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50cc or 125cc Scooter?

50cc or 125cc Scooter?

If you're looking to buy a scooter, the biggest question you have to ask yourself is: "what engine size should I choose?" Scooters are available in both 50cc and 125cc engine sizes, and there are various pros and cons for each type. Below is a description of each type of engine size, along with the main pros and cons of each.

50cc Scooters

A 50cc scooter is the first model you'll be able to ride. You only have to be 16 to ride them, and have passed your CBT. 50cc scooters initially have their engines restricted to 30mph, but this restriction can be removed once you've turned 17. 50cc scooters are great for small journeys and driving around town but aren't suitable for cruising. Due to their "twist and go" design they are very easy to ride with minimal experience.

Pros

  • 50cc scooters are cheaper due to the small engine size.
  • They have amazing fuel economy, with one tank easily lasting a week or two.
  • Insurance premiums for 50cc scooters are very low, which is just what you need as a new rider. Driving a 50cc scooter for a year or two will help you to start building up a no claims bonus (providing you don't crash of course)

Cons

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  • 50cc scooters are notoriously slow. They are initially capped at 30mph, but even once they are de-restricted they will probably max out at 40mph.

125cc Scooters

You will only be able to ride a 125cc once you turn 17, and have passed your CBT. Like 50cc scooters, they make a great choice for those new to the road, but the extra engine power might come as a surprise after riding everywhere at 30mph. If you're likely to do less city riding, and longer distance journeys, a 125cc will be the right choice for you.

Pros

  • The extra 75cc provides you with a top speed of around 60mph. This will be helpful if you plan on riding on A roads, or using your scooter for a longer ride.
  • 125cc scooters make a great transition vehicle if you plan to continue riding bikes. They'll help you gain confidence riding at greater speeds and help you move on to bigger motorbikes.
  • A 125cc still has great fuel economy, and you'll still only find yourself filling up once a week.

Cons

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  • Your insurance premiums will be higher, but hopefully if you have some previous road experience you should still be able to find competitive prices.
  • The higher maximum speed might not make them the best choice for your first scooter, as travelling at 60mph can be a bit daunting at first.

The most important things to consider when choosing a scooter are your age and your level of experience. If you're 16, you can only ride a 50cc, but if you're over 17 you have more choice. However, if you've never ridden on the road before, a 50cc scooter might still be the best choice until you've gained some experience.