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APRILIA SX50 (2006-on) Review

Published: 01 March 2020

Updated: 03 March 2020

As capable as the RS50, but in an easier to use package

Aprilia SX50 studio shot front three quarter

As capable as the RS50, but in an easier to use package

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The SX50 is just as fun as its sportier sibling, the RS50, but is easier to use and much more comfortable - especially for taller riders.

This bike is an ideal first partner if you want to pass your full UK motorbike test and like riding off the beaten track You can ride it on a provisional driving licence, providing you've done a CBT, meaning it's among the cheapest ways into two-wheeled fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The chassis can handle way more than the 50cc lump will ever be able to throw at it, and as such it's great fun keeping the momentum up in corners. The suspension may be non-adjustable but it copes fine with hard cornering and braking.

Engine 4 out of 5

No amount of throttle or clutch slip will ever get the Aprilia off the line quickly, from then on up, however, it's a gas. Gather a bit of momentum and things get much better. Despite the single figure power output, the light, well-spaced gearbox helps keep the tacho needle firmly in the top half of the rev counter. Expect to see 60mph in top gear with the right conditions.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

If you buy a second hand SX50 then chances are it's spent most of its life being ridden hard by a 16-year-old who only put cheap oil in it. Check for signs it's not been looked after.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

At £2399 the SX was cheaper than the RS50 but offers the same performance. If you really want to look after it you'll have to use top quality two-stroke oil, which isn't cheap.

In 2019 you could still buy the SX 50, priced at £3499. It was available in red and green colour schemes.

Insurance group: 2 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

As you'd expect on a supermoto, equipment is basic, with only the bare essential clock functions and non-adjustable suspension. But you don't really need anything else.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £2,399
Used price £2,500 to £3,500
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group 2 of 17
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost -
Max power 8.4 bhp
Max torque 4.7 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 50cc
Engine type Two-stroke, liquid cooled single cylinder. Dell'Orto 14mm carburettor
Frame type Aluminium twin beam
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 125kg
Front suspension USD forks
Rear suspension Single Shock
Front brake 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake 180mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/80 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: model introduced

Other versions

Released alongside off-road RX50.

Other Aprilia SX model reviews

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their APRILIA SX50 (2006-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 SX50 (2006-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5


02 June 2018 by Toby Knott

What a fantastic bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Great riding quality and breaks are efficient.
4 out of 5
Isn’t amazing but it’s a two stroke. But great quality engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I have had a few issues on the top end of the bike. Had a new gasket and piston set (but the bike was secondhand).
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

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