A non-vintage, likely-to-be-classic Italian scooter, the SR 50!
Written: Feb 2, 2001 (Updated Feb 2, 2001)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
A little spicier offering, than the newly available Vespa ET-2, Aprilia's SR 50 twist and go scooter gets up, and really moves it's cookies for a 49cc scooter of purely Italian lineage.
For about 2800 bucks, you get a 45 mph, dual disc-brake equipped, two stroke Italian scooter with beautiful, if not young-ish styling. Included electric start, and fuel gauge are nice appointments. This little buzzer handles really well, thanks to fat tires, mounted on sexy cast wheels.
Posed at younger scooterists, the Aprilia machines appear to be of very high quality, more so than in competing Japanese offerings. Clearly the Italians (Vespa, Italjet, Aprilia) are in their own category in the scooter business, as they created this type of transportation in the first place!
Styling, performance oriented brakes, and sexy color schemes are pointed towards a younger crowd, than say the ET series by Piaggio, or even some of the upstart Korean sourced scooters now available.
As a college-town commuter, or a starter scooter for a new rider this will be a great machine, with longer-lasting appeal than many comparable scooters. It also seems to be built to last a long time, the fit, finish and materials quality are without reproach.
My biggest gripe, is that the "typical" buyer, will undoubtedly want more GO, in short order. As stock, about 45 mph is capable, BUT that is not achieved without some wishing, hoping, and waiting. Allow yourself some to get rolling time when pulling into traffic with this scooter.
Once on the move, getting to speed will take you a few moments, and as they say, good acceleration IS as much a safety issue as good deceleration!
Thankfully, there ARE aftermarket hop-up kits, to make this little jewel speedier. Those kits are costly, and require professional installation. But they do work.
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Amount Paid (US$): 2800.00
Model Year: 2001