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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Aprilia SR50 (2004-2171)

Detail Value
New price £2,171
Dealer used prices
£1,490 (2011) - £2,110 (2013)
Private used prices
£1,340 (2011) - £1,900 (2013)
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Engine size 49 cc
Power bhp
Top speed 30 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

1994 – Model introduced

Other Versions

Aprilia SR50 R
Aprilia SR50 R Factory

Specifications

Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 90 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Single-cylinder two-stroke
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Front brakes 190mm disc
Rear brake 190mm disc
Front tyre size 130/60 13 in
Rear tyre size 130/60 13 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • amazing!

    jackdeeley

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 better first bike. shame i have to sell it for a 125 really, i love it!

    13 August 2011

  • Good but could be better.

    jahagon

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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. 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.

    12 March 2010

  • Great first 50cc

    Absolute17

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 :)

    26 November 2009

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