Top 10: Scooters

Best Scooters

Scooters pretty much define cheap and fast transport, especially in cities where they can weave through traffic and beat most things away from the lights. Here we are looking at traditional step through scooters like the Honda SH125i, rather than maxi scooters like the Yamaha TMAX. What is a step-through scooter?

You might also like our top ten 125cc scooters and A2 licence friendly scooters.

The Best Scooters:

  1. Honda SH300i
  2. Vespa GTS300
  3. Yamaha Tricity
  4. Honda SH125i
  5. Peugeot Belville 125
  6. Suzuki Address 110
  7. Lexmoto Milano 125
  8. Vespa Elettrica
  9. Peugeot Speedfight 4
  10. Lexmoto Echo

1

Honda SH300i

The best scooter

Honda SH300i

Honda have been refining the SH300i since 2007 and the latest 2015 version boasts LED lighting, powerful brakes with ABS, full face helmet friendly storage under the seat, keyless ignition and large pothole friendly 16" wheels. It's highly capable in town and quite capable of motorways speeds.

  • New: £4,800
  • Used: £4,050-£1,600
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 280 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 25 bhp
  • Seat Height: 805 mm
  • Wet Weight: 169 kg

2

Vespa GTS300

The best retro scooter

Vespa GTS300

It's been around since 2008 however the Vespa GTS300 received a decent update in 2015 with dual channel ABS, traction control, USB charger, a new dash with phone connectivity, LED running lights and a massive storage space under the seat capable of holding two full face helmets. It may be a bit down on power compared to the SH300i and is notably more expensive, but it's a really popular and stylish way to get around. Just be aware that smaller 12" wheels are likely to give a harsher ride, especially on pothole infested UK roads.

  • New: £5,400
  • Used: £4,300-£1,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 278 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 21 bhp
  • Seat Height: 790 mm
  • Wet Weight: 158 kg

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3

Yamaha Tricity

The most stable scooter

Yamaha Tricity

It may seem like an oddball choice, because it has an extra wheel at the front, but the Yamaha Tricity three wheel layout 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 nearly 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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4

Honda SH125i

The best scooter for commuting

Honda SH125i

Setting the standard for 125cc scooters, the Honda SH125i comes 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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5

Peugeot Belville 125

The best scooter for town riding

Peugeot Belville 125

New for 2018, the 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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6

Suzuki Address 110

The best budget scooter

Suzuki Address 110

Best viewed as a budget 125cc scooter, the Suzuki Address 110 makes about the same power as many low-mid range 125 models but without the weight and cost associated with them, while the seat is nice and low for learners.

  • New: £2,000
  • Used: £1,900-£1,150
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 113 cc
  • Licence: A1
  • Power: 9 bhp
  • Seat Height: 755 mm
  • Wet Weight: 97 kg

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7

Lexmoto Milano 125

The best cheap scooter with retro styling

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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8

Vespa Elettrica

The best electric scooter

Vespa Elettrica

For 2018 Vespa are releasing the Elettrica, which as you might have guessed is powered by an electric motor. It's a glimpse into the future of scooters, is powered by a high tech Lithium-Ion battery and has a 4.3" colour dash.

Unfortunately it's unlikely to be cheap, range may be an issue and traditional scooter practicality is sacrificed by giving over part of the underseat storage to the battery, limiting space to store a full face helmet. There's also going to be a range extending X version which uses a small motor and fuel tank to charge a battery that's half the size.

  • New: TBC
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Electric
  • Capacity: -
  • Licence: TBC
  • Power: 3 bhp
  • Seat Height: TBC mm
  • Wet Weight: TBC kg

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9

Peugeot Speedfight 4 50

The best moped

Peugeot Speedfight 4 50

It's been around since 2015 but the Peugeot Speedfight 4 still looks positively modern, has wavy disc brakes and even a holder to use your mobile as a satnav with the USB charging socket.

  • New: £2,300
  • Used: £2,200-£1,300
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 50 cc
  • Licence: AM
  • Power: 4 bhp
  • Seat Height: 800 mm
  • Wet Weight: 97 kg

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10

Lexmoto Echo 50

The best cheap moped

Lexmoto Echo 50

It only costs £950 and for that reason alone the Lexmoto Echo 50 deserves to be on this. That's right, you could buy two of them for the price of the Speedfight 50 and even have change for some riding gear! The engine is previous generation and only produces half the power of the Speedfight but then how powerful does a 50cc scooter really need to be.

  • New: £950
  • Used: £900-£700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 50 cc
  • Licence: AM
  • Power: 2 bhp
  • Seat Height: 730 mm
  • Wet Weight: 85 kg

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What Is A Step Through Scooter?

What is a scooter?

Traditional scooters tend to have a flat floorboard for your feet and a clean empty space above it to easily "step through" the scooter when you get on it. Maxi scooters on the other hand fill in much of this space, allowing more storage and generally more equipment to be packed into the machine. They also tend to be larger overall with a longer wheelbase, much better pillion provision, car style dashboards and better wind protection. Check out our top ten maxi scooters as well.

Maxi Scooters vs Step Through Scooters

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