This Italian Motorcycle Brand Is Finally Making Its Way to the Philippines
Aprilia is well-known among two-wheeled vehicle enthusiasts as an Italian motorcycle maker. Founded in 1945, the brand started out by manufacturing bicycles until it came out with a motorized version in the late 1960s. By the late ‘70s, its motorcycles were competing—and winning—in motocross championships worldwide.
The company produced many memorable models over the years, including the AF1 that won the World Speed Championship, and a collaboration with famed designer Philippe Starck called the Moto that was exhibited at the Modern Art Museum in New York City in 1995.
In 2004, the company was acquired by motoring giant Piaggio, making it part of one of the world’s biggest motorcycle groups in the world.
This year, Aprilia will finally be available in the Philippines through an exclusive distributorship arrangement with Motoitalia Philippines Inc, which is under the Autohub Group. Rumors of Aprilia entering the country first surfaced in 2017, when Autohub Group President Willy Tee Ten first mentioned it, according to Top Gear Philippines.
The first model that is making its way here is the SR GT.
Unveiled at the EICMA or Milan Motorcycle Show 2021, the SR GT is positioned as a fun and sporty scooter capable of quick city rides or over longer distances. The model has a brand-new 174 cc single-cylinder engine, capable of churning out 13 kW of power at 8500 rpm and 16.5 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm.
The SR GT is equipped with a Start & Stop system known as the RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System), which does away with the traditional starter, replacing it with a brushless electrical device installed directly on the crankshaft. The system ensures a quieter start, increased lightness and reliability, and lower fuel consumption as it automatically switches off the engine one to five seconds after the scooter has stopped (depending on whether the engine has reached its correct operating temperature or not). The rider can instantly restart the engine with a slight twist of the throttle.
The model has a ground clearance of 175 mm and a nine-liter fuel tank capable of powering the bike up to 350 kilometers. There’s also a 25-liter compartment under the seat that can fit a full-face helmet.
Other features include a full LED three-element light cluster; endure-influenced suspended windscreen; wide naked handlebar fixed to the vehicle with a refined die-cast aluminum riser that bears the Aprilia logo, while the ergonomic and intuitive handlebar control sets.
The Aprilia SR GT comes with warranty of three years, which is 12 months more than the standard 24-month term.
For more information, visit the Motoitalia Facebook page.