RIEJU RR50 (1998-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Still has a basic, trials style appeal for many a 16-year-old"

Rieju RR50/125 motorcycle review - Riding

"Still has a basic, trials style appeal for many a 16-year-old"

  • At a glance
  • 49cc  -  8 bhp
  • 75 mpg  -  85 miles range
  • High seat height (890mm)
  • £1,699

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their RIEJU RR50 (1998-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 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

better than a scooter

04 January 2009 by ducatibob

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. Read more

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued -
New price £1,699
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 1 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 8 bhp
Max torque 6 ft-lb
Top speed 45 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 24 secs
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 85 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type 2 stroke, single, 6 gears
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 5.5 litres
Seat height 890mm
Bike weight 88kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake 220mm disc
Rear brake 180mm disc
Front tyre size 80/90 x 21 in
Rear tyre size 110/80 x 18 in

History & Versions

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 

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