Aprilia SR 125

Does the younger sib­ling live up to the SR name­plate?

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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.

What’s new?

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.

All good?

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.

Ver­dict?

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

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