Aprilia SR Max Touring Scooter UnveiledWed, 22 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Okay, perhaps “new” isn’t the right word for it, as the SR Max is a rebadged version of the Nexus from Aprilia’s Piaggo Group stablemate, Gilera. It’s also not clear if Aprilia will import the SR Max to North America, but the scooter is more likely to pop up here, where Aprilia already offers the SR 50 scooter, with its new name, than it would as a Gilera. The Piaggio MP3 500, for example, is available in the U.S. and it’s really a rebadged Gilera Fuoro 500.
If Piaggio does decide to offer it in North America, the SR Max will be Aprilia’s entry in the touring maxi-scooter segment.
The Aprilia SR Max is equipped with a 35 mm fork and twin-shock rear suspension with three adjustable preload settings. The 15-inch front wheel is equipped with a 260mm brake disc while the 14-inch wheel uses a 240mm disc.
The 125cc claims 15 hp at 9250 rpm and 9 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm while the 278cc version claims 22 hp at 7250 rpm and 17 ft-lb. at 6000 rpm. Both versions are fuel injected and come with a 4.1 gallon tank.
Aprilia will offer the SR Max in two colors, Nero Aprilia and Bianco Glam.
APRILIA SR MAX 125/300
SR Max is the new Aprilia scooter which brings the Piaggio Group racing brand into the grand touring segment. Available in the 125 cc or 300 cc version, SR Max puts the Aprilia sport spirit on the road for pure enjoyment and riding pleasure.
Aprilia SR Max interprets the performance and grit of the products from the Noale manufacturer in GT style: the scooter inspired by the racing world which guarantees top performance and great versatility is born.
SR Max, stands out at first glance. An aggressive design traced by taught lines reflects the sport nature of a vehicle which sets itself apart with style and an explosive shape.
The compact but light nose holds the aesthetic dynamism of the headlight assembly: A silver coloured grille is inserted between the two lights, a simple, thin screen which gives the SR Max 125 cc and 300 cc an energetic expression. The graphics which encompass the light and the air intakes create a “contrast” with the vehicle colouring, together with the “three-coloured” scheme, which are flaunted on the upper part of the shield, give the SR Max elegance and an unmistakable style.
The sleek and sharp tail fairing enhance the explosiveness of the rear of SR Max, its agility highlighted by the generous, but slender underbelly where Aprilia is emblazoned in silver.
The two-colour saddle is made from a sport fabric and is highly ergonomic: equipped with lumbar support for the rider, it guarantees comfort in any conditions; the handles which frame the rear part of the saddle guarantee safety and reliability for the passenger.
Suitable for every day travel, but also designed to provide an exciting ride for longer trips, Aprilia SR Max, in the 125 and 300 versions, has top-notch motoring qualities and cycling features in any situation.
Both the SR Max 125 and the SR Max 300 have large scooter suspension: a hydraulic shock absorber with 35mm traditional telescopic fork is mounted on the front, while on the rear a pair of 3 position adjustable spring preload shock absorbers work to guarantee optimum balance of the vehicle.
The 125cc and 300cc hearts are the true strength of the Aprilia SR Max.
The single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4 valve 125 version, equipped with electronic injection, reaches a power of 15 HP at 9,250 rpm: the maximum power and torque values are absolute benchmarks and ensure quick acceleration and disciplined pick up for the Aprilia SR Max, all to the advantage of perfect gear fluidity.
Aprilia SR Max 300 is equipped with a single cylinder 4 valve liquid cooled, electronic injected engine; characterised by a 75 mm bore and 63 mm stroke, it reaches maximum torque of 23 Nm at 6000 rpm. The result is excellent torque distribution and consequently energetic acceleration.
Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 are available in the two classic and elegant colour schemes of Nero Aprilia and Bianco Glam,
Aprilia SR Max 125/300 – technical specificationsEngine Single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valves Single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valves Engine capacity 124cc 278 cu cm Bore x stroke 57 mm / 48.6 mm 75 mm / 63 mm Induction system Electronic injection Electronic injection Max power at crankshaft 15 hp at 9,250 rpm 22 hp at 7,250 rpm Max torque 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm 23 Nm at 6,000 rpm Timing system Single overhead camshaft – 4 valves Single overhead camshaft – 4 valves Starter Electric Electric Cooling system Liquid Liquid Lubrication Wet sump Wet sump Transmission Automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with torque server Twist-and-go CVT with torque server Clutch Automatic, centrifugal dry clutch Automatic, centrifugal dry clutch Chassis Double cradle trellis in high strength steel tubing Double cradle in high strength tubular steel Front suspension 35 mm Ø hydraulic telescopic fork 35 mm Ø hydraulic telescopic fork Rear suspension Double hydraulic shock absorber with three-position spring preload adjustment Double hydraulic shock absorber with three-position spring preload adjustment Front brake 260 mm Ø disc 260 mm Ø disc Rear brake 240 mm Ø disc 240 mm Ø disc Front tyre Tubeless 120/70-15″ Tubeless 120/70-15″ Rear tyre Tubeless 140/60-14″ Tubeless 140/60-14″ Length / Width / Wheelbase 2,110 mm / 780 mm / 1,515 mm 2,110 mm / 780 mm / 1,515 mm Saddle height 815 mm 815 mm Fuel tank capacity 15.5 litres (including 2.8 litre reserve) 15.5 litres (including 2.8 litre reserve) Emissions Euro 3 Euro 3
By Dennis Chung
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