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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.



MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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?

Rieju RS1 (1997-2004)

Detail Value
Engine size 50 cc
Power 9 bhp
Top speed 60 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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…


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

When new, the Rieju RS1 was fair dinkum value, but used, especially now it’s been superceded by the RS2, it’s a reet bargain.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

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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.



Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 25 secs
Max power 9 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Weight 110 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 50 cc
Engine specification Two-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 260mm disc
Rear brake 200mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 16 in
Rear tyre size 120/80 x 16 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Tyres


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    i love Racing the Bike. however you can't find a front tyre for this bike anymore. what gives

    15 March 2011


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