APRILIA SR50 (2004-on) Review

Published: 11 November 2009

"A superb scooter, but there are cheaper options"

Aprilia SR50

"A superb scooter, but there are cheaper options"

  • At a glance
  • 49cc  -  3.8 bhp
  • 64 mpg  -  115 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • £2,171

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

This is the basic Aprilia SR 50, called the SR 50 Street. There’s also a higher-spec SR 50 R and SR 50 R Factory. With lots of styling cues taken from Aprilia’s fire-breathing superbikes, this 50cc scooter gives Italian style to restricted licence holders. Although it only does 30mph, there are lots of performance parts available to improve speed, braking and handling. It’s a superb scooter, but there are cheaper options out there.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The SR50 is simplicity itself to just hop on and ride. It’s comfortable enough to zip around on all day in town and the handling is more than a match for its clipped top speed. It has non adjustable telescopic forks up front and single shock at the rear. The front brake is a very sporty single 190mm disc set-up with a twin-piston caliper.

Engine 5 out of 5

All the SR 50 models are powered by an electric start, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 49cc two-stroke engine, restricted to 30mph with a CVT gearbox. The motor is fed by a single 17.5mm carburettor.  

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Just like Aprilia motorcycles, this scooter is very nicely put together. It’s built to be abused by 16-year olds, so has Tonka Toy durability.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

If you’ve got the cash, the SR50 is a superb scooter, but it’s a lot to part with for a 16-year old who is only going to keep it for a year, while they wait to trade up to a 125. Find an Aprilia SR50 for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

There’s a big dose of superbike styling here as well as a racy front brake set-up, a rear disc light alloy 13” wheels and a single rear shock. There’s lots of optional extras available, but at a price. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia SR50 in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their APRILIA SR50 (2004-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 3.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

amazing!

13 August 2011 by jackdeeley

my first bike, about to change up to a 125 but this little scooter has took me 15000 miles in 11 months and not missed a beat. a truly amazing peice of engineering, 120mpg, 60mph and all the practicalities of a scooter, couldn't have asked for a... Read more better first bike. shame i have to sell it for a 125 really, i love it!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good but could be better.

12 March 2010 by jahagon

After finally coming of age I was on the prowl for a 50cc moped. I saw this in the local ads and jumped at the chance to own a real slice of Italian sports scooter. Maybe I was too hasty, it was dropped off and started. Everything seemed in order.... Read more Off goes the bloke and I'm left with one aprilia scooter. I try to start it but it coughs and dies. Again I try but to no avail. Off to the dealers then. After some fiddling with piston rings, carbs etc. it comes back and all seems fine. A day later I go to start it, full of anticipation...nothing. A distressing whining noise and some gasping coughs. Damn. Back to the dealers then. After a change of battery it starts again, sounding more lively. About two days later I go to start it. Hurrah! Oh wait hang on...nope, its gone again and still the starter motor whines. After many more attempts the bike splutters into life. Hmmm... In short, an excellent first scooter with many niggles. The underseat storage is too small for most helmets but there are also other cubby holes. A lockable piece between the footwell is good for valuables. Another concern is those horrific cold starts. I'm told it shouldn't be a problem but it's getting frustrating. Being a two stroke it takes a careful hand to get it warm and keep it happy. This is not a get on and go scooter. Good two stroke oil is a must. This raises another problem. They couldn't just stick the oil filler under the seat could they? No, they've stuck it under a finnicky piece of plastic held in by two screws right on the front of the bike. Why? Now for the good bits. Once warmed up it goes like a stabbed rat. Good punch from the two stroke motor makes town riding a buzz. Once derestricted it'll get to 50mph downhill. The suspension is punishing on bumpy roads but rewarding on smooth surfaces. The handling is more than a match for the speeds it's capable of. The best bit has to be the red clocks and dials. Although the clocks have misted up slightly they do look the dogs. Altogether this is a good bike, should you find the money. Please make sure it works beforehand. I'm sure if you buy new it'll be a dream first scooter. James H, Dorset.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great first 50cc

26 November 2009 by Absolute17

Its a great little 50cc scooter to start off with! Handling is nice, relatively light compared to the 50cc vespa's.. Sounds less like a wasp than some of the other 50's as well :) Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued -
New price £2,171
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 2 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 3.8 bhp
Max torque 1.3 ft-lb
Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 64 mpg
Tank range 115 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type Single-cylinder two-stroke
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 90kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Non-adjustable
Front brake 190mm disc
Rear brake 190mm disc
Front tyre size 130/60 13 in
Rear tyre size 130/60 13 in

History & Versions

Model history

1994 – Model introduced

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