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2006> APRILIA RX 50 / SX 50


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Pros


Italian styling


Reliable engine


Frugal mpg


Cons


Genuine spare parts availability, and shipping times from Italy


Exorbitant genuine spare parts profit margin


Flimsy fairing panel mounting lugs


SX 50 chain guard rubs off tyre wall


Wafer-thin, hard seat


Weak side stand springs


No side stand retaining hangar


Side stand bracket location interferes with left heel


Side stand bracket interferes with frame rail stands and lifts


Short frame length, cramped ride position


Kick start lever / pillion footrest clearance issue


Pillion footrest mounts not removable


Front footrests not wide enough


Footrest mounts not removable, not replaceable


No frame protectors to prevent ankles rubbing paint off


Handlebar mounts not removable, not rubber-mounted either.


Not luggage-friendly


2006-2009 headlight straps fray easily


Tall indicator switch, difficult to reach with thumb


Slow action throttle tube


Plastic radiator grille


2006-2009 SX 50 front mudguard too short


AJP Brake / clutch lever plastic bushings wear out fast


1-piece clutch cover


1-piece front sprocket guard


No battery box lid


No ignition cover gasket


Unreliable ignition stator


Unreliable digital speedometer


Loom wiring for speedometer made from cheese


Banana-skin rear brake pedal tip needs knurling


Microscopic fuel tank filler hole


Non-transparent fuel tank


Lockable tank cap is better than a lockable tank cap cover


Unreliable auto vacuum fuel tap


Fuel tap location on wrong side of the tank


Sensitive Dell'Orto carburetor


Left-mounted exhaust blocks access to carburetor


Airbox filter access requires removing RH side fairings


Cylinder head thermostat seizes shut. Common failure. Needs removing


No vibration-damping counterbalance gear, unlike the RS 50 / RS4 50


Fragile engine mounting lugs


Short suspension travel compared to bigger bikes


Basic push-rod suspension, soft spring rates, harsh ride, twitchy handling


Offset fork yokes exacerbate twitchy handling


No rubber fork gaiters / seal protectors


Non-adjustable rear shock absorber preload


2006-2010 models featured microscopic rear hub bearings


2006-2012 models featured insufficient 180mm rear brake disc


2013> SX models feature mag wheels with tubeless tyres


Crushed another dream. So which one is best?


The RX 50's larger wheels offer better ride comfort over potholes, and slower, less twitchy steering. If you like off-road adventuring, you'll be stood on the footrests often. So less butt-hurt from the plank of wood seat.


Would I recommend owning one?


NO


Many expensive design flaws. Not everything is fixable with aftermarket parts, or MacGyver bodges. You'll spend months waiting for OEM parts from overseas countries. Very unwise choice when it's your only mode of transport.


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