10.4hp @ 6750 rpm
11.4 Nm @ 5000 rpm
Hydraulic telescopic fork
220mm Ventilated Disc, 2 Piston Caliper
120/70 - 14 (Tubeless)
Fuel Tank capacity
I will be
very honest here; when it comes to two-wheelers I have always preferred bikes
over scooters. It is not that I don't like scooters, I think they are very
practical, handy and easy to drive. They can be a bit boring, but bikes on the
other hand are full of fun and well they have that inherent 'macho-ness'.
However, all that changed the moment I mounted this seemingly slim and petite
looking scooter called SR 150. Yes it had the Aprilia branding and I was
expecting a different kind of performance than other scooters we have in the
market but boy did the scooter perform on a completely different level!
engine in the SR 150 is all about ferociousness. With max power of 10.4hp and
max torque of 11.4Nm coming at relatively lower rpm levels this one is in the
true sense a 'pocket-sized powerhouse'. Be it carving corners, be it long
stretches of highway or be it congested city roads, this scooter performs with
grace and ease. It is literally the best example of 'best of both world'. You
get the raw power of a 150cc bike coupled with the ease of a gearless scooter.
The slender figure of the SR 150 makes it a great vehicle to zip through
traffic. The SR 150 eats speeds of 50-70kmph for breakfast! I did manage to
push the speedo needle a little beyond the 100kmph mark on a long and empty
stretch of tarmac. Somewhere close to 80kmph you feel like the SR 150 is at its
peak but can still go faster. While the official figures state that this
scooter has a mileage of 53kmpl, real world figures might drop to almost
40-45kmpl. The front 220mm disc brake is precise and has enough bite to let you
control this vehicle. The rear drum brakes also performed similarly.
The large 14
inch tyres are one of the best parts about the SR 150 (engine being the best
part). You get plenty of traction and confidence when you lean in a corner like
a pro! Potholes can be a bit of an issue due to the suspension setup being
stiff. This is expected however and forgiven as the telescopic forks upfront
and unit swing in the rear do a decent job. After all who would buy a Lambo and
complain that it has a low ground clearance? At 160mm, the ground clearance of
the SR 150 however is pretty good.
figure allows for some great aerodynamics but also means that there are some
compromises on the comfort front. The footboard can feel a little short for
people with heights of 6 feet and above. The seat however, is adequately broad
and long. The cushion is comfortable as well. Under the seat you get a modest
amount of storage space and the provision to add a charging port. There are no
pockets up front but you do get a single bag hook.
If there ever
was a Justice League made of scooters then the black and red colour variant of
the SR 150 we had would definitely be the Batman amongst them. With sharp lines
and curves running all along the scooter and the Aprilia graphics, this one is
a mean looking little scooter. One would expect a very tech heavy meter console
on this scooter but what you get instead
is a simple analogue speedometer. You do get a dial that shows you the fuel
level but a trip meter is nowhere to be found. This all-analogue meter is admittedly
is a bit of a let-down but the overall build quality is very good and all the
controls are within reach.
One thing is
for sure, the Aprilia SR 150 is not your everyday commuter scooter that has
loads of features and convenience. This is for those who just want mad
performance without the hassle of gears or for enthusiasts that wanted the
boasting rights of owning an Aprilia but were on a budget. This is Aprilia's
most budget friendly offering in the country but by no means is it devoid of
the Aprilia DNA that we all have witnessed in their high end bikes. With a
150cc engine and a price tag of Rs 67,395 (ex-showroom Delhi), the SR 150
really has no direct competition. But then in cities like Delhi, the company
would have to increase its number of dealerships to reach out to the people.
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