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this is THE 125 scooter of choice in my opinion. it uses the 125 piaggio block which is found in the gilera runner 125's, which has a vast range of malossi aftermarket parts including a 180cc kit, as opposed to the usual 172 kit for 125's.
If you are huge into scooter modding you will love this scooter, unfortunately you have to be 17 to legally ride up to a 125.
it has plenty of torque if you full throttle accelerate, and is a highly reliable engine, even when tuned.
it uses the same frame and plastics as the early sr 50's so body parts are'nt hard to find.
it handles very well around corners and can accelerate strongly out of corners.
i would definately reccomend this scooter to any one looking to get a reliable 125 that is very cost effective. 10 out of 10
generally it is a good ride,
If you are actually thinking of getting a scooter and you are over 17 then this has to be the only choice as it is simply the best on the market and its only disadvantages apply to all other scooters too. I got mine around November 2000 and was straight away pleased after a bit of faffing about. Firstly you have to be 17 or older (there's not much you can do about this if your not), you must have A class motorcycle entitlement on your driving license (a provisional will do), if you don’t have this just ask in your post office and they will give you the forms to fill out. A week later you will be back on track. Obviously you have to be insured before you take to the road and I suggest that you don’t insure yourself with Aprilia for reasons I will tell later (I would tell you now but this is all planned out!). You also have to have a C.B.T. (Compulsory Basic Training) certificate which is easy enough to obtain, costs about £60 to take, will eat up 6 hours of your time and is practically impossible to fail! It’s simply riding around cones in a car park till you get the hang of things, then taking to the road with an instructor for an hour just getting used to riding safely and then if you look safe after an hour they let you loose in public! Anyway now for the scooter in mention, the Aprilia SR125. Firstly my recommendations if you are getting a scooter, as said before, is to buy this model. However I don’t recommend getting a new one, as this will set you back a bit of two grand and for I got gloves, crappy jacket and a helmet. I bought the insurance myself as I had just missed out on the free insurance scheme but its not recommended as there ends up a £500 excess and they won’t give you anything near the value of the bike. How do I know this?, I’ll tell you later. Right, buy a copy of Bike Trader (published by Auto Trader) and look in the scooter section, you will be looking at between £1200 and £180
0 for a nearly new scooter, maybe saving a cool £1000 with which you can get gloves, full (no dodgy small print) insurance, a C.B.T. test, a good chain, a disk lock, a class A helmet and a few nights out with your mates to celebrate the extra money you have saved. However if you don’t take heed of this advice, perhaps because you have to have a brand new scooter, then make sure you haggle about the freebies that come with it. The day I actually paid for mine there was three other men in there, we talked about the deals we got and it turned out for the same price I had a class A helmet worth £170, they all had class B worth £60, I got a free disk lock, they got nothing, we all got the same gloves, I got a crappy jacket and they again got squat diddly nothing! This was because I kept saying that another dealer had promised me this and that, the dealer wouldn’t be beaten and so matched every claim I made till I felt guilty. Don’t buy the 50cc scooters because they are fun and all, but they get boring after a while, especially if you try a 125cc, or get constantly over taken by on (It makes you feel so powerful and superior to overtake another scooter!), and you may end up selling it a year later just to upgrade. Also a 125cc scooter is comfortable on dual carriage ways and can be taken on the motorways with a full license whereas a 50cc will just get you laughed at and in the latter case, arrested. Anyway, have you heard the sound of a 50cc scooter?, so high pitched they are could be used as dog whistles! Ever tried getting a mate on the back of a 50cc and hit a hill?, people walk past and offer to give you a push! So pay an extra £250 and upgrade. Finally the scooter, the Aprilia brand is quite well known for lower cc bikes, and has the Italian racing pedigree to go with it so its a natural choice when it comes to a scooter, they also produce great looking bikes that have great handling (I always bottle it before I experienc
e the bike even slightly slipping on corners and I have really nailed it around a few corners), great suspension, great brakes and a cracking performance from the engine once warmed up, which more or less covers everything on a scooter. Easier to compare than cars as they tend not to have incomparable features, convertibles and 70 mph air conditioning come as standard across the range. The engine out performs any car on standard British roads due to the high acceleration at low speeds, and is capable of 75 mph which is obviously fast enough for any legal road although the acceleration drops off at 50 mph and the engine is really putting out for you at that speed! When it comes to accelerating from a standstill no car had beaten me at all, including a Rover B.R.M. racing model and a few MGF drivers assuming that it was a 50 at the side of them. Also a little tuning can help improve the scooter, such as a racing exhaust which will greatly improve acceleration and raise the top speed to be capable of 90 mph, but with this comes the increased risk of breaking down, tuning lowers reliability! Want to carry a mate about, well if you have the full license then its legal so long as you both wear helmets, and this scooter will carry two comfortably, although the acceleration, handling, and suspension and top speed will all obviously be reduced in performance obviously because the passenger weight will be doubled, however the scooter will still accelerate a lot faster than a 50cc (can you see I have no respect for them?) , it will still make 50 mph and the suspension isn’t too bad, although make sure you are experienced enough for the handling as you now have two lives in your hands and the bike will suffer most in handling. There are many colours to choose from, whether a blue design suits you, or a red/black model suits you better. Maybe grey is your thing for a more sensible look, well whatever that all down to taste really. The seat can be unlocked a
nd pulled open to reveal the oil and petrol tanks and also a storage space that will fit a full helmet in, or when you are wearing the helmet, a bit of luggage (it fits a lot more than you expect), it’s best no to tell your mates about this as it may end up with you doing the late night food runs to McDonald's or to the kebab shop because “it’s so much easier quicker for you to get through the traffic”. Security is very poor as with most scooters but with a bit of common sense this can be avoided, make sure you have a disk lock to attach to your brake disk as these tend to slip thief's attention and do stop the bikes from moving, and a good secure lock is essential. Don’t just wrap this around the front wheel as this doesn’t stop two big heffers coming along and chucking the bike in the back of a transit van!, make sure you attach it to something like a lamppost or whatever so that they have to cut the chain, can’t wheel it away because of the disk lock and then have to lift it (they weigh more than expected), overall making it less attractive a target. I speak from experience here as one fateful morning, I arrived late for chemistry, quickly parked among the other scooters, didn’t use the disk lock, didn’t use the chain and two hours later two scum of the earth Scousers (the police got them later), came along and snapped the disk lock off and nicked the bike. Later you realise that Aprilia insurance has a £500 pound excess and doesn't give you the full value of the bike back, basically giving me £1200 back just three months after paying £2650 (including the insurance). Lastly the cost of running, now this is exciting!, £5 fills the tank, and although I used the bike constantly, to work, to college, to my mates, to anywhere just for the sake of the thrill of riding the bike!, I still never put in more than £10 a week. Road tax?, just £15 a year, a service very so often to keep th
e bike in perfect running order, about £70 and of course the bike must be kept full of expensive oil, set aside £7 a month and you will be well covered and well oiled so to speak! Just one problem other than the security, I hear that Aprilia isn’t the most reliable brand and that they struggle to get sufficient spare parts for the scooters although I never had any problems with mine! So a summary, the bike is a great buy, giving the greatest thrill on the roads, its nippy, eases through traffic and is extremely cost efficient to run. Just take the hints on the security, although the only way you can appreciate them is to not use them and get the scooter pinched!
If you want a stylish learner legal motorcycle with Italian racing pedigree this is definitly a class leader and best seller. Years of sucess on the track have given Aprilia the knowledge and the ability to take on the might of the japanese manufactures and compete sucessfully in the road going market and produce the Sr125R. Riding this motorcycle as a first time rider it is very much a user freindly vehicle in the sense that it has enough power for executing manouvres safely but not enough to surprise the rider and start producing wheelies etc. Comfort is not one of the bikes best attributes, but hey you dont buy this bike to go shopping on ,also having a small engine you can for ever be up an down the 6 speed gear box. If however it is keep within the right rev range the bike can then show its class leading performance.Experianced bikers may find riding this bike hard work but for any rider wishing to become a two wheeled road user this race replica would be an ideal leaning curve. Like all bikes an alarm should be a wise port of call for owners of this desirable machinary
This is a great scooter. Great handling, good brakes, great speed (up to 70 miles an hour at the M3) I just loved it... Untill the day it got stolen and I had to deal with the insurance company. When you buy the scooter, you think: Nice, free insurance, then you realise that you have to pay £400 excess to any claims, which is way higher than if you bought the insurance yourself (usually the excess on a normal policy is no more than 10% of the insured value). So, what they call free insurance, they charge you on the excess. Furthermore, my scooter was stolen after 5 months, so they were supposed to give me a brand new one, well, obviously after I pay the rip-off 400 quid excess, or to accept a cheque for what they consider the market value, less the excess... well, to make a long story short. I spent £2450 on a new scooter (the insurance policy was for £2400) and I am now receiving a cheque for £1600 from the insurers. Thnak you Aprilia for the free insurance you gave me. If I only knew, I would have insured it elsewere. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and I have to say, my insurance money will not go back to Aprilia.