2011 Aprilia Scarabeo Review


In Italy, the 2011 Aprilia Scarabeo is the scooter to have and is one of the most popular models being sold there. Available in both a 150 and 200-cc option (specs herein are for 200-cc), the Scarabeo has seen several design improvements for the 2011 model year and is now being exported to several countries, including the United States. The new model includes an updated look, added ergonomics, engine upgrades, new dashboard electronics, and much more.

The Scarabeo has long been known for its retro rounded look and in keeping with that, Aprilia has retained most of those style elements in this new design. The rear end, front fascia, and footrest, however, have been changed to add to aerodynamics, ergonomics, and rider comfort. The flat footrest means more room to stretch out while the raised rear means a softer ride for passengers and a more level vantage point for the driver. The flattening of the front fascia and addition of a new, molded windscreen mean less turbulence for the driver.

In the engine, upgraded fuel injectors mean higher performance and better fuel economy while other engine block changes mean less vibration and smoother operation. This is coupled to new electronics that allow the driver to control the driving mode (ECO or Sport) for better economy or better performance. Added to this are other sensors that can display ambient (outside) temperature and on-board computer controls that can be accessed from the handlebar and displayed on the integrated LED screen. The new design of the Scarabeo gives a new, modernized look to the scooter while the better engine and controls mean a more refined drive for the rider. It is signature Aprilia.

New For 2011

  • New, more modern real tail design, set higher for better passenger comfort
  • Heavier, more responsive and adjustable rear shock absorbers treat passengers to a more smoothed-out riding experience.
  • Updated, well-cushioned passenger's seat for a more comfortable ride
  • New fuel injection technology to gives better fuel economy, faster acceleration, and a higher top speed
  • Driver-selectable engine operation selections, including ECO for more fuel-conscious performance, and Sport for higher performance
  • Larger front brake and caliper for better stopping power
  • Six color choices, including Nero Aprilla (black), Bianco Flair (white), Silver Crowd, Blu Couture, Rosa Silk (pink) and Rosso Luxury (red)

2011 Aprilia Scarabeo Specs

  • Model: Scarabeo 200
  • Engine Type: Single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.5 inches x 2.3 inches, 180.8-cc
  • Compression ratio: 12:1
  • Valve Train: four-valve dual overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Induction: Keihin carburettor
  • Ignition: CDI electronic
  • Transmission: Automatic variator
  • Final Drive: V belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.11 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 55 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): 10.23 inch stainless steel disc, floating three-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): 8.66 inch stainless steel disc, fixed two-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 1.38 inch hydraulic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Engine-balanced swingarm, dual hydraulic shocks
  • Wheelbase: 54.76 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31.88 inches
  • Curb Weight:
  • Tires (Front): 110/80 x 16-inch
  • Tires (Rear): 120/80 x 16-inch


  • Aprilia branded rider helmets in colors to match the scooter's, including both full-face and sport helmets
  • Aprilia branded rider's gear, such as leather or cloth gloves, jackets, and more
  • Full chromed stainless steel exhaust cover replacements to accentuate the rear flange around the muffler while retaining heat protection for riders.
  • Heavy protective cover in three different styles to protect the Scarabeo from weather and the elements outdoors. Light, indoor dust cover also available
  • Electronic security alarm system with steering lock and starter block, controlled by key fob and remote control
  • Front storage box lid replacement for a more stylized automotive grille look
  • Cloth or hard box storage box to fit onto the Scarabeo's integrated luggage carrier

Key Competitors For The 2011 Aprilia Scarabeo

  • Kymco Like 200i
  • BMS Pathfinder Nitro
  • Vespa PX
  • Benelli Macis 150
  • Linhai GT 200cc