The Scarabeo is Aprilia’s mid-capacity all rounder, a scooter for all occasions.
Aprilia Scarabeo 200 i.e.
The Aprilia Scarabeo has never deviated from its original format. Big
wheels and a flat floor layout make the Scarabeo an obvious choice for
the avid commuter. We were given the Scarabeo 200 over a 3 month period
and this gave us the opportunity to really see how ownership would be
like over a longer period. We used the Scarabeo for everything, small
commutes, longer motorway stints or loaded media expeditions - the
Scarabeo was asked to do it all.
First of all though, let’s recap. The Scarabeo 200 produces power well
beyond its low capacity dictates. The 171 cc engine produces around 14
kw's and that’s edging close to the power outputs of many 250 cc
scooters. The Scarabeo’s engine is both fuel injected and liquid cooled.
It’s the ergonomics that appeal to me. The design and lines of the
Scarabeo are pleasant. The seat is comfortable and I like the shape of
the saddle and the way it forms around the rider. It’s large body and
ever present weight give it somewhat the stature of a larger scooter.
The Scarabeo is not small, so from a shorter riders perspective, some
may struggle with the overall reach to the ground. Also the weight is
immediately apparent, the Scarabeo comes with that reassuring sense of
weight. I liken it to European built scooters where the increase in
quality gives off this increased weight perception.
The dash is one of those dual analogue-digital types and provides ample
information, even down to external temperature. You toggle using the
mode switch on the right, this is one button I often get confused with
the starter. There's a 12 volt charger under the seat and the seat
itself opens via the ignition key. The floor, as mentioned, is fully
flat with additional storage available under the seat or in the top box
provided. The underseat area is good enough for a half helmet only. A
small bag hook extends from under the seat. Between these three options I
never found myself short.
Adjustable dual shock absorbers take up rear suspension duties, the
front is normal scooter fair, telescopic fork. Wheel size is 16 inch
alloys front and rear, tyres are by Michelin. The brakes are linked with
the left lever actuating both the front and rear brakes together. The
right lever is for the 260 mm front disc only. Braking ability is ample
and more than enough.
After a few months riding the Scarabeo here are some of my thoughts.
What is really apparent is that the Scarabeo will often perform tasks
well beyond its scope. Remembering, here is a scooter that is only 171
cc’s in capacity, yet the Scarabeo will perform the role of a 250 cc
scooter if needed. Especially when asked to cruise at 100 km/h plus
speeds on the motorway, this is something the Scarabeo will do and do
The seating position is upright, tall and enough to see over traffic.
The screen is not overly high though it does help when motoring along,
especially at higher speeds where buffeting is bearable. It's not
perfect, though it's handy having the additional weather and wind
Riding the Scarabeo you quickly learn that you don’t need to strangle
the accelerator to get the best out of it. Half throttle is all you
need, the Scarabeo will take a moment and gather momentum briskly. Two
up and you will feel a small amount of lag off the line, this is the
trade off with having the Scarabeo's higher speed capability.
The big wheels ensure a really stable cornering ability especially when
at 60 - 80 km/h speeds. Push the Michelin City Grips hard and the
Scarabeo will stick to its chosen line and because the Scarabeo is no
lightweight, the feeling will remain totally reassuring. Tyres remain
sensitive to pressure so make sure you find the best settings for your
weight. Mine just happened to be 32 PSI in the back and 28 PSI in the
front. This helped greatly with low speed stability and when
encountering unexpected road irregularities.
Other notable mentions include storage. The Australian distributor
offers a free top box with the Scarabeo so this minimises the issue with
having a small underseat storage area. Remember the trade off with big
wheels is less storage under the seat. Would like to see Aprilia add
some external helmet hooks though.
The cost of ownership needs mentioning. Lower capacity scooters will
often fall into cheaper registration and insurance categories. This
means overall cheaper running costs especially when factoring in third
party personal insurance costs. Fuel usage was averaging out at around
27 km’s per litre and on average I was getting just over 200 km’s to the
small 7.5 litre tank. The fuel gauge will sit at full for what feels
like an eternity, after this it will briskly head towards the empty
mark. The Scarabeo has a choice of two running modes - sport and eco.
The Scarabeo 200 is a well sorted machine, the last round of updates
made sure of that. The Scarabeo is an all-rounder that differentiates
through its use of big wheels and willing engine. The Scarabeo makes
light work of local commutes and is extremely capable of handling
motorway speeds. It's a true all-rounder, a good first choice scooter,
it's one you'll grow into and not out of too quickly.
The Scarabeo is essentially a big wheeled classic, a competent and
handsome scooter. Over time I found myself getting very fond of the
Scarabeo, and as I often find myself surrounded by choice, you could see
the Scarabeo being that one scooter you keep in the garage if all else
had to go.
The Scarabeo comes in 3 colour options, black, white and my favourite
colour - Royal blue with a tan seat. Whilst Aprilia's scooter range in
Australia is shrinking, having excellent models like the Scarabeo helps.
The Scarabeo will set you back just over $5,500 on the road.
For dealers and to find out more go to http://www.aprilia.com.au/scarab200.html