5 great 125cc scooters

Published: 12 June 2009

So you've just passed your CBT and you're in the market for a decent 125cc scooter... but which one? There's so much choice out there it can be overwhelming for new riders. That's why we've short listed 5 of the best. 

Read on for retro cool Vespas, supercharged Peugeots and a Gilera scooter that looks like a motorcycle (almost):

Piaggio Vespa ET4 125

Piaggio Vespa ET4 125
Undeniably stylish retro scoot that's hard to dislike - get the Mod look without having to master an awkward twist-grip gearchange. It has a steel body that forms part of the chassis, so if you drop it repairs can be expensive. But decent suspension gives a smooth ride over bumpy city streets, plus it's 125cc motor is good for 60mph and 100mpg. Parka sold seperately.

 

Honda SH125

Honda SH125 
The best thing about the SH125 is those big (for a scooter) 16 inch wheels - they give a big dose of extra stability and ride quality. It's not sexy, but as a commuter it does the job well, especially since it comes with a useful top box as standard and learner-friendly linked brakes. It's a bit heavier than other 125 scooters, but that doesn't seem to affect performance or economy much.

 

Yamaha Aerox

Yamaha Aerox
Yamaha like to think of the Aerox as a sports scooter. It has a plucky 101cc 2-stroke engine that revs to 6800rpm and a 190mm drilled front brake disc to haul up its 87.5kg dry weight. There's all kinds of tuning parts out there for the Aerox so many will have been modified - look for a clean standard example.

 

Gilera DNA 125

Gilera DNA 125
The DNA is for those who want the convenience and ease of a scooter with the style and feel of a proper motorcycle. You still get an automatic gearbox, but Gilera claim the open-cradle frame gives more stable and precise handling than a normal scooter. The helmet storage space is under the (dummy) tank, allowing a low seat height of 770mm and the footrests are adjustable.

 

Peugeot Jet Force

Peugeot Jet Force
A scooter with a supercharger? Yes, and it's not just a gimmick. It takes the restricted Jet Force from 12 to 15bhp (3bhp is a lot in this company!). Unrestricted it makes 19bhp. In either form it looks great, with a motorcycle-style filler cap and that supercharger displayed proudly for all to see. Quick off the line and more than just a dull commuter.

 

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  • The Honda SH125's big wheels give added stability - perfect for new riders