APRILIA have taken the covers off their first ever urban scooter at the world’s premiere motorcycle event, EICMA, unveiling the SR GT. Set to arrive in Australian dealerships in August next year, it represents a unique challenger for the established market.
Designed to re-inject the fun into every day riding in the city, but also over long distances and less-travelled paths, the Aprilia SR GT expands the brand’s urban mobility range, and features an active riding position and motorcycle-inspired wide, naked handlebar.
Long-travel suspension and increased ground clearance ensure any obstacle is easily surmounted too, while the tyres, with their generous cross-section and all-terrain tread design, allow the rider to adventure on any surface, from asphalt to cobblestones.
All of this is combined with the unmistakable Aprilia sports design, an 11kw/12Nm 125cc engine with stop/start and a comprehensive equipment list that includes full LED lights, LCD instrumentation and the optional APRILIA MIA connectivity system.
Side-on, the Aprilia SR GT is compact, with reduced overhang and taut, dynamic lines. As well as housing the tank, the central tunnel serves to connect the front and rear, giving the SR GT the appearance of a motorcycle.
Perfectly integrated into the design, the passenger grab handles and full LED rear light cluster, complete with turn signals, also makes an impression. Rider versatility is also key, with a more relaxed riding style also available using the foot pegs on longer journeys.
This is possible thanks to ergonomics, with the external part of the peg resembling the shape of the protective plates on off-road bikes. Standing out at the front is the full LED three-element light cluster, and a double fairing that emerges to the sides of the shield.
There is also a clear enduro influence, with the suspended windscreen, that contributes to a sense of total control, particularly when manoeuvring at low speed in city traffic. The handlebar is fixed with a refined die-cast aluminium riser that bears the Aprilia logo.
The instrumentation is fully digital as well, with the large LCD display providing all vehicle data, as well as a wide range of travel information, which can be selected with the mode button on the left-hand control block.
The optional APRILIA MIA platform adds Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, by allowing the instrument panel to display notifications regarding incoming calls and messages.
A double cradle frame in high-strength steel tubing provides overall stability for the scooter too, with a Showa fork with 33mm stanchions and 122mm of travel up front, while the rear features two double-acting Showa shock absorbers with coil spring.
The latter offers five-position adjustable pre-load settings. This particular configuration, combined with specific suspension calibration, boosts control, comfort and safety, especially over uneven surfaces, but without impacting on the riding pleasure.
With its sophisticated chassis, a weight of just 144kg with a full tank, and light alloy 14-inch front and 13-inch rear rims, and wide tyres, the Aprilia SR GT offers excellent agility and handling in traffic, but is also stable at more sustained speeds.
The braking system uses a 260mm petal front disc. Lighter and better able to dissipate heat, this makes for better performance, while the rear features a 220mm disc. The Aprilia SR GT also stands out for its minimum ground clearance of 175mm.
A 25-litre under-seat compartment can accommodate a full-face helmet, while additional accessories, like say a 33-litre aluminium top case, ensure the Aprilia SR GT is always ready to travel.
As well as a more classic version, the Aprilia SR GT also offers a Sport trim, which boasts grittier, more sports-oriented graphics and finishes. It’s available in three colours, Aprilia Black, Street Grey and Infinity Blue.
Each is paired with silvery grey foot pegs, sides and passenger grab handles. The wheels are black, an the saddle black with grey stitching. The Sport version is offered in Street Gold, Iridium Grey and Red Raceway matte colour schemes.
These combine with red painted wheels and a two-colour black and grey saddle, with red stitching. Pricing is yet to be determined, but further information is available from your local Aprilia dealer.