Aprilia SR 150 Race Vs Honda Activa 125 Comparison Review

Activa 125 vs Aprilia SR 150 Comparison Review

Pricing & Features:
The Aprilia SR 150 costs 77,000 Rs. on road, Mumbai, which is just 3000 Rs. more, than the 'Deluxe' variant of the Activa 125. (costing 74,000 Rs. on road, Mumbai). Both scooters are equipped with a front disc brake. The 'Standard' variant of the Activa 125, misses out on the disc brake, making it 5000 Rs. cheaper, than the 'Deluxe' variant. (69,000 Rs. on road, Mumbai). However, for such powerful scooters, you shouldn't even consider buying a non-disc variant.

Aprilia SR150 vs Honda Activa 125 Video Comparison:



Performance & Tractability:
Surprisingly, the Aprilia SR 150 is marginally 'slower' than the Activa 125 while accelerating from a standstill. However, it does go on to register, a good 10 kmph higher top speed than the Activa 125, on an open road. This is because the SR 150 is almost 20% better than the Activa 125, in terms of its power-to-weight ratio, but its torque-to-weight ratio, is around 10% lower than the Activa 125, making the Honda quicker off the line. Piaggio could definitely learn a thing or two about CVT response, and low end torque from Honda's incredible scooter powertrains.

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Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Aprilia SR 150 - 93, Activa 125 - 78 (difference 19%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Aprilia SR 150 - 94, Activa 125 - 101 (difference 8%)

Power (PS@rpm): Aprilia SR 150 - 11.4@7000, Activa 125 - 8.6@6500
Torque (Nm@rpm): Aprilia SR 150 – 11.5@5500, Activa 125 - 10.1@5000
Kerb Weight (kg): Aprilia SR 150 - 122, Activa 125 – 110

Displacement (cc): RS 150 – 154.4, Activa 125 – 124.9

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Build Quality & Refinement:
Aprilia has put in a lot of effort, into the detailing of the SR 150. It uses some really bespoke parts, lifting its perceived quality, a notch above the Honda. However, its the Activa 125 which will definitely be in better shape than the Aprilia, 8-10 years down the line. SR 150's refinement leaves a lot to be desired, especially when compared to the impeccable smoothness and composure of the Activa's 125cc unit.

Handling & Ride Quality:
Dynamically, the Activa 125 is no match, to the class leading dynamics of the SR 150. SR 150 is endowed with 120 section tyres, on 14 inch rims, at both ends. Aprilia's suspension setup, is also much more pliant compared to the excessively stiff setup, of the Activa 125.The SR 150 comfortably absorbs those bumps, which jarr the rider's spine, riding the Activa 125.

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SR 150's handling, is also in a different league altogether. Its grippy and wide tyres, along with a longer wheelbase, gives it far more grip and confidence around corners. The Aprilia, is the closest you can get to a motorcycle in terms of dynamics.

Tyre Size:
Front: SR 150 – 120/70 - 14 Tubeless, Activa 125 - 90/90 12
Rear: SR 150 – 120/70 - 14 Tubeless, Activa 125 - 90/100 10

Wheelbase (mm): RS 150 - 1350, Activa 125 - 1260


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Comfort & Ergonomics:
Both scooters have decent ergonomics, for the rider as well as the pillion. The Activa 125 has a slight edge over the SR 150, thanks to a longer seat, and more usable foot pegs. Activa also has a slightly larger under seat storage, due to lesser intrusion, courtesy of smaller wheels. However, even the Aprilia can manage to fit a full face helmet under the seat, provided you buy the right one!

Seat Height (mm): Aprilia SR 150 - 775, Activa 125 - 765

Fuel Efficiency:
The Activa 125 has ARAI certified mileage of 59 kmpl, which is over 10 kmpl more than the SR 150. In our back-to-back tests, the Activa 125 was almost 8 kmpl more efficient than the Aprilia SR 150.

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Fuel Cost (for usage of 60,000 km): Aprilia SR 150 - 95,000 Rs. Activa 125 - 80,000 Rs.

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
Honda has proven, that it's scooters can easily outlast those, made by any other manufacturer, in the World. Piaggio's scooters on the other hand, have struggled with product reliability as well as service support issues, ever since the first Vespa, the LX 125 was launched in India. Even the sheer spread of Honda's 2500+ touch points is far more widespread than Aprilia's outlets.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
After a usage of 5 to 7 years, the Activa 125 will fetch around 10,000 Rs. more than the Aprilia SR 150, thanks to Honda's impeccable record of longevity, of its products. Overall, the Activa 125 is bound to be over 25,000 Rs. lighter on the pocket, in terms of Overall Ownership Cost, compared to the SR 150.

Resale Price (after 5-7 years, 60,000 km):
Aprilia SR 150 - 34,000 Rs.
Activa 125 - 43,000 Rs.

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost - Resale Price):
Aprilia SR 150 - 1.38 Lakh
Activa 125 - 1.11 Lakh

Verdict:

If you are considering one of these scooters, you are definitely not looking for a pure commuter. If you are, then go for the 110cc Activa and be done with it. Since you are looking for something more, you'll be disappointed with the Activa 125. Not because there anything wrong with it. In fact there is hardly anything wrong with it. It is reliable, efficient, refined, quick and practical. If you ride any of the 100cc scooters, at the upper end of their speed range, you rarely wish for more power, but you definitely wish for better stability, better grip, better road-holding, better stopping power, better bump absorption, better ground clearance, more suspension travel etc.

 Which is where the Activa 125 stumbled, and the Aprilia thoroughly impressed us. It is so good, that most commuter motorcycles in our country, can't match the ride-handling of the SR 150. At the end of the day, it boils down to whether you can compromise, a little, in the engine-transmission capabilities, for the immense upgrade that you get on the chassis-suspension and tyres? We do. Which is why the Aprilia SR 150 is our pick of this test.


Distinctive design tail
10 spoke alloy spider inspired
Silencer look decent not stylish though
Instrument cluster is neat and clean, trip meter lagging
Design similar to Honda Dio version 1
First in class dual headlamps

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