Scooters haven’t had it straightforward. Within the eyes of a motorcyclist, their slightly utilitarian nature has had them ostracised from all issues enjoyable and thrilling. However that modified just a few years in the past when Aprilia went forward and determined to launch the SR150 in India. New ranges of sportiness, incredible design and fascinating efficiency have been all on supply, whereas nonetheless protecting the worth reasonable. The SR150 was launched to the Indian public within the latter half of 2016 and in any case this time, nonetheless occurs to be the sportiest scooter you should purchase within the nation. Given the engine capability, an improve to ABS brakes was a given for 2019, however Aprilia taken the chance to make just a few different modifications as nicely – and that’s why we determined to do a separate story on this new machine.
HOW’S IT DIFFERENT FROM THE OLDER SR150?
For starters, it now comes with ABS. The only-channel unit works extraordinarily nicely and doesn’t judder violently like another inexpensive methods do. We additionally felt that it’s not very intrusive; and this can be as a result of the system creates high-frequency vibrations slightly than extra spaced out, aggressive triggers. This offers a brand new sense of safety to what was already a strong braking setup with a 220mm disc/140mm drum combo. In truth, the SR’s brakes are simpler than what we’ve skilled even in some bikes. To elucidate this, the SR150 involves a halt from 60kph in 17.85m. For reference – the KTM 125 Duke comes with considerably higher braking and does the identical in 19.2m.
Additionally new on the SR150 for 2019 is the transfer from the previous Vee Rubber tyres to MRF Nyogrip Zappers. We even took the Aprilia out on a go-kart observe and the tyres supplied nice ranges of grip. The tread sample is sort of totally different from the sooner Vee Rubber tyres and whereas we didn’t get an opportunity to check the brand new tyres out within the moist, previous expertise with the Zappers leads us to imagine it’ll carry out nicely in these situations, too.
The Aprilia was designed to be a really sporty scooter and it doesn’t take too lengthy on the saddle to understand that. Nonetheless, this did have its drawbacks. One of many largest letdowns of the SR150 has been its painfully stiff entrance suspension. Aprilia determined to handle this within the new iteration with a barely retuned fork. The fork will get new springs and bushes, amongst different issues, and whereas it nonetheless stays a significantly agency trip, it’s undoubtedly not as uncomfortable because it was.
The SR150 additionally obtained a brand new analogue/digital combo instrument cluster in 2048 and this continues with the newest replace. What we’ve seen now could be that the speedo error is decrease, and whereas the earlier gauge used to optimistically present 125kph, the brand new one struggles to get previous 105kph. The one distinction is that that is way more indicative of true velocity and we discovered speedo error to be lower than 5kph, which is regular. A preload-adjustable rear shock, an under-seat USB port and a few minor modifications in its visuals with barely totally different graphics spherical up the record of what debuted in 2018 and proceed for 2019.
WHAT STAYS THE SAME?
Just about all the things else. Sadly, this contains some issues we really feel could possibly be a bit higher. As an example, the stepped seat on the SR150 is uncomfortable for taller riders and the minimal legroom on the footboard means tall riders should perch themselves barely additional again on the seat, proper the place it begins to step upwards in the direction of the pillion house. The general stays incredible in some areas and so-so in others and the switchgear nonetheless feels considerably low-cost. The SR150 can also be mechanically equivalent to the older mannequin and continues to make use of the identical 154.8cc motor that makes 10.06hp and 10.9Nm of torque.
The 2019 Aprilia SR150 gives what it at all times did – and a tiny bit extra. At Rs 83,860 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the SR isn’t precisely low-cost. However then it does supply appreciable worth for the worth and is way extra inexpensive than the Vespa 150s. It’s nonetheless not one thing you purchase for consolation and comfort, nevertheless it has made a small enchancment in that regard and there’s nonetheless nothing else prefer it available on the market.