2001 Piaggio Typhoon 50
If you're a novice, on a budget or a short-distance commuter, this is your scooter!
Clutch cable broke once - less than £100 to fix. That's all.
When I got my Typhoon I had never ridden on two wheels before, not even a pushbike - I was riding with my car license allowance for 50cc scooters and had decided to get a bike as it was quicker than the tube.
It seems I could not have chosen better. After about an hour's practice I was ready to take on central London without fear. The bike was very easy to get to grips with, balanced well and had a great feel to it.
The fact that it weighed next to nothing meant that it accelerated off the blocks faster than every other 50, most 125's and all, but the fastest of cars, and also of course, that, with its single-gallon tank it could do four days of journeying to and from work - a total of over 100 miles.
Top speed (once I had the restrictor pulled off) was about 46mph, which is as fast as you're ever realistically going to ride in central London, but it was incredily agile and could corner even with my great bulk and a full load very nicely.
Finally it wasn't bad for shopping either - once equipped with a box it could carry three bags of shopping no problem and one of them could even be heavy (the one in the helmet stowage bay).
Okay, so it wasn't fantastically comfy over long distance, but who rides a 50cc moped over long distance?
Braking was not linked, but with discs on front and back it was prompt. I never spilt in the two years I rode this bike.
A lovely little thing, pity the thieves thought so too.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th December, 2004
14th Jul 2005, 12:33
There is no clutch cable on a Typhoon 50 because they have an automatic clutch.
21st Jul 2005, 09:33
You got a new clutch cable and it cost over 250 dollars? There is not a clutch cable on the Typhoon, since the clutch is automatic, and it surely wouldn't cost more than one tenth of the price you quote on a motorcycle. Jeez. I own a Typhoon, it rocks! But it doesn't have a clutch cable.
20th Oct 2005, 12:46
Yes I know the Typhoon had a centrifugal clutch and hence no cable per se, what I meant when I said "clutch cable broke", was that the linkage between auto gearbox and engine snapped.
23rd Feb 2007, 15:49
I own a Typhoon 50. Its great at the top end. It does 45mph and that is with a viper sports exhaust, but it's very slow at building up the speed and very slow at getting up hills. Can anyone help?