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2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 300 Special

2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 300 Special

In continuous evolution, the Scarabeo family welcomes the new apprival. elegant and sporty, rich in character and unmistakably Scarabeo, this is the debut of the new 300 Special.

The unique style and meticulous attention to detail have made the Scarabeo an icon on wheels. A real one-of-a-kind, which stands out from the crowd with style. Scarabeo is more than just a scooter, it’s the vehicle that epitomizes riding pleasure and moving in harmony with the world: the powerful, fuel-conscious and environmentally-friendly engines, the perfectly balanced chassis and the motorbike riding style, put the Scarabeo at the top of its class as the only lightweight bike of our times.

The wide range is now complete with the arrival of the Scarabeo 300 Special, an ideal cylinder capacity for a truly timeless scooter, which in this configuration offers that additional sporty touch sure to be appreciated by more get-up-and-go users. The right compromise between performance, agility and riding pleasure is emphasized by the particularly detailed graphics and black wheels, an additional touch of plucky style. The low windshield, the new trim and dash enrich this very Special version of the Scarabeo.

Maximum attention to detail, excellent ergonomic design, and full on-board equipment, the 300 Special guarantees a safe and relaxing ride. The space designed for the driver and passenger makes even the longest trips comfortable. The seat is just 785 mm off the ground, and the footboard narrows where the drivers puts their legs down so anyone can easily reach the ground. On the Special, attention to detail was a real obsession for the designers, making the Scarabeo 300 Special extremely good value for money.

The Engine

The engine of the 300 is the best compromise between performance, light weight and agility. A modern cylinder capacity in an engine that makes the most of torque and acceleration, to make your trips fast, relaxing, and safe.

The single-cylinder, four-valve engine has electronic injection and represents the state-of-the-art for this type of unit. The fuel injection system of the latest generation, antivibration countershaft and automatic transmission perfectly matched to the characteristics of the engine, make the Scarabeo 300 Special sporty and extremely comfortable in any situation.

With a perky engine, but also extremely easy to handle for any rider, producing 22.3 HP and a maximum torque of 22 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the Scarabeo 300 Special offers excellent performance and that’s not all: the precise calibration of the fuel injection system guarantees low exhaust emissions and fuel consumption comparable to that of engines with a smaller cylinder capacity, which – with a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres, gives you the autonomy of a tourer.

The Chassis

The aim of the designers and technicians at Noale has always been to combine the greatest comfort with the greatest riding pleasure, and this has been our goal for years, when designing motorbikes and scooters. The result - in the case of the Scarabeo – meant a weight distribution very similar to that of a motorcycle and as a consequence handling and agility which have become a point of reference for the sector.

The double cradle frame is made from high-tensile tubular steel and is specially designed for excellent torsional rigidity and strength. This rigid and efficient frame gives the Scarabeo 300 Special impeccable stability at high speeds.

The telescopic hydraulic fork guarantees excellent precision and optimal damping thanks to the generous travel of 104 mm.

The engine and transmission assembly also acts as a swingarm and is damped by two double acting, adjustable shock absorbers. The shock absorbers can be adjusted to four different spring preload positions, so that riders can obtain maximum suspension efficiency for all loads and road surfaces.

Large diameter wheels (16” at the front and 14” at the rear) and tubeless tyres with a motorcycle style profile (110/70 at the front and 140/70 at the rear) guarantee superb road-holding.

With the combined braking system the left brake lever brakes both wheels, so the rider can always rely on powerful braking power, safety and control on all road surfaces. The scooter is fitted with a 260 mm front disc and a 240 mm rear disc.

Load Capacity and Equipment

As always, the load capacity is an essential element when choosing a scooter and under-seat space has always been “the weak point” of high-wheel scooters, a weak point the Scarabeo 300 Special doesn’t have. Despite its compact dimensions, low seat and large wheels, the Scarabeo 300 has an under-seat storage compartment big enough to hold a full-face helmet and other personal effects, and even an A3 size briefcase, thanks to 15 centimetres of depth throughout. There is even another lockable storage compartment in the back of the leg shield.

In addition to all this standard storage space, you can add an (optional) 47-litre top box that is beautifully easy to install on the standard luggage rack.

The analog-digital instruments, with new graphics and dash trim, provide all the information you could possibly want. The compact display even includes a fuel gauge.

Aprilia Scarabeo 300 Special: Technical Specifications

  • Engine - Single cylinder, 4 valve, 4 stroke
  • Displacement - 278.3 cm3
  • Bore and stroke - 75 mm x 63 mm
  • Fuel Unleaded - petrol
  • Compression ratio - 10.5/11.5:1
  • Maximum power - 16.4 HP (22.3 Kw) at 7,500 rpm
  • Max torque - 22 Nm at 6,500 rpm
  • Fuel system - Electronic fuel injection with electric fuel pump
  • Starting - Electric
  • Alternator - 320 W
  • Ignition - Electronic inductive discharge ignition with variable advance
  • Lubrication - Wet sump. Forced circulation with mechanical pump.
  • Gearbox - Automatic with continuous speed variation
  • Clutch - Automatic centrifugal dry clutch
  • Primary drive - V belt
  • Final drive - Gears
  • Frame - High-tensile tubular steel
  • Front suspension - Hydraulic fork; wheel travel 104 mm
  • Rear suspension - Double acting hydraulic shock absorber with preload adjustment; wheel travel 90 mm


  • Front
  • Rear Combined
    ? 260 mm hydraulic
    ? 240 mm

Wheels - Light alloy

  • Front - 3.00 x 16”
  • Rear - 3.5 x 14”


  • Front - 110/70 16”
  • Rear Tubeless - 140/70 14”


  • Length - 2,270 mm
  • Width - 770 mm
  • Wheelbase - 1,530 mm (250 cc)
  • Seat height - 785 mm
  • Fuel tank capacity - 10 litres (of which 1.5 litres reserve).
  • Under-seat storage - Big enough to hold a full-face helmet or briefcase (A3 size). Additional storage in rear of leg shield.
  • Emissions - Euro 3
  • Accessories - Street Case 47-litre matching paint finish or black textured top box, City 35-litre top box, complete large windshield, adjustable windshield (for 250 cc), Street 47-litre top box with backrest, City 35-litre top box with backrest, tunnel bag, mounting plate kit, alarm system (250cc)
    Colour schemes for 2009 Glam White, Competition Black, Lead Grey