The Storm 125 continues to retain the sportiness and agility of the Aprilia brand. To start with, the 125cc three-valve air-cooled engine has decent amount of grunt but also manages to exhibit its smoothness. As soon as you twist the throttle, the Storm 125 feels extremely quick off the line. Give a bit more input and the scooter does some high speed runs quite comfortably. But there’s a huge speedometer error. In fact, the SR160 was plagued with the same issue. So, expect the Storm 125 to be at least 15kmph slower than what is shown on the cluster. But overall, the Storm 125 is a decently fast scooter.
When it comes to city commuting, the Storm 125 plays well there. The ergonomics are comfortable. As a result, it’s easy to steer the scooter. In fact, even a tall rider like me didn’t feel uncomfortable at U-turns. There’s enough room on the floorboard. So it can carry some bags from grocery visits too.
This Aprilia uses the same suspension unit from the SR160 but it feels so much better over bad and undulating roads. The credit goes to the smaller 12-inch wheels. The presence of these wheels made the company use taller profile tyres. So, the softer side walls also help with the riding experience. Having said that, the Storm 125 still returns a good amount of jarring. As a result, it becomes a bit difficult to deal with that front end when it comes to bad roads.
The brakes are done well. There’s good amount of progression and power. The CBS works well, but it could have been so much better, especially under hard braking.