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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Yamaha TZR50 is an act of brilliant folly but tempting nevertheless. A screaming, old-school, supersports, 50cc sixteener, with all the bluster, mayhem, carnage, testosterone and manicness that implies. Being Japanese the Yamaha TZR50 is fairly durable too, though it can’t match the performance of its European rivals.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Like many in this class the Yamaha TZR50’s motor is a full-on madcap screamer with all the fun and durability that implies. In truth the Yamaha TZR50's a fairly run-of-the-mill yet state of the art liquid-cooled reed-valve two-stroke single. Rev the nuts off your Yamaha TZR50 and it delivers nigh on 60mph. But it needs looking after, too…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

When it comes to handling, there’s few machines sharper than a sports 50 – but then there’s few so uncompromising, cramped or uncomfortable either. But if all you wanna do is cause mayhem round mini roundabout and town centres, there’s few better than the Yamaha TZR50.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha TZR50 is nothing to write home about and yet still enough to impress more than a few ra-ra skirts outside the local McDonalds. The Yamaha TZR50 has decent spec brakes, suspension etc, racy clocks and styling and enough kudos to pull the knickers off a sixth form schoolgirl.

Yamaha TZR50 (2003-2004)

Detail Value
Engine size 49 cc
Power 6 bhp
Top speed 30 mph
Insurance group 3 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Yamaha TZR50 is fairly standard and trustworthy Yamaha fare. Don’t go looking for any gilt and glitter but you won’t need to worry too much about thrashing it through winter and back either. That said, the Yamaha TZR50 still needs cleaning and looking after.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha TZR50's not cheap and something of a rarity on the used market, too, so you better have deep pockets. But if you're in the market for this kind of bike and you (or dad) favours some Japanese style reliability and durability, the Yamaha TZR50 is the only one that comes close. Find a Yamaha TZR50 for sale.


Insurance group: 3 of 17

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Model History

1998: Yamaha TZR50 launched.
2004: Yamaha TZR50 discontinued.

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Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 23 secs
Max power 6 bhp
Max torque 2.68 ft-lb
Weight 113 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 3 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Reed valve single, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 280mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 100/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Simply the best 50cc ever made!


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've had this bike for a while now and have fallen in love with it! Looks the part and performs like a dream, especially for a 50cc! The engine is amazing, getting 70-80 mph out of a 50!! With Yamaha quality and reliability is a given, so nothing to worry about there. It is the size of a 125 or 250 as it uses the same frame and therefore dwarfing other 50's. The only down side is that it isn't made for the UK market therefore only imports can be bought, unless you plan on going to Spain, which would be nice I suppose. Yamaha should defiantly bring it to the UK market as it would be a instant success as everyone I know asks where to get one! I've ridden plenty of 50's and this is a whole 2 miles better than any other! Everyone who has been on mine as said it is the quickest 50 they've ever seen. So overall it is undoubtedly THE BEST 50CC EVER MADE!

    14 January 2012


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Best moped ever made

Brakes and accelerates well for a moped, and the best bit of it is it doesnt look like a 50cc, had much fun on mine and if you take the restrictor off you can do 60 - 70 mph on a good day.

16 October 2011 17:45

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