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Choosing a scooter

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choosing a scooter

Scooters are great at what they do, which is providing cheap and practical transport for the masses. If you just need an affordable way to get around the city they're ideal. They come in all capacities (even 800cc) but most are either 50cc or 125cc, so they can be ridden on a CBT without having to pass your full motorcycle test. If you're 16 and you want to get out on the road, you can ride a 50cc scooter legally too.

sports bike

Piaggio Typhoon
The Piaggio Typhoon has been around since 1993. Originally a cutting edge sports scooter, the lightweight Typhoon is still a lot of fun but is now at the bottom end of the sports 50 price scale, making it good value for money. In many ways the Typhoon is the best option in the Piaggio 50cc range – it’s just as quick, rides well, is plenty of fun and has enough practicality for most teenage buyers, yet costs less.

Piaggio Typhoon review



naked bike

Honda Zoomer
Honda’s chunky little 50cc Zoomer is a weird cross between a twist-and-go scooter, a Tonka toy and a stripped-bare army Jeep. It’s easy to ride, nippy and stylish. Honda claim low emissions, it has lots of bungee hooks and there’s lots of storage space, thanks to the skeleton frame and lack of bodywork.

Honda Zoomer review



adventure bike

Aprilia SR50
This is the basic Aprilia SR 50, called the SR 50 Street. There’s also a higher-spec SR 50 R and SR 50 R Factory. With lots of styling cues taken from Aprilia’s fire-breathing superbikes, this 50cc scooter gives Italian style to restricted licence holders. Although it only does 30mph, there are lots of performance parts available to improve speed, braking and handling. It’s a superb scooter, but there are cheaper options out there.

Aprilia SR50 review



something different

Yamaha Aerox
Yamaha’s funky race replica two-stroke scooter is nippy, agile and lots of fun, although the single seat limits pillion options. It’s one of the best looking scooters around and can be seen tearing up city streets as well as being paddock transport for Yamaha-sponsored MotoGP/WSB and BSB stars. Upside forks and disc brakes means the little Aerox R can be knee-scrapingly good.

Yamaha Aerox review


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