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Urban R4

Submitted by on September 15, 2012 – 2:08 amNo Comment

Urban R4 – The Urban R4 sits high compared with many 50cc scooters, when riding in traffic it is easy to see over the cars in front. It has 12inch diameter wheels with wide tyres which give it a good solid feeling on the road. When riding, the large seat gives enough room to find the perfect riding positionand will even carry a pillion with ease, a minor point worth noting was that the seat was a little on the hard side for my liking. The R4 is full of features not normally found on a 50cc scooter, or in fact on any scooter. ABS on a 50cc scooter?! Yes.. Now I’m not sure how it works but it does seem to, There wasn’t any sensor to be seen, so I can’t imagine its the most high-tech system, but the ABS combined with the large wheels makes the Urban a really quick stopper.

Another feature which grabbed my attention was the key. Now, normally you put the tiny scooter key in, turn it on, hit the start button, end of story. But, with the Urban R4 you have the option to start it via the key fob. Hit a button it’ll beep, hit it again and it’ll start up, perfect for warming up the scooter before a ride, or more likely showing off to your friends. The key also controls the alarm and immobliser, which works well, the alarm is horribly loud and I’d advise not testing it in the confines of a garage on a quiet street. Unfortunately, the angle of the key when entered into the bike is all wrong, it sits on a strange angle which is annoying and difficult to turn. Also the key is one of those spring loaded ones, at the push of a button the key swings into place, as seen on many expensive european cars. But the problem with this high tech key is that it’s been reproduced poorly, there is too much play present, and when opening the lid to fill up with gas I feel like I’m about to brake the key off in the lock. It would appear that the “standard” style keys supplied are for every day use and the flash electronic fob is mainly just for activating the alarm and amusing your friends..

So far we’ve got ABS, and remote starting and alarm, but that wasn’t enough, its also got a carbon-fibre look surround and big can… japanese style exhaust pipe, while neither adds anything for performance it definitely adds to the look of the bike. The gauges are well lit and cleanly laid out. There is all the needed data; indicators, high beam, oil, low fuel light, even a digital clock. The speedo like almost all scooters was out a little. 46.1kph was the actual speed when the speedo read 50kph, not too bad. The fuel gauge is huge, but I found tended to vary widely depending on the angle of the bike. It would vary up to a 1/4 of a tank going from a uphill to a down hill position. But this is just something you’d get used to if riding the R4 on a regular basis. The Urban R4 can take a full-face helmet with ease. This model reviewed featured a factory top-box for extra storage. Perfect for your shopping or gym gear. It comes standard with side stand as well as the normal centre stand and moving the bike on and off the centre stand was done with ease.

The motor and driveline of the Urban is very similar to the other ‘Big 50’s’ Adly Silverfox, and the PGO PMX, They all are a little slower off the line than the smaller wheeled, lighter scooters due to the extra weight, and bigger wheels. From the green light to 50kph took 14.0 for the R4, a little slower than the Adly Silverfox (11.9) and a little faster than the PGO PMX (14.3). The top speed of the Urban was most impressive for a 50cc scooter, managing a maxmium speed of just under 70kph on the flat. The gas milage wasn’t amazingly good or bad. Our testing resulted in 25kph per liter. Or 58.8mpg so there is definately cheaper scooters to run but I was running the scoot at wide open throttle almost the entire time while testing, so increased fuel economy would be easy if simply cruising around town.

While the Urban has been built with a large number of cool gadgets, the overall build quality was quite average, there wasn’t anything really nasty, but it just didn’t have that quality feel that you find on many Italian scooters. Perhaps it is quality and quanity of black plastic, combined with the key and fuel cap, which slightly lowered the overall appearance of a good bike. But with that said, from the front the scooter looks great, the twin head-light arrangement look and performs well, adding to the sporty agressive persona.

Manufacturer Specifications
Max power at shaft 2Kw
Max torque —
Engine Type 1 Cylinder – 2 Stroke
Cylinder Capacity 49cc
Seat height —
Dry weight 125kg
Kerb weight —
Fuel tank capacity 8 liters
Starting Electric & Kickstart
Transmission CVT “Twist and Go”
Storage volume —
Cooling Air Cooled
Bore X stroke —
Compression ratio —
Chassis Steel Tube
Front suspension Hydraulic fork
Rear suspension Hydraulic shock
Front brake 190mm Disc – ABS
Rear brake 110mm Drum
Front wheel/tyre 120/70-12″
Rear wheel/tyre 130/70-12″
Length 1839mm
Width 664mm
Wheelbase —
Max speed (km/hr) 68kph
Type approval —
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle) —
Consumption @km/h – km/l —
Audible Indicator yes
Full helmet storage yes
Glove box yes
Fuel Guage yes
Trip Meter yes
Seat release (via remote control) no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no
Alarm yes

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