PGO Ligero 50 Review Scooter News and Reviews Scootersales

19 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on PGO Ligero 50 Review Scooter News and Reviews Scootersales
PGO Ligero 50

A fun retro classic for under $2000. The new Ligero 50 from PGO, a cool customer in anyone’s language.


We only just tested the Ligero 150. impressive indeed. A pint sized classic from PGO that in the 150 cc format packed a full sized punch in a small petite chassis. So how does the Ligero 50 stack up, more of the same?

We take a look.


The most striking feature on the Ligero 50 is that cheeky retro look. The Ligero strikes a funky retro pose that doesn’t seem to age, never gets old. PGO have only enhanced this by adding some really nice touches to its latest incarnation.

I love the matt black wheels that we see on so many scooters these days. The matching black mirrors blend in nicely also. Or the fresh colour scheme on our test scooter that was a combination of silver and black.

The other colour available for the Ligero 50 is white.

The small 10 Inch wheel combination on the Ligero 50 keeps everything low. Combined with a seat height of just 750 mm, the Ligero stakes its claim as one of the lowest scooters on the market today. Smaller wheels help with storage and under the seat you will find room enough for most helmets.

Twin helmet hooks will help if you need to lock your helmet outside securely and these provide a nice touch. Whilst we’re on the subject, the Ligero also boasts a flat floor and bag hook combination along with a neat open to the air glovebox. The rear rack isn’t top box ready but a rack is available as an accessory if required.

But plenty of storage on hand anyway.

In any case the Ligero is a tried and tested design that works. The single halogen headlight up front states its case for classic acceptance. Whilst the rounded panels all help in making the Ligero flow nicely front to rear.

The rounded taillight and the touches of chrome around the dash and blinkers help tell the story.

The dash features a nicely rounded speedometer and fuel gauge. Its large, its analogue and its very easy to read. Only thing missing here is a clock. The bars being close together only enhances the thin compact nature of the Ligero.

Its suffice to say that all the switchgear is pretty much within easy reach also.

With brakes the Ligero combines a front disc and rear drum, the gold painted front calliper looks smart. No problems with pulling up either as weight isn’t a big factor here. Suspension gets buy with just a single rear shock.

The spring rate is set nice and firm and again should cover a variety of riders sizes easily.

The 50 cc motor is a 2 stroke unit that puts out 3.2 hp or 2.4 Kw. Its easy to maintain and your normal service items when owning a two stroke are easily managed and accessed. The two stroke oil reservoir is located under the seat as is the fuel filler.

The fuel tank holds 5.2 Litres and that will see most people through a weeks riding if not a month.

On the Road

The Ligero belies its size on the open road. For a small 50 its got plenty of zip and must be up there as one of the top performers in the 50 cc class.

Hang on a second, this is a small petite 50 cc scooter I hear you ask?

Yes it is, but I really think this is where PGO uses its experience in building top class scooters. PGO matches the engine and transmission together so it all works seamlessly. The Ligero 50 is a gem, extremely spirited and just because it has a 50 cc sticker on the side, it wont have you shying away from your daily commute.

In standard trim the Ligero 50 is restricted to 50 km/h due to it falling under the LA category. (Meaning its able to be ridden in some states on a car licence so its restricted to 50 km/h by law) So in restricted trim the Ligero 50 is like a little tiger just waiting to get out. Let it roam free I say. Its funny that a scooter of this capacity can be so much fun to ride, believe me its a hoot.

Nimble is an understatement. Anything this thin, light (82Kg) and low to the ground is going to handle well. And the Ligero wont disappoint.

PGO Ligero 50
PGO Ligero 50

Suspension is sharp and compliant and flicking the Ligero from side to side is reassuringly fun. Remember this is a model that PGO have had plenty of time to get right and it does show, proof is in the riding.

Regardless of the Ligero 50 being small or having 10 Inch wheels this is a scooter that remains positive on the road. I think this is all helped by PGO maintaining a high level of build quality. When you sit on the Ligero you feel it, no rattles or shaking parts, just a reassuring solid build.

Talking of sitting, the Ligero’s seat is long and flat meaning that it caters for all shapes and sizes. Your not wedged into a one size fits all. You will find a comfortable riding position regardless of size.

Everything from the seat is visible, the dash is large enough to show your speed at a quick glance. Switchgear is top quality and typically Taiwanese in feel and usability.

Brakes will do the job, you have nice feel and stopping power from the front disc. The rear drum is best used for steadily slowing the Ligero or keeping still at traffic lights. The Ligero 50 comes standard with an operational side stand that you would use with confidence.

This is backed up by a centre stand for normal use.


If your trip to work is short or your riding is local, say to the shops and back, then the Ligero 50 remains a more than viable option. A 50 cc scooter like the Ligero is cheap to run, reduced registration and overall running costs are a given. The fact that the Ligero 50 is an equally spirited performer means that you can get out into the traffic and ride with substantial confidence.

And low and behold its also fun.

So really that’s the whole idea of owning a scooter like the Ligero 50. An under $2000 entry price and minimal yearly running costs. Not to mention the fact that in some states you can ride the Ligero 50 on a car licence.

Convenience never comes cheap but in this case it does. Did I mention that the Ligero actually looks funky too.

When your looking at scooters under the $2000 mark your sometimes compromised by price point. Buying cheap doesn’t always have to mean cheap. The Ligero 50 is a shining example of what under $2000 can buy these days.

If your after highway performance or higher speeds then you can always look at the the Ligero 150. Same size, same shape, some different styling features. But don’t discount the Ligero 50, it might just fit the bill.

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