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Aprilia SR Max 300 Update

We recently reported on the SR Max's ability around town, it's now time to get a feel out on the open road.

Allen Drysdale

 

Aprilia SR Max 300 Update 

The SR Max is something of a mini-maxi, the long wheelbase Aprilia actually starting life as the 500 cc Gilera Nexus. With the rationalisation between Piaggio brands, Aprilia used the SR to broaden its 300 range and funnily enough it's now the last 300 cc Aprilia left in our market.

The SR Max uses the same engine as seen in various Vespa models, it's tried and tested and arguably the best scooter engine on the market today and whilst you might think performance is pretty much the same, the SR Max has been tuned quite differently. The SR Max won't blast off the mark as quick as the brisk footed Aprilia Sportcity 300, it will however show superior performance at speeds over 100 km/h. The SR Max would be the most comfortable "300 class" scooter on the market at 110 km/h, and probably only Kymco's Downtown 300 would match it in a top speed shootout.

Aprilia is clearly capitalising on the SR Max's size. Here is a 300 capacity scooter that will happily cruise at freeway speeds, and do it in a way that might have you questioning if you do need anything bigger.  The SR Max is stable, weather protected and with a massive 15 litre fuel tank, touring capable. The screen will manually adjust to three levels. Take a look at the video below to further prove how competent the SR Max is on the motorway.

There's a shed-load of storage space under the seat. We've used the SR Max for filming duties, filling the underseat storage area with tripods, laptop bag loaded in the top box and a 50 litre camera bag strapped to the large broad passenger seat. There's plenty of options with Aprilia's SR Max.

It's hard to pick faults with the SR Max and although size will give it many advantages, the large chassis can also come at a cost. The SR Max might find itself too tall for some, and when coming to a stop, it can be tippy toe time for shorties - me included.

We've been able to sample the SR Max in a variety of conditions and as always the class shines through. The SR Max would be perfect for somebody who needs to travel daily on fast flowing motorways or commute from the cities outskirts. The SR is longer, broader and taller than most other "300 class" options on the market and this gives it a host of benefits that not many other scooters can actually match in the real world.

The SR Max 300 retails for $7290 plus on roads and currently comes as tested with a free box and rack on the rear. See more @ www.aprilia.com.au

 



 

published 4/08/2014

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