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1982 Suzuki year code: Z
|1982 OR50 magazine
article from Sweden (two pages). Click to enlarge.
The article was published in
Allt om MC, January 1982.
The test rider didn't really know what to think of the OR50. It's
small, it's exclusive built, it's easy to ride but what can you
do with it? He was impressed by the OR50's cast alloy wheels,
the finish and the large disc brake at the front. The engine was
free from vibrations and the gearbox was working fine.
The OR50 was one of the very few, perhaps the only, unrestricted
street legal 50cc bike ever imported to Sweden. The 4,5 bhp power
output made it necessary to register it as a motorcycle instead
of a moped (1 hp restricted power output) that wasn't acquired
a driver's license to ride. The fact that you needed to be at
least 16 years old and have a license to ride the OR50 perhaps
made the test rider more critical of the bike's performance. It's
easy to make wheelies with it but the bike is really slow. There's
not much happening under 5,000 revs, a bit more between 5,000
and 6,000 and whatever happens, happens above 6,000 rpm. The top
speed of 70 km/h (50 mph) is gained at 8,000 rpm.
The test rider didn't like the chopper-styled saddle very much.
It's perfect when you're riding on the rear wheel but I
would have preferreda standard saddle with a baggage holder instead.
In my opinion, the OR50 is somewhat of a shopping machine.
More: Suzuki OR50
Sources: Allt om MC (Sweden)
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