APRILIA ATLANTIC 200
The Atlantic 200 was a smaller siblings to Aprilia’s Atlantic 500 maxi-scooter. After several years of fairly good sales worldwide for the Atlantic 500, Aprilia expanded the global Atlantic line with smaller 125 and 200 models. Both smaller Atlantic’s debuted in some countries for 2003 but only the 200 version reached the USA and Canada as part of Aprilia’s 2004 scooter lineup.
Unfortunately for the Atlantic scooters, USA sales were slow in 2004 - and particularly for the Atlantic 200 model. While the Atlantic 200 would be sold until 2006 in other parts of the world (and continue on after that as the Atlantic 250 and then 300 as it’s sold today), 2004 was the last North American’s saw of this scooter. Perhaps it had something to do with Piaggio’s recent acquisition of Aprilia or perhaps Aprilia was just figuring out what scooters sell well in North America, but in any case Aprilia stopped offering both Atlantic scooters in North America after 2004.
The Atlantic 200 is powered by a 198cc version of Piaggio’s LEADER engine. This engine can be found in basically every modern Piaggio scooters from 125cc to 200cc and in many different configurations. The particular LEADER engine used in the Atlantic 200 is a liquid cooled, 4-valve, carbureted version putting out 20 HP. Virtually the same engine is found in Vespa’s GT200 scooter, while other scooters use similar engines like Piaggio’s BV200, which gets an air cooled 198cc LEADER. Piaggio’s LEADER engine is a solid, reliable engine that offers above average power, while lagging a bit in fuel milage compared to similar sized competitors. The Atlantic 200 tends to post about 55mpg, while larger 600cc maxi-scooters often run at 35-40 mpg.
The power output of this engine is quite good for its size, which makes the Atlantic 200 capable of around 80mph. This scooter can easily cruise with any 250cc scooter on the market like Yamaha’s Morphous, but it’s still not as powerful on the highway as its touring oriented looks hint at. While the Atlantic 200 can cruise around 80mph, top speed is going to be lower up hills, on windy days or when utilizing the Atlantic 200’s two person seat. The result is that the Atlantic 200 is a bit of an oddity in the maxi-scooter scene with a motor less than half the size of a typical maxi-scooter (400-650cc). The result is a compromise where you trade some highway passing ability and outright cruising speed for superior mpg.
The Atlantic 200 really shines for riders on a budget who save a great deal of money with the Atlantic 200’s lower purchase price, smaller gas bills and reduced insurance costs. The Atlantic 200 is a practical maxi-scooter for many people, although speed fans and people who carry a passenger regularly should seek out a higher powered scooter.
The Atlantic 200 looks like a scaled down version of its big brother. The overall look is the same, but everything is a bit smaller. There’s 13” wheels instead of 14”, the windscreen is a bit smaller, the wheelbase is a bit shorter and the weight is down 80 lbs to 352 lbs. Despite being a little smaller, the Atlantic 200 is a still a long scooter. There’s no confusing it for anything but a maxi-scoot. One look at the Atlantic 200 and you can tell it’s oriented at the touring crowd. The overall look works well, especially the back end which has nice lines with the integrated blinkers and tail lights in the haunches.
Brakes / Suspension / Handling
The Atlantic 200 has a definite maxi-scooter feel to the handling, but it is a little more nimble thanks to its lower weight and shorter wheelbase. At 57.8”, the wheelbase is 3-4” shorter than most 400-600cc maxi-scooters. The Atlantic 200 weighs in at 352 lbs, while some maxi-scoots post almost 600 lbs (Burgman 650). The lower weight and smaller size makes the Atlantic 200 a good choice for smaller riders who are looking for the maxi-scooter experience.
The Atlantic 200 is stopped by disc brakes front and rear, with a 240mm disc up front and fairly small 190mm disc in the rear. There’s not dual front discs like some maxi’s, nor are the brakes particularly powerful, but they are up to the task of stopping this smaller maxi. Owners generally report average braking performance, which is an improvement over some scooters of this size that use a weak drum brake in the rear.
Storage & Convenience
Embodying the maxi-scooter spirit, the Atlantic 200 offers riders a plethora of storage and convenience features. The underseat storage is quite large and capable of swallowing two helmets, provided both of them aren’t large full face ones. There’s also a 12 V accessory socket under the seat for charging your phone or computer. The underseat storage area is plenty wide enough to swallow any laptop. Rounding out the storage capacity is a good sized locking glovebox, which is handy spot for your papers, snacks and other small items.
In terms of convenience, the Atlantic 200 has a windscreen that is large enough to shield the driver, while not being quite as generous as the larger Atlantic. There’s also a standard luggage rack which you can attempt to utilize on your own, or you can add a top box from Piaggio or an aftermarket company. Piaggio sold a number of options including a tall windscreen with hand guards, leg shields, ‘Touring’ bags and a passenger backrest. Rounding out the optional goodies was an anti-theft system and a neat radio with ‘Mob Control’ that could juggle radio, intercom between passengers and mobile phone calls. This was fancy stuff for 2004.
The Atlantic 200 continued on in the spirit of scooters like Honda’s Helix, as a physically smaller and lower powered maxi-scooter that still offers all the comfort and convenience of the larger maxi-scooters. This scooter is a great choice for buyers who are either looking for a more affordable maxi, or smaller riders that will find this lighter and physically smaller scooter more comfortable to handle, without requiring the power of a larger machine. The Altantic 200’s 198cc motor does a good job cranking out power for its size, but it’s still about the minimum you’d want to take on the highway. Make sure your expectations are in line with what a 198cc motor can provide.
Other scooters that hit a similar audience are Honda’s Helix, Yamaha’s Morphous and a few scooters from Kymco like the Xciting 250, Grandvista 250 and Downtown 200i. While the Helix was sold until 2007, it’s a design from the 80’s that will appeal to 80’s fans and budget conscious buyers. The Morphous is really nice and offers similar benefits to the Atlantic 200 with a more modern and distinct look, but at a higher price. The Kymco scooters are good options for people looking to buy a newer scooter while still keeping the MSRP around $5g. Overall, the Atlantic 200 is a neat mini-maxi scooter that offers a really nice set of features. People looking for something a little different, or just for a lower cost used maxi will find the Atlantic 200 to be a solid scooter.
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Aprilia Atlantic 200 Key Specs:
* Engine: 197.8 cc, Liquid cooled single cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke LEADER
* Bore and stroke: 57mm x 72mm
* Compression ratio: 11.5:1
* Power: 20HP, 17.5 NM torque @ 6500 RPM
* Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection
* Ignition: Electronic CDI ignition with automatic timing
* Starting: Electric
* Lubrication: Wet sump. Forced circulation with mechanical pump
* Gearbox: Automatic variator
* Clutch: Automatic centrifugal dry clutch
* Primary drive: V belt
* Alternator: 12 V – 180 W
* Front suspension: 110mm
* Rear suspension: 105mm
* Front Brake: 240mm Disc
* Rear Brake: 190mm Disc
* Wheels: 110/90-13 (front), 130/70-13 (rear)
* Weight: 352 lbs
* Wheelbase: 57.8
* Seat height: 790mm
* Fuel Tank: 2.7 gallon / 10.5 liter