Aprilia SR 50Di Tech test
Intro: LONG LIVE TWO-STROKES
With the Euro 1 pollution prevention standards in force since June 1999, and the forthcoming Euro 2 standards applicable as of 2002, the future of two-stroke engines seemed to be doomed. The above standards are indeed extremely rigorous in terms of gaseous pollutant emissions. This scooter's engine, however, offers multiple advantages, combining compactness, simplicity and performance, particularly in small engine capacities. These possibilities prompted Aprilia to design and develop the first scooter featuring a direct electronic injection engine - the SR 50 Di Tech.
Esthetique: MADE IN APRILIA
The profile is extremely sporty, almost aggressive design, and the dashboard makes a refreshing change. Aprilia's eye for detail shows in it's tendancy to incorporate a dashboard typical of large capacity engines. The three gauges - clock, fuel gauge and engine temperature indicator - , are teamed up with four indicators: oil pressure and low fuel warning lights, indicator and headlamp switches. The Di Tech features a stowage hook under the handle-bars for placing a helmet and a spacious luggage box underneath the saddle. The rear optics are representative of other Aprilia products, having a lot in common with the RSV 1000 model.
A two-stroke engine is not only a fuel guzzler but discharges vast quantities of unburned carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons into the environment. The mix of oil and air passes directly through the intake into the exhaust, polluting the environment and giving off unpleasant odours into the bargain! Aprilia introduced a solution whereby the various components - petrol and oil pumps, injector and ignition system - are separated and managed by an electronic control unit.
On the road: AGILE
The SR 50's suspension is quite hard, cushioning bumps in the road surface without diminishing the engine's performance. The 190 mm discs and 2-pot calliper brakes offer added safety in town driving conditions where having the possibility to brake all of a sudden is handy. This lightweight scooter is extremely versatile and offers an easy drive.