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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Piaggio Typhoon 50 has been around 16 years – as long as the teens allowed to ride it!

Originally a cutting edge sports scooter, the lightweight Typhoon is still a lot of fun but is now at the bottom end of the sports 50 price scale, making it good value for money.


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The Typhoon is very light, which makes the air-cooled twist-and-go feel perkier than it is.

In full power form (only legal for those over 17 years old) the Typhoon gets up to 30mph respectably swiftly, slowing as it winds round to its 50mph top speed.

Restricted, the Typhoon is as lethargic and dangerous in traffic as any other restricted 50, struggling to get to 30mph.

Ride and Handling

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Surprisingly for a small wheel scooter the Typhoon doesn’t feel too nervous – the fat balloon-like tyres with a chunky tread pattern calm the handling compared to sportier scooters. They’ll also deal with bumping up kerbs better, and there’s enough grip to enjoy throwing the Piaggio around city streets. The front brake is effective, and the rear drum is brilliant for childish skids!


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The Typhoon is basic – the dash has a rev counter and a fuel gauge, but no clock, the underseat storage area will accept an open-face helmet or a small full-face.

The seat will accept two people in theory – in practice, only a dwarf would fit comfortably, and the engine would struggle with extra weight anyway.

Piaggio Typhoon 50 (1993-current)

Detail Value
New price £1,399
Dealer used prices
£1,730 (2014) - £1,730 (2014)
Private used prices
£1,550 (2014) - £1,550 (2014)
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Engine size 49 cc
Power 4 bhp
Top speed 35 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

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Piaggio build quality is notoriously poor – rust, corrosion and parts failure isn’t uncommon.

Cheaper build is slightly more forgivable on the budget Typhoon, but make use of the warranty if anything isn’t as it should be.


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In many ways the Typhoon is the best option in the Piaggio 50cc range – it’s just as quick, rides well, is plenty of fun and has enough practicality for most teenage buyers, yet costs less.

A Japanese scooter will be better built and more reliable, but few are as much fun as the perky Typhoon. Find a Piaggio Typhoon 50 for sale.


Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

1993: Model introduced. Only colour and graphic changes since.

Other Versions

Typhoon 80 1994-1999: Same as the 50cc, but with a bigger barrel. Rare in the UK, as it falls between the traditional 50cc/125cc classes, plus all are at least 10 years old and will have suffered traditional scooter abuse.

Typhoon                125 1995-2003        : Shares much with the Typhoon 50 and Typhoon 80, but with an air-cooled 123cc motor suitable for riders allowed up to 125cc.


Top speed 35 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 4 bhp
Max torque 3.5 ft-lb
Weight 88 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 5.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Air-cooled two-stroke, CVT transmission
Frame Tubular-steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes 190mm disc, single piston caliper
Rear brake 100mm drum
Front tyre size 120/90-10
Rear tyre size 120/90-10

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