Stylish ride that’s built to last the distance
PERFORMANCE and Italian styling flair come together in the new Aprilia SR Max 300 scooter.
Arriving last month, it is priced at $6990, which makes it highly competitive with other mid-sized scooters.
Andy Pecora, of Aprilia importer John Sample Automotive, says the SR Max 300 should be considered ‘‘equal to a more GT sports/touring styled motorcycle’’.
With a 15.5-litre fuel tank and longer wheelbase, it is certainly more attuned to longer distance travel than most commuter scooters. The SR Max has a 155mm-longer wheelbase than the Sport City 300, making it not only more comfortable but also more stable at highway speeds.
‘‘The SR Max 300 will be completely at home on motorways or touring long dis- tances, which is not really the domain of a typical scooter,’’ says Pecora. ‘‘The 300cc water-cooled engine provides the performance for acceleration and top speeds that complement the chassis, which is tuned for both city commuting and higher speed riding.’’
The SR MAX 300 features a compact but light nose, a silver-coloured grille between the twin lights, and a simple, thin screen.
The two-colour saddle is made from a sport fabric and is equipped with lumbar support for the rider, while the passenger has access to large grip handles.
It is powered by a single-cylinder fourvalve, liquid-cooled, electronic-injected engine with 16kW of power and a maximum torque of 23Nm at 6000 revs.
The suspension has 35mm hydraulic telescopic forks up front and a double hydraulic shock absorber.