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Last post 11-28-2010 06:15 PM by ColdCola. 11 replies.
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  • 10-26-2010 10:32 PM

    • chatten
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    scarabeo 500ie

    can any one tell me what they think of the aprila scarabeo 500ie cc. i have a scarabeo 200ie. just like to know if they are any good any problems,what they go like how they handle.that sort of thing  

    kawasaki 250 trail 1974. Kawasaki 400.1994. TGB 50 2009. scarabeo 200ie,2010.
    second chancebeo 200ie.2012.pearl white. 2013 650 suzuki burgman,pearl white.name ( pegasus )
  • 10-27-2010 08:38 AM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    The Scarabeo 500 would have to be one of the best light weight maxi's on the road. Fast, light and a real good price. If ever I had to replace the Vespa GTS250  it'd be a Beo 500.

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 10-28-2010 11:19 PM In reply to

    Re: scarabeo 500ie

     Hi Chatten,

    I have had a Scarabeo 500 for the last two years. It has been an excellent scooter. I ride it to work every day & also go on longer outings now & then for the sheer fun of riding it. There have been no mechanical problems to speak of.

    I agree with Pete's points about the Scarab 500's power-to-weight. I also love the look of it. Search this site & you should be able to find a quite detailed review that I wrote about this scooter a while ago -- during the 1st several months of ownership. Also, check out Allen's very informative youtube review in which he shows you over all the features of the Scarabeo.

    I recommend you test ride one as well as the other maxi scooters on the market. They will all seem considerably larger & heavier than your current scooter, but each will have its own specific dimensions & handling (as well as styling) characteristics which will make them unique propositions. I suspect that whichever is the right one for YOU will find a way of letting you know!

    All the best & have fun looking Smile

     

    Mack Truck
  • 10-29-2010 08:21 PM In reply to

    • chatten
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    Re: scarabeo 500ie

     hi there cold cola,whats your scarabeos top speed. my silverbaeo hits about 130/140.very easy

                                                                       thanks         chatts.

    kawasaki 250 trail 1974. Kawasaki 400.1994. TGB 50 2009. scarabeo 200ie,2010.
    second chancebeo 200ie.2012.pearl white. 2013 650 suzuki burgman,pearl white.name ( pegasus )
  • 10-29-2010 10:26 PM In reply to

    • miketl
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    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    chatten:
    can any one tell me what they think of the aprila scarabeo 500ie cc

    Hi chatten,  Like CC I too have a Scarabeo 500ie since May 2008. As Pete has pointed out, the power to weight ratio is something to experience, compared to traditional "maxis", but is still allowable under the LAMS formula.  I had a 200 Beo and rode it at highway speeds around Tassie and found it performed well on the hills, but it wasn't till I rode the 500ie over the same roads that I realised how much more I had had to work with the 200.  I think it 's the combination of electronic ignition system linked to a larger capacity engine.  Also, with the fuel tank down in the "tunnel" area rather than under the seat, the centre of gravity is lower on the 500, giving even better stability.  Of course the large wheels make the ride so much more predictable and solid, though if I were to find "fault" it would be its overall "lightness" when it comes to hammering around an uneven surfaced bend on a highway.  A few times I reached a corner too hot and had to lean hard and gun the accelerator to maintain the line.  Under such duress I found the front tyre "skips" a little as the 189kg dry weight is so much lighter than say a Harley Davidson Sportster, at 256kg.  Some might say that one shouldn't ride around every corner at 110kph  Wink   and I'd have to agree with them.

    Having said this, I find I can cruise for 5hrs a day at the legal highway limits, accelerating easily to overtake large semis.  The beo 500 doesn't differentiate between flat, long, slow inclines, steep hills but can maintain the same highway speed.  The really crazy thing is due to the CVT setup, I get around 27km/ltr commuting between my place and the city, travelling at a mixture of 60, 80 and 100kph, but when I ride on open highways maintaining 110kph for say 300km I get over 30km/ltr (3  litres per 100 km)

    As for max speed, I think you'll find them capable of the old "ton" 160kph.  There is quite good acceleration from start to 100kph and from 110kph to 140kph.  One has to be careful not to grab too big a handful of throttle when overtaking.

    At first I found I had to be conscious of where I was going to park so as not to have too big an incline to push the scooter off its centre stand, but now I find no difficulty with the weight at all and I just tip the scales at 60kg.  The scooter is well balanced.

    If you are thinking of longer rides you'll smile at the comfortable ride the beo gives, also at the meagre use of fuel.  I am lucky to get 23km/ltr from my Vespa PX 200 around the suburbs.  Out on the highway I get less, unless I am content to travel under 85kph.  Because meeting Euro 3 standard emissions and sound output, I would suggest an aftermarket pipe to let other road users know you are around.  I'd also suggest an air horn.  Other than that, the ride is close to perfection.

    ciao,  Mike

     

    Riding an 08 Vespa PX 200, and a 2012 Harley Sportster 883 Superlow
    previously big red Audrey an Aprilia Scarabeo 500ie, an Aprilia Scarabeo 200, and originally a Suzuki F50 Step-through
  • 10-29-2010 10:59 PM In reply to

    • chatten
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    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    thanks miketl that is a good read,the more I read the more I want yeh

                                                                                 chatts 

    kawasaki 250 trail 1974. Kawasaki 400.1994. TGB 50 2009. scarabeo 200ie,2010.
    second chancebeo 200ie.2012.pearl white. 2013 650 suzuki burgman,pearl white.name ( pegasus )
  • 10-30-2010 12:13 PM In reply to

    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    chatten:

     hi there cold cola,whats your scarabeos top speed. my silverbaeo hits about 130/140.very easy

                                                                       thanks         chatts.

     

     Hi Chatten,

    Speedo's on scooters & motorcycles are generally a bit inaccurate. I find mine is about 10km/h optimistic. In other words, if the traffic is flowing at 60km/h, then I need to ride at an indicated 70km/h to maintain the same speed as the cars. Based on this, I would say your 200 is probably hitting about 120kmh in real terms when your speedo is indicating 130/140.

    I have reached an indicated 165kmh (on a closed test track, of course) & could have gone faster if I hadn't run out of track before the bend. I was probably hitting about 150-155kmh if measured on a GPS. Other owners have told me they have reached an indicated 175 - 180 kmh. They must have been on test tracks that had longer straights than mine!

    You will find, as Mike said, the more important speed performance for a machine like this lies in its ability to accelerate from 60 - 80kmh & from 110 - 130kmh. It is quick off the line from traffic lights, too. There is an initial lag as then it picks up revs & then it really, really goes. 0-100kmh is approx 7 or 8 secs. The amazing Adam Tassell, before selling to buy a 1000cc Ducati, modified his to the point where he was doing 0-100 in under 6 secs. Have a look at his youtube clip which shows this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub_etVgU4aI  

    Hope I've helped.

    Mack Truck
  • 10-30-2010 05:50 PM In reply to

    • scootgc
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    Re: scarabeo 500ie

     I currently have the Scarabeo 300cc available to test ride if you want to try for yourself, let me know and your welcome to take it for a spin.

    I have not got the 500 for testing.

    Regards Adam
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  • 11-28-2010 02:33 PM In reply to

    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    ColdCola:
    The amazing Adam Tassell, before selling to buy a 1000cc Ducati, modified his to the point where he was doing 0-100 in under 6 secs. Have a look at his youtube clip which shows this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub_etVgU4aI  

     

    i bought adams beo off him, i now have it running under 5sec...  adam is thinking of coming back to the scooter world... most likely a new beo, twin spark with extra 40cc too... 

    Piaggio 250 BV type R

    Aprilia Scarabeo 250ie
  • 11-28-2010 03:12 PM In reply to

    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    bunnybash:

    ColdCola:
    The amazing Adam Tassell, before selling to buy a 1000cc Ducati, modified his to the point where he was doing 0-100 in under 6 secs. Have a look at his youtube clip which shows this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub_etVgU4aI  

     

    i bought adams beo off him, i now have it running under 5sec...  adam is thinking of coming back to the scooter world... most likely a new beo, twin spark with extra 40cc too... 

    LOL you boys are unbelievable. What happened with your Bev? I thought I saw it on Manning Rd yesterday morning.

     

     

    Wanda
    Today 50 (2,500km), Montego. Fly (2,500km), Le Grande (7,000km), Vespa PX (200km), Vespa GTS250ie (46,000km), now looking at the world through Ruby coloured glasses on a Vespa GTV300ie Vie Della Moda.
  • 11-28-2010 03:24 PM In reply to

    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    My wife rides the Beverly... we use the car maybe once a fortnight... it's pretty awesome... planning a scooter trip together in january... might go down south together for a couple of days... 

    You would have seen it yesterday on Manning rd.  Wife is always over that way... 

    Piaggio 250 BV type R

    Aprilia Scarabeo 250ie
  • 11-28-2010 06:15 PM In reply to

    Re: scarabeo 500ie

    bunnybash:

    ColdCola:
    The amazing Adam Tassell, before selling to buy a 1000cc Ducati, modified his to the point where he was doing 0-100 in under 6 secs. Have a look at his youtube clip which shows this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub_etVgU4aI  

     

    i bought adams beo off him, i now have it running under 5sec...  adam is thinking of coming back to the scooter world... most likely a new beo, twin spark with extra 40cc too... 

     

     Bunnybash,

    Under 5 secs?! I find that a little hard to believe. What further mods have you done to achieve that?

    That's interesting to hear that Adam is considering returning to scooters. I've certainly missed his contributions on this site.

    Mack Truck
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