I purchased the 2001 Scarabeo 150 about a month ago, and have over 300 miles on it so far. This is my second scooter, having owned (and sold) a 2001 Honda Elite CH80.
Occasionally, I'll drive my wife's Honda, and let her ride my Aprilia Scarabeo 150. When I do, I can't wait to get back onto the Aprilia. It is so much more of a bike than the Honda (and twice as expensive, unfortunately).
The Aprilia has substantial bulk to it. The 16 inch wheels put you higher off of the ground - easier to see and be seen.
The styling is another big point. It just looks GREAT. I ride with a bunch of scooter-lovers every other week. Most ride vintage Vespas or Lamberatas. All agree that the 150 is a very beautiful scooter.
The thing that I like most about the Scarabeo 150 is the acceleration, especially compared to the CH80. When you turn the right hand grip, you're almost pushed back into your seat (a very comfortable seat, I may add). Seconds later, you're at 40, then 50 mph. I've only had it up to 60, on the expressway, a few times. I'm not at my 600 mile check-up/breakin, so, according to the manual, I try not to go over 60.
The three speed automatic (or centrifugal clutch, as the manual states) is wonderful. If you listen carefully, you can hear it jumping gears as you accelerate. Not having to bother with a clutch and gear mechanism makes this bike much more enjoyable to ride in the city, where stops/starts are very frequent.
All in all, if you can afford it, do it. You won't be sorry.
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Amount Paid (US$): 4,190
Model Year: 2001