The history of the Suzuki AE 50 scooter

The Suzuki AE 50 is a classic scooter design first seen on British roads in 1990. Powered by a simple 50cc two-stroke petrol engine, the AE 50 was a robust, reliable vehicle that was in production for 6 years. During this time it was exported to most parts of the world and became popular as a no frills walk around.

The AE 50 was a single gear scooter, which shortened the learning curve for new riders. It was also quite peppy with a tiny 50cc engine delivering 6.5hp at 6500rpm which is actually comparable to 80cc scooters of the same era! A rider could reach top speeds of 60 mph on the Suzuki AE 50, although the tiny wheels and low ground clearance limited its on-road use. The single gearbox and the peppy engine naturally meant that the AE50 was never as frugal as comparable mopeds.

The design of the Suzuki AE 50 is pretty standard for classic 1990s; Sharp, straight lines dominate the styling. On the technical side, it comes with a basic set of gauges and warning lights. If you are looking at a used AE 50, remember that the odometer overflows at 9,999 km. Existing mopeds are sometimes fitted with non-standard rear-view mirrors, as the factory ones were quite narrow for safety reasons.

Another part that was sometimes changed was the mono seat. The standard Suzuki AE 50 seat had an unusual, narrow shape, which proved uncomfortable for some owners. Under the seat, the owners had a small storage space that could hold a folded umbrella or a couple of books. The seat also had to be raised each time the AE 50 needed a tank. The small 2.75 liter tank also meant the Suzuki AE50 stayed within close proximity of a gas station. The oil had its own separate tank which meant there were no problems getting the mix right.

All in all, the Suzuki AE 50 was intended to be a small, peppy scooter, and it did well until production ended in 1999. Longtime owners report few problems with bikes that have been serviced regularly. Older surviving models may need an exhaust replacement as this part is most exposed to the elements and damage. A good parts dealer should be able to provide you with genuine parts that can be difficult to find on the general market. With its easy handling and lively ride, a Suzuki AE 50 can still tame your city streets.

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