Small wheels and cheap suspension make the NRG very nervous – you have to ride it for a while to adjust your input levels before it can be ridden smoothly. Bumps and holes upset it – the tiny wheels can’t ride over any kind of imperfections. It’s very nimble through traffic and easy to manoeuvre at low speed – ideal for the CBT.
The twist-and-go 50cc two-stroke does little more than propel the Piaggio NRG forward as slowly as the law dictates. Derestricted the speedo will show 55mph plus – it’s a typically optimistic Italian gauge though, so real speed is around 45-50mph.
Piaggio build quality is sub-par anyway – as one of the cheapest bikes in the range, the NRG is one of the most susceptible to abuse. The finish is cheap - the paint rubs through, alloy parts corrode and steel parts rust – the exhaust especially. Breakdowns aren’t unusual either. You’ll need the warranty.
Most teenagers treat the Piaggio NRG as a throwaway item – which in reality, they are. They’re not cheap, but there is a queue of teenagers ready to splash Dad’s cash on one, buying them solely on image. Be prepared to loose a big chunk of value as the condition deteriorates, and incentivised new bikes push the value out of used scoots. Find a Piaggio NRG 50 for sale.
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It doesn’t have much – there’s a rev counter that serves no useful purpose on a twist and go, a clock, an underseat storage area and a hook to hang shopping bags on. It has upside down forks, but they’re crude and only for show.