Presentation: 50s scooter
Instead of a motorcycle
Scooters are usually only mildly ridiculed by motorcyclists. But in dense city traffic, the 50s show their advantages.
The scooter boom continues, especially with the 50s models: Around 130,000 were sold to men and women in 1996. No wonder, since they are much more mobile than cars and even motorcycles in heavy city traffic.
D.he selection of scooters is large. MOTORRAD presents six interesting 50s – from the cheap to the technically complex.
ALL TECHNICAL DATA
ITALJET Formula 50 Race engine: fan-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke, electric and kick starter, stepless automatic belt system, uncontrolled catalytic converter, displacement: 49 cm³, nominal output: 3.5 kW (4.8 HP) at 6200 rpm, chassis: tubular steel frame, steering knuckle suspension and disc brake (Æ 175 mm) at the front, Drive unit swing arm with spring strut and disc brake (Æ 175 mm) at the rear Suspension travel: f / h 90/80 mm Measured values: 0 – 30 km / h 3.5 sec 0 – 40 km / h 6.1 sec 0 – 50 km / h 10.5 sec Top speed: 55 km / hDimensions and weightsWeight with a full tank: 99 kilograms Payload: 187 kilogramsSeat height: 810 mmTurning circle: 4.13 mTank capacity / range: 9 liters / approx. 196 kmEquipment / price Available colors: Signal red, red, yellow, black Price: 4990 Marks including additional costs Guarantee: 12 MonthsAPRILIAGulliver LC engine: water-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke engine, separate lubrication, electric and kick starter, uncontrolled catalytic converter, stepless automatic belt mechanism, displacement: 49 cm³, nominal output: 3.2 kW (4.3 HP) at 7000 rpm, chassis: tubular steel frame, telescopic fork and disc brake e (Æ 190 mm) at the front, drive unit swing arm with strut and drum brake (Æ 110 mm) at the rear, suspension travel f / h 90/65 mm, measured values 0 – 30 km / h 2.9 sec0- 40 km / h 5.6 sec0- 50 km / h 11.0 sec.Maximum speed: 53 km / hDimensions and weightsWeight with a full tank: 101 kg Load: 178 kgSeat height: 800 mmTurning circle: 3.65 mTank capacity / range: 6 l / approx. 162 kmEquipment / PriceAvailable colors: anthracite, bluePrice: 4390 Marks including additional costsWarranty: 12 monthsMALAGUTICentro SLMotor: Fan-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke, separate lubrication, electric and kick starter, stepless automatic belt displacement: 49 cm³Nominal output: 2.1 kW (3 HP) at 6500 : Tubular steel frame, telescopic fork and disc brake (Æ 200 mm) at the front, drive unit swing arm with spring strut and drum brake (Æ 110 mm) at the rear, suspension travel f / h 80/75 mm, measured values 0 – 30 km / h 3.7 sec 0 – 40 km / h 5.9 sec 0 – 50 km / h 9.5 seconds Top speed: 55 km / h Dimensions and weights Weight with a full tank: 82 kg Load: 144 kg Seat height: 790 mm Turning circle: 3.73 m Tank capacity / range: 5 l / approx. 130 kmEquipment / PriceAvailable colors: red, blue, whitePrice: 4095 Marks including additional costsWarranty: 12 monthsPIAGGIOZip 50 BaseMotor: Fan-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke engine, separate lubrication, electric and kick starter, stepless automatic belt displacement: 49 cm³Nominal output: 2.9 kW (3.9 PS ) at 7250 rpm Chassis: tubular steel frame, telescopic fork and drum brake (Æ 155 mm) at the front, drive unit swing arm with spring strut and drum brake (Æ 110 mm) at the rear, spring travel v / h not specified Measured values 0 – 30 km / h 3.8 sec0- 40 km / h 6.5 sec0- 50 km / h 13.2 secMaximum speed: 52 km / hDimensions and weightsWeight with a full tank: 80 kg Load: 190 kgSeat height: 780 mmTurning circle: 3.26 m Tank capacity / range: 4 l / approx. 120 kmEquipment / PriceAvailable colors: blue, red metallicPrice: 2999 Marks incl. Additional costsWarranty: 12 monthsSIAMScross 50Motor: Air-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke, separate lubrication, electric and kick starter, stepless automatic belt mechanismCubic space: 49 cm³Nominal output: 2.55 kW (3.47 PS) at 6000 / min Chassis: tubular steel frame, upside-down fork and disc brake (Æ 230 mm) at the front, drive unit swing arm with spring strut and drum brake (Æ 120 mm) at the rear, suspension travel f / h 165/90 mm, measured values 0 – 30 km / h 3.4 sec, 0- 40 km / h 5.6 sec0- 50 km / h 9.8 secMaximum speed: 55 km / hDimensions and weightsWeight fully fueled: 92 kg Load: 188 kgSeat height: 850 mmTurning circle: 3.73 mTank capacity / range: 9.5 l / approx. 270 kmEquipment / PriceAvailable colors: yellow, blue, red, silver Price: 4515 Marks including additional costsWarranty: 12 monthsYAMAHABW ?? s 50 SpyMotor: Fan-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke engine, separate lubrication, electric and kick starter, uncontrolled catalytic converter, stepless automatic beltsHub volume: 49 cm³Nominal output: 3.4 kW (4.6 PS) at 7000 rpm Chassis: tubular steel frame, telescopic fork and disc brake (Æ 180 mm) at the front, drive unit swing arm with strut and drum brake (Æ 110 mm) at the rear Spring travel f / h 80/60 mm Measured values 0 – 30 km / h 2.9 sec0- 40 km / h 4.8 sec0- 50 km / h 7.7 secMaximum speed: 55 km / hDimensions and weightsWeight with a full tank: 82 kg Load: 186 kgSeat height: 790 mmTurning circle: 3.55 mTank capacity / range: 6 l / approx. 150 kmEquipment / PriceAvailable colors: white / red, blue, blackPrice: 4290 Marks including additional costsWarranty: 12 months
YAMAHA – The athlete
Small, narrow and incredibly fast – this is Yamaha BW’s Spy. With an acceleration from 0 to 50 km / h in just 7.7 seconds, it beats most of its 50s competitors. Even its exterior identifies the Spy as an athlete: The tubular steel frame with its pointed nose and rear spoiler is aerodynamically shaped with only a little plastic. Tall pilots need to fold up to stow their legs. Of course, even smaller drivers shouldn’t expect too much comfort from a real racer. The telescopic fork and rear shock absorber are very tightly matched, but do not show through even on rough bumps. And the Spy sharpens stable and on track even around the tightest corners. Hard braking maneuvers are no problem with the front disc and the rear drum. They have an exact pressure point and are easy to dose. The right racing driver obviously does without unnecessary equipment: A jet helmet fits in the helmet compartment, otherwise there is no storage compartment.
SIAM – The Off Roader
With its long spring struts, the Siam Scross is the only real alternative to scooters for die-hard enduro riders. 165 millimeters of travel of the telescopic fork and 90 millimeters of the rear shock absorber are so far unique among scooters. This makes the Scross the right buddy on mud and gravel roads. Even violent holes or small flight insoles are no problem for the large, large-wheeled Italian. And if an insurmountable obstacle suddenly gets in the way of the Siamese driver, he can stop in time with the front, rather toxic disc brake. The rear drum, on the other hand, is of little use. It becomes uncomfortable on paved roads. It is only there that the pilot notices how hard the seat is, how strong the engine vibrates and how badly the cleats make friends with the road. Asphalt is just not the crosser’s profession.
PIAGGIO – The cheap one
The Piaggio Zip 50 Base is exactly the right choice for people on a tight budget. The air-cooled 50s costs only 2999 marks and still offers a lot of scooters for the money. Small to medium-sized pilots will find enough space on the 50 and can also take a pillion passenger with them if necessary. Taller riders, on the other hand, have to slide back so far that they use the entire seat bench. The air-cooled two-stroke engine runs smoothly and cultivated and has just enough power to keep up with city traffic. The Zip Base only has a drum brake at the front instead of the usual disc. But it responds well and, together with the rear drum, decelerates the roller sufficiently. The equipment of the cheap Italian is of course not exactly lavish. There is no second mirror and only an open glove compartment, but the Zip Base does not do without reasonable low and high beam. At least a medium-sized full-face helmet fits into the helmet compartment.
MALAGUTI – The XXL cyclist
Scooters can also be stable – almost like motorcycles. Especially when they have big wheels. The Malaguti Centro SL proves this with its 14-inch rims. Less wobbly than its ten- and twelve-inch counterparts, it runs accurately and precisely on straights and in bends. The attractive telescopic fork and the rear shock absorber also play their part in this. Despite the big slippers, the Italian does not lose any of its maneuverability and speeds easily through city traffic. In any case, the big foot is not lacking in temperament. The air-cooled three-horsepower engine is extremely lively and still hums quietly to itself when accelerating from zero to 50 km / h in less than ten seconds. The Centro pilot came to a safe stop with the good disc and drum brakes. It is also gratifying that the Centro not only has large wheels, but also a large helmet compartment. This makes him a good partner even for larger purchases.
APRILIA – The elegant one
The round, well-formed shape of the Aprilia Gulliver LC not only attracts designers, yuppies and aesthetes. The elegant scooter is easy to spot, and that on every occasion: when shopping, in front of the café and even in front of the disco. The best thing: the beautiful appearance is accompanied by a lot of inner qualities. Gulliver may not even drive around the world, but purrs off one kilometer after the other without complaint in everyday life. The water-cooled engine starts immediately with choke and runs quietly and in a cultivated manner. The driver takes a seat on a wide, soft bench and has enough space for his legs. Thanks to the comfortably tuned suspension, the pilot almost feels like in a sedan chair, although the 50 is by no means sluggish. It whizzes around every narrow corner, nimble and on track. The Gulliver is ideal for shopping. His helmet compartment is extremely large, and little things still fit in the lockable glove compartment in the leg shield.
ITALJET – The technical one
Anyone who likes sporty, technically sophisticated motorcycles will find the scooter counterpart in the Italjet Formula 50 Race. The little Italian racer has a special technical feature that is only used in a few bikes such as the Yamaha GTS 1000 in motorcycle construction: a stub axle steering. This makes the air-cooled two-stroke extremely stable. It precisely follows the imaginary line even in curves. And that in spite of the small wheels: the front is eleven inches, the rear is a twelve-inch rim. Another advantage of the front wheel control: Even a violent braking maneuver is not answered with a dip, as is usual with telescopic forks. And the Formula driver can brake sharply. The two 175 millimeter disc brakes at the front and rear decelerate easily and with a crisp pressure point. The equipment of the technology scooter is economical. With a large helmet compartment, glove compartment, fuel gauge and passenger pegs, everything you need is there.
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