Aprilia SR 125
Does the younger sibling live up to the SR nameplate?
IN THE BURGEONING SPACE OF 125cc scooters in the country, could the makers of the brilliant SR 150 hold themselves back? Obviously not, specially when they have the SR platform to play with. Behold, the new SR 125.
The SR 125 is powered by a 124.7cc engine that churns out 9.52bhp at 7250rpm and a peak torque of 9.9Nm at 6250rpm. On paper, the new engine is just half a horse and 1Nm less than what you would get in the SR 150. In fact, it is the same engine that does duty on the Vespa 125 but is tuned to provide peppier throttle response. Power delivery is very linear. The SR 125 gets a longer and wider seat with comparatively softer cushioning along with a single piece grab rail (offered as an optional accessory) at the rear over the split unit on the 150.
How does it ride?
The SR 125 shares all the cycleparts with the SR 150 right from the tyres to the handlebars. The scooter provides the same riding dynamics and handling characteristics of the 150. Which is a good thing, but it also means the ride quality is still on the stiffer side. Having seen the benefits of offering sportiness as the key differentiator with the SR 150, we reckon Aprilia will be unwilling to tamper with it on this smaller sibling as well. Well, we aren’t complaining.
Well no. It still carries the same set of headlamps from the SR 150. The original units being not so effective in the dark, a new set of headlamps, probably LEDs would have been a good addition.
How much more efficient?
Aprilia has claimed an 8kmpl hike in the fuel efficiency figure.
The SR 125 carries a price tag of `65,626, ex-showroom, which makes it a fair bit more expensive than the average pricing in the 125cc scooter world. That said it offers all the awesomeness that the SR 150 is renowned for. Except this time around you’ll also get the benefits of better fuel economy and a more comfortable perch. The SR 125 does make a strong case for itself.
1: Analog dials same as on the SR 150. 2: New seat is longer and offered with softer cushioning. 3: The 125cc motor is a Vespa mill retuned for peppier
response. 4: The SR 125 rides on the same 14-inch wheels shod with Vee rubber