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125 Moped

125 Moped

For anyone who is considering buying a moped, the term 'moped' can become quite hard to understand. This is because it is often used (and misused) by bike fanatics all across the world. Mistakes are made, and bikes which are often actually bikes are noted down as a scooter. For many people, this can become quite confusing. After all, isn't a moped only capable of being run with a 50cc engine?

The term scooter and moped can often be swapped in/out for one another, with no shortage of confusion for bike riders. If you are in this position, you might want to take a look at what is a moped, and what is not. For getting the knowledge that you need is very important to ensuring you can make a positive decision. When you are trying to work out what to buy, this is very important knowledge.

What is a moped, exactly?

So, a moped itself is a vehicle that has a long history. In the past, mopeds were equipped with a set of pedals. The name itself was actually a happy mixture between the word motor and the word pedal. Since it was motor-driven but with pedals, moped became the obvious word to use for them. However, today? You don't see any moped with pedals unless you go to a transport museum!

So, you should keep that in mind. Today, a moped is actually defined by the engine size, the speed that it is capable of, and its overall output. Typically, a moped is anything that has an engine either 50cc in size or less. Their top speed often maxes out at 28mph, though some can hit around 30mph. It just depends on the make and the price, really.

Another factor to take into account, too, is that mopeds are often powered automatically. Unlike other models, like some scooters, 50cc mopeds are often powered using a Twist & Go system. This means that you quite literally just twist on the handlebars and take off. Despite the fact they tend to have larger wheels than your average scooter, too, they tend to be a touch daintier and slighter in terms of their size. This is very important to note, as a lot of people make the mistake of buying the wrong size of model.

Driving a moped

To drive a moped, you have to be the age of 16. You also need to be able to go and take what is known as your Compulsory Basic Training examination. This means that you have to go and spend a day learning, prior to taking a theory and practical examination. Once you have passed your CBT, you will be given the chance to get an AM Moped License.

This means you could drive any vehicle which is of an engine capacity of 50cc, and a top speed of around 28mpkh. That's why you need your license first and foremost.

So, that's a moped. What's a scooter?

What is a scooter, then?

While both terms are often used alongside one another, they are not the same thing. Yes, you can get a 125 moped. Yes, most people will call it a scooter. A scooter is, just like a moped, a small step-through frame. They tend to look very similar - scooters naturally a big bulkier and bigger - but they do share one major difference. And that difference, of course, is the engine. The engine is the single most important part of any vehicle - and its what separates scooters from mopeds.

A scooter won't have a set engine size, though you can buy scooters that range from 50cc to a whopping 750cc. These are often known as maxi-scooters and are more powerful than many bikes that you get on the road. For that reason, you should absolutely look to work out what kind of scooter size you are looking for. The vast majority of scooters, though, are going to range from 50cc to 125cc.

So long as there is a platform for you to put your feet as you ride, though, it's 'technically' a scooter. Anything at 50cc or under, though, is more than often going to be classed as a moped. Presuming you are not confused yet, the main things that will change from scooter to moped include:

  • Typically, a scooter is going to be smaller in terms of wheel diameter when you pair it up alongside a moped.
  • The wheels are not the only change: the moped tends to be a bit smaller if you pair it up with the scooter in terms of body size and shape.
  • They are also more expensive to buy - a scooter is almost always going to cost you more. This comes down to their increased power.
  • Normally, they will be driven by using a manual transmission. However, many 125cc scooters are also powered with an automatic transmission, so keep that in mind!

Driving a 125 moped

To make sure that you can legally drive something like a 125 moped, you need more than just the basic AM Moped License we spoke about before. For this, you need something called an A1 Motorcycle License. The A1 can be taken at 17 years of age, and you would be given the opportunity to ride any model that has an engine capacity of up to 125cc. To gain this license, you would have to first go and pass your CBT, and then pass your Motorcycle Theory test.

That will take you some time to master, so it will give you time to work out what you want to do next. At the age of 19, you could take your A2 license instead. This would allow you to get the chance to ditch your learning plates, get on the motorway, and pick up a passenger.

The main thing you have to work out then is what you wish to do with your moped. For those who are looking for something in the light range, go for a 50cc model. If you want something more powerful, though, you should wait and take your A1 license. Alternatively, you could wait until you are 19 and do the A2 instead. Just remember that anything 50cc or under is likely a moped, and anything in the 50-750cc range could be a scooter!

Confusing? Yes. Important to know? Very much so!