The first scooter Aprilia debuted in September 1995 at the Paris Motor Show. The model named Aprilia Leonardo 125 has broken out of the 50-cubic class.
Leonardo 125 scooter was named after the great Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci. It was equipped with a single-cylinder four-stroke liquid-cooled engine with four-valve cylinder head and capacity of 124.9 cm3.
Creating the scooter, designers paid special attention to obtaining a good ride quality at high speeds. For this purpose they used a powerful front telescopic fork with carrier pipes with a diameter of 35 mm and rear suspension with two shock absorbers.
In 2002, the motorcycle experienced restyling (the front part, the dashboard and seats). The bottom part of the rear was painted in basic colors. The windscreen with standard equipment became higher.
The most recent update of the scooter was presented in Milan; the motorcycle was named Aprilia Leonardo SR500.
The power unit of Aprilia Leonardo is represented with a single cylinder engine with volume of 500 cc, which is the smallest and the lightest in its class. It is equipped with a proprietary system of direct fuel injection Ditech. According to the company, the engine produces a power of 37.3 kW at 6500 rpm and a torque of 65 Nm at 6000 rpm. / Min.
Maximum speed of the scooter is 170 km / h. In addition the scooter is extremely economical: the model consumes 2.94 liters per 100 km at a constant speed of 110 km / h.
The engine is rigidly mounted on the frame, and the main channel of transmission is attached to the die-cast swingarm, which drastically reduces the unsprung weight (compared to traditional placement of the engine). Such a construction allows to put engine forward, which makes weight distribution more similar to conventional motorcycles and makes handling more predictable.
The instrument panel is a fully digital; it displays all the necessary for the driver information.
The brake system consists of two front discs. Each of them is equipped with a two-piston caliper. The rear has a single disk with a simple clip.