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
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
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Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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!
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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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Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Air-cooled two-stroke, CVT transmission|
|Frame type||Tubular-steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||5.5 litres|
|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||£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||3.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||35 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
1993: Model introduced. Only colour and graphic changes since.
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.
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