With a wheelbase of 54.5 inches, about 1 inch less than most frontline repli-racers, the SportCity responds immediately to steering inputs. Fifteen-inch cast aluminum wheels aid stability, and the 35mm fork and preload-adjustable twin shocks are firmly sprung and relatively well-damped. Great mirrors, too.Also worth noting are the SportCity’s convenience features: The locking storage compartment integrated behind the leg guard contains a power outlet for on-the-go phone recharging, and there’s room in the molded plastic well under the seat for a full-face helmet. Aprilia also offers a range of accessories, including two windshields and three sizes of top boxes.There are full-size, hand-clutch, foot-shift motorcycles that cost less than the $4599 SportCity; Kawasaki’s reborn Ninja 250, an impossibly good deal at $3499, is a prime example. Should you prefer the twist-and-go approach, the Aprilia SportCity 250 is a fun, versatile and, yes, fuel-friendly alternative.