Aprilia SRV 850 Maxi Scooter | First Ride

2012 Aprilia Scooter

Aprilia recently launched its superbike-styled SRV 850 Maxi Scooter in Porto Ercole, Tuscany, a scooter that is the undisputed heavyweight champion in a segment no one else has dared thread.

Of course, Piaggio’s Gilera was the first with this 839cc V-twin engine, but that project is now dead and Piaggio have shifted the engine completely over to Aprilia where its found in the Mana and now the SRV850.

The SRV 850 features a claimed 76 horsepower is claimed on tap and 56 ft. lbs. of torque. The SRV 850 handles like a scooter but with great stability. It takes a while to get used to, though, and I didn’t feel desperately eager to push it towards any sort of limit until the second half of the day.

When you get your head around just how much torque the engine develops at early rpm and get some feel with the tires and suspension the SRV850 is a great sports scooter. I have never left rubber out of fairly fast corners on a scooter before but today that happened!

There’s a problem with feedback, though, and that’s why it took me a while to get fully to grips with how fast you can ride it. If you want to compare you could say that jumping straight on this from a 125cc scooter is the same as jumping onto a Suzuki Hayabusa straight from a 125cc sportbike.

Despite its 249 kilo dry weight, the SRV850 carries hefty punch in a very smooth and sort of disguised way due to the very smooth variable transmission.

It’s definitely both smoother and more powerful than the latest BMW twin engined scooters. The SRV850 is sadly lacking in the practical areas, but I’ll explain everything in my full review that will be featured soon on UltimateMotorCycling.com.

Photography: Milagro