The Indian two-wheeler market is heating up. With increasing traffic woes, commuter scooters and motorcycles are becoming a popular choice amongst everyday commuters. Identifying the scope, Piaggio introduced its line of scooters - Vespa and Aprilia which offered both 125cc and 150cc scooters in India. Vespa offers retro style scooters while Aprilia offers sporty racing scooters. Aprilia showcased the Storm 125 at the Auto Expo 2018 and will soon be launching it across the country. It is an upgraded version of the SR 125, however, it is designed a lot differently and flaunts a number of cosmetic upgrades. The sporty scooter gets a fresh set of decals and graphics, off-roading tyres, a windscreen at the front and exciting new colour schemes. No changes in terms of mechanics as the Storm 125 continues to draw power from the same 125cc engine that powers the SR 125. The company has equipped the scooter with a front disc brake and the braking setup will most likely feature Combined Braking System (CBS) following the government mandate. The Aprilia Storm 125 appears highly sporty as well as funky owing to its overall aggressive stance. There are additional features like the presence of a dual headlamp, edgy design, and a twin-pod instrument cluster. The Storm 125 is the strategic answer by Aprilia to the declining sales of the SR 125. The company is expected to launch the Storm 125 during the first half of 2019. It will be cheaper than the ongoing SR 125 and we expect it to retail around Rs 65,000 (ex-showroom).
Design and Features
The Italian manufacturer has designed the Storm 125 in lines with its sibling, the SR 125. Still, there are a lot of cosmetic changes on the new scooter. The overall design is very snazzy; the scooter looks sharp, sporty and very captivating. The front apron stacks the twin headlamps and features a lot of fresh decals and graphics. The black coloured handlebar is appropriately positioned and the turn indicators are encapsulated within it. Rear view mirrors are mounted on top of the handlebar. It has a wide single seat which looks pretty comfortable. At the sides, you will notice the Storm and stripes decals, which add to the looks of the Storm 125. Sharptail light and turn indicators make for the rear end of the scooter, while the grab rail is missing. High-quality off-roading tyres along with with the attractive paint schemes complete the sporty design. The instrument console features a twin-pod, analogue instrument console which displays information through an odometer, speedometer and fuel indicator.
Engine and Performance
The Storm 125 shares its engine with the SR 125. Powering the scooter is a 124cc, single cylinder, a three-valve engine that belts out 9.5bhp of max power at 7,250rpm and a peak torque of 9.9Nm at 6,250rpm. This power is transmitted to the rear wheel using a CVT gearbox. The Storm 125 gets a 6.5 litres fuel tank instead of the 7 litres fuel tank in the SR 125.
Braking and Handling
Built as a commuter scooter, the Aprilia 125 is a good option for a daily commute across the city traffic, offering comfortable handling and riding experience. Weighing at just 122kg, the scooter is highly lightweight and easier to handle and ride over long distances. Suspension setup comprises of 30mm telescopic front forks and a single shock absorber at the rear which can be well adjusted for pre-loading. With the off-roading nature of the tyres, this suspension setup will be appropriate to absorb road bumps and potholes, and even to take it off the roads. Aprilia has fitted 12-inch alloy wheels at both the ends which are shod with high-quality tyres, 120/80 at the front and 130/80 at the rear. Braking duties are performed by a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear. The braking setup will feature CBS, following the government mandate.
It is equipped with wide, high-quality, off-roading tyres which result in a better grip on the roads to avoid slipping. Also, CBS enhances the braking capabilities leading to increased riders’ safety. The scooter receives a large windscreen at the front which protects the rider from the harsh wind while driving.