2004 aprilia mojito custom 150
malossi 190cc kit, top-case, chrome rack, ipod stereo, etc


gmail: dkanoafry
in brooklyn, ny

(more pics below)

I bought this bike brand-new for a little over $4600, after tax/freight/etc, at Aprilia-NYC in July of 2004, which has since become Aprilia/Ducati-NY. At the time i was also looking at the Vespa ET4 but decided that the Mojito was more attractive stylistically and was something that not everyone has. It has the same Piaggio Leader engine as the Vespa ET4 and LX150 but is tuned by the technicians at Aprilia, an italian maker of racing motorcycles. Aprilia have since been purchased by Piaggio who in turn discontinued this scooter model because it directly competes with their own Vespa brand. This bike has therefore become rare and unique, however spare parts have become much easier to obtain as Aprilia (notorious for slow-delivery) is now, as-of March, on Piaggio's global parts distribution system.

In the last two years i have put 3400+ miles on this scooter in and around nyc. It has had its 650mi and 3000mi services both performed at the dealer (was not cheap, receipts provided). i always use 93 octane gas, and have found it gets around 50-60mpg or a little over 100mi on a $7 tank of gas. in May of 2005 i installed a custom 150W sound-system that allows you to rock tunes off of your iPod in the glovebox through 3.5" speakers mounted in the legshield. soon afterwards i installed the chrome crash bars and rear rack, and got a black 30-litre locking storage case that mounts onto the rear rack. in July of 2005 the Malossi 190cc cylinder kit was installed by Nicholas and Pierluigi at Brooklynbretta ($400 parts, $360 service). this engine upgrade gives the bike significantly more punch and the big difference is a lot more power in the mid-rage (40-50mph), especially when going uphill on the east river bridges. In September of 2005, i installed new front brake-pads at approximately 3000mi.

The bike has been stored during the winters in my ground-floor apartment, on its center-stand with a full tank and added fuelstabilizer. Since last fall i have been mostly riding my Lambretta and Triumph so this bike has not seen much mileage since November. I brought it out of storage a month or so ago and installed a brand-new Yuasa battery purchased at the dealer for just under $100, inflated the tires, and took her out for a spin. It is a quick little bike, i hit 72mph on the Pulaski bridge the other day. This weekend i had it on the BQE and the FDR. Last summer i took it out to Jones Beach to see the Pixies and then had a nice night-ride along the water on Ocean Parkway on a hot summer night. I also took this bike down to the SoleRunnersSC scooter rally in New Brunswick, NJ last September.

My girlfriend is really sad to see this bike go, it is her favorite of my bikes to ride on as the passenger. I am selling it because i've decided to take on another vintage project motorcycle and figured four bikes was about all i could explain. The bike always gets compliments and i am certainly going to miss it. It is important that it goes to a good home and will be cared for and most of all, will be ridden and enjoyed!


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photos taken 6/11/2006
hi-res available at flickr

older images