PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009-on) Review

Published: 17 December 2009

"When it comes to scooters, there's none more iconic and successful"

Peugeot Speedfight 3

"When it comes to scooters, there's none more iconic and successful"

  • At a glance
  • 49cc  -  3.8 bhp
  • 77 mpg  -  162 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • £1,899

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

When it comes to scooters, there’s none more iconic and successful than the Peugeot Speedfight. The French runabout has been around for an impressive 12 years selling a staggering half a million units around the world during that time. For 2009 Peugeot redesigned it from the ground up, bringing it firmly into the 21st century. The all-new Speedfight 3 features fully-revised chassis and ergonomics and a choice of two different engines/specs.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Chassis-wise, the biggest change with the new Peugeot Speedfight3 50 is the switch to 34mm telescopic forks, which replace the old trademark, single-sided swinging arm. In addition the new versions has 13-inch wheels in place of the old bike’s 12s, to improve stability. The redesign has also added a whopping 120mm to the overall length of the Peugeot Speedfight3, plus 30mm to the wheelbase, altered the floorboards and resculpted the legshields. Overall, the changes are welcome. The bigger wheels make it feel more planted, the new forks are an instant improvement over the old awkward and heavy single sided front arm and the new, radially-mounted front brake is stonking.

Engine 4 out of 5

For the Peugeot Speedfight3 50, two new engines are available – either air or liquid-cooled. Both are Euro 3 compliant two-strokes and both feel fairly nippy, although we preferred the liquid-cooled version. It sounded as sweet as a nut and would produce another 500rpm over its air-cooled stable mate – essential extra power on a 50! 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Peugeot quality and reliability has always been among the best in the scooter class and the new Speedfight3 maintains that tradition. They’re generally robust, refined, and well built.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Peugeots have always happily occupied the upper middle-ground, offering quality machine with decent spec at reasonable prices, and the new Speedfight3 is no different – that’s why they’ve proved so popular. Find a Peugeot Speedfight 50 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The new Peugeot Speedffight3’s seat height is unchanged at a comfortable 800mm but the seat has been reshaped and the fuel tank repositioned to lower the centre of gravity and help gain storage space beneath the seat. The result is there’s now enough space to accommodate a full face lid – or the optional Peugeot stereo system which plugs into the 12v socket and includes an iPod dock, sub and amp. The speakers mount into the dummy air intakes on the side of the rear panels. It also has handlebar-mounted controls. Cool or what? 

Styling-wise Peugeot’s baby still looks like a Speedfight but the panels have been sharpened up, lights and indicators redesigned and the paintjob refreshed. The instruments are all new, too. Compare and buy parts for the Peugeot Speedfight in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009-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 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Speedy 3 Iceblade

15 September 2013 by mrglove02

Really nice bike, never let me down. Its got plenty of power for a 50cc, but mainly, the reliability is amazing! Simple features like the spoiler and the black 13" wheels make it stand out from the crowd. However the speaker system you can get under... Read more the seat seems pointless to me, I think that Peugeot let the speedfight down a bit there, but still a fantastic bike, they don't loose value like the Chinese competitors, and certainly a lot more reliable than its rivals. I bought mine with 1800 miles, full service history for under £1300, some AC versions around £1200 but the LC versions - (Iceblade, Darkside) versions' engines seem a bit better to me :)

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

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £1,899
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 1 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 3.8 bhp
Max torque 1.2 ft-lb
Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 77 mpg
Tank range 162 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type 2-stroke single-cylinder
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 8.1 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 97kg
Front suspension Telescopic fork, none
Rear suspension Single shock
Front brake 215mm disc
Rear brake 110mm drum
Front tyre size 130/60 x 13
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 12

History & Versions

Model history

2009: Peugeot Speedfight3 introduced

Other versions

Peugeot Speedfight3 LC: Liquid-cooled version, £2049
Peugeot Speedfight3 RS: Higher spec version, £2099

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