Steady as a rock riding, the 50CC Ninja is a good looking bike at a knockout price If you are after performance and understated style, the 50CC Ninja moped delivers.
Having already taken the Sport moped out for a ride, I was interested to find out what the 50CC Ninja moped might offer.
After unpacking the bike, it was clear that this was meant to be a standout bike in more ways than one. I haven’t measured the wheelbase of the 50CC Sport model, but the Ninja moped seem to be slightly longer. The model I was testing was predominantly light grey with blue flash.
As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I’m not the smallest man, but getting on and off of the 50CC Ninja was relatively easy. The seat height seemed exactly the same as the Sport model, and the handlebars seem slightly closer to the body.
For the larger rider, it was good to note that the cowl was again unobtrusive and did not interfere with my knees when trying to turn the moped.
The wheels on the 50CC Ninja moped have stylised spokes, but the diameter and tread itself is identical to that of the Sports moped. The kickstand also seems the same, and a cursory look around the exhaust and springs shows that, although they are fitted slightly differently, they are in most respects the same as the other 50CC scooters in the range.
Perhaps it’s me, but straight-line driving on these little mopeds is always a pleasant surprise. The pull you get out of modern engines is that much greater than the old moped of yesteryear.
This is not a knees down style bike, so the steering column needs to be effective, and it certainly is that.
Out on the open road, despite my large frame, I managed to reach 30 mph in well under 12 seconds. Given that this model is restricted in terms of horsepower and speed, this is quite an achievement when carrying a 17 stone man.
My only bugbear, which applies to all restricted mopeds, is that I was overtaken a little more often than I would like. This causes me to ride slightly closer to the curb and I would normally would with its own disadvantages in terms of road smoothness and visibility particularly around left-hand bends.
30 minutes on the open road, and again I’m a convert. A fantastic little bike a great moped for any newcomer to Scooter Riding, ideal as a first bike for under 17, or for the smaller user.