2013 APRILIA SR 50
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Tue May 29, 2012 3:07 pm quote
Hey guys,

After a 2 year absence, the SR 50 is back with this new color.
The Max Biaggi version will be coming this summer!

Copper Orange..
I love it.

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Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Tue May 29, 2012 3:09 pm quote
SR=sex
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Tue May 29, 2012 3:43 pm quote
Nice scooter. I really do like it, I own an SR50 DiTech - it’s a great ride and a nice scooter to look at… but……

That’s a hideous color combination, maybe I have to see it in person to get a better perspective and view it differently.

I mean metallic copper is OK but to combine that with red in the belly pan makes it painful on the eye.

By the looks of things, the styling and body panels are much the same as the last model, just new graphics and experimental colour combination.
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Tue May 29, 2012 4:27 pm quote
Very sharp scoot. Nice to see a rear disc brake on a 50.
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Tue May 29, 2012 4:40 pm quote
Raiderfn31 wrote:
Very sharp scoot. Nice to see a rear disc brake on a 50.
The SR isnt' a regular 50.

It's pretty fuckin' awesome.
Molto Verboso
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Tue May 29, 2012 4:40 pm quote
Awesome looking scooter for 50cc. I wish there were some Aprillia dealers in my neck of the woods. I've never even seen one in the flesh so to speak.
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Tue May 29, 2012 5:18 pm quote
Water cooled 2T? I'd hit on that.
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Tue May 29, 2012 5:29 pm quote
I know a guy with an older one - his is awesome.
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Tue May 29, 2012 5:37 pm quote
I had an SR50 Di-tech as well, rollers and exhaust and that thing screamed. Great scoot.
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Tue May 29, 2012 5:57 pm quote
Can anyone say "Cannonball 2014"?

I thought you could.
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Tue May 29, 2012 7:28 pm quote
Had a 2009. Neighboors hated when left for work in the AM because it sounded like a chainsaw. Didn't like hills or wind but it did get up to 53mph on a flat. Prefer my stock Vino 125.

Overpriced & underpowered, IMO. But some people love to tune the crap out of them. There's no replacement for displacement.
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Tue May 29, 2012 7:40 pm quote
jess wrote:
Can anyone say "Cannonball 2014"?

I thought you could.
I wanted to run an SR, but I think it'd explode.

I don't know that I trust it.
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Tue May 29, 2012 9:15 pm quote
Not a fan of the direct injection. Somewhat underpowered. Ran and started fine when warm but cold starts were a bitch.

Traded up to a Derbi GP1. Now that was a 50cc scoot.
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Wed May 30, 2012 5:33 am quote
[quote="jess"]Can anyone say "Cannonball 2014"?

shhhh
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Wed May 30, 2012 7:08 am quote
TheO.Z. wrote:
SR=sex
uh huh ! for sure.
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Wed May 30, 2012 7:23 am quote
velobuff wrote:
Had a 2009. Neighboors hated when left for work in the AM because it sounded like a chainsaw. Didn't like hills or wind but it did get up to 53mph on a flat. Prefer my stock Vino 125.

Overpriced & underpowered, IMO. But some people love to tune the crap out of them. There's no replacement for displacement.
I don't know...
Dual Brembo disk brakes, adjustable rear shock, water cooled, fuel injected, 13" alloy wheels, digital gauges....

You don't think the Ruckus is over priced and underpowered??
I'll take a SR 50 any day over any other 50cc scooter.

And yes, there is no replacement for displacement, but seeing those bikes on the track is so much fun..

We put a few Malossi 70cc kits on them and it barely increases the top speed but the take off is MUCH improved!!!
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Wed May 30, 2012 7:24 am quote
doniq wrote:
Nice scooter. I really do like it, I own an SR50 DiTech - it’s a great ride and a nice scooter to look at… but……

That’s a hideous color combination, maybe I have to see it in person to get a better perspective and view it differently.

I mean metallic copper is OK but to combine that with red in the belly pan makes it painful on the eye.

By the looks of things, the styling and body panels are much the same as the last model, just new graphics and experimental colour combination.
i can tell you that it is MUCH, MUCH better in person!!

Can't wait to see the Max Biaggi edition this July!
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Wed May 30, 2012 8:06 am quote
It’s an Italian teenage boys dream scooter…

Yeah, I love the Aprilia SR 50. It’s a fantastic scooter, sublime handling, sensational styling, real sports pedigree, excellent build quality, can be tuned and has plenty of options for go faster parts…Piaggio built 2 stroke engine….lots of features…. No wonder so many of the Chinese built scooters attempt to clone it. The SR 50 has been around in many versions since the mid 1990’s so it’s established and proven.

On the down side, the brand new purchase price is very high and the resale value will plummet around 50% within 2 years.. most owners fall head over heels in love and don’t care

The SR 50 that I own is 10 years old now, and I use it on the track only, I also own a tuned Vespa LX50 2T and it can’t get near the SR50 in a race
While I personally don’t dig on that colour combination in those photos, I would probably quickly change my mind about that if it was sitting in my garage..

Are you sure the brakes on this version are Brembo ? They normally use Grimica, which are absolutely sensational callipers. The rear shock, looks like the same one Aprilia have always used and it’s not adjustable.

Also, from what I can make out in those pictures, and I could be mistaken here but, it looks like a DiTech engine in that particular scooter….it appears to have a TPS, where the carburettor should be. Interesting if it is…
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Wed May 30, 2012 8:15 am quote
Eeeesh. Don't know about the decal work, especially the ones on the front end.
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Wed May 30, 2012 8:20 am quote
I know!!

It is shaped like the old Aprilia RSV Mille!!

ooops.. my bad, no adjustable rear shock on that one.
Just used to the whole line of Piaggio group bikes to have that..

Just double checked the brakes: can't really tell.
The Typhoon definitely has Brembo front on it.

The price of used ones is actually steady in the States as not many are available on the used market and usually go pretty quickly.
But yes, it does have a higher than usual brand new price, but considering what it offers compared to a Honda Ruckus that is only $600 less, that is a lot of bike!!
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Wed May 30, 2012 8:49 am quote
yup, i had an aprilia sr50 ditech too... unrestricted, definitely could get up to 52mph consistently, amazing performance for a 50cc. cool gauges. awesome black with red highlights graphics. great handling. gas sipper although small tank. with a top case it was a very practical ride.

when i wrecked it, i replaced it at a honda elite 110 and while more powerful on hills, it maxed around 52mph also and wasn't as fun to ride. the elite was boring in terms of styling and no cool gauges, but huge underseat storage.

miss the aprilia sr50 a little...but would never get one again now that i'm used to my gts250!
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Wed May 30, 2012 9:00 am quote
I can’t figure out the decals either, the Italian flag I can understand, but what’s with the white part on the duck tale? And I don’t get why they thought copper and red was a match. Italian styling…, light years ahead or lost the plot ?
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Wed May 30, 2012 9:34 am quote
The yellow rear shock doesn't go with all the other colors. cool scoot tho.
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Wed May 30, 2012 9:40 am quote
judy wrote:
The yellow rear shock doesn't go with all the other colors. cool scoot tho.
shockingly unconcerned about the color of the shock in this scenario.
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Wed May 30, 2012 9:41 am quote
$3199 is steep!! That said, I miss my 2t 50cc. I may never get another one, but this scoot makes me think.
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Wed May 30, 2012 9:43 am quote
OZ i know However they did use almost every color they could think of. Bet it rides well and that's what counts.
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Wed May 30, 2012 9:49 am quote
Love the 13" alloy wheels!
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Thu May 31, 2012 8:01 pm quote
Some one somewhere test rode one of these today and I was one of the witnesses. The sound from the exhaust is kind of irritating after you get used to a Vespa silencer. My 2 cents worth. But hey, what do I know! I am clueless about the whole subject matter and shouldn't even be passing judgement. So off I go! Bye bye!
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Thu May 31, 2012 8:27 pm quote
I will totally pick one up. Just my style to kit it out, get it all rebuilt, and ready to race the mean streets. I was really trying to import a Gilera Runner 180 but this would also fit the bill in the mean time. Really want a 2 stroke to mess around with.
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Thu May 31, 2012 8:52 pm quote
from what info available in this thread, its not for me
I am not impressed

50cc not enough power
13 inch wheels too small
liquid cooled is a pain in the ass to work with if you have a problem (done that before)

cost way too much
my brand new (old) race bike with 00022 km off the showroom floow was only $1100 has 17" rims/ tires and 120cc 6 speed gearbox and can out run a car until 93mph = 150kmh (if they can catch or keep up), I know you cant compare the prices of a bike from Thailand, but $3000 is insane money for a 50cc bike
I miss my race bikes more than I miss my girlfriends

@Techenigma: I was really trying to import a Gilera Runner 180
I like this idea, or any 2 stroke 120cc to 150cc bike with a gearbox preferred
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Thu May 31, 2012 9:32 pm quote
I wonder if the RS 50 will be available too (motorcycle version)? 50cc is popular because of the European registration laws, right? I mean in the US, it costs the same to register if it's a fast 50 cc or 125 cc far as I know, so the advantage of a fast 50 cc is lost in part because the 125 cc will be cheaper and more powerful and more simply designed with air cooling and a 4-stroke engine and carb. vs the high tech 2-stroke. I still like the 50cc 2-stroke scooters and bikes, but if you want a little scooter, it is hard to beat a 125 cc Sportcity, Vino 125, Zuma, Buddy, etc. If Aprilia put out a 250 cc 2-stroke twin cylinder street motorcycle, I would be interested in that.
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:34 am quote
Techenigma wrote:
I will totally pick one up. Just my style to kit it out, get it all rebuilt, and ready to race the mean streets. I was really trying to import a Gilera Runner 180 but this would also fit the bill in the mean time. Really want a 2 stroke to mess around with.
Here in Australia the 2 stroke twist and go scooter market has traditionally been limited to 50cc. Once upon a time I had plans to import a Gilera Runner, or Typhoon, etc. Something with a 125cc or bigger. It was too expensive, so instead I imported just the engine and running gear (less paper work and no registration hassles) then fitted it to a Vespa LX. This is the thread on how I did it..

Conversion: Fitting a Vespa LX with 150cc 2-stroke engine.
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:34 am quote
jonny_w wrote:
from what info available in this thread, its not for me
I am not impressed

50cc not enough power
13 inch wheels too small
liquid cooled is a pain in the ass to work with if you have a problem (done that before)

cost way too much
my brand new (old) race bike with 00022 km off the showroom floow was only $1100 has 17" rims/ tires and 120cc 6 speed gearbox and can out run a car until 93mph = 150kmh (if they can catch or keep up), I know you cant compare the prices of a bike from Thailand, but $3000 is insane money for a 50cc bike
I miss my race bikes more than I miss my girlfriends

@Techenigma: I was really trying to import a Gilera Runner 180
I like this idea, or any 2 stroke 120cc to 150cc bike with a gearbox preferred
You have to understand that for a lot of countries, 50cc is enough power when you live in European cities for example; plus different laws allow kids of 14-15-16 to ride these.
Most 50cc have 10" wheels, so 13" is actually a pretty good size with also wider tires than the smaller wheels.
If you live in hot areas, you DO want the liquid cooling!!
Yes $3k is a lot of money but when you look at what Honda offers for a 50cc for only $500 less (10" steel wheels with drum brakes, bare minimum on storage and guages and so on), the SR 50 is actually a WHOLE LOT OF SCOOTER for the money!!
This bike also is built in Italy.
Your bike might have been built locally, hence the low price.
That is why Vespa is building Vespa in Thailand for that market specifically to have a lower price point.
To each it's own I guess.
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:37 am quote
50cc is just fine if your road is twisty enough.
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:09 am quote
the aprilla 50 is by far the best small engine scooter on the market, actually made in Italy and very spirited, should be perfect for the city and twisty back roads
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:01 pm quote
In my club, the Aprilia SR-50 is the fastest 50cc scooter....one clocked at 58 mph GPS, derestricted....a kitted 70cc is going around 72 mph....
The only bad thing I have heard, is you have to tighten all the bolts, they tend to get loose.....but this guy was a daily driver of it...going 15 miles to work every day.....he doesn't own a cage.....
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:55 pm quote
AlexBv200 wrote:
jonny_w wrote:
from what info available in this thread, its not for me
I am not impressed

50cc not enough power
13 inch wheels too small
liquid cooled is a pain in the ass to work with if you have a problem (done that before)

cost way too much
my brand new (old) race bike with 00022 km off the showroom floow was only $1100 has 17" rims/ tires and 120cc 6 speed gearbox and can out run a car until 93mph = 150kmh (if they can catch or keep up), I know you cant compare the prices of a bike from Thailand, but $3000 is insane money for a 50cc bike
I miss my race bikes more than I miss my girlfriends

@Techenigma: I was really trying to import a Gilera Runner 180
I like this idea, or any 2 stroke 120cc to 150cc bike with a gearbox preferred
You have to understand that for a lot of countries, 50cc is enough power when you live in European cities for example; plus different laws allow kids of 14-15-16 to ride these.
Most 50cc have 10" wheels, so 13" is actually a pretty good size with also wider tires than the smaller wheels.
If you live in hot areas, you DO want the liquid cooling!!
Yes $3k is a lot of money but when you look at what Honda offers for a 50cc for only $500 less (10" steel wheels with drum brakes, bare minimum on storage and guages and so on), the SR 50 is actually a WHOLE LOT OF SCOOTER for the money!!
This bike also is built in Italy.
Your bike might have been built locally, hence the low price.
That is why Vespa is building Vespa in Thailand for that market specifically to have a lower price point.
To each it's own I guess.
A Thai in Thailand can not afford a Vespa (new) or Piaggio (new)I have only seen 1 piaggio scooter in my town.
A new piaggio is about $4500 to $5000 over there, there are few old restored customised vespas running around.

they typically buy the japanese look alike and think its the best thing in the world, a Yamaha Fino or Honda scoopy.
They will put down $300 and finance it ending up paying $2300 vs pay in full @ $1500 (there are many poor people and thousands of bikes, 10 bikes to 1 car)

I'll make it a point to take more pictures next trip

It gets near 110 degrees in my city, no problems with an old air cooled 2 stroke.

IMHO, if you cant outrun a car up to 50mph you'll have problems
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:38 pm quote
umm About 2 summers ago I happened to see this scoot at a in-town Scooter dealer shop. He had a 2003 and had basically rebuilt it. I fell in love with it. It had everything going for it without the need for the licensing and insurance. He wouldn't sell it for anything. I think (in that moment) I got bitten/smitten and had to have a scoot ever since.
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