Here is my Aprilia Scarabeo scooter review... With the rising gas prices, I started my search for a gas scooter that I could commute to and from work with, as well as being able to hop on the freeway for short trips if needed.
I knew that I would need something above a 150cc, but also wanted to keep within my price range of $2500-$4000. My final choice came down to the Aprilia Scarabeo 200, pictured above with optional accessories.
PROS of the Aprilia Scarabeo
This bike has 16" wheels, with 19hp and between 70-75 MPH. The Scarabeo 200 is a great looking scooter and is currently offered in the US in two colors: red and blue. I chose the blue, because in my area, there are a ton of red scooters and the blue model comes with a tan seat making it stand out even more.
CONS of the Aprilia Scarabeo
The Aprilia Scarabeo 200 has plenty of power but can feel a little unstable on the freeway when reaching speeds over 60 MPH. Also, I've noticed that other Scarabeo 200 owners have been running into engine hesitation issues and stalling (see Aprilia forums).
The optional accessories offered by Aprilia can be hard to get. Aprilia is also apparently back ordered on the oil filters for this model.
Agip products are the recommended products to use with this scooter. However, Agip products are hard to find, such as the coolant and brake fluid unless you order from the US distributor by the case at a time, which may be more than you need.
The Aprilia Scarabeo 200 scooter is also built in China, rather than Italy, unlike the other Aprilia models.
Had I done better research, I probably would have opted to pay a little more and get the Aprilia SportCity 250, which is fuel injected. Or, I would have chosen maybe a Kymco (which comes with a 2-year warranty).
If you are set on the Scarabeo 200, it may be wise to wait until the 2009 models come out to see if some of the issues have been resolved.
The Aprilia Scarabeo offers great handling from 16" tires with no crosswind effect, no crack tracking, no uneven surface concerns.
I'm 6'1", 230lbs and 90% of my riding is with my 130lb wife. The engine is wonderful; we pull away from traffic at all lights, go onto interstates with no problems, it'll run 70mph plus have some throttle left.
That's with both of us and 82mpg at the same time! The seat is the widest and most comfortable of all my bikes, it's an all day seat and I have no kush on my tush my wife worked it off me. The suspension is great... sucks up everything with both of us again except for those 4-5" high expansion joints in Virginia Beach. stupid VA DOT jerks, but anywhere else, fire roads included, it's fine.
We've put a little over 8,000 mi. on it with 0 problems... just change oil, that's all. I bought this for my wife to learn how to ride bikes; I thought twist & go would make it easier. She doesn't mind the back and I'm having fun in front, so she still hasn't learned.
When I need to ride the edge I jump on my VFR and hit these Connecticut hills, but the 250 satisfies otherwise.
Generic Photo of Aprilia Scarabeo 100 from Aprilia.com
I am a first time 2 wheeler rider. I am 62 years old and female. I bought my Aprilia 100 Scarabeo scooter last August and have loved every 200 miles I have ridden it.
I don't have a picture to show but it is bright red and moves along great. I am a bigger woman and it takes me up and down hills quite well. I don't think there are any dislikes for the ride yet, but, then again I have only had it a short time and here in western MA it has been in the garage all winter.
It is now at the shop being tuned up for Spring and I can't wit to get back on it...!!!
A battery tender like the Battery Tender Jr. can make all the difference in whether your scooter will start right up each spring, after being stored for months.
Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.
One of the key steps in winterizing a scooter is to protect your battery from draining during its "rest" period. This can – and will – happen if you leave your battery sitting untended in your cold scooter over the winter, even if it's in a garage or shed.
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