2009 Benelli X50
Overall, it is a unique, powerful 50cc bike that will stand out in a crowd, and is worth the money
The front brake squeaks, and I believe it is because I had it tightened a little too much.
So far this bike appears to be built tough.
This scooter is a beast! It is seriously fast for a 50cc. The scoot easily reaches 47 mph on a flat, and with low wind can hit 50 mph. Had it up to 55 mph on a downhill ride. It actually feels more stable at high speeds.
The X50 handles great and feels very firm and tight. Handling is responsive and it corners very well.
I rode several other scooters, including the Buddy Italia 50cc and the Flyscooters Il Bello 150cc, and decided on the X50.
The green paint scheme is my preferred color. I bought a Scorpion Exo-700 Raider Green helmet to match. Since it is a discontinued color (the helmet) it was a little hard to find, but well worth it! Who doesn't want to match?
The ground clearance is high and it handles curbs with ease. I park it on the sidewalk, and frequently need to go up and down curbs.
My biggest disappointment with the X50 is that it does not have a sissy bar or rear rack to mount a trunk. I knew this going in, but I am the type of person who wants a trunk, and will have to fabricate something if I want a trunk.
The seat height is high and I hear a lot of people complain about this. I actually like the way it feels and I am 5' 9''. If you are new to scooters/motorcycles, then it may be high for you, but if you are comfortable on a bike then you may actually prefer it. The Benelli feels more substantial that a typical scooter. The seat heights also makes me feel better on the road because I have a little better vision from the higher seat height.
Power on hills is good. I can keep it at 35 mph on an incline and I weigh 155 lbs.
Storage is good and the below the seat storage can hold a full face helmet (my helmet is a Medium). Helmet needs to be upside down though to fit.
MSRP is $2,495, but I got it for $2,250. Little pricier than other models, but I definitely feel like I got a better quality bike in return.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2009