Aprilia Sport City 250 review

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by klaviator, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. JerryH

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    It's to bad you cannot buy those scooters around here. There is like one Aprilia dealer in the whole state, and they have a couple of filthy, scratched up '09s they want $3999+ fees for. Looks like a better deal than the SYM HD200, which is actually only 170cc. I like the top speed, definitely freeway capable anywhere in the southwest.
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Wind protection on a stock SC is more or less like on a naked to supersport
    bike. You get blasted around the tits level and up. Big windscreens on the
    handlebars will make things worse no doubt.

    I'd try it without anything first, if you can live with that (clean air FTW), you're
    set to go. Comfort? It's a stiff/sporty ride, but seemed comfier then a BV
    (Beverly) to me. Short scoot + sporty scoot = no comfort, but 15" wheels
    help A LOT.
  3. klaviator

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    When I got my Sport City I was planning on putting a Puig windscreen on it but decided I didn't want to chance having turbulence right at my helmet. I now have over 14,000 miles on it and don't miss having a wind screen. I always wear a full face helmet and motorcycle jacket which provide good wind protection. In the hotter months not having a windscreen allows more cooling air and makes the scooter more comfortable. If you want to wear a half helmet and T shirt, then a large screen makes sense. If you wear real riding gear, you may find you don't need it.

    As for short scoot = sporty scoot = no comfort, I disagree. My sport city is one of the most comfortable bikes I have owned and I wouldn't hesitate to ride it across the country.

    As for the BV250, I thought the wind protection was excellent, much better than the T max I test rode an hour before riding the BV. I ended up buying the Sport City over the BV250 because it cost considerably less.
  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I mean relative to it's price range / class / category.

    Try an older Burgman 250 or something similar, maybe a Piaggio X8 250.
    The SportCity is the least comfortable, but the most sporty of them all.

    Short wheelbase will always be less comfortable then a longer wheelbase
    just like bigger wheel = more comfort vs smaller ones.

    What some people wouldn't expect is that the SC250 is just as comfortable
    as my DT300, and for example, People 300 is more comfortable then all of
    them by a big margin.
  5. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Here is my puig screen on the SC. As for comfort of the scoot, I find it quite comfortable, I'm 6'1 and 190lbs. The windscreen does put the wind right at my helmet, full face, and it is very loud. On the flip side, it is very calm behind the screen even at higher speeds. I am going to ride some more this summer without it and see if I prefer getting blasted in the chest or dealing with the noise of having the screen. I do wear earplugs and they help.
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  6. klaviator

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    Thanks for the info. I'm 6-2 and 180 so pretty close to your size. I would probably get the same turbulence at my helmet.

    I do like the way the Puig looks on the bike:thumb

    One thing you could consider is using the screen during the colder months and taking it off during the hotter months.
  7. cdwise

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    I got back not quite 2 weeks ago from picking up our Sports City from Fallbrook, CA and rode it back to Houston in 4 days with a slight detour to ride through Prescott, Sedona and Oak Canyon up to Flagstaff.

    The Puig windscreen shown in earlier photos in this thread was installed before I left. Note, after having ridden with my husband out to California and listened to the noise at speeds over 70mph through the Scala headset nothing would have gotten me to ride that scoot 1708 miles without adding a windshield.

    Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Sports City did on the journey. I knew it would handle well in the twisties (State 74 in California, the Arizona mountains referenced above) but the windshield made a definite difference for the 130 miles or so I did on I-40 and the state highways with 70-75 mph limits in New Mexico and Texas. I discovered that the rev limiter kicks in around 90-92 indicated (real by gps about 4 mph slower) and cross winds at elevation can drop it WOT to 70ish.

    My brother who installed the windshield is 6'1" and I (5'7") both decided we'd have preferred the windshield to be about 2" taller since it does get noisy above 70 but it is still less noisy than what I was hearing through the Scala when my husband rode it without any windshield.

    It will never be my favorite scoot because there isn't enough room to move my feet around so it does fell a little cramped to me but the sports bike comparison is right on. I'd also like to be able to move back further on the seat but the stepped seat prevents that. Both my husband and son love the SC while I vastly prefer my Vespa GTS or Scarabeo 500.

    None of us like the Burgman or other maxi style so even had the Burgman or X? 250s been available in the US we wouldn't own one. The only scoot we've owned I ever regretted buying was a Burgman 400. They are good scoots but don't "fit" anyone in my family.
  8. quasigentrified

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    the puig windscreen is great. the sportcity 250 is a great all-rounder for errands or for longer trips, and it's by far and away the best handling scoot i've ridden. i kinda agree with cdwise that it's a little cramped on really long hauls, but for weight/peformance and general handling i think it's tops. i've ridden a honda sh150i, which handles similarly but lacks the juice. the sportcity is supernimble and you can throttle out of curves like a little blue rocket.

    i also have an aprilia mana 850 gt and ride my brother's ninja 300 on the reg, and yeah, the sportcity 250 has a bit of a sportbike feel in comparison to them -- you can really lean through curves on those 15" tires (in fact, mine has less chicken strips than my mana, lol :-( ), and has a really nice weight distribution overall. if i didn't prefer the mana for freeway riding, i'd definitely use it on longer trips.
  9. klaviator

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    The Sport City really does it all. I can't think of ANY 250cc motorcycles available in the US that compares in overall performance.

    It makes a good touring bike.

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    It's reasonably comfortable two up.

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    It handles dirt roads just fine.

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    And or course, it makes a pretty good sportbike:ricky:wings:ricky

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    It's also a great looking scooter.

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  10. MODNROD

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    That's what I had on my SC too. Thgey work very well, but for me could indeed be an inch or two taller.
    Rather than adjust it up for height (which then left my hands at the mercy of the cold night-time air.........brrrrrr!) which will fix it for me (I'm 6ft1), I added a laminar lip I made up, then had the best of both worlds.

    The Sportcity really is the pick for an all-round do-anything scoot.
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    Can you still find these new? Liking the looks.
  12. GREY.HOUND

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    This is an injected model? The 09.
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  15. klaviator

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    If you want to get a new one, you better hurry because there can't be very many left.
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    Why didn't this product make it in the US market? Competition from Vespa, or perhaps the Japanese?
  19. klaviator

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    I can't say for sure but here's my best guess.

    First of all, back around 2008 there was a big spike in gas prices and it resulted in a spike in demand for scooters. So the manufacturers sent a bunch of scooters to the US. Then gas prices dropped and so did the demand for scooters. This resulted in a huge number of unsold scooters of all makes. They must have shipped over a very large number of Sport Cities.

    The other reason I would guess is this. Most Americans who want a scooter either want small and cheap, or maxi scooter. Honda stopped selling the Reflex, Helix, and 250 elite because they just didn't sell that well. Yamaha discontinued the Riva 200 long ago. None of the Japanese sell 200-300cc scooters here. Even Vespa had a lot of left over 250s.

    My impression, from spending time on this and other forums is that few scooter riders are looking for sporty.

    The only scooter that is somewhat going against this trend is the PCX150. It is not cheap and not a maxi scooter but is still selling well. I hope more manufacturers see this and start offering some high quality mid size scooters. Kymco does have their DT300 and GT300I but they don't seem to be selling well.

    That's my opinion, for what it's worth.
  20. GREY.HOUND

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    Price IMO. What is MSRP for the SC? $4999?

    A lot of 250cc motorcycles new cost the same or less, and used even a better deal.