The non-CBS version was originally planned for festive season launch this year before the CBS’ (Combined Braking System) arrival by April 2019
Piaggio India has reportedly moved the launch timeline of the Aprilia Storm 125 to January 2019. Having made domestic debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February, the Storm 125 was expected to greet the Indian customers during the course of this year, as demands for entry-level sporty premium scooters have been on the steady raise.
With the Aprilia SR 125 reaching the market as soon as it was showcased at the biennial motoring exhibition, the Storm 125 has to wait for another five months due to a number of reported reasons. The Italian manufacturer is looking to introduce only the CBS variant of the Storm 125 leading to shuffle in initial plans.
The non-CBS version was originally planned for festive season launch this year before the CBS’ (Combined Braking System) arrival by April 2019. However, due to the change in commitments, the CBS equipped Storm 125 is coming three months earlier. From April next year, all new two-wheelers of up to 125 cc engine capacity will have to use CBS as mandatory and ABS is compulsory for the bikes and scooters above 125 cc displacement.
The new rule will ultimately result in price increase compared to the existing models. The Aprilia Storm 125 and SR 125 share a lot in common with cosmetic differences. In comparison, the Storm runs on 120 section front and 130 section rear tyres while SR 125 is strapped with 120 section tyres on both ends. The major visual differences include new colour schemes and 12-inch alloys instead of SR’s 14-inchers.
It will be positioned below the SR125 and thus expect a price of around Rs. 62,000 (ex-showroom). It will compete against the likes of TVS’s hot-selling Ntorq 125, Honda Grazia and soon-arriving Suzuki Burgman Street 125. It is hung on 30 mm telescopic front forks and monoshock rear suspension while the fuel tank capacity stands at 6.5 litres.
As for the powertrain, it gets the same 124.49 cc single-cylinder unit as the SR 125. It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 9.51 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 9.9 Nm of peak torque delivered at 6,250 rpm. With a wide variety of customisation options, the Storm 125 will be trying to appeal for young buyers.