One glance is all you need to pick
out a Scarabeo 500 from a thousand other bikes. Scarabeo is unique, a
perfect mix of classic styling and modern finish that inevitably sets the
pace. But like every other member of the family, Scarabeo 500, with its
unmistakable, classical lines is not just a pretty face! Its sleek lines
hide advanced ergonomics and functionality, and incorporate a wide range of
utility solutions, including an adjustable windshield and the biggest
under-seat storage compartment of any large wheeled scooter.
Performance plus safety
Though light in weight, equipped with
an automatic variator, and aerodynamically protective, Scarabeo 500 also
gives you all the performance you need to tackle medium and even long
Lightweight, agile and fast, Scarabeo
500 is as comfortable as a maxi, but far, far easier to ride. Its compact
dimensions, no bigger than many 250 cc scooters, make it the perfect vehicle
for traffic-intensive routes and easy parking, while its 500 cc engine
guarantees nippy overtaking. Just open the throttle and watch the traffic
retreat behind you! Scarabeo 500 is also the lightest motorcycle in its
class. Given the excellent performance of its 500 cc single cylinder engine,
this means that the Scarabeo 500 has a record power to weight ratio for
lively acceleration, quick and safe overtaking and intuitively easy control.
An oversized, integral braking system and wide section tyres add to active
safety too, making Scarabeo 500 far more than just another scooter.
A flagship on two wheels
Rider and passenger comfort has
always been at the top of the list for the Aprilia design team. Scarabeo 500
is designed and built to the highest ergonomic standards, and is equipped to
make life on board as relaxed as possible. Abundant space for rider and
passenger ensures a high level of comfort even on long journeys. Seat height
is only 780 mm, and the platform is narrower under the rider’s legs to make
it easy to get your feet firmly on the ground
Scarabeo moves in harmony with its
surroundings, not only in terms of style, but in terms of environmental
friendliness too. Scarabeo 500 is the first of Aprilia’s 500 cc scooters to
be homologated to Euro 3 standards, guaranteeing a high level of
environmental protection, just as the Scarabeo philosophy demands.
The engine is an extremely modern and
advanced, single cylinder, liquid cooled, four stroke power plant with a
single overhead cam and a four valve head.
Thanks to maximum power of 29 kW at
7500 rpm and maximum torque of 43 Nm at 5500 rpm, Scarabeo 500 delivers
unbeatable performance, easily equivalent to many multi-cylinder
motorcycles. This impressive power, plus extremely light weight gives the
Scarabeo 500 one of the best power to weight ratios on the market (6.55
An advanced electronic fuel injection
system not only keeps consumption down but delivers constantly smooth power,
adding greatly to comfort and riding satisfaction. The engine is even
equipped with a dynamic balancer shaft to reduce vibrations even further.
Miserly consumption combined with a large capacity fuel tank (13.2 liters
gives Scarabeo 500 tourer-style autonomy.
Like all Aprilia motorcycles, the
Scarabeo benefits from the tremendous know how that Aprilia has built up
over many years of success in racing. The frame and suspension are designed
to let you make full use of the generous performance of the 500 cc engine.
The main objective of the Aprilia
design team throughout the Scarabeo 500 project was to achieve maximum
comfort with maximum riding satisfaction. The result is a scooter with
big-bike weight distribution, capable of amazing agility and handling
without compromising the high speed stability for which all Aprilia scooters
are famous. Scarabeo 500 is a real delight to ride, not only because it is
an inimitable style icon, but also because the active control typical of all
Aprilias turns the Scarabeo 500 into a truly dynamic motorcycle with the
ability to thrill its rider even on the daily commute between home and work.
The double cradle frame is made from
high strength steel, and is specially designed to guarantee fantastic
torsional rigidity and amazing strength. This highly rigid and efficient
frame ensures that Scarabeo 500 remains totally stable even at high speed.
The hydraulic fork incorporates
robust 40 mm stanchions for precision control and steering and effortless
shock absorbing even on long journeys
The engine and transmission assembly
functions as a swingarm and is damped by two double acting shock absorbers.
Spring preload can be adjusted to four settings to let you achieve perfect
suspension action for all loads and all road surfaces.
Large diameter wheels (16 inch at the
front and 14 at the rear) with tubeless motorcycle tyres (110/70 front and
150/70 rear) give exceptional comfort and control as well as faultless road
holding. The wide profile tyres also assist the suspension in absorbing the
roughness of uneven road surfaces as well as ensuring super-safe braking.
And braking is indeed one of the
strong points of Scarabeo 500. The integral braking system is always
powerful, safe and easy to control, whatever the road conditions. Scarabeo
500 is also fitted with large diameter discs. Two 260 mm front discs with
floating calipers are assisted by a powerful 240 mm rear disc.
The principle of integral braking is
simple. When you pull on the left hand lever (the rear brake lever) you
operate not just the rear disc brake but one of the two front disc brakes
too. A special valve distributes pressure between the two wheels to maximise
effect and make braking easy to control even for novice riders. Integral
braking dramatically reduces stopping distances and gives you a far greater
feeling of safety and control than conventional braking systems.
Load capacity and equipment
Load carrying capacity plays a
fundamental role when you choose a new scooter. Under-seat storage space has
always been the “Achilles’ heel” of other high wheel scooters, but Aprilia’s
engineers have found a brilliant solution. Despite its compact dimensions,
low seat and large wheels, Scarabeo 500 boasts an under-seat storage
compartment worthy of the biggest GT scooters, big enough to hold a
full-face helmet and other personal effects besides, or even an A3 size
briefcase, thanks to 15 centimetres of depth throughout. There is even
another lockable storage compartment in the back of the leg shield.
In addition to all this standard
storage space, you can add an (optional) 45 litre top box that is
beautifully easy to install on the standard luggage rack.
The analog-digital instruments with
classic white background provide all the information you could possibly
want. The compact display even includes a fuel level gauge. The seat can be
released from the anti-theft system’s remote control, so you can access your
belongings without fumbling for a key: a small but important contribution to
making daily life that little bit easier.
In keeping with Aprilia’s design
policy, Scarabeo 500 gives you everything you need as standard, including an
electronic anti-theft system with remote control. This advanced vehicle
security device is fitted as standard for the first time on any scooter, and
functions by locking the engine’s electronic control unit, making any
attempt to start the bike or tamper with it pointless. Like any car security
system, Scarabeo 500’s anti-theft system is switched on and off at the touch
of a button on the remote control. It also cuts in automatically 50 seconds
after you remove the ignition key. The system sounds a high power siren and
flashes the hazard warning lights if any attempt is made to move the