Word arrives in my inbox about the recent accolades received by Piaggio’s Aprilia SR 150 scooter. In India.
CNBC (yes, the cable channel) and a publication called Overdrive teamed up to name the recently-introduced “Sport Scooter” Scooter of the Year.
Mere hours later, India’s NDTV news channel called the SR 150 “the top product in the Indian market’s crowded scooter segment.”
That market saw over 1.5 million units sold in 2016, a significant increase from the previous year.
Piaggio’s press release was somewhat skimpy on details, but the SR 150 looks pretty conventional. You’ll notice 14-inch wheels, all the better to deal with India’s crappy pavement (or lack thereof). Its sportiness appears to be mostly due to strategically-placed graphics and touches of black paint. It’s aimed at young people who aspire to one of Aprilia’s sportbikes.
The SR 150 is the sort of thing a lot of folks who’ve never owned a scooter would find very appealing. Being built in India would theoretically make the MSRP quite reasonable, and the styling would theoretically appeal to younger riders, which the motorcycle/scooter biz acutely lacks. Heck, if I had a kid, this would be just the thing I would tell her I’d pay half of, if she earned the money to cover the other half. But no, because Murka.
Hope your festival of lights was, or if it’s still happening, is a happy one. Happy New Year, too.
|MSRP:||₹67,400 ($992 U.S. at this writing)|
|Construction:||Tubular steel frame with attached plastic body panels|
|Curb weight:||269 lbs (122 kg)|
|Seat height:||30.5 in (775 mm)|
|Front susp:||Telescopic fork|
|Rear susp:||Swingarm w/coil spring & telescopic damper|
|Front brake:||8.66 in (220 mm) single hydraulic disc with twin-piston caliper|
|Rear brake:||5.5 in (140 mm) single hydraulic disc|
|Engine:||154.8 cc air-cooled 4-stroke|
|Transmission:||CVT with centrifugal dry clutch|
|Power/torque:||10.4 hp (7.75 kw) @ 6750 rpm/8.4 lb-ft (11.4 Nm) @ 5000 rpm|