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A sporty scooter!

STABLE RIDE Aprilia SR 150.   | Photo Credit: 15dmc scooter

For nostalgia sake I recall the good old scooters on the Indian roads. Quite popular they were in the 1990s with families riding on them. The two-wheeler with twin seats was often used by three or four persons. But soon the motor bikes took over from them. The motorbikes were chic and stylish; thus becoming an excellent mode of travelling for the young and the old. Cut to 2016, the scooters, not exactly in the same form, are trying to find some of their lost share. Some excitingly stylish gearless scooties are doting the market.

The Activas and Jupiters are here. But, Aprilia SR 150, the offering from Piaggio, an Italian manufacturer famous for its motorbikes, proves that there is still space for a good scooter in the Indian market. Here is what you must know of Aprilia SR 150. Certainly it has a 150cc four-stroke engine. It looks edgy and contemporary. There is a beaky front which embeds the headlight while the turn indicators are on the handle. All this looks fine. In fact, overall I would say it scores well in design. The scooter with sharp edges and curves does look high on style. After all, Piaggio also offered us Vespa Scooters some time ago.

Clearly, this Italian maker has a knack for design. And, it is an eye-catching one. But, it doesn’t stop at that. Aprilia SR 150, which shall be the first in the SR series, will be followed by another in 2017. For now, this one houses the same engine as Vespa. And produces 11.4hp of power with 11.5 newton metres of torque. The scooter is quite racy and sturdy. Such that it doesn’t wobble. It doesn’t shake. You clock 100km/hr and its 14 inch diameter wheels help in keeping the vehicle planted. Well, that’s not very common for scooters in the Indian market.

Another uncommon thing is the sport badge on a scooter. Yes! It is one of its own kind. The sporty kind. And thus it doesn’t give you a feel of a scooter. Rather, you feel like you’re riding a bike.

With around 90 per cent of its manufacturing done in the Indian plant of Piaggio in Maharashtra, the manufacturer is all set to make around 180 units per day which it plans to increase, in the time to come, to 500 units per day.

Overall, Aprilia SR 150, for now, seems to be a safe bet for those who want style and sturdiness clubbed with sportiness. It offers not very impressive space under the seat and in the front. Its mileage, even though, not yet revealed shall not be best too. After all, sport scooter it is. However it has seven litres of fuel tank capacity. And it has been priced at Rs. 65,000 ex-showroom in Pune.

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