Top 10 Maxi Scooters

Maxi scooters are a great option for two-wheeled transport which costs less than the annual train ticket.

They feature modern styling, twist and go ease of use, excellent storage capacity and maximum protection from the elements. What is a maxi scooter?

The Best Maxi Scooters:

★ Maxi Scooter of the Year ★

Honda Forza 125

Honda Forza 125 For Sale

At the premium end, going head to head with the Yamaha 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. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 162 kg

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Yamaha X-MAX 125

Yamaha X-MAX 125 For Sale

Re-designed for 2018, the X-MAX 125 is arguably one of the best premium 125cc 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 many bikes are rocking, with the high beam emanating from another LED light in the centre of the cluster. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Power: 14 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 795 mm
  • Wet Weight: 175 kg

Honda PCX125

Honda PCX125 For Sale

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 Yamaha TMAX defines large and expensive maxi scooters.

Honda has 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 to suit your situation. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 12 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 764 mm
  • Wet Weight: 130 kg

Honda X-ADV

Honda X-ADV For Sale

One of a kind, the X-ADV differs from most other maxi scooters in two ways.

First it has genuine off-road potential, which could also read as pothole proof in the UK and second it doesn't have a conventional scooter CVT gearbox with belt final drive.

Instead it uses Honda's fancy Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, then the power reaches the rear wheel via an enclosed chain drive like a motorbike.

You can just think of it as a good looking, go anywhere, maxi scooter and possibly the only bike you will ever need. Read the review.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 745 cc
  • Power: 54 bhp
  • Licence: A2 (Restricted)
  • Seat Height: 820 mm
  • Wet Weight: 238 kg

Suzuki Burgman 650

Suzuki Burgman 650 For Sale

The Burgman 650 is a beast of a maxi scooter and is absolutely dripping with features like heated seats, electric mirrors and screen, massive underseat storage and a trick gearbox which can even be put into semi-auto mode. Read the review.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 638 cc
  • Power: 54 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 750 mm
  • Wet Weight: 277 kg

Piaggio MP3 500

Piaggio MP3 500 For Sale

The MP3 is a bit of a technical marvel, with two front wheels which both tilt when cornering to the ability to lock them upright at slow speeds, so there's no need to constantly put your foot down in traffic. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 492 cc
  • Power: 40 bhp
  • Licence: A2
  • Seat Height: 790 mm
  • Dry Weight: 244 kg

Honda Vultus

Honda Vultus For Sale

The Vultus is completely unique and very rare. It combines the everyday practicality of a maxi scooter with a cruiser style riding position and Manga styling.

The dash can be colour coded to suit your mood and the pillion seat even flips up to become a backrest. Read the review.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 745 cc
  • Power: 54 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 650 mm
  • Wet Weight: 245 kg

BMW C400 X

BMW C400 X For Sale

BMW is fairly new to the maxi scooter party with the C650 Sport and the electric C Evolution.

For 2018 they are back with the smaller capacity C400 X and it could prove a more popular size / price point in the UK, going up against the A2 friendly Suzuki Burgman 400 and Yamaha X-MAX 400.

Everything about the C400 X is cutting edge from the optional 6.5" colour TFT dash, to the LED lighting, the edgy styling, the incredibly low wet weight and the amazing engineering behind the expandable Flexicase storage under the seat.

For 2019 the C400 GT improves the weather protection, seat comfort and looks so it's probably the one to go for.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 350 cc
  • Power: 34 bhp
  • Licence: A2
  • Seat Height: 775 mm
  • Wet Weight: 204 kg

Suzuki Burgman 400

Suzuki Burgman 400 For Sale

All new for 2018, the Burgman 400 is certainly worth a look if you are considering an A2 licence machine with a few modern touches like LED lighting.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 399 cc
  • Power: 31 bhp
  • Licence: A2
  • Seat Height: 755 mm
  • Wet Weight: 215 kg

Lexmoto Chieftain

Lexmoto Chieftain For Sale

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. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 9 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 146 kg

How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the maxi scooters you can buy and picked the top contenders at each price point taking into account style, power, technology, uniqueness and value for money.

What Is A Maxi Scooter?

What is a maxi scooter?

Traditional scooters tend to have a flat central floorboard for your feet and a clean empty space above it to easily "step through" the scooter when you get on it. Check out our top ten step through scooters for that sort of thing.

Maxi scooters on the other hand fill in much of this space, allowing for more storage and generally more equipment to be packed into the machine, but as such you have to mount them in a manner not too dissimilar from a motorbike.

They also tend to be larger overall with a longer wheelbase, much better pillion provision, car style dashboards and better wind protection.

Maxi Scooters vs Step Through Scooters

Honda arguably kicked it all off with the US based Helix, the forerunner to the Forza models, shortly followed by Suzuki in 1999 with the better known Burgman 400 and the other manufacturers soon followed suit when it became clear these designs were simply more capable and practical for day to day use, with many even fitting two full face helmets under the seat.

Traditional scooter designs still exist but they tend to be split between 100% retro styling exercises and models only intended for short trips around town centres.

Check out the other types of motorbikes.