Aprilia first introduced the Scarabeo back in 1993 with their 150cc model. Their concept of creating a scooter that handles better on rough roads and at higher speeds by incorporating larger wheels has proved to be sound over the years. Ultimately, this has made the Scarabeo one of the most popular scooters in Europe.
For 2006, Aprilia offers the Scarabeo in four versions. The most popular is the 50cc model, known as the Scarabeo 50 DiTech. Running a 2-stroke, single cylinder Piaggio Hi-PER2 motor, the DiTech is reliable, and easily upgradable. The Scarabeo 150 derives its name from the 151cc Rotax, four-valve, four-stroke liquid cooled engine that runs it. The Scarabeo 250 is powered by a four-stroke single overhead cam four-valve motor, with 244cc of displacement by QUASAR. The top-of-the-line Scarabeo 500 is running a Piaggio MASTER 466cc, liquid cooled single cylinder, four-valve, four-stroke engine, which puts out 39 horsepower. No matter which Scarabeo you choose, the fuel economy is sure to impress. Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) are used throughout the model range on the Scarabeo.
All of the 2006 Scarabeo variants, with the exception of the Scarabeo 500, ride on 16-inch wheels, while the Scarabeo 500 uses a 14-inch rear wheel. Traditionally, scooters have 8- to 12-inch wheels, but Aprilia has improved handling characteristics by trading cubic liters of under-seat storage space for the sake of utilizing the larger wheels. Storage is increased in the Scarabeo 500 model by compromising on the size of the rear wheel. In all cases, the larger wheel sets give the rider superior control, and higher visual perspective.
The 16-inch wheels aren’t the only factor that contributes to the smooth ride and tactile feel of these Aprilia scooters. High quality Italian suspension absorbs the bumps. The Scarabeo 50 DiTech uses a hydraulic telescoping fork in the front with 80mm of travel, while a single hydraulic shock with 68mm of travel brings up the rear.
The 2006 Scarabeo 150 similarly uses a telescopic fork for the front suspension, while the rear suspension is a duel coil-over design. For the Scarabeo 250, Aprilia uses a telescopic fork with 110mm of travel in front, and a twin sided swing arm in the rear, with 105mm of travel. Unsurprisingly, the Scarabeo 500 has the most beefy suspension system. While the front end uses a 40mm hydraulic fork with 103mm of wheel travel, the rear end uses the engine as a swingarm. Additionally, there are two double-acting shock absorbers with four spring preload settings. Wheel travel is 100mm.
The Scarabeo 50 DiTech uses a 220mm disc brake in the front, and a 190mm disc brake in the rear. For the Scarabeo 500, the increased horsepower requires increased stopping power to compensate. The 2006 Aprilia Scarabeo 500 uses twin 260mm stainless steel discs, with floating calipers bearing two parallel pistons in front, and a 240mm stainless steel disc, with a fixed caliper with twin pistons in the rear.
The rider experience provided by the entire Scarabeo line is pure quality and stability. Riders can be confident in their abilities on winding roads, urban traffic, and freeway speeds alike, due to the high quality fit and finish which is synonymous with the Aprilia name.