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Written by Del Fuego    Wednesday, 28 May 2008 17:16     E-mail
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Now as good as it is to ride there are a few problems with this bike for day-to-day use, in other words how easy it would be to live with. It does have storage under the seat for a full-face helmet, which is great, and sorely lacking in many 50cc scooters, unfortunately there is no front glove box of any sort. Also missing are some things that I consider very useful if not absolutely necessary… these things include; a fuel gauge, a “high beam” warning light, some sort of pillion apparatus… pegs at least, a side stand etc, etc. The AZ unfortunately had none of these things.

So what do we have? We have an updated, classic workhorse from Suzuki, it looks good and has been put together with some high quality materials, plastics and the like. The new AZ50 has a distinctly useful engine and gearbox combo that makes this a thoroughly capable commuting machine. Unfortunately it is let down in a few departments such as the decision to put drum brakes all round and install some fairly ordinary suspension components along with missing fuel gauge and the likes. Had the bean counters been a little looser with the allocation of funds to rectify these minor issues this already “good” machine could have been awesome. All this being said the bike is well worth a test ride. The sweet engine and gearbox package along with the updated styling makes this one of the top options, and realistically one of only very few worth considering for the price.

Price$1995 NZ
0-50km/h9.6 Seconds

Top Speed

Lap Time


46.0 Seconds

Fuel Economy 3.6L/100kms - 65MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 48kph actual


Fast, good handling, large underseat compartment, all round ability, styling

Cons:Brakes, suspension, lack of amenities (fuel guage etc)

Fuel Consumption
Value for money
Ease of use
Build quality

Overall Score


Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft ---
Max torque---
Engine TypeSingle-cylinder 2 stroke
Cylinder Capacity49cc
Seat height705mm
Dry weight 72kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity5.3 liters
StartingElectric & Kickstart
TransmissionCVT “Twist and Go”
Storage volume---
CoolingAir Cooled
Bore X stroke41.0mm x 37.4mm
Compression ratio7.2:1
ChassisSteel Tube
Front suspension---
Rear suspension---
Front brakeDrum
Rear brakeDrum
Front wheel/tyre3.00 x 10"
Rear wheel/tyre3.00 x 10"
Max speed (km/hr) ---
Type approval---
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatoryes
Full helmet storageyes
Glove boxno
Fuel Guageno
Trip Meterno
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no
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written by steve , February 17, 2011
where is the battery compartment ?
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written by vincel , October 23, 2009
Isaac, cheers mate, yeah it is a good wee machine.

Dave... I am very sorry for trying to inject a little levity and entertainment into your dreary existence
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written by Isaac , September 02, 2009
Great first scooter with heaps of crucial off the mark power, but up hills it doesn't have the same oomph as the Jog. but my AZ does the trick i have to say
Nice review BTW

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written by dave , February 27, 2009
the first 2 paragraphs are un-nessessary dribble. Get to the point!

A VERY reliable scoot, could do with a fuel gauge tho.
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