PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
When it comes to scooters, there’s none more iconic and successful than the Peugeot Speedfight.
The French runabout has been around for an impressive 12 years selling a staggering half a million units around the world during that time. For 2009 Peugeot redesigned it from the ground up, bringing it firmly into the 21st century. The all-new Speedfight 3 features fully-revised chassis and ergonomics and a choice of two different engines/specs.
Peugeot celebrate 20 years of the Speedfight
In 2017 Peugeot launched a special edition Speedfight 50cc to celebrate 20 years of production. The scooter had shifted over half a million units and was in its fourth incarnation. The special edition got a cosmetic makeover with a black double-stitched seat with a removable pillion cowl, aluminium footboards, plus a Snakebike sports exhaust system.
Peugeot Streetfight 50 Total Sport
In April 2016 Peugeot unveiled a special 'Total Sport' edition of their new Speedfight 4, coinciding with the model's 20th year of production, and marking the manufacturer's two decades of partnership with oil giant Total.
Based on the fourth generation of the Speedfight scooter, the Total Sport featured a liquid-cooled two-stroke engine, fed by a Dell’Orto carburettor, which delivered 5% more power and 15% more torque than the previous model. An inverted 32mm fork and a remote reservoir rear shock absorber, combined with the 12-inch alloy wheels, low profile tyres and the fuel tank location under the foot-board, all combined to deliver improved stability and sharper handling.
The Speedfight's styling was claimed to be inspired by Peugeot’s ‘Exalt’ concept car, with twin helicoid headlights, separated by the distinctive grille and aviation-style fuel cap.
Complementing the Total racing livery and matt black bodywork were highlighted inserts in the air intakes, aluminium footrests, pearly saddle-cover, micro lamp crystal turn indicators, a rear spoiler and inverted sports silencer. The dashboard had both USB and 12V sockets and accommodated a RAM X-Grip smartphone holder.
The Speedfight 4 Total Sport was priced £2099.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Chassis-wise, the biggest change with the new Peugeot Speedfight3 50 is the switch to 34mm telescopic forks, which replace the old trademark, single-sided swinging arm. In addition the new versions has 13-inch wheels in place of the old bike’s 12s, to improve stability. The redesign has also added a whopping 120mm to the overall length of the Peugeot Speedfight3, plus 30mm to the wheelbase, altered the floorboards and resculpted the legshields. Overall, the changes are welcome. The bigger wheels make it feel more planted, the new forks are an instant improvement over the old awkward and heavy single sided front arm and the new, radially-mounted front brake is stonking.
EngineNext up: Reliability
For the Peugeot Speedfight3 50, two new engines are available – either air or liquid-cooled. Both are Euro 3 compliant two-strokes and both feel fairly nippy, although we preferred the liquid-cooled version. It sounded as sweet as a nut and would produce another 500rpm over its air-cooled stable mate – essential extra power on a 50!
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Peugeot quality and reliability has always been among the best in the scooter class and the new Speedfight3 maintains that tradition. They’re generally robust, refined, and well built.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Peugeots have always happily occupied the upper middle-ground, offering quality machine with decent spec at reasonable prices, and the new Speedfight3 is no different – that’s why they’ve proved so popular.
The new Peugeot Speedffight3’s seat height is unchanged at a comfortable 800mm but the seat has been reshaped and the fuel tank repositioned to lower the centre of gravity and help gain storage space beneath the seat. The result is there’s now enough space to accommodate a full face lid – or the optional Peugeot stereo system which plugs into the 12v socket and includes an iPod dock, sub and amp. The speakers mount into the dummy air intakes on the side of the rear panels. It also has handlebar-mounted controls. Cool or what?
|Engine type||2-stroke single-cylinder|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||8.1 litres|
|Front suspension||Telescopic fork, none|
|Rear suspension||Single shock|
|Front brake||215mm disc|
|Rear brake||110mm drum|
|Front tyre size||130/60 x 13|
|Rear tyre size||130/70 x 12|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||77 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£21|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||4 bhp|
|Max torque||1.2 ft-lb|
|Top speed||30 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||162 miles|
Model history & versions
2009: Peugeot Speedfight3 introduced
Peugeot Speedfight3 LC: Liquid-cooled version, £2049
Peugeot Speedfight3 RS: Higher spec version, £2099
Owners' reviews for the PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Version: Speedfight 4 iceblade
I brought a brand new Peugeot speedfight 4 Iceblade 2 months ago and i'm already experiencing many issues with the bike. It's a great bike when it's up and running perfectly, but the reliabilty is a real letdown.
Really nice bike, never let me down. Its got plenty of power for a 50cc, but mainly, the reliability is amazing! Simple features like the spoiler and the black 13" wheels make it stand out from the crowd. However the speaker system you can get under the seat seems pointless to me, I think that Peugeot let the speedfight down a bit there, but still a fantastic bike, they don't loose value like the Chinese competitors, and certainly a lot more reliable than its rivals. I bought mine with 1800 miles, full service history for under £1300, some AC versions around £1200 but the LC versions - (Iceblade, Darkside) versions' engines seem a bit better to me :)