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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Yamaha’s funky race replica two-stroke scooter is nippy, agile and lots of fun, although the single seat limits pillion options. It’s one of the best looking scooters around and can be seen tearing up city streets as well as being paddock transport for Yamaha-sponsored MotoGP/WSB and BSB stars. Upside forks and disc brakes means the little Aerox R can be knee-scrapingly good. 


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Making a claimed 2.6bhp, the Aerox R is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, carburetted two-stroke motor. It has an electric start and a CVT gearbox. In restricted from it’ll only do 30mph, but there are derestriction kits available to unleash more power. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Aerox is very light and nimble, so perfect for nipping around town. With its upside forks, fat 13” tyres and discs brakes, the Yamaha handles far better than the average shopping scooter.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

It’s pretty basic, but you do get sporty bodywork and racy graphics, a supersports-style filler cap, discs brakes and upside down forks. Compare and buy parts for the Aerox in the MCN Shop.

Yamaha Aerox R (1998-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,199
Dealer used prices
£2,030 (2014) - £2,300 (2014)
Private used prices
£1,830 (2014) - £2,070 (2014)
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Engine size 49 cc
Power 2.6 bhp
Top speed 30 mph
Insurance group 2 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 3 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Sports scooters like these are going to be used and abused by their 16-year old owners, or wheelied around paddock by racers, so they need to be durable. The Aerox R ticks that box and is well finished.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

As cool as the Aerox R is, three grand is a lot for a moped, especially when it doesn’t offer any performance gain over the competition. Save your money for a 125 and buy a cheap moped when you’re 16. Find a Yamaha Aerox for sale


Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

Introduced 1998

Other Versions

Aerox R Fiat Yamaha Replica


Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 2.6 bhp
Max torque 2.7 ft-lb
Weight 97 kg
Seat height 828 mm
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Average fuel consumption 73 mpg
Tank range 131 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Single-cylinder two-stroke
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Non adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Non adjustable
Front brakes 190mm disc
Rear brake 190mm disc
Front tyre size 130/60 13in
Rear tyre size 140/60 13in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • absalutly recomend these bikes


    Average rating rating is 5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    this bike/ped is one of the most wonderfull machines i have ownd loads of these the best is my aerox at current but befor we start their are reliable issues with the aerox 100 not the 50 the 100 will brake easily but still a good ped right the aerox 50 is one of the most crapyiest bikes unless derestricted i baught mine 2nd hand with 5 previous owners was a bit tatty it was semi derestriced so the work began new full plastic set in burnt orange/rusty look but looks the part a mallosi clutch, belt and rollers, polini 70cc kit a racing crank carnt remember who from probly polini or tnt somthing like that not that too much of a dear one new main bearings a digital ingnition stage 6 pully/variator and stage 6 sports exshaghst blue leds cromed the rim of both wheels bar conversion tnt jack up kit straight kick starter lever a 17.5 tnt carb and aftermarket clutch/variator housing cover, digital clocks and a cigerett lighter socket this bike with out these parts but properly jetted and the correct rollers on this bike with a little waight shifted back the frunt wheel will go light and i carnt say top speed as iv had standard peds do 45-60mph now my current bike with these parts is amazing its made for quik bursts round the back streets and accelerates that fast from a rolling abou 5-10mph and take the trottle off and put it back on quik full it lifts and shoots to a 73mph the handeling is amazing the bike overall will last you ages just change the gear oil spark plug and change piston and top end gaskets evry say 4000,miles not even piston just the rings and gear oil and use good 2stoke and it will last ages a mean ages just watch out for letric start going people buy new startor motor relays etc its never ever haped to me only to 3 of my freinds and all 3 were just a fuse near the battery that is hidden a couple cm,s toward the frunt wheel from the battry put the wires out and change the fuse maybe it will fix it all round amazing bike i have used this bike for evrything little stunting little rides along path ways in forests etc never had any problem wat so evry top bike worth evry penny will never get rid of mine even when i have a r1 will still have a aerox

    15 September 2011


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