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I passed my CBT two weeks ago and have been commuting a 30 -40 minute journey twice a day for two weeks now.
I've got the Aprilia Habana Custom 50CC in the retro blue.
For a person whose never been on one of these before I could not rate it enough!! It's so easy to use!! Perfect for beginners.
It's stylish and practical it has room under the seat and a mini glove compartment. The part under the seat is for a crash helmet but I can't fit my helmet in there i use it for items or my gloves. The seat is incredibly comfortable.
My scooter is 12 years old and has 4 previous owners and it's still running smooth! So I think it shows just how brilliant this is! at a 5er to fill up the tank which lasts me around 8 half an hour journeys. you can't complain when car drivers are spending around 40-60 quid
Honestly this bike is the best thing I've ever done!!
Hi all, I have an Aprila habana classic scooter 03, derestricted by Aprila, will do 50mp easy on flats, 60mp down hill. Very economic,Also comfort very good, went 40 mile to swim in a lake, loved the ride,Easy to maintain. Cheap to run, yes I love it with the wide rear & the comfortable riding position, & being 50mph is fast enough when coming up to bends, when this motorbike past me very fast, stopped to help him pull his bike out of the ditch further up the road. He wasn't going any were that day, he was ok so I carried on. & arrived with a big smile on my face. Always people looking at it when I come back. Yes nice safe pleasing bike.
Mines a light Blue jamie oliver job, not sure that gives it sex apeal, if you know what I mean.........A great bike but my 1999 model has just come to a standstill? cant understand it checked everything twice............ any tips?Would like to deristrict it can anyone tell me how? to say its a bit slow.... nice pecks though!....not you Jamie Oliver!!!! the bike.
I own a Mojito Custom and absolutely love it! I drive it just about every day. It's retro styling blew me away! I had mine de-restricted from the start! It has incredible pick-up! I can easily keep up with 40+mph traffic. It handles smoothly and the braking is strong. I wasn't so into the Harley style bars so I put staight bars on it. It's way sportier feeling now! I recommend the Mojito to anyone that's trying to decide between a Vespa or Aprillia. It just seems more stable. It has fatter tires and it's wider body increases the stability.
Get one and enjoy! It's so much fun and It seems like I can ride it for a week on one tank!!
Great bike but underpowered as a 50cc. Mine is black and looks fantastic. It's the best looking scooter on the market. The first thing I did was get it de-restricted (there are 4 restrictions) and get a race pipe put on it. It changed both the power and sound completely.
The power is now more than acceptable for a scooter.
Top speed was 50kph and 35kph uphill (old ladies with walkers were passing me).
Top speed is now 85kph and 60kph uphill.
I have had the Aprilia Mojito Custom 50cc (in retro blue and white) for just over a year now, and overall I would have to say I really enjoy it.
Positives: speed is ample for London traffic, absolutely stunning and stylish to look at and overall good fun.
Negatives: the wiring to the speedometer/odometer frequently comes disconnected. I have had this fixed a couple of times already and the mechanic has said he gets in a couple of Aprilias a week with this same problem - it is a design fault. Secondly, the brakes squeak and no matter what we have done they continue to do so. I have given up trying to fix them!. Thirdly, this is a wide bike - mostly in the handlebars. Normally I wouldn't say this is a problem, in fact I like this feeling when driving it as it feels more substantial, however when you are trying to squeeze between cars at lights on London roads, this makes it more difficult than other bikes such as Vespas which are a bit narrower.
Now, I am not saying the negatives override the positives - in fact, I love the retro styling so much I would be loathe to give it up. But keep in mind these problems when you are shopping around.
I fell in love with the looks of the Mojito (formerly the Habana) as soon as I saw it in the showroom. It's that kind of bike. It oozes presence and quality and that really is what the essence of this little bike is about. A car is transport, a motorbike is pleasure, but a scooter is a "Roman Holiday". And that old adage is very true when you consider the Mojito, it's all about having fun getting from A to B. Buy yourself a parka and an open-face helmet, and you're almost there! You will arrive at every destination smiling, you just won't be able to help yourself. You don't want to be in a rush on this bike, and it's purely an urban vehicle in restricted form. It'll reach 35mph but that's about it. Though I understand that it can be very successfully derestricted if you want to go that bit faster. There are some brilliantly cool accessories to go with this scooter, such as chrome crashbars and carrier, and a topbox to match. The dashboard is clear and logical, beautifully designed with a sympathetic retro feel. The switches have a good solid feel to them as well. The seat is large and very comfortable with a lovely relaxed riding position. I went for the Mojito Retro rather than the Mojito Custom simply because the narrower handlebars made it easier in traffic though the Harley-like appearance of the Custom might appeal more to some. The 50cc version has the same seat as it's 125cc 4 stroke big sister, but lacks the pillion footrests. Though having said that, it might struggle with two on board in the lower powered version. Quality of assembly is exemplary, as is the paint finish. It's a typical Aprilia, with Italian flair for good innovative design from every angle. The 50cc engine is smooth and quiet, and enough grunt to get you away from the lights in front of the Fiestas and Micras. The brakes (front disc, rear drum) are powerful and light, and they pull you up nicely on the big fat tyr
es. Nice 12V electrics and powerful lights too. This bike's main competitor is the Vespa ET2. It's a hard choice, the ET2 being a formidable and accomplished 50cc machine. It's really down to personal choice here. They're both really good bikes, but I have to say that the Mojito seems a much more solid machine, and that swung it for me. If you want a 'ped, and you want to be just a little bit different, this has got to be the bike for you. Added on 11th February 2004 I have now derestricted my Mojito. There are five restrictions; two in the exhaust, two in the transmission and one in the carburettor. I bought a Leo Vince Touring exhaust (rather than start messing about with the original) and removed the transmission restrictions. The difference is incredible. This 50cc machine will now reach an indicated 60mph easily, and the acceleration is quite astounding. If the lacklustre performance of the standard version puts you off buying the Mojito (Habana), then consider these simple modifications which turn it into a very useable machine indeed. It makes the scooter safer, if only by virtue of the fact that you can keep up with urban traffic easily, and impatient car drivers won't be forcing you into the side of the road. For step by step instructions on how this derestriction is achieved, go to the Aprilia Forum as below. http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=25 Have fun! Jonothan
I purchased the Blue/White Habana Custom 50cc last March. It is a visually beautiful machine, and causes people to point & stare when you are travelling around. A real beauty.. The downside is withinin 6 months there was a problem with starting the bike, which couldn't be located.(This is still an issue - hence AA cover is advisable!) After 11 months the speedo connector broke, and the 3 year warranty proved to be useless... As a bike to ride it is a joy, top speed of 55mph on a clear flat road. Comfortable seat and rider position. However, there is limited storage space under the seat as unable to store my helmet.. I wouldn't not have my scooter, nicknamed Isabella but I would advise others to consider that it is difficult to find an approved dealer for the warranty, and parts do take a considerable time to arrive. If you can accept the problematics with the Aprilla 50cc Habana Custom, then the joy of being seen on and riding the bike does out way the difficulties...
Ok, this is a snappy little scooter, but let me tell you, it does suck. For a start, it's slow. Limiting, along with the heavy body weight, keeps this baby puttering along. Ok, maybe I was put of by the bad customer service in Motorcycle City, but I wanted performance to go with the looks on this bike. The breaks soon wear down, after less than a year I need new blocks on the front. My clutch smells BAD whenever I accellerate, assuming the damn thing will start at all. It needs kick starting more often than not. In short, be sensible, buy an old bike such as a vespa if you want looks, they're faster and cheaper to run as well!
This scoot is a great first time scooter, but the draw backs will soon become known to you and you will slowly yearn for somthing a bit more powerful. True the Habana is great for getting around london on but on the long country lanes outside the city it has a poor turning arc and you may find yourself planted in the hedgerow,I should know as i have been on meny a trip to the coast on this bike and seen meny a hedgerow. I do love the style of this bike and would consider upgrading to the 125 model but that turning arc still bothers me. A great deal is on offer with this bike from free cbt test to free insurance and a total on the road price no hidden extras. I would warn people to go to a reputable scooter dealer one that is able to carry out a full service and is able to order parts from aprilla,unlike myself who went moter cycle city and I am still awaiting parts 4 months later. In finale I would say it is a brill first time scooter and would recomend it, the looks the style and scootering is the new rock and roll.
"Wow, look at that sexy beast" I hear the ladies cry as I cruise pass them on my Habana Custom. Well...that's what I think they're saying!! The Habana Custom is very similar to the standard Habana 50 (pictured) but has the addition of chrome Harley Davidson handle bars, and is fantastic. People say to me..."How do you get to work?", I say..."In style"!!! Okay so it's only got a 50cc engine, but who needs anything bigger than that when trying to beat London traffic? Once de-restricted it does 50mph easily and believe me it shifts...which I found out when I bought the bike and shot straight across onto the wrong side of the road!!!! With the growing popularity for the Piaggio, the Habana makes an extremely welcome new addition to the world of 'Retro Scooter'. It my opinion it is fantastic value for money, especially when most dealers also offer a years Free Insuarnce and 3yrs Warranty. If I had to make one criticism it would be that....my girlfriend doesn't let me sleep with it!!!!
This is definitely a good looking scooter, its supposed to be a personal re-working of the classic Vespa design. I have mine in bright orange, which really makes it glow when the sun is out, though I really would prefer a metal body to a plastic one, even though visually there is no difference. The seat is comfortable and a pleasure to ride, the front is fitted with anti-dive breaking which means it doesn't interupt your enjoyment when you break suddenly. I ride a 50cc, which comes legally restricted at 30mph, but once de-restricted it has no problems getting to 50mph, though it can complain a little with a steep incline. In the city it is surprisingly nippy, making little work of traffic jams. My only real compaint is that the storage compartment doesn't fit a full face helmet, only a jet helmet, but depends what you really are willing to put up with (I don't mind carrying my head gear) Its definitely a scooter to look cool on, and the Aprillia engine is just asking for punishment!!
I bought myself the Habana 2 months ago after I saw a picture of it in the internet. The picture was nice, but it doesn't compare to seeing it in person. I am not a big bike fan, never had one before, but this one is definitely worth it. I bought it in silver metallic with burgundy seats, reminds me of the way the Prosche Boxter comes... only not quite as fast. The top speed is definitely not as high as other 50cc mopeds (I reach about 40mph) but I am working on it ;-) But this doesn't matter, it is so nice and comfortable its fine. Since it is a little lower than a normal scooter, its very comfortable. The only bad thing is that it doesn't come with footrests for the passenger, so if you take someone along, its not that comfortable for them. Another bad thing (or good, depending on the person) is that at every traffic light, people stop and stare...