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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Image is everything when you’re 16 – the Piaggio NRG has it with race bike styling and graphics. But it’s still a 50cc moped restricted to 30mph by law, so unless you’re old enough to derestrict, progress is painfully slow.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The twist-and-go 50cc two-stroke does little more than propel the Piaggio NRG forward as slowly as the law dictates. Derestricted the speedo will show 55mph plus – it’s a typically optimistic Italian gauge though, so real speed is around 45-50mph.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Small wheels and cheap suspension make the NRG very nervous – you have to ride it for a while to adjust your input levels before it can be ridden smoothly. Bumps and holes upset it – the tiny wheels can’t ride over any kind of imperfections. It’s very nimble through traffic and easy to manoeuvre at low speed – ideal for the CBT.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

It doesn’t have much – there’s a rev counter that serves no useful purpose on a twist and go, a clock, an underseat storage area and a hook to hang shopping bags on. It has upside down forks, but they’re crude and only for show. Compare and buy parts for the Piaggio NRG in the MCN Shop.

Piaggio NRG Power (1999-current)

Detail Value
New price £1,762
Used price range View Piaggio NRG 50 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 49 cc
Power 4 bhp
Top speed 31 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 1 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3
Value rating is 2 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

Piaggio build quality is sub-par anyway – as one of the cheapest bikes in the range, the NRG is one of the most susceptible to abuse. The finish is cheap - the paint rubs through, alloy parts corrode and steel parts rust – the exhaust especially. Breakdowns aren’t unusual either. You’ll need the warranty.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

Most teenagers treat the Piaggio NRG as a throwaway item – which in reality, they are. They’re not cheap, but there is a queue of teenagers ready to splash Dad’s cash on one, buying them solely on image. Be prepared to loose a big chunk of value as the condition deteriorates, and incentivised new bikes push the value out of used scoots. Find a Piaggio NRG 50 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 4 of 17

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Model History

Piaggio NRG Extreme – 1999-2002. Air-cooled sports scooter, looks dated now and its unlikely any still around will be in presentable condition.
Piaggio NRG MC3 Air - 2002-2004. The second generation air-cooled NRG.
Piaggio NRG MC3  - 2002-2004 – The liquid-cooled version is faster in full power form.

Other Versions

Piaggio NRG Silver Bullet – White/red special edition is mechanically unchanged.

Specifications

Top speed 31 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 4 bhp
Max torque 2.9 ft-lb
Weight 95 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 6.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Two-stroke, liquid-cooled single. CVT transmission.
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes 220mm disc
Rear brake 175 mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70-13
Rear tyre size 140/60-13

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(6 reviews)

  • One of the best for the money

    martin2194

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Despite what's been said in the official review, I've had an NRG Power DD since 2006 and think it's a great little scooter. It also hasn't broken down once. And it looks almost as good today as it did when I bought it. I'm not a neurotic washer and polisher either. Just an ordinary UK user who's quite lazy on the whole. The bike's been derestricted and can comfortably sit at 45mph provided the road is flat and there isn't too much headwind. I've had it up as fast as 60mph for short bursts. These speeds with nothing more than taking the washer out. No sports exhaust or anything else fancy. All bog-standard. Fuel economy is around 76mpg. I also have a YBR125 and PCX125, which are both four-strokes and only go slightly faster. Whereas I love the Piaggio for its amazing two-stroke sound and decidedly 1960s retro feel. All-in-all I can thoroughly recommend this scooter. Don't be put off by the official review.

    25 February 2013

  • Not a bad 50

    Matt Mayhew

    Average rating rating is 2

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    I brought my piaggio nrg for £400 just to get to and from work/college back in march. It was brilliant to start off with but after about 4 months the oil pump broke which resulted in the piston seizing. After replacing the piston, barrel etc, I found that the carburetor and automatic choke were broken as well so i had to buy a whole new fuel system as the parts are not sold separate. I now have it back on the road after 2 months of fixing problems. Still a nice ped but after having to fix all the problems with it I have lost love for it

    22 September 2012

  • A good first step into biking

    Morgan86

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I brought my Piaggio NRG brand new in September with a 61 plate ready to start my new term of sixth form and as my first step into biking it’s been brilliant. In the past 4 months I have clocked up just over 1000 miles and it’s never failed me, a great sounding moped, much better than the other boys Peugeot speed fighters. I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a sporty moped but wants to stand out from the speed fighter crowd.

    16 December 2011

  • Verry fun scooter

    provisionalrider

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Only had it for about a week and i love it thats all there is to say.

    18 February 2010

  • 2006 Piaggio NRG PureJet

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    20/DEC/2009 I have owned my Piaggio NRG PureJet 50 (Injection) since new 2006,and i have nothing but absolute praise for this brilliant premium sports 50cc scooter from Piaggio. So far,i have covered 22000kms of complete reliability,and without the need to touch the engine,or anything else for that matter. It is as clean and powerful today as it was from just run in. The ride is on the firm side,but never uncomfortable,yet it always handles superbly. It takes corners with verve,and always seems to beg for more. It's floor mounted fuel tank,helps give an overall balance to the chassis that is sublime. The frame is stiff and tight,with almost motorbike quality,due to it's twin steel tube cradle frame. The overall feel is one of robust solidity,that feels like it will last forever. Big disc brakes on both front and rear,pull the bike up effortlessly from any speed,and always feel solid and safe. The build quality is outstanding,with high quality plastics,and flawless fit and finish. Full digital and analog instrumentation give all the information you could ask for,and special features like the remote opening of the helmet bay are always appreciated. Now the Injected performance...It's simply a blast to ride,with full de-restricted GPS tested performance of.... (0-50kph=7.2secs / 0-30m=4.5secs / Top speed=90kph@9000rpm). It sips fuel at a miserly 2.5L/100kms,and oil top-ups are at around 3000km intervals. The sound that comes from this brilliant engine and OEM sports reverse exhaust, is like that of a mini japanese sportsbike,and the throttle response is super crisp and precision perfect. Oh,and then their's the style of this beautiful Italian scooter...It's sportsbike derived,with classic genuine eye-catching Italian design details and proportion. Summing up...the Piaggio NRG PureJet may cost more then the average 50cc,because it is clearly a class above in build quality,performance,economy,clean running,handling,equipment,and style. The only other premium 50's that can compete with this very impressive bike,are the Aprilia SR50 Factory,and the Gilera Runner PureJet. My NRG still looks near new,and i think that speaks volumes about it's quality. It's simply a GREAT 50 to own.

    20 December 2009

  • piaggio nrg

    juryryan

    Average rating rating is 2

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    i have the piaggio NRG i have had it for about half a year and its all ways in the work shop it wood be a good bike if it worked

    25 September 2009

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Piaggio NRG

Bit of a silly review of the N R G giving it one star for the engine whilst giving the SR50 five stars.

The engine in the sr50 was that bad 2001-2004,aprillia then started to use the engine that has always

been used in the N R G! come on lads get your research sorted!

15 January 2010 22:12

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