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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Aprilia RX50 has the looks of a proper enduro bike, but none of the performance. Restricted, it’ll struggle to break 30mph, and de-restricted (illegal for 16 year-olds) it’ll top 50 eventually. The chassis will cope with gentle off-roading, but ride it harder and the RX50 will be out of its depth.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Aprilia RX50 49cc two-stroke single engine is typical of the class – gutless. It needs revving hard and the clutch slipping to pull away, and you need to continue thrashing it. But as a first motorcycle, it’ll feel lightning quick – it’s all relative.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The RX50’s chassis is realistically best around town – try ride it off road and you’ll get sick of the suspension clanging in to its bump stops. The wide bars, lightweight and compliant suspension is perfect for urban riding, but the standard knobbly tyres will complain if you push too hard – buy the Aprilia SX50 with its supermoto-style road tyres if you don’t ride off road.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Aprilia RX50 is basic motorcycling – no storage, a riding position that makes no concession to comfort and a simple electronic dash displaying only basic information. There is a pillion seat – but only for the very stupid. The chassis looks nice, but is nothing special underneath the fancy façade. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia RX50 in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia RX50 (2006-2012)

Detail Value
New price £2,619
Engine size 50 cc
Power 6 bhp
Top speed 50 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 2 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 1 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 2 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Build quality is basic but OK – the main problem comes from abusive teenage owners. Cleaning, basic maintenance and using top-quality two-stroke oil should keep it happy for most of the time, but being both Italian and two-stroke expect the odd foible.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

£2399 is a lot of money for a first bike that you’re unlikely to keep more than a year. Insurance isn’t cheap for a young rider – motorcycles like the Aprilia RX50 are towards the upper end of the risk scale compared with twist-and-go scooters. Find an Aprilia RX50 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

Year: 1997-2005. Uses an earlier version of the same engine, but in a steel chassis. The looks mimic Aprilia’s 1990’s 125cc enduro bikes. Very rare now – patchy build quality, abusive owners and bike thiefs looking for field bikes are responsible for the demise of most.

Other Versions

Aprilia SX50 2006-current. Much the same as the RX50 but with 17” road wheels and tyres and a larger front brake disc. Unless you really must ride off-road there’s no reason to buy the RX50 – the SX50 offers a much better ride on the road.

Specifications

Top speed 50 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 6 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Weight 92 kg
Seat height 880 mm
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 50 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, two-stroke single. Six gears.
Frame Alloy beam
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 260mm disc with two-piston sliding caliper
Rear brake 180mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 1.85 x 21”
Rear tyre size 2.15 x 18”

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(5 reviews)

  • Brilliant 50cc motorbike!

    TheHippieBiker

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have owned this bike for around 11 months, and around 3-4 months i didn't really have the time to ride it as me and my family travel alot. The bike has been awesome in the year though, my RX 50 is a 2009 registered bike and i have covered just over 2500 miles riding it in the year. I only ride for pleasure, and obviously a 50cc bike is never going to be brilliant when you only ride for run but the bike has been brilliant, it has a spunky little 2 stroke 50cc engine which can give you a little bit of a scare in it's de-restricted form as it wants to be ridden full throttle every where, and with a top speed of around 50mph on a straight, the inexperienced will soon learn from their mistakes. I have had 58mph down a big hill, but the whole look of the bike makes other road users treat you with a little bit of respect as it really does look like a bigger bike, the only downside is the poxy L plate that UK residents will have to show. Overall the bike has been great, i have loved every second of it and it has really prepared me to get on a 125cc machine. Great bike, potentially the best 50cc moped money could buy!

    11 September 2014

  • Small engine, big bike!

    Bikerguy22

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had this bike from new for 6 months now - and I love it!! Picked up a Gianelli exhaust as, although it was restricted to 30, it would struggle to get to 30, let alone maintain it. Now it will happily maintain 40mph no problem. The powerband is quite pokey and will out accelerate cars when filtering up until 30 or so. The only gripe is that the seat is NOT comfy for prolonged periods! Reminds me of my mountain biking days... There is also NO storage anywhere, so be prepared to use a rucksack, should you need anything. No reliability issues at all. Mine hasn't had an easy life: dropped while off-roading, knocked into neutral while attempting to change up into second several times resulting in maximum engine revs and is either full throttle or nome at all due to my 'exuberant' riding style. Still going strong. Great styling as well. Will always stay with Aprilia (as long as this one serves me well for the next 4 months (which I'm sure it will)) and looking at an RS4 125 next as I've always wanted a sports bike. Got this one due to the manual gearbox, and not the RS50 because that's a 2 - stroke sports bike and that's just not cool!

    20 July 2013

  • Best 50cc around

    shaneamondos

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great value for money. can hit 55 on straights (de-restricted) and is so reliable. great handling too!

    13 August 2012

  • easily the best 50 cc going

    jacob fraser

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    my aprilia rx has never let me down, it may only be a 50 but fells like it should be bigger it is a joy to ride in what ever wheather. the engine is solid and it is fairly quick for a 50cc. i have topped at 55mph on the flat a 70mph down hugely massive hills. if i was to ever go back to a 50 it would be an aprilia rx

    11 August 2011

  • RX 50/ SX 50

    alexscott7902

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Good Points - Brilliant Whilst Working, Engine Good, Handling Good, I have had 54mph out of my fully derestricted stock SX50. Parts, take a while, and you will be lucky to go a year without neading to order and wait for any. The speedo is good but the rev counter doesnt tell you how many revs your doing just has a bar that goes up and down. Overall, a brilliant little bike and is a great head turner. Get a new model 2006 - current and if you are 16, it is guarenteed that all you mates, bike lovers or not will want one. Just remember you cant have it all, speed and style are the pluses, typical italian reliability - poor and bad parts service.

    11 November 2009

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