Piaggio LT50

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Piaggio LT50
Production 2003 - 2004
Two stroke, single cylinder
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Top Speed 62 km/h / 39 mph
Fuel System Carburetor
Transmission CVT, twist and go
Suspension Front: Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear: Single hydraulic shock absorber
Brakes Front: Disc, 220 mm
Rear: Drum, 140 mm
Front Tire 70/90 - 16 in.
Rear Tire 90/80 - 16 in.
Wheelbase 1306 mm / 51.4 in.
Weight 88.5 kg / 195 lbs (dry),
Fuel Capacity 5.5 L / 1.5 US gal
Manuals Service Manual

It could reach a top speed of 62 km/h / 39 mph.


The engine was a Air cooled cooled Two stroke, single cylinder. The engine featured a 10.3:1 compression ratio.


It came with a 70/90 - 16 in. front tire and a 90/80 - 16 in. rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Disc, 220 mm in the front and a Drum, 140 mm in the rear. The front suspension was a Hydraulic telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a Single hydraulic shock absorber. The LT50 was fitted with a 5.5 L / 1.5 US gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 88.5 kg / 195 lbs. The wheelbase was 1306 mm / 51.4 in. long.


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Piaggio LT 50

Piaggio’s quirky LT scooter series was first offered in the USA for the 2003 model year, which was the same year Piaggio entered the USA market under their own name (as opposed to the Vespa name). The LT 50 and LT 150 were offered again for 2004, but after that both models were dropped.

The LT 50 is quite a peppy scooter since it’s a 2-stroke. Acceleration is good and top speed is about 40mph. Should you desire, top speed can be increased quite a bit if you venture into the aftermarket parts scene. Higher power does come at the price of reliability and fuel economy though, so the choice is yours.

The LT scooters offer good handling with their large wheels adding stability and smoothness over uneven road. This is particularly noticeable with the LT 150 since you can read higher speeds where the limitations of other smaller wheeled scooters are more obvious. The suspension is also considered to be fairly good.

Stylistically, the LT scooters are somewhat of a quirky twist on Vespa’s ET scooter which was designed around the same time. The LT almost looks like an ET scooter with huge wheels added and a more open rear end. The headlight and legshield area shows obvious ties to this sibling. Large wheeled scooters are a tough design to pull off, and Piaggio did a reasonable job with the LT50 and LT150. One thing that can be said about the LT scooters is that they definitely have personality, which is something some people argue is lacking in Piaggio’s newer Fly scooters.

In terms of amenities, the LT 150 falls a bit short. It has a glovebox, but the underseat storage area is quite tiny due to the large rear wheel eating into this space. You can’t fit any sort of a helmet under there, so you’ll need to find another safe storage spot for it on rainy days. The LT 50 fairs a bit better in underseat storage because it has less emissions stuff on top of the engine. Accordingly, the LT50 has a bit larger underseat bucket.

Overall, the LT scooters are unique rides from Piaggio. They are nicely powered, unique and reliable. It’s too bad this line of scooters didn’t live on, but overseas these scooters are still sold (in newer versions) called the Piaggio Liberty.

Make Model Piaggio LT 50
Year 2003 - 2004
Engine Type Two stroke, single cylinder
Displacement 49 cc / 3.0 cub in.
Bore X Stroke 40 x 39.3 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression 10.3:1
Fuel System Carburetor
Starting Electric / kick
Max Power 3.8 kW / 5.1 hp
Transmission CVT, twist and go
Front Suspension Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Single hydraulic shock absorber
Front Brakes Disc, 220 mm
Rear Brakes Drum, 140 mm
Wheels Alloy rims and spokes
Front Tire 70/90 - 16 in.
Rear Tire 90/80 - 16 in.
Wheelbase 1306 mm / 51.4 in.
Dry Weight 88.5 kg / 195 lbs
Fuel Capacity 5.5 L / 1.5 US gal
Top Speed 62 km/h / 39 mph
Colours Pearl, Platinum, Aquamarine, Royal blue, Black
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