SHERCO SM 50 SUPERMOTARD (2003-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"A tiny, Minarelli-engined, screamer that's collected a hatful of 50cc supermoto titles"

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"A tiny, Minarelli-engined, screamer that's collected a hatful of 50cc supermoto titles"

  • At a glance
  • 50cc  -  8 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  80 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)
  • £2,250

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

A tiny, Minarelli-engined, screamer that’s collected a hatful of 50cc supermoto titles, including multiple French National crowns. It handles superbly, tuning parts are relatively easy to come by and, most importantly, it’s easy to de-restrict. Providing you’ve got the appropriate licence, of course. Ahem.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Supermoto 50 turns like a hungry gull over a boat. The forks are beefy 41mm items from suspension experts Paioli and the Ollé shock comes with preload adjustment. If you want to practice your stoppies then this is the bike for you – the 260mm front disc is mated to a hydraulic clutch and twin-piston AJP caliper.

Engine 3 out of 5

Although it’s a buzzy little beastie UK law restricts 50cc moped users to a measly 30mph. However, it’s possible to get over 50mph from the two-stroke Sherco just by swapping the exhaust for a race-spec item. Further tuning requires a bigger carb and, of course, the trade off is greatly reduced reliability. The bore is Nikasil plated for better efficiency, but that makes it more expensive to replace as you can’t re-bore it.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Although Sherco are a Spanish company their entire supermoto (and enduro) output is made in France and the quality of the manufacture is high. Good quality stroker oil will keep it healthier for longer – but it will need more regular maintenance if you de-restrict it. Sherco recommend pricy 98-RON fuel.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

It’s a great bike, but used, un-restricted, unthrashed examples are rare.

Insurance group: 1 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Top quality names are splashed on what’s a very cheap bike. Better still though is the detachable sub-frame, which means that rear end accidents (like a flipped wheelie) won’t necessarily write the bike off.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued -
New price £2,250
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 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 80 miles
Specification
Engine size 50cc
Engine type Two-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 83kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 260mm disc
Rear brake 180mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2002: Model introduced.

Other versions

Enduro: Taller off-road wheels give the (otherwise identical) Enduro model a lofty 910mm seat height.

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