PIAGGIO TYPHOON 50 (1993 - 2020) Review


  • Learner-friendly 50cc scooter
  • Underseat storage for your lid
  • A low-cost way onto two wheels

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £200
Power: 4 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.5 in / 775 mm)
Weight: Low (194 lbs / 88 kg)

Overall rating

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

The Piaggio Typhoon 50 has been around far longer than many of the teens allowed to ride it!

Originally a cutting edge sports scooter, the lightweight Typhoon is still a lot of fun but is now at the bottom end of the sports 50cc price scale, making it good value for money.

There's a Piaggio Typhoon owners' group on Facebook too.

The Piaggio Typhoon 50 finally went off sale in 2020. It wasn't replaced. 

Watch: Piaggio Typhoon 50 video review on MCN

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Surprisingly for a small wheel scooter the Typhoon doesn’t feel too nervous – the fat balloon-like tyres with a chunky tread pattern calm the handling compared to sportier scooters. They’ll also deal with bumping up kerbs better, and there’s enough grip to enjoy throwing the Piaggio around city streets. The front brake is effective, and the rear drum is brilliant for childish skids!

Piaggio Typhoon 50 is great at skids


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Typhoon is very light, which makes the air-cooled twist-and-go feel perkier than it is.

In full power form (only legal for those over 17 years old) the Typhoon gets up to 30mph respectably swiftly, slowing as it winds round to its 50mph top speed.

Restricted, the Piaggio Typhoon 50 engine is as lethargic and dangerous in traffic as any other restricted 50, struggling to get to 30mph.

The restricted Piaggio Typhoon 50 is lethargic and dangerous in traffic

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Piaggio build quality is notoriously poor – rust, corrosion and parts failure isn’t uncommon.

Cheaper build is slightly more forgivable on the budget Typhoon, but make use of the warranty if anything isn’t as it should be.

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Piaggio Typhoon 50 rear light

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

In many ways the Typhoon is the best option in the Piaggio 50cc range – it’s just as quick, rides well, is plenty of fun and has enough practicality for most teenage buyers, yet costs less.

A Japanese scooter will be better built and more reliable, but few are as much fun as the perky Typhoon. Specific rivals include the Aprilia RS50, Peugeot V-Clic 50 and Honda Zoomer 50.

Piaggio Typhoon 50 static from the side


2 out of 5 (2/5)

The Piaggio Typhoon 50 accessories list is basic – the dash has a rev counter and a fuel gauge, but no clock, the underseat storage area will accept an open-face helmet or a small full-face.

The seat will accept two people in theory – in practice, only a dwarf would fit comfortably, and the engine would struggle with extra weight anyway.

Piaggio Typhoon 50 clocks


Engine size 49cc
Engine type Air-cooled two-stroke, CVT transmission
Frame type Tubular-steel cradle
Fuel capacity 5.5 litres
Seat height 775mm
Bike weight 88kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake 190mm disc, single piston caliper
Rear brake 100mm drum
Front tyre size 120/90-10
Rear tyre size 120/90-10

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Annual road tax £25
Annual service cost £200
New price -
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 3.5 ft-lb
Top speed 35 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 120 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 1993: Model introduced. Only colour and graphic changes since.
  • 2020: Bike goes off sale. 

Other versions

Typhoon 80 1994-1999: Same as the 50cc, but with a bigger barrel. Rare in the UK, as it falls between the traditional 50cc/125cc classes, plus all are at least 10 years old and will have suffered traditional scooter abuse.

Shares much with the Typhoon 50 and Typhoon 80, but with an air-cooled 123cc motor suitable for riders allowed up to 125cc.

Owners' reviews for the PIAGGIO TYPHOON 50 (1993 - 2020)

2 owners have reviewed their PIAGGIO TYPHOON 50 (1993 - 2020) 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 PIAGGIO TYPHOON 50 (1993 - 2020)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £200
4 out of 5
18 July 2023 by greg brutfol-joseh

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £200

i on ly bought this bike to put a 70cc kit on it, after you put it on its the fastest 50(70)cc piaggio out there bec its the lightest

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

very comfy

Engine 3 out of 5

stock is bad but with a kit its perfect gets to 90kmh even 100 with heavier rollers

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

5.5L tank sounds small but it lasts pretty good even with 70cc

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

my full setup cost me 600e

Equipment 5 out of 5

get bigger wheels and put normal tyres on, pretty much optional my stock tyres hold very well

Buying experience: private

5 out of 5
03 January 2023 by Jetik

Year: 1998


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