Well, one year with the Scarabeo 200 and it's been pretty smooth sailing.
Can't fault the bike mechanically - it's been perfect. Only complaint are the tyres - had one near off on a bad camber at a junction, with a dry but oily surface (motorbike boots saved me), and an uncomfortable wheelspin or two in wet weather.
The economy of the bike is great, getting around 35km per litre on good behaviour, maybe a little less for lots of in town and fast starts.
The bike is a great size for a commuter, big enough to assert your place on the road, but small enough to weave and wind through the traffic, even when drivers clam up to block you out. with a top box on the back it's great for storage. typically i keep a bike cover and a u-lock under the seat, and put my bag or helmet in the top box when parked up.
all that said, a couple of things have pushed me to consider buying my first motorbike. i'd like more acceleration; the beo isn't slouchy but it's not a real sprinter either. i want variety in my ride - i've always wanted to ride a manual bike, and i guess after a lot of commuting, the beo feels quite turn and go. i also want something with a bit more weight behind it to do better between 80-110kmh on highways and freeways.
some of these aren't direct criticisms of the scarabeo. if i do get a motorbike, it's not to be an everyday commuter - it's more for the pleasure rides. i'm eyeing up a Suzuki V-Strom 650, if i'm tall enough to ride it (178cm). not sure whether or not to keep the Scarabeo. We don't really have room at the moment but I'm tempted to make room - I'd be really sad to say goodbye to it. I can definitely see myself as one of these two wheel collectors.
Anyway, I'd definitely recommend the Aprilia Scarabeo 200 - I think it's a great compromise between weight, size and form, and performance. The bike feels high quality - it's hard to explain. You feel like you are getting exactly what you paid for.
Oh well - first lesson towards my R (manual) licence on Saturday. Wish me luck! Would love to hear from any other dual moders or defectors. Is it a common desire to have a motorbike as well?