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Sherco SM 50 SUPERMOTARD Supermoto Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Sherco 50 (2003-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,250
Engine size 50 cc
Power 8 bhp
Top speed 30 mph
Insurance group 1 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Insurance

Insurance group: 1 of 17

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Model History

2002: Model introduced.

Other Versions

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

Specifications

Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 8 bhp
Max torque 6 ft-lb
Weight 83 kg
Seat height 850 mm
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 80 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 1 of 17
Engine size 50 cc
Engine specification Two-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 260mm disc
Rear brake 180mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

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