Stylish ride that’s built to last the dis­tance

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By MARK HINCH­LIFFE

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.

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