The History of the Suzuki AE 50 Scooter
The Suzuki AE 50 is a classic scooter design that was first seen on UK roads in 1990. Powered by a basic two-stroke 50cc petrol engine, the AE 50 was a sturdy, reliable ride that stayed in manufacture for 6 years. During that time, it was exported to most parts of the globe, becoming popular as a no-frills run-around.
The AE 50 was a single gear scooter, which reduced the learning curve for new riders. It was also quite peppy with tiny 50cc engine providing 6.5 hp at 6500 rpm, which is actually comparable to 80cc scooters from the same time! A rider could reach top speeds of 60 mph with the Suzuki AE 50, though the tiny wheels and low clearance limited use to streets. Of course, the single gear system and peppy engine meant that the AE50 was never as frugal as comparable moped.
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, keep in mind that the odometer rolls over at 9,999 kms. Existing moped sometimes come with non-standard rear-view mirrors, since the factory set were rather narrow from a safety view.
Another part that was sometimes changed was the mono-seat. The standard seat on the Suzuki AE 50 had an unusual, narrow shape that proved uncomfortable for some owners. Under the seat, owners had a small storage area that could hold a folded umbrella or a couple of books. The seat also needed to be lifted each time the AE 50 needed a tank up. The small 2.75 liter tank also meant the Suzuki AE50 stayed strictly within pushing distance to a petrol station. Oil had its own separate tank, which meant no hassles with getting the right mix.
All in all, the Suzuki AE 50 was meant to be a small, peppy scooter and it did that well until production stopped in 1999. Long-term owners report few problems with bikes that have been regularly serviced. Older surviving models may need an exhaust change, since this part is the most exposed to elements and damage. A good spare parts dealer should be able to hook you up with genuine spare parts, which can be tricky to find in the general market. With its easy handling and zippy ride, a Suzuki AE 50 can still tame the streets of your town.