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Rieju RR50/125 (1998-current)



Detail Value
New price £1,699
Engine size 49 cc
Power 8 bhp
Top speed 45 mph
Insurance group 1 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Rieju RR50 has been around for a long time and it still has a basic, trials style appeal to many a 16 year old. Showa suspension, tall seat, big bike feel and a fair bit of speed ( once de-restricted ) from the Minarelli 50cc motor, which has 6 gears. There was also an RR125 in the late 90s, which used a punchy Gas Gas trials sourced motor.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

For a mere moped, the Rieju RR50 has plenty of zip, once you derestrict it, which should only be done once you're 17. Ahem. Moving on, the RR50 makes the same 8bhp as the RS2 Matrix Rieju, which has a racy fairing to squeeze another few mph from it, but the RR should be capable of 50mph. The RR125 uses the same trailie bike chassis, so it goes very well indeed and makes a useful off-roader.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Rieju RR series use high quality Showa suspension from Honda, so the bike offers a classier ride than many budget trail style 50cc machines from the Far East. The seat height is a lanky 890mm, so you feel perched up on the bike, but that's no bad thing sometimes. Basic saddle on the RR series however, so comfort isn't that brill.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The RR Rieju machines look pukka, no doubt about it. Proper suspension, neat headlight and nose fairing, mirrors and disc brakes front and rear. It's a well equipped little bike, as you'd expect for something that costs two grand brand new.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Minarelli water-cooled motor is used in all kinds of Italian, French and Japanese badged 50cc machines. It can take some serious stick and there are a few aftermarket tuning kits/upgrades about for it as well - might blow up once tuned to buggery however. The chassis is tough enough to handle regular off-

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Rieju RR series are expensive machines for sure, but the prices of the 50cc models has fallen by a few hundred quid in the last few years as the Chinese trailies have arrived in large numbers. £1700 isn't a huge price for a such a stylish 50cc motorbike. The RR125 is getting a rare sight now, but makes a great used 125cc class buy if you can get a good one. Find a Rieju RR50 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 1 of 17

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Model History

1998: Rieju RR50 and RR125 launched at Cologne Show.
1999: Rieju RR50 Castrol appears; bigger brakes, beefier suspension.
2000: Rieju RR50 `Spike' Supermotard spec model appears.
2001: Rieju RR125 withdrawn from UK market.
2002: Rieju RR50 Spike Pro launched; polished steel exhaust, bigger disc brake, 2 pot caliper, £2200 though.
2004: Rieju RR50 Sport is the only Rieju RR model imported to the UK.
2006: Rieju RR50 Spike makes a return to UK, price down to £1900.

Other Versions

Rieju RR125: 1998 - 2001 

Specifications

Top speed 45 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 24 secs
Max power 8 bhp
Max torque 6 ft-lb
Weight 88 kg
Seat height 890 mm
Fuel capacity 5.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 85 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 1 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification 2 stroke, single, 6 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 220mm disc
Rear brake 180mm disc
Front tyre size 80/90 x 21 in
Rear tyre size 110/80 x 18 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • better than a scooter

    ducatibob

    Average rating rating is 5

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    much better than a scooter, quality bike with loads of speed once freed up, leaves my mates standing with scooters, gets all the attention from the other sex, looks cool, got get one.

    04 January 2009

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