2021 Aprilia SXR 125 First Ride Review – Fun To Ride Maxi-Scooter!

Aprilia launched Aprilia SXR 160 scooter last year in December. Once again in May 2021, Aprilia launched another scooter named Aprilia SXR 125 in India. If you already have an experience with Aprilia SXR 160, you may think the new scooter might have the same features of the previous one. You are not completely wrong because there are some differences in displacement and power output but both the Aprilia SXR 160 and 125 share very much similar features. Let us do a detailed review about this new scooter!

Aprilia SXR 125 Design and Style

The Aprilia SXR 125 and the Aprilia SXR 160 are identical in many ways. The front apron, LED lights setup, flyscreen, broad seat, side panels, and tail section with massive grab rail above the large LED tail light. Also, the chunky exhaust unit and tyres are similar. By appearance, the only difference is that they have different name badges indicating if it is Aprilia SXR 125 and the Aprilia SXR 160 on the front mudguards.

Aprilia sxr 125 first ride review

The mechanical components except for the smaller displacement engine of Apriilia SXR 125 are similar which include the tubular chassis, suspension units and the disc /drum brake setup on the 5-spoke 12-inch alloy wheels. The were a couple of panel gaps and it was not expected to be in a scooter such as the SXR125 Aprilia which is sold at a very high cost. The Aprilia SXR 125 has a combined braking system.

The Aprilia SXR 125 has a front quarter panel with an Italian flag and a panel under the footboard with Aprilia’s branding. The sides of the body have sharp lines and cuts which give an aggressive look. The exhaust is boxy and is out of place. The taillamp is of a split design which suits the design of the width of the scooter. Aprilia SXR 125 is available in four colours – matte blue, matte black, glossy red and glossy white.

This spacious scooter has a wide and supportive seat with a height of 775 mm can hold 2 average Indian passengers. The cushioning is hard which may be disliked by some people. The handlebar is light and easily movable. The mirrors offer a good rear view. The footboard can accommodate your feet and also a grocery bag.

The under-seat storage can hold a small laptop bag but cannot accommodate a full-face helmet. There is a closed compartment in the front with 2 cubby holes. There is a USB charging socket on the left storage space for your phone but it would not be enough to hold big-screen smart phones. There is a deep cubby hole at the right which can hold one 500 ml bottle or two 250 ml bottles.


Aprilia SXR 125 Instrument Cluster and Switchgear:

The LCD unit instrument cluster of SXR 125 displays a tachometer, engine and ambient temperature, twin-trip meters, range, and live mileage. There is a Bluetooth connectivity which is a nice touch. This cluster is easy to read on sunny days also. The switchgear, setup is basic. A high-low beam switch is present at the left with an integrated pass light function, a horn switch, and a basic indicator. There is a simple starter button and a ‘MODE’ button at the right which is useful to toggle between the ride telemetry data.

Aprilia SXR 125 Performance

The engine is same as the Aprilia SR 125 and some Vespa scooters. This is an air-cooled 124.45cc motor which produces 9.38 BHP at 7600 RPM and 9.2 Nm of torque at 6250 RPM. Performance is good but there is a lot of low-end lag. The mid-range is brisk and the top end is lively. The throttle response feels active while riding and the scooter is very responsive to throttle inputs. Cruising speeds are in the range of 65-75 km/hr and when you go more than this, the motor gets a little stressed.

This 3-valve motor is somewhat raw with some vibrations at all contact points but it is not a problem. The Aprilia SXR 125 has a fuel economy of 38-42 km/l with a 7-litre fuel tank and the riding range is at 280 kms which makes it a good scooter on the highway.

Aprilia SXR 125 Riding Experience

The Aprilia SXR 125 has rich riding dynamics with good dynamic balance. The handling of this scooter is very easy which is the most important USP of this product. The suspension setup has telescopic forks in the front with a 5-step adjustable mono-shock at the rear. This scooter has good balance and control which give a stiff position to you. This may cause back pain to you at every bump and road undulation. The chassis and suspension balance would surely help you get a splendid riding experience.

The Aprilia SXR 125 has a disc brake in the front and a drum brake at the rear. The brakes have a good level of stopping power. The CBS works excellently and the scooter’s wide 120-section tyres helps its agile riding quality. The tyres have good grip and when you park the scooter into a corner, it holds well. You could clear most of the hurdles on the road because of the 161 mm of ground clearance.

Aprilia SXR 125 Verdict:

The Aprilia SXR 125 is costlier than its direct competitor, the Suzuki Burgman 125. The unmatched sport riding dynamics will be appreciated by enthusiasists. This scooter is a perfect for intercity bike riders as it rides perfect on highway. The scooter has a premium and attractive look with good features.

Aprilia SXR 125 Specifications

*Engine: 124.45cc, Air/Oil-Cooled, 3-Valve, FI
*Power: 9.38 BHP @ 7600 RPM
*Torque: 9.2 Nm @ 6250 RPM
*Fuel Type: Petrol
*Fuel Consumption: 40 km/l
*Frame: Underbone Chassis
*Gearbox: Automatic CVT
*Tyres: 120/70/12 (Front), 120/70/12 (Rear)
*Suspension: Telescopic Forks (Front), Monoshock (Rear)
*Brakes: Disc (Front), Drum (Rear); Combi Braking System

2021 Aprilia SXR 125 Dimensions

*Length x Width x Height: 1963 mm x 803 mm x 1361 mm
*Wheelbase: 1361 mm
*Ground Clearance: 161 mm
*Fuel Tank Capacity: 7-litres
*Kerb weight: 128 Kgs

Price (Ex-showroom):

Rs 1,16,000

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