Suzuki FR50 Review from New Zealand

1981 Suzuki FR50

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1998
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired4872 kilometres
Most recent distance8800 kilometres


Good, cheap first bike


When driving along, the bike would drop down 2 gears; not a problem when in 1st or 2nd because it would just go into neutral, but when in 3rd, it would go into 1st (dangerous at high speed).

General Comments:

Was a good first bike, that rides like it was 15 years old when I purchased it.

Very comfortable on long trips, with good handling.

Brakes were OK, but it would have problems if you ever needed to stop in a real hurry.

Fuel tank would last about 100km, not bad for 4.5 litre tank (approx).

Fuel gauge is located under the seat, which is a bit of a pain, because if you are going on a long trip, you never really know how much fuel you have left.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2008

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 1 review