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Written by Ketzal Sterling    Tuesday, 06 May 2008 15:24     E-mail
Suzuki TR50 Street Magic
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It had finally come; it had been building for a long long time…years actually. My first ride on a Street Magic, yep all this time and I’d never ridden one. Literally everybody I know or have every met has told me I should ride one. See I’m a relatively destructive person, when a lot of people give me the same good advice I simply ignore it and do the complete opposite. That’s what happened here, I was like “Screw you, I don’t care if it’s the coolest thing in the known universe, I don’t want to ride it” Well I’ll admit it here, right now…man I wish I’d taken this advice earlier. I’d have been having CRAZY TIME all these years…then again I’d probably be very dead too.

CRAZY TIME; this is what I call it. See Suzuki knew it all along when they made this bike…they knew the secret. Magic, no s%$t this bike has magic powers; it easily converts a normal sane person into a complete and utter maniac. Interestingly if you’re already a complete maniac you just stay about the same but grin a lot more…go figure, it’s obviously a complex magical spell. Crazy time started for me about 16.3 seconds after I drove away from picking the Street Magic up. See that’s the amount of time the traffic lights took to change, the second they went green I unleashed the BEAST.

Everything became fair game…I began by blasting down a hill then jumping onto the sidewalk and passing every car in the known universe in one fowl swoop. I screamed inside my helmet in sheer pleasure. This caused the damn thing to fog up and sent me flying through an intersection completely blind. When the visor cleared I found myself bashing my way through a women’s lingerie store; bra’s and panties strewn all over me and laughing like a school boy I burst out the rear entrance and head madly towards the center of town. This is when the fuzz pulled in behind me…no chance; I cut a hard right and head straight into the park. The police car gave chase as I rushed across the fields dodging and weaving around a startled cricket team. I’m not sure what was funnier, the police car chasing a scooter through the park or the fact the scooter was covered in wildly flapping lingerie and on the back was a very cute partially dressed girl I picked up in the store…I work real quick…I pulled a massive jump over 65 stairs and left the police stuck watching my smoke trail from the stairs. Okay, okay…it was only 6 stairs but everything else is true, really. The girls name is Jenna, we’re married now and have twins on the way, Magic and The Fuzz…

What makes the Suzuki Street Magic so fun to ride? Everything I guess…the model we tested was only a 1998 and was still restricted but made reasonable power. Rumor has it a derestricted Street Magic can run up to 80 kph with the CDI removed and a simple high speed pulley added. I had a blast even on the restricted model so I can’t wait to try a hotted up Magic. So clearly the 50cc Suzuki motor is one of the more powerful on the market. Next up the handling is killer, I imagine it’s something to do with the sturdy little frame and its mini motorbike dimensions; whatever the reasons, it works perfectly. The Magic is a total riot to throw around corners and thanks to a strong front disc brake it also stops surprising rapidly.

Obviously the Street Magic is not built for big people. Del Fuego tried it and let’s just say they didn’t gel. Del Fuego’s six foot three so he’s abnormal anyway. That being said I’m also a bit of a midget at just five foot seven so obviously the bike worked great for me. Let’s say if you’re over five foot ten…try another bike. Ease of use wise the Magic is good and bad. It’s damn easy to move around and put on the center stand as it only weighs 75kg. It does however suffer from a complete lack of storage space…you’ll be carrying your helmet with this bike.

We did try and do our normal fuel consumption test with the Street Magic but due to the tank being hard to drain and us being complete idiots we failed to get an exact number. We can tell you that it’s not stellar and it’s not bad either. Somewhere between 3.2 and 3.5L/100kms would be about where it sits, so about average for an older 50cc machine. The Street Magic was very popular with inner city couriers a few years back and I can see why. It’s cheap, reliable and simply loves to carve up city traffic. The handle bars are quite wide but the bike itself is about as narrow as well…a bulimic super model. If you were to cut the handle bars down a few inches this thing would make any gap in traffic a normal human could fit through.

So who is the Street magic for? This is an easy answer…it’s for idiots. People like me, people who want a crazy little machine that makes you feel like a big kid. You could literally get away with murder on this bike. Nobody takes you seriously on a Street Magic, you look like a child who’s stolen a mini motorbike from a theme park. That my friends is what it’s all about, the Magic is just great fun to ride. It’s also the very first bike we ran around our new test track. We clocked a 41.6 second lap, but we’ll have to wait and see how that stacks up against other 50cc machines. I will say this though…for my money I’d say a tuned up Street Magic would have to be the fastest scooter round a race track…period. We'll know soon.

Top Speed59kph
0-50km/h10.5 Seconds
Lap time41.6 Seconds
Fuel Economy Needs to be re tested
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 47kph actual

Pros:Fantastic handling, strong engine, very tuneable
Cons:No storage, no weather protection, getting a little old now

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Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 5.2 Kw (7.1 HP)
Max torque7.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Engine TypeSingle-cylinder 2-stroke
Cylinder Capacity49 cc
Seat height705mm
Dry weight 75kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity6 litres
Transmission“Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission
Storage volumen/a
CoolingAir cooled
Bore X stroke50 mm x 52 mm
Compression ratio---
Front suspension---
Rear suspension---
Front brakeTwin pot disc
Rear brake 
Front wheel/tyre120/80-12 54J
Rear wheel/tyre120/80-12 54J
Wheelbase1080 mm
Max speed (km/hr) ---
Type approval---
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatorno
Full helmet storageno
Glove boxno
Fuel Guageno
Trip Meterno
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no
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