Top 10: 125cc Scooters

Best 125cc Scooters

If you are looking for twist and go ease of use for short trips, excellent storage capacity and maximum protection from the elements then a scooter is probably for you. There are two main types of scooter to look out for, step-through scooters and maxi scooters, which you can learn about by following those links.

Both available in capacities ranging from 50cc to 600cc but here we are looking at learner friendly 125cc models. You might also like our top ten 125cc bikes and guide to getting your licence.

The Best 125cc Scooters:

  1. Yamaha X-MAX 125
  2. Honda Forza 125
  3. Honda PCX125
  4. Yamaha NMAX
  5. Lexmoto Chieftain
  6. Honda SH125i
  7. Peugeot Belville 125
  8. Vespa GTS125
  9. Lexmoto Milano 125
  10. Yamaha Tricity

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Yamaha X-MAX 125

The best 125cc scooter

Yamaha X-MAX 125

Re-designed for 2018, the X-MAX 125 is arguably one of the best premium 125 maxi scooters you can buy right now. For a 125 it's rammed with modern tech such as keyless ignition, traction control and the highlight of the bunch is the LED headlight set up. Both sides light up for low beam, avoiding that wonky look may bikes are rocking, with the high beam emanating from another LED light in the centre of the cluster. It's also available in larger capacities in the £4,950 X-MAX 300 (29bhp, A2) and £6,000 X-MAX 400 (33bhp, A2).

  • New: £4,550
  • Used: £4,050-£1,200
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 14 bhp
  • Seat Height: 795 mm
  • Wet Weight: 175 kg

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Honda Forza 125

The fastest 125cc scooter

Honda Forza 125

Going head to head with the X-MAX is the 2018 Forza 125. It features Honda's idling stop/start system, which is also found on the PCX125, full LED lighting, keyless ignition and even an electrically adjustable screen! There's also a 300cc version if you have an A2 licence.

  • New: £4,700 (TBC)
  • Used: £3,550-£2,450
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 15 bhp
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 162 kg

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Honda PCX125

The best 125cc scooter for commuting

Honda PCX125

It doesn't need an introduction. The PCX125 has topped the monthly sales charts for what seems like forever and defines small budget maxi scooters much like the TMAX defines large and expensive maxi scooters.

Honda have been continually refining the concept since 2010 and there is a brand new version for 2018 with a new frame, new LED lighting, up to date dash and new wheels. The idling stop/start system is still there to boost fuel economy and it can be turned off from the handlebar to suit your situation.

  • New: £2,900
  • Used: £2,250-£1,350
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 12 bhp
  • Seat Height: 764 mm
  • Wet Weight: 130 kg

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Yamaha NMAX

The best 125cc scooter for beginners

Yamaha NMAX

Like the X-MAX / Forza relationship the budget NMAX goes head to head with the Honda PCX125 and matches it on pretty much everything apart from range. Try both of course, but which one you go for will probably come down to brand affiliation and looks.

  • New: £3,000
  • Used: £2,450-£1,550
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 12 bhp
  • Seat Height: 765 mm
  • Wet Weight: 127 kg

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Lexmoto Chieftain

One of the best 125cc scooters for learners

Lexmoto Chieftain

Introduced in 2018, the Chieftain is well worth a look if you are in the market for a Honda PCX125. They may be separated by a generation of technology but the Lexmoto is likely to be around £1,000 cheaper and arguably looks better so may well make your short list.

  • New: £2,000
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 9 bhp
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 146 kg

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Honda SH125i

The best 125cc scooter for town riding

Honda SH125i

The Honda SH125i pretty much sets the standard for 125cc scooters with full LED lighting, keyless ignition and a clever idling start/stop system to save fuel. It also boasts four generations of evolutionary improvements from Honda since 2001, with the latest generation launching in 2017.

  • New: £3,350
  • Used: £2,550-£800
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 12 bhp
  • Seat Height: 799 mm
  • Wet Weight: 137 kg

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Peugeot Belville 125

A great 125cc scooter for town riding

Peugeot Belville 125

The 2018 Peugeot Belville goes head to head with the Honda SH125i. It has the large 16" wheels and USB charging however the headlight isn't LED based and the ABS system only operates on the front brake.

  • New: £3,100
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 11 bhp
  • Seat Height: 790 mm
  • Wet Weight: 127 kg

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8

Vespa GTS125

The best 125cc retro scooter

Vespa GTS125

If you like a more traditional style premium scooter then the Vespa GTS125 might be right up your street. Thanks to a 2015 major update it has ABS, traction control, enough storage for two open face helmets and an interface for connecting your mobile for use as a digital dash.

  • New: £4,500
  • Used: £3,950-£1,350
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 14.8 bhp
  • Seat Height: 790 mm
  • Wet Weight: 150 kg

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Lexmoto Milano 125

The best budget 125cc scooter

Lexmoto Milano 125

The 2017 Lexmoto Milano is quite an exciting proposition. It ticks the Italian retro looks box, comes with the luggage racks as standard, has combined disc brakes and all for just £1,600. That's about half the price of some well known Italian scooters.

  • New: £1,600
  • Used: £1,550-£1,000
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 7 bhp
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 99 kg

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10

Yamaha Tricity

The best 125cc scooter for stability

Yamaha Tricity

Yamaha's Tricity may seem like an oddball choice because it has an extra wheel at the front, but that extra wheel does have some advantages and beyond that it's a decent scooter that's well worth a look. Two front wheels, both of which tilt when cornering, gives you twice the contact with the road for cornering and braking, not to mention added stability. 2017 saw a re-design with a bunch of evolutionary improvements.

  • New: £3,850
  • Used: £3,700-£1,950
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 12 bhp
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 164 kg

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