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Review: Aprilia SXR 160 long term review, first report

·3-min read
It has a nice and smooth, but sporty exhaust note for a scooter.
It has a nice and smooth, but sporty exhaust note for a scooter.
There’s no combination lock, so you need to take the key out to unlock the boot.
There’s no combination lock, so you need to take the key out to unlock the boot.

While I usually write about cars here at Autocar, I’ve always had an affinity for two-wheelers. So, when Rishaad called me and asked if I wanted to run the new Aprilia SXR 160 long-term, it was a no-brainer for me. The timing was impeccable too, as I’d just sold my Suzuki Gixxer a couple of months ago and was on the lookout for my next ride.

First impressions of the Aprilia SXR 160 have been very good. I just love the way this thing looks! The sleek LED headlamp reminds me of larger Aprilia superbikes, while the 12-inch alloys finished in gunmetal grey look smart. A smattering of the Italian tricolour on the scooter is a nice touch too.

Sure, it’s no Ducati Panigale to look at but the SXR 160 still grabs eyeballs everywhere you go. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks now and every time I took it to the shops, at least a couple of people would tell me how great the Aprilia looks. What works especially in this SXR 160’s case is the matte black paint scheme, which I think looks just so cool.

SXR-2
SXR-2

Powerful LED headlamp offers great throw at night.

In the limited seat time that I’ve had so far, I found the ergonomics to be quite comfortable for my 5 foot 11 inch frame. The handlebar is low-set and there’s plenty of room for me to move my knees. However, I found the footrests in the front apron to be a bit too inclined to be comfortable. I had a pillion as well, for a brief amount of time, who let me know that it was reasonably comfortable at the back and that there was ample seat space.

I also like all the tech Aprilia has loaded the SXR 160 with. The large LCD display is crisp, easy-to-read and comes equipped with a rev counter, an external temperature gauge, two trip meters, a distance-to-empty meter, real-time fuel-efficiency meter and a battery voltage indicator. There’s also a USB port in the front apron compartment to charge devices on the go.

The Aprilia scores big on practicality. It has plenty of space to carry my family’s weekly groceries. The boot is pretty large and the extra hook and storage space in the front apron only further its practicality.

SXR-3
SXR-3

The build quality could have been better, there are visible panel gaps.

Due to the curfews and restrictions imposed on the movement of people in the past month, I haven’t been able to ride the SXR 160 as much as I’d like, especially out for a long highway ride. For now, running is just limited to grocery shopping and other errands.

I do plan on taking it to Nashik to visit my family next month, which will provide me the opportunity to find out what the Aprilia’s performance is like out on the highway. It’ll also give me a chance to answer one of the most frequently asked questions about this 160cc scooter, “kitna deti hai?”. More on that in the next report.

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