Piaggio Fly 50

 

 

 

 

Make Model

Piaggio Fly 50

Year

2008

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 4 valve

Capacity

49. cc / 3.0 cub in.

Bore x Stroke

39 mm x 41.8 mm

Compression Ratio

10.3:1

Cooling System

Forced air

Lubrication

Wet sump

Fuel System

Carburetor

Ignition

Electronic

Starting

Electric / kick

Max Power

3.1 kW /  4.1 hp

Transmission 

CVT, twist and go

Clutch

Automatic centrifugal dry clutch

Frame

Single cradle, high strength steel tube

Front Suspension

Hydraulic telescopic fork

Front Wheel Travel

58 mm / 2.3 in.

Rear Suspension

Single hydraulic shock absorber

Rear Wheel Travel

76 mm / 3.0 in.

Front Brakes

200 mm disc with dual piston caliper

Rear Brakes

140 mm drum

Front Tyre

120/70 - 12 in.

Rear Tyre

120/70 - 12 in.

Dimensions

Length:  1880 mm / 74.0 in.

Width:      734 mm / 28.9 in.

Wheelbase

1326 mm / 52.2 in.

Seat Height

785 mm / 30.9 in.

Dry Weight

100 kg / 220 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

7.2 L / 1.9 US gal

Review Motor Scooter Guide

Unlike their Vespa relatives, the Fly 50 and 150 use larger 12” wheels that provide better stability at higher speeds.

The job of stopping the first generation of Fly was handled by a dual piston 200mm disc brake in the front and a 140mm drum brake in the rear. Despite nice specs, the front brake was only mediocre. The feel was a bit wooden and it required higher than average lever pull effort. Good stopping power is there, but it requires a firmer squeeze that other scooters.

In practical terms, the Fly scooters score well. The underseat storage area is quite generous, with the caveat that this area does get fairly hot due to its engine proximity. It’s certainly not a good spot for storing the ice cream. It’s also not a spot for pets, as Piaggio’s comically abundant warning stickers will tell you. The Fly 50 and 150 have a nice glovebox which comes in quite handy and sets this scooter apart from quite a few competitors that offer either an open storage area or nothing at all.

The Fly scooters are sharp designs, so their popularity is easy to understand. They aren’t class leading in terms of price, technology or refinement, but they are well rounded and practical scooters that score well across the board. They are solidly built, supported by a large network of dealers and there’s a great owner community.

The Fly 50 and 150 should appeal to someone seeking a scooter with a modern look who’s looking for good value, as opposed to just the lowest purchase price. The Fly scooters are well featured with enclosed storage areas, quality and powerful motors and front disc brakes. The inclusion of a proper glove box is small but valued detail that separates the Fly from quite a few competitors.
 

Owner's comments:

 ”LOVE the Fly 50! Handles very nicely, even on gravel. Has more foot/leg room than most 50cc scooters. The locking handle bars is a great feature... can't be pushed off like most.

After driving the Fly, I'd never own a scooter with 10" tires. The soft, long seat is the most comfortable I've found. LOVE the FLY!!!.”