Aprilia Sportcity 125


The SportCity One 50 and 125 scooters expand Aprilia’s SportCity line beyond the original SportCity 250. The SportCity One design is an entirely new scooter that shared nothing but inspiration with its bigger sibling. To differentiate the two models, the original SportCity 250 got ‘Cube’ retroactively added to its name, while the smaller SportCity models use a “One” suffix.

Despite being introduced in a recession year when scooter sales were down 50% in the USA, the SportCity One scooters have lived up to expectations and have formed a key part of Aprilia’s scooter sales.

In total, three versions of the SportCity One have been sold in the USA and two in Canada. The 4-stroke powered SportCity One 50 and SportCity One 125 have been offered since 2009 in USA and Canada. Aprilia Canada dropped the 125cc model after 2013, while Aprila USA has opted to sell only the 125cc model for 2014. Joining those two 4-stroke scooters for just 2010 was the SportCity One 50 Street, which utilized a more peppy 2-stroke engine.

Canadians never received this 2-stroke variant.


The SportyCity One scooters are the most popular small scooters in Aprilia’s scooter line, thanks to their lower price tag. The higher end SR50 acts as Aprilia’s flagship sports scooter with its advanced technology and expensive price tag, while the Scarabeo models competed in the large wheeled scooter segment. The SportyCity One lands in the middle as an affordable and somewhat sporty scooter that offers a much lower MSRP than the SR50 and more popular styling than the Scarabeo models.

The concept of selling both an ultra sporty premium 50cc scooter and a more affordable sports styled 50cc is nothing new, with Kymco employing this technique for a number of years now with the affordable ZX50. Vitality and Agility scooters selling very well alongside their flagship Super 8 and Super 9 designs. What is surprising is that it took Aprilia until 2009 to fill the ‘affordable sports scooter’ hole in their line up alongside the premium SR50. This niche has been vacant since the 2004 demise of the Rally 50 .

The design of the SportCity One is based on the larger and original SportCity Cube design. The aim with the original design was to create a scooter with ride qualities of a larger wheeled scooter, with sportier styling that is more popular everywhere outside of Europe.

The original SportCity used nearly full size wheels (15”), while the SportCity One scooters split the difference between more common 10-12” rim sizes and sometimes awkward looking but practical 16” wheels found on large wheeled scooters like Aprilia’s Scarabeo models and Kymco’s People lines of scooters. The result is a really sharp scooter with awesome styling. The 14” rims don’t come across as looking too big.

The rim styling is awesome and they fit right in with the rest of the look. The rims look particularly good when blacked out, which Aprilia’s used on some models. Mostly Aprilia spec’d silver rims which aren’t quite as nice, but they’re still great and anyone can cheaply get their rims powder coated.

There’s a lot of nice styling touches on the SportCity One scooters, such as the neatly integrated front and rear blinkers. The headlight and taillight are also cleanly integrated, which gives the entire scooter a very coherent shape.

The rear rack is also a work of art and contributes to this scooters high quality feel. As we often see from the Piaggio group, the gauges are a bit of a let down. They give away that this scooter has been built to a price point.

While there’s nothing explicitly wrong here, they just don’t have the same elegance as the rest of the scooter.


The only real difference between the three versions of the SportCity One are the motors. Both the SportCity One 50 and SportCity One 125 use 4-stroke engines, while the SportCity One 50 Street got a faster but less fuel efficient 2-stroke. The 2-stroke engine found in the 2010 SportCity One 50 Street is a horizontal Piaggio design called the HiPER-2.

Various versions of this motor have powered quite a few Piaggio Group machines over the past decade or so, including Aprilia’s SR50. Vespa’s ET2 50 and Piaggio’s Typhoon and LT50 scooters. In the SportCity One 50 Street, a fairly basic air cooled, carbureted variant is used which differentiates it from the SR50, which gets a liquid cooled, fuel injected version that enjoys more power and better fuel economy.

The power is still quite a bit higher than the regular SportCity One 50, and the best part is that this motor can be easily modified to whatever power level you’re after.

Aprilia claims their focus with the SportyCity One motor options was simplicity, which really means Aprilia used entry level engines to lower the cost and separate the SportCity One 50 from the higher end SR50. There’s no fuel injection, 4-valves or liquid cooling in any of the SportCity One motor options. However, Aprilia really has passed on the saving to the consumer, as these scooters enjoy low MSRP’s.

The SportCity One 125 doesn’t have fuel injected or 4-valves like Yamaha’s competing Zuma 125. but it’s also $450 cheaper ($3350 vs. $2899), making it an appealing option.

The 4-stroke motor options for this machine are a 49cc Hi-PER4 Piaggio motor shared with scooters like Vespa’s LX50 and Piaggio’s Fly 50 and a 124cc version of Piaggio’s LEADER engine. The popular LEADER motor has powered all Piaggio group scooters in the 125 – 200cc sizes for the past decade. This includes the Vespa S 150 / LX150.

Vespa GT200. Piaggio Typhoon 125. Piaggio Fly 150. Piaggio LT150 and the SR Motard. Atlantic 200 and Mojito 150 from Aprilia.

Brakes / Suspension / Handling

An impressively large 220 mm front disc brake is found on all the variants of the SportCity One. This large disc brake provides solid stopping for the 125cc model, and over the top performance for the slower speeds of the 50cc models. Squeezing this large rotor is a nice 2-piston floating calliper, which is fairly standard on 125cc scooters but it’s class leading stuff in the 50cc segment.

Only a few 50cc scooters (ie. Kymco’s New Sento 50i ) also get dual pistons up front.

Handling is also excellent thanks to the significantly larger than normal 14” wheels. With most small scooters boasting 10-12” rims, the SportCity One enjoys improved stability at high speed and less jarring over bumps than its smaller wheeled cohorts.

Aprilia has also been quite generous with the front suspension, which squishes up to 3.3”. Rear suspension is more average with 3.0” of travel in the 50cc models and 3.3” in the 125.

Storage Convenience

The SportCity One scooters are quite easy to live with thanks to their complete slate of storage areas. The underseat area isn’t cavernous, but you can fit most full face lids under there. The underseat fuel tank occupyies the other portion of the undersea area. Some sort of a glovebox is handy inclusion, and the SportCty One meets this wish with a small but very useful compartment on the upper left corner of the leg shield.

It’s pretty small, but it’s all the space you need to keep your insurance papers, some spare gloves and other small odds and ends. If you’ve got something bulky, Aprilia has equipped with scooter with a standard rear rack, so you can try to get creative with that. You can also fit parcels and other large items onto the floorboard, which Aprilia has wisely kept flat.

Convenience touches aren’t quite as plentiful. There’s no clock or accessory charging outlet, which are both hard to live without once you’ve gotten used to them. The instrumentation is fairly standard fare, with a speedometer, fuel gauges, odometer and a few warning lights.

There’s no trip odometer or other information on power and milage like you find in the higher end Aprilia SR50.


There’s a lot of reasons to like the SportCity One scooters. They offer excellent style, braking, handling and storage in a surprisingly affordable package. The trade off for the low price is in the engines, which are reliable and proven designs that don’t offer quite the same fuel milage and power and some of their more advanced competitors.

The SportCity One models compete with scooters like Kymco’s Agility 50 / 125 and Yamaha’s Zuma/BWs 50 125. The Kymco scooters are even cheaper, but the Agility doesn’t have the same level of refinement. Yamaha’s Zuma 50 and 125 competitors land on the other end of the spectrum. They cost $300 – $500 more, but in turn you get fuel sipping and powerful motors that feature twice as many valves, and advanced fuel injection.

Also competing with the SportCity One is Kymco’s Super 8 series. which includes 50 and 150cc options. The Super 8 scooters land between the Agility and the SportCity One in terms of price and design. The SportCity One scooters are nicely setup to sell in high numbers, thanks to the affordable MSRP’s and top notch styling that is perhaps the best in its class.

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– Integrated and clean styling

– Abundant storage options

Aprilia Sportcity 125

– Top notch front brake and handling


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* Seat height: 30.5”

* Fuel Tank: 1.85 Gallon / 7 Liter

* Brakes: 220mm Disc (Front), 140mm Drum (Rear)

* Front Suspension: Telescoping Fork, 3.34” / 85mm Travel

* Bore Stroke: 40mm x 39.3mm

* Compression Ratio: 10.3:1

* Fuel Delivery: 17.5mm Dell’Orto Carb

* Wheelbase: 53.35”

* Starter: Electric and Kick

* Seat height: 30.5”

* Fuel Tank: 1.85 Gallon / 7 Liter

* Brakes: 220mm Disc (Front), 140mm Drum (Rear)

* Bore Stroke: 57.0mm x 48.6mm

* Compression Ratio: 12.1:1

* Fuel Delivery: 26mm Carb

* Wheelbase: 53.35”

* Weight:

* Starter: Electric Only

* Seat height: 30.5”

Aprilia Sportcity 125
Aprilia Sportcity 125
Aprilia Sportcity 125
Aprilia Sportcity 125

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