APRILIA SR50 (2004 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Power: 4 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Low (198 lbs / 90 kg)


New £2,171
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Aprilia SR50 updated in 2011

Aprilia SR50 Motard

In 2011 Aprilia unveiled the new 50cc and 125cc SR Motard scooters. Scooters inspired by supermotos.

The smaller, 50cc version was powered by a 49cc two-stroke engine and cost £1,770. The SR Motard 125 was powered by a 124cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine and cost £2,120. 

Both models were available in white, black or metallic orange paint schemes.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.  

Why won't my Aprilia SR50 start well when hot?

Q: My nipper has a fuel-injected Aprila SR50 Ditech. When it runs it has a really good little engine and will fly along at 35mph all day. The trouble is, it’s an absolute pig to start hot or cold. My injected bikes start with no throttle action, but with this you have to thumb the starter, constantly moving the throttle until the engine begins to fire, gradually building up the revs until it will go without constant coaxing on the throttle.

Triumphrider600, MCN forums 
A: The Ditech’s engine is quite a complicated beast using a compression system to charge the cylinder at start-up and with the air and fuel injectors in one housing. There’s also a suggestion the plug can be a grade too cold for our climate, so that it wets up too easily, so try experimenting with a different grade. Other than that, you could check to see if there’s blow back from the air injector. It’s sealed with a ceramic ring, if there’s evidence of burning on that ring, then you are looking at replacement for about £80 (gulp). After that, it’s a dealer job with diagnostics.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (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. 


3 out of 5 (3/5)

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. 


Engine size 49cc
Engine type Single-cylinder two-stroke
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 90kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Non-adjustable
Front brake 190mm disc
Rear brake 190mm disc
Front tyre size 130/60 13 in
Rear tyre size 130/60 13 in

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 64 mpg
Annual road tax £25
Annual service cost -
New price £2,171
Used price -
Insurance group 2 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 4 bhp
Max torque 1.3 ft-lb
Top speed 30 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 115 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

1994 – Model introduced

Other versions

Aprilia SR50 R
Aprilia SR50 R Factory

Owners' reviews for the APRILIA SR50 (2004 - on)

3 owners have reviewed their APRILIA SR50 (2004 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA SR50 (2004 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Equipment: 3.3 out of 5 (3.3/5)
5 out of 5 amazing!
13 August 2011 by jackdeeley

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!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Good but could be better.
12 March 2010 by jahagon

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5 Great first 50cc
26 November 2009 by Absolute17

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 :)

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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