Written on: 15/03/2012 by ThomasStanding (1 review written)
I'll do 4 categories here: Engine, Appearance, Durability and Reliability.
A small bit of background information about myself. Bought a 04 reg Aprilia RS50 with a 80cc bore kit. I was 16 years old, in my final year of school. I also rode with my best mate who had a 01 Aprilia RS50 so I can compare very well.
Let's start off with Engine.
The engine on a whole is 4/5. It's hard to be perfect, yet it's quite almost there. It sounds pretty damn amazing for a 50. My top speed I got out of it was 72mph downhill. Acceleration wise... I beat Porsche's off the spot if were waiting at lights. Around cities and or towns this bike is the absolute winner. Scooters? Hell no! I rode with guys who had scooters and it was tragic how poor they are. The speed is intense, I went on A roads constantly and able to stick around 65mph. The bore kit is a bonus, however without it you just lose acceleration. My friend's Aprilia could always keep up, however off the spot I would torture him.
Appearance is 5/5. For a 50cc it's hard to beat this bike for appearance. One time I had pulled up at lights and some dude in a van wound down his window and complimented my bike so much it got awkward. Didn't believe me when I said it's a 50cc. (You will get that asked a lot!) I also had transfers, some red bull ones. Some dude walked past me one time and asked if I was sponsored by them - I had to lie haha!
Now, this is totally up to you. As for me I'd say it's probably 3/5. Keep it well covered when it rains, don't ride in bad weather and just be careful in general. I had a major crash on my bike but luckily just the front part of the chassis snapped and the headlight went crooked. Apart from that everything was more or less good. Remember to oil and turn off petrol (older models) when necessary. Electric problem wise, now and again I needed a new battery as my indicators wouldn't flash - just stay lit. But I guess that's my batteries being bad (cheapish ones). This bike can rust like hell if you leave it in rain so try not too (I'm talking about parking it on the driveway with no cover, not a friendly visit to your nans and it start's raining, the odd time will suffice.)
This is what the Aprilia is known to be bad for. I'd say 3/5 here. On a cold day sometimes there is just nothing you can do to start your bike. Especially if its one of those misty/foggy days where the grass is the only thing wet. The Aprilia is also known for sometimes when you are in gear 3/4/5 it will just randomly drop to neutral - nothing you can do about it other then quickly clutch + kick it back up. Unavoidable. However overall it is good quality made (except fairings) and quite tough.
Cheers for taking your time to read this, if you purchase this bike please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can tell you a whole load of tips which I painfully had to go through. I can troubleshoot if it's not starting, and even on some of those days I managed to get it up and running!
Best 50cc on the road, fact. Take it easy guys.