weight: High (549 lbs / 249 kg)

Overall rating

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

The  Aprilia SRV 850 is the world’s most powerful maxi scooter and is loads of fun but has an unfinished feel, with iffy suspension and a lack of attention to detail.

If outrunning hot hatches on a step-thru is you’re thing, you’ll love it. If you buy it believing Aprilia’s claim that it corners like a sports bike, you’ll be disappointed. It’s essentially a tweaked and rebadged Gilera GP800 with a claimed one extra bhp. The sharper RSV superbike-derived styling alone has made that a worthwhile endeavour.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Handling is vague. The front wheel feels far away. The suspension seems under-sprung and under-damped.

Aprilia SRV 850 cornering

Too much front suspension travel is taken up just by sitting on it. On high-speed bumps, both front and rear suspension threaten to bottom out.


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

Feels exactly like what it is - a 76bhp V-twin motorbike engine crammed into a scooter. Big twist-and-gos often have a delayed throttle response. Not this. Twist your wrist and it just goes. And goes. And goes. The only let-down is the engine noise. It’s not as loud and throaty as you’d expect from a big V-twin. In fact it sounds far too much like a scooter.

Aprilia SRV 850 rear wheel


Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

The slightest hint of a gradient is enough for the SRV to roll off its side stand, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to those shiny plastics. It’s got a handbrake and you have to use it. Aprilia could have saved a lot of owners from inevitable heartache by linking the parking brake to the side stand à la BMW’s C600 Sport and C650GT.

Aprilia SRV 850 under-seat storage

Value vs rivals

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

It’s one of the cheapest big scooters available, undercutting Yamaha’s 530cc T-Max by £900 and BMW’s C600 Sport by £1600. Granted it’s not as good as those but you can’t have everything. You won’t find a faster scooter for less.

Aprilia SRV 850 slider


2 out of 5 (2/5)

Not great for a scooter. You get no glove compartments and space for only one helmet under the seat. The chain final drive seems like an unnecessary inconvenience. The screen is not adjustable and there’s no ABS.

Aprilia SRV 850 clocks


Engine size 839cc
Engine type 90º V-twin four-stroke, SOHC, eight valves, electronic fuel injection, liquid cooled. CVT transmission, chain final drive
Frame type Double cradle high strength tubular steel
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 249kg
Front suspension 41mm fork with 122mm travel.
Rear suspension Laterally mounted monoshock with seven-position spring preload adjustment.
Front brake Twin 300mm semi-floating discs with Brembo double piston 28mm floating calipers.
Rear brake Single 280mm disc with 25.4mm double piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70-R16 57H
Rear tyre size 160/60-R15 67H

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 76 bhp
Max torque 56.3 ft-lb
Top speed 126 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 157 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2012: Model introduced
  • 2016: Bike goes off sale

Other versions

The SRV 850 is a tweaked and rebadged Gilera GP800, which also suffers from iffy handling. The SRV has a claimed one more bhp than the Gilera and better high-speed stability, not to mention sharper looks.

Owners' reviews for the APRILIA SRV850 (2012 - 2016)

6 owners have reviewed their APRILIA SRV850 (2012 - 2016) 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 SRV850 (2012 - 2016)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
5 out of 5
20 June 2022 by Andy Robinson

Year: 2014

Every biker should at least have a go on one, its a different kind of fun.

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 3 out of 5
5 out of 5 Love it.
02 October 2020 by Dicky mint

Year: 2013

Best, so easy to ride,comfy ,just great .worst, if being picky fork and shock std could be better, this can be over come just like any other bike just through money at it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Easy to ride, you can ride all day, get off and still feel good, passenger has loads of room just need a back rest.

Engine 5 out of 5

For most riders it's great, if you think you're the fastest rider out there you might want a bigger toy.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

I may have been lucky with mine ,not had any issues realy, build quality ,nothing messy it all fits together well ,only one thing could have been better ,it could have had proper bolts holding the panels on instead of self tappers.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Easy to do, just buy oils and filters other than that just basic stuff.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Best , rev and go, the power is always there.back rest for passenger, are tyres rosso work well

Buying experience: Got from dealer ,easy no problems, Coloperb motor cycles.

4 out of 5 most powerful maxiscooter ever
15 July 2015 by Ruan Sak

Year: 2012

stylish and powerful scooter

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brembo brakes give superb grip when breaking

Engine 5 out of 5

really powerful similar to sport bike when accelerate

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

easy maintenance and great design with excellent finishing

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

considered affordable price against other maxiscooter

Equipment 5 out of 5

can fix with universal accessories and top box when require

Buying experience: Easy loan and with low interest offered

4 out of 5 Srv a year on
05 September 2013 by

Well over a year on of srv ownership and it still 12k later is putting a smile on my face . The motor is still a real peach and has never failed to do what has been asked of it . I have had a few issues mostly small nuisance things like the fuel gauge which just does not work as it should ,but has been addressed . I have done 400 mile + rides on it with no problems ,hard and fast. Twisty rides with m8s on sports bikes who have been really surprised when the srv is always big in there mirrors . Yes it could be a bit bettering the suspension department ,which I will be addressing to suit my needs. When the time comes . I have found that the Michelin. Pure 2ct tyre to be best suited with faultless grip ,unfortunately Michelin have still not made a front available to match the rear so it's a mix with the older pilot sc on the front . Tyre ware has been approx 4.5k to the ware bars . I think however aprilia should bring it up to date a bit with a nice digital dash so you can read the mph . Compared to others it's not got all the storage space etc ,but it is a lot cheaper to purchase . I do feel its a lot better than a few reviews have made it out to be when comparing it to what we all think a scooter is . I wish I had got a maxi years ago they are a hoot .

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 A perfect cross-over machine
30 July 2012 by disposalist

If you want a superbike or a scooter, go get one, stupid. The SRV is neither, thankfully. Of course it doesn't compare well to either extreme, but if you want a good compromise of performance and functionality, thrills and comfort, this is it and you won't be disappointed. Theres nothing better (well, I haven't tried the BMW C600GT yet, but I have ridden all the other competition).

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 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 1st test ride
18 July 2012 by trek164

I have a need to change from motorcycles because of a disability which is causing normal bike riding to be a painful affair . So i bit the bullet and tried the the srv850 ,What a hoot to ride the motor is a peach.I found it to roll on and accelerate past traffic comfortably .I found it very comfortable .I like the sporty looks of the bike as well .The only downsides i found were the speedo MPH is very hard to read and that my full face helmet did not fit in the storage space under the seat .Overall the test ride has convinced me that this is the route to go rather than spend a load more money converting another motorcycle to fit my needs .

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