okay... so i got all cranky and nasty about mo's lame tiger review.
this, however, was a great review. good job.
i know scooters don't interest everybody. but if you are interested, this review provides a lot of useful info.
especially useful were the comments about the way the scarabeo rides. my neighbor just got a vespa. very cool. but i was surprised, and somewhat concerned, by how twitchy the thing is. if i were shopping for a scooter, this article would lead me in the direction of the larger-wheeled models. and the comments about the 150 feeling a bit too large for a scooter would make me take a look at the 50cc scarabeo.
I can see the ad campaign now: "You meet the nicest people on an Aprilia." What? It's been done? Well, dang, so has the step-through motorcycle. OK, the Scarabeo is more scooter-like than a Honda 50/90, but it still looks like a 21st century 50 or 90 to me.
And BTW, your model's an Anonymous Squid for riding without a jacket (even if she is far more interesting to look at that way).
1. Damned expensive. For the price, I think I'd rather go the little extra for a Suzuki 500 or something not-too-used.
2. The styling of the 50 is much smoother.
3. Unless one lives in a suitably posh urban zone, scooters still aren't as practical as real motorcycles. If I lived in Dublin/Milan/Tokyo/Munich, it'd be great, but out here where freeway travel is mandatory it doesn't work.
4. Waiting for Aprilia to come out with a good (US-legal) middleweight to give a real challenge to the 600 set, in performance and charm if not price.
5. Using the diameter of the wheels as a reference, I'm guessing your pictured rider is, oh, about 4 1/2 feet tall. It looks like she's riding a Fat Boy. Or is it bigger than I think?
After wiping off my monitor, I find that the images are in fact picures of a girl in black pants on a black scooter riding/posing in front of a dark background in the late afternoon shade. All I can see is the model (from the waist up) and a headlight.
What would happen if you applied about a 1.25 gamma correction to these photos? Would we be able to tell what the scooter looked like?
As it stands, I couldn't identify a Scarabeo if it jumped out of a bush and bit me on the hindquarters based on those photos.
Nice story, lousy pictures. While it's good to have a little variety, after reading the article, I can't help but think "What's the point?" You can get better gas mileage, better handling, better speed, better torgue, more use, and if you look around a little, a cheaper price, from a Buell Blast. Why would you want the scooter? Well, unless it comes with the blonde as standard equipment.
Good point about the pictures! Need more of the blond model too!!!
Not so certain I agree with "what's the point". I'm guessing that there is a market segment that does not WANT a motorcycle but would like something a step up from the old 50cc spree. This machine looks very user friendly and has no shifter... something that I've found many non-motorcyclists are afraid of. "you shift with your FOOT? I don't think I could do that!", is an often heard phrase from folks who drive automatic equipped cars.
I do however, agree with another poster who mentions that it may not work in North America. It's pretty hard to avoid a highway on most any trip - unlike (from what I've heard...never been there) the big cities in Europe.
Oh well, if you've got a few bucks, want to move up from your wee skoot, it looks like a nice machine.
Seriously, there isn't one picture of just the scooter on a contrasting background where we can see more than a quarter of it. Since there isn't an Aprilia dealership within 150 miles, I can't exactly go check out this baby for myself.
I hope you guys get a chance to check out some of the big Honda scooters, too. My wife is thinking about making the switch and I'd like to get some non-scooterphile opinions.
1) This scooter looks perfect for riding to downtown shops when I'm a little too lazy to ride my bicycle (everything two wheels) and I don't feel like busting out the big motorcycle. (Not that I have a big motorcycle, but guys that ride Wings probably don't want to wheel them out for a 2 mile jaunt).
2) Scooters are practicle, right? So why didn't we have a picture of how much junk you could load in the trunk... er... top box?
3) What's this "short-stemmed" crap? 5'9" isn't that small. How about my 5'5" wife? Will she even be able to tip-toe this thing? Perhaps this is a bit too much motorcycle and not enough scooter.
Agree with your comments, especially #3. Where I live in Austin, I simply can't avoid having to go 60-70, even when avoiding the highway as much as possible. So the cheap and cool 50cc scoots are out. This one would work better (and it really is that big, btw), but the top speed of 70 is still barely adequate. Also black is the only color we get in the US, which is too bad, because it looks so much better in other colors.
I, too, look forward to a 600-700cc twin from Aprilia. I would definitely pay more for an SV650 beater with Italian styling and better suspension (hey, isn't there a Cagiva that fits that description?).
Guys, this chick looks nice and all, but she isn't that hot. Actually, she looks like a nice, sexy, single mom with a kid or two. Not exactly my fantasy scoot rider.
One picture says it was taken in Studio City, CA. That's outside of LA, right? I was there this past week (E3 video game convention) and there were *much* hotter chicks everywhere. Sunset Blvd, Friday night, Oh My God! More cleavage and leather pants than you can shake a, um, stick at.
Come on, guys, I know you can do better.
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