SUZUKI HYPER (AE 50)
Suzuki’s AE50 was introduced to the Canadian market and several other markets around the world (e.g. Japan, UK) in 1990. The AE50 arrived as a competitor to the popular Yamaha Jog and Honda Dio, but for whatever reason, it wasn't sold in the USA. In Canada, it seems that some examples were badged with the name 'Hyper' while others were just labelled as the 'AE 50'. Overseas this scooter was called the AE50 and the 'Hi Up’.
So what do I know about the AE50? Not much....basically that it is a 50cc 2-stroke scooter that Suzuki sold in Canada and overseas in the early to mid 90’s. It seems to have been sold in Canada from 1990 until 1999. Very little information exists online for this scooter so most of the following information comes from a few owners who have contacted MSG.
The Hyper/AE50 uses a 50cc 2-stroke motor that seems to be the popular Morini design, meaning the parts are widely available including aftermarket parts. I haven’t been able to confirm the capability of these parts, but they appear promising. The Hyper definitely shared it's 50cc 2-stroke motor with Suzuki's AD50 scooter (sold overseas only), so that’s another avenue to explore if you’re looking for parts. You can read more about the AD50 here.
In stock form, the Hyper’s top speed is reported to be a bit over 60 km/hr (40mph). This scooter is extremely peppy for a 50cc, but the top speed is limited by a restriction in the variator, as is the norm for 2-stroke 50’s. This scooter makes an impressive 6.5hp @ 6500 RPM which is great for a 50cc. That’s comparable to Honda’s 2-stroke 80cc Aero. Perhaps this scooters peppy nature is the reason why fuel economy is typically reported as being poor (for a scooter). From my reading, observed fuel economy is typically around 60mpg which means that filling up the 3 litre (0.8 gallon) tank happens pretty often.
Storage and Convenience
Ergonomically speaking, some AE50 owners have complained of an uncomfortable seat while other owners haven’t noticed a problem. A common complaint is that the mirrors are too narrow so visibility is poor. This could be remedied fairly easily with some wider aftermarket mirrors.
The gauges on this scooter are pretty standard fare. You’ve got a fuel gauge and odometer (which rolls over at 9999.9 kms), as well as a speedometer and warning lights for the oil, blinkers and high beams.The AE50 does not have a glovebox but it does have some storage space under the seat. The storage area isn’t huge but you could fit your lunch here or a rain suit. The small fuel tank and smaller still oil tank are both also located under the seat, which limited the amount of storage Suzuki could find.
Buying an AE50 seems a bit risky unless you are handy with motors simply because there is little support out there from other owners and probably even from Suzuki. I have no idea if you can still get parts for this scooter but I would check into this before you buy one. If Suzuki Canada does provide parts then it would be a neat and unique scooter to pick up.
To get an idea of parts availability, stroll into your local Suzuki dealer and ask if stuff like head gaskets, drivebelts etc are still available. Pick a few parts at random and ask if they are available to get a general idea of your odds. Let me know how it goes.
If you’re simply looking for a peppy and affordable 2-stroke 50cc, I’d look at Yamaha’s Jog and Honda’s Dio, as they are both very similar style-wise but those scooters have huge followings and part resources. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more unique or you found a great deal on one of these, I would go for it as long as you’re comfortable working a bit harder to find parts.
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* Neat little piece of history
* Underseat storage
* Difficulty getting parts
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1990 AE50 Brochure - Nice little brochure from Suzuki Canada
* Engine type: Air-cooled 49 cc 2-stroke.
* Power: 6.5 hp @ 6500 rpm, 5.3 lbs-ft torque @ 6000 rpm
* Bore x Stroke: 41.0mm x 37.4mm
* Transmission: V-belt automatic
* Colors: Blue, Black, Red, White, Purple
* Brakes: Drum / Drum
* Fuel Tank: 3 litres (0.8 gallons)
* Fuel Milage: 60mpg
* Years Sold: 1990 - 1999