Review of 50CC Retro Changes For 2012
Before we go any further with this, I need to make two things clear about this 50cc Retro Scooter review
Firstly, as a middle-aged man weighing the best part of 17 stone, I often find 50cc mopeds and scooters are not ideally suited for my body frame (or my temperament).
Also, despite my age, I was too young to remember the original “mods and rockers” shenanigans, although I have seen the film Quadrophenia a couple of times.
So I wasn’t particularly looking forward to trying out the 2012 retro moped, Scooter. Particularly the 50cc version.
If you check in the archive section you will probably see my initial review of the old version of this bike.
My experience then was that it was a great bike, though I do wish the model I had tried out had not been lipstick pink. Especially as I took it on the open road.
The new 50cc Retro Scooter for 2012 is a subtly different machine. If anything its lines have been smoothed a little and it has a bit more of an Italian feel to it. Also, as a blessing I was sent a cream version of the machine to test.
As far as retro look and feel goes, this moped has ticked most of the boxes. The seat and housing for the passenger is a slightly broader looking and chunky affair, the wing mirrors are slightly higher set (and I suppose there is the possibility of adding extra sets should that be the sort of thing you want).
The front cowl as a reassuringly curved and retro feel to it and the centrepiece of this is the eponymous “Lambretta” style round headlamp with traditional orange indicators set either side.
Trying it out on my local airfield, we had he managed to get it to go a full 30.5 mph. Given that this bike actually seems a little more substantial than most 50cc machines, this was a pleasant surprise. Although it is almost undoubtedly restricted to around 30 mph anyway.
To turn it required an average amount of lean, and again one feature you may not have thought about is that the solid sloped footrest actually makes the task of turning a little bit easier than with many other bikes. The lean required is not excessive but as somebody who rides “proper” motorbikes on a daily basis I’m glad the provision is there to make those tighter turns.
The all-important breaking stats are excellent. At 30 mph we came to a stop in under 3.2 seconds. If you’re keeping a sensible distance from traffic in front of you than this represents a very decent braking distance.
Of course all of these statistics are based on the rider and the conditions. The day we did our testing was a beautiful dry day in early autumn 2011, always allow that little bit of extra space in the wet or if you are a nervous or less confident rider.
One small niggle is that my oversized helmet did not fit in the under-seat storage area. It wasn’t even close. However, the manufacturer supplies this 50cc Retro Scooter with a free top box which is apparently worth almost £50.
Now, to sum up. Considering I am not a big fan of this style bike at all, I was still mightily impressed with the performance and styling.
Coming in at about one third of the price that larger manufacturers will charge for a bike that looked this good, if this and retro, Italian styling, dare I say it “mod” look is your thing, then you can’t really do much better than this excellent little machine.