RIEJU RS1 (1997-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"A screaming, old-school, supersports, 50cc sixteener, with all the bluster, mayhem, carnage, testosterone and manicness that implies"

Rieju RS1 motorcycle review - Riding

"A screaming, old-school, supersports, 50cc sixteener, with all the bluster, mayhem, carnage, testosterone and manicness that implies"

  • At a glance
  • 50cc  -  9 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  90 miles range
  • Medium seat height (780mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Rieju RS1 is a screaming, old-school, supersports, 50cc sixteener, with all the bluster, mayhem, carnage, testosterone and manicness that implies, but thankfully a whole lot cheaper than rivals like Aprilia and Cagiva. Yes it’s Spanish and a little brittle, but it’s also well-equipped, massively cool and impressively affordable.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Now superceceded by the roomier, higher spec RS2 (which came out in 2006) but the the Rieju RS1 is still near-as-dammit the closest thing to a GP bike a 16-er can get. Steering and brakes are razor sharp, yet comfort, for short hops at least, is surprisingly decent, too.

 

Engine 4 out of 5

The Rieju RS1 has a screaming hell-or-glory wasp of a motor with all the fun and life-expectancy (of the engine that is) that implies. In truth it’s a fairly run-of-the-mill yet state of the art liquid-cooled reed-valve two-stroke single. Rev the nuts off it and it delivers nigh on 60mph. But it needs looking after, too…

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Let’s get this straight. The Rieju RS1 is a sports moped, built in Spain, down to a price, so just don’t go expecting BMW style durability, OK? What’s more, bikes like these probably get more unsympathetic thrashing than any other. On the whole, they’re not bad, with no common weakspots, but be warned when viewing used…

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

When new, the Rieju RS1 was fair dinkum value, but used, especially now it’s been superceded by the RS2, it’s a reet bargain. Good 18month old examples can be had for well under a grand, whioch, when you’re starting out in biking, is vital… Find a Rieju RS1 for sale.

Insurance group: 2 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

For the price, the Rieju RS1 is only bettered by the more recent RS2. Top notch suspension and brakes front and rear, neat cast alloy wheels and sporty tyres, a race style exhaust and closts and pukka fully-enclosed bodywork. When you’re 16, who could want for more?

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their RIEJU RS1 (1997-2004) 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 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Tyres

15 March 2011 by blkhk1up

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1997
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 2 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 9 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 25 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Specification
Engine size 50cc
Engine type Two-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube double cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 110kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 260mm disc
Rear brake 200mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 16 in
Rear tyre size 120/80 x 16 in

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Rieju RS1 launched.
2004: Rieju RS1 discontinued.

Other versions

RS1 Castrol: Launched 2000. Basically unchanged but with race replkica paint job.
RS1 Race: Launched 2001. With uprated brakes and suspension.

 

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