Aprilia Sport City 250 review

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

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    The only real problem I have had with my Sport City is a leaking fork seal. I had the left fork seal replaced under warrantee but it eventually it started leaking again. The right tube was also leaking slightly. The Aprilia Tech at Rider's Hill suggested I try something that one of his customers recommended. What he recommended was Dow Corning Molykote 55 O ring Lubricant. It is a grease that is claimed to lubricate and slightly swell seals. I got a tube of it from Amazon.com for around $25.

    I pulled up the dust seals on my fork tubes, put some of this stuff all around the fork tubes just above the fork seals, put the dust seals back in place and then bounced the suspension up and down a few times. Then I let it sit overnight. Since then I have ridden a few times and there has been no oil on the fork tubes. It appears that it worked but only time will tell if it's a long term fix.
  2. ScootTour

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    what concerns me moving forward is parts.

    which is why I am getting a back motorcycle. Waiting three weeks for parts on my only transport is not going to work.
  3. klaviator

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    Time for an update. I now have 17,170 miles on my Sport City. My fork seals are still holding up after applying the Molykote 55. Other than that I have experienced no problems.

    I increased the tire pressure in my rear tire ( Kenda Challenger) to around 36-38. It seems to be wearing better but I doubt it will last 5,000 miles. I'll report when it wears out.

    I recently did some riding in the Ozarks and had the chance to ride with some larger scooters. the Sport City did just fine.

    I found that by hanging a water bladder on the front cargo hook I could drink while riding without having to wear it on my back.

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    If you are interested in my ride report it's here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=921267
  4. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    I left a message on the other thread, but that is an outstanding ride-report and photo essay.

    Condolences on the loss of Nora.

    Captain Jim
  5. klaviator

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    I put nearly 700 miles on the Sport City this weekend on a trip to the N. Georgia mountains.

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    The front Sava tire which has 9500 miles on it is toast. At certain speeds just taking one hands off the bars would cause a shake in the front end. I'm sure a new tire will cure that. Here's a pic of the Sava. It's cupped pretty bad from all the curves I have been riding.

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    I wasn't that impressed with the Sava although it did last longer than the Maxxis. I'm going to try a Michelin City Grip next.

    Details of the ride are here starting at post #334: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=647784&page=23
  6. PascalM3M5

    PascalM3M5 PascalM3M5

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    That is the bike that i want, but cnada those not import this scooter anymore only 125cc. I look every day on the net to find one. Lucky!
  7. dbzeag

    dbzeag Adventurer

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    I love my City Grips. 7k miles later and they look almost brand new. Pretty decent in the rain, too.
  8. klaviator

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    Go to hear it. I've heard good things about this tire from others as well.
    I just stopped by my local scooter dealer and ordered one. Only $66.90. I'll report back when I've got some miles on it.

    Too bad they don't make a rear tire that fits. I'll need a rear tire soon. I'm trying to decide between another Kenda or a Dunlop 404. What are you running on yours?
  9. cdwise

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    We just put a City Grip on the rear of our Sports City a week ago.
  10. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Not tire related, but I recently passed 5000 on the milometer and it seems like this baby just got a lot quicker off the line and smoother, especially at cruising speeds.

    Keep us posted on tires, I'm gonna need them sometime.
  11. klaviator

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    What size did you put on it? They don't offer it in a 130/80-15 which is the correct size. I'm guessing you used a 140/70-15? Let me know how it's working and how it feels.
  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    +1

    They're one of the best, and Sava (especially the MC28) one of the worst
    you can put on the SC. MC16 and MC29 are great.
  13. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    When roller weights wear evenly, that's what happens, and that's why people
    love the Dr Pulley sliders (since you're supposed to use lighter then stock).

    Worn weights = less weight = more revs = better acceleration, and cruising
    revs have changed perhaps to a smoother range.
  14. CoolHands

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    I have bought an 2007 aprilia 250ie sport city. I thought the engine is the same 250ie engine as in the vespa gts?. I bought a 82941r belt (which is listed for a vespa gts250) but it is too short? The label on the (genuine piaggio) belt says 828941r. So how can it be too short?

    **edit this (above) is the wrong belt. It is wrong for a sport city 250 the correct part number is B013360**

    anyone know for sure if the engines are the same? I thought they were both 'Piaggio Quasar' engines. The new variator I bought CM144407 fits straight on so it does appear they are the same?

    The only other thing I'm thinking is perhaps I got sent the wrong belt even though the label was correct. The numbers printed on the belt I can't find listed anywhere but I don't know if they are meant to be related to the part number.

    In short, does anyone know the correct piaggio part number for the belt for the aprilia 250ie?

    here's the pictures showing new belt and how long it is compared to the original (click on pics to open in new window and make bigger if necessary):

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  15. klaviator

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    Although they use the same motor, I don't know that the Vespa and Aprilia use identical variators. The gearing has to be different due to different tire sizes. I believe they also use different roller weights. I'd check with an Aprilia Dealer. That's where I bought my belt.
  16. CoolHands

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    ahhhhh good point. I didn't think about that :scratch (larger wheels). For future reference it looks like the genuine part number is B013360 which also seems to link up with piaggio beverley scooter (I htink they have larger wheels too, so that would explain it).

    edit

    also the variator assembly part number appears to be either CM144407 or CM144408. Does anyone have the part number of one they have actually changed (& it fitted!) on a receipt or something?

    final edit

    it would appear the CM144407 is for the 250 and the CM144408 is for the 300 (at least this is true for 2008-2012 models). So the CM144407 should be ok for the sport city 250.
  17. klaviator

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    I changed my belt last year but can't find the receipt.
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    My son is the primary rider and he's the one who replaced the tire so I'll try and find out from him when he gets home.
    BV 250, Sports City 250 and Vespa 250 GTS/GTV are all the same engine but from what I've read on modernvespa.com the arm length is different between the bigger wheeled scoots and the Vespas.
  19. CoolHands

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    I changed my variator and belt at the weekend. The one in there was a JCosta fitted by the previous owner. Been in there approx 7000kms / 3 years. It was not looking good - the things that rise out (look like bullets) at speed are mishapen and some of them were holed / have bits missing!

    There were some marks inside the clutch bell scored into the metal, so possibly it was pieces of this jcosta? who knows. They're meant to be perfectly hemispherical.

    I've returned to standard piaggio variator and weights. See here (click on the pics to see in larger size)

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    the air inlet filter for the casing was pretty blocked up too!

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  20. JoelWisman

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    When the variator filter gets blocked the whole assembly overheats and many things fail, including in the stock setup.