By clicking on any of the images above you will be taken to our partners review site. Here every scooter rated at both 50 cc and 125 cc has been thoroughly tested and reviewed.
Scooters themselves Start at under £600 and are delivered direct to your door. In these times of economic turmoil, getting a scooter or moped for your daily commute to work or to the shops makes great sense.
Whether it’s your first time on a bike of this type and getting to work, school, college or the shops that much quicker is important to you or your previously driven a car and found the petrol prices not to mention road tax and maintenance is becoming excessively expensive, then investing in a scooter will free up a massive amount of the money you were previously spending on transport.
A 50 cc scooter, ridden normally will achieve around 75 miles per gallon as a minimum. It costs less than £20 per year to tax, is easy to park, and simplicity itself to operate and maintain. Many people report fuel consumption figures in excess of 85 miles per gallon with these vehicles. In many cases this is double the distance achieved in your average family saloon.
A faster 125 cc Scooter will still manage between 60 and 70 miles per gallon as a minimum, and the models reviewed on our partner site are capable of speeds around 60 mph on the flat.
The site is only been up a few months and I’ve already had plenty of questions about passing the Compulsory Basic Training or CBT.
In case you were not aware, the CBT allows you to ride either a 50cc or a 125cc moped / scooter at ages 16 in the case of the 50cc machine or 17 in the case of a 125cc machine.
I can only speak for myself, but having been on three of these tests with three different instructors are can give you a decent idea of what happens;
First of all, as you are not licensed you will not be allowed to take your own moped or scooter Unless the machine has been examined and this has been prearranged with the instructor.
Okay, the day is split into two halves. The first half involves a lot of theory and is normally done in a controlled environment.
In my case this was an area of flat land (hard standing) nearing a sports hall. We went into the sports hall first and were given a run down as to the reasons for the test and then shown a couple of safety films. The instructor stresses the importance of high visibility and various other safety factors such as BOLT
From memory that is the only acronym you require to learn.
It’s then outside and onto the small machines provided via the instructor. In every case it was a tiny 50cc machine. You are then told how to start and stop it safely, take the bike on and off its stand and where the various switches and buttons are.
Only after another 10 minutes are you allowed to actually sit on a moped or scooter and pull away. This is normally just a few hundred yards on the safe hard-standing area where this part of the training takes place.
Throughout the rest of the morning you’re encouraged to get familiar with manoeuvrability. You will do figure of eight, breaking, practise turning left and right and learn about topics such as the “lifesaver” – which in essence is one last look before making a manoeuvre into the blind spot to make sure a vehicle is not overtaking you as you’re about to turn.
We then had a break before taking our scooters and mopeds out into the open road in convoy behind our instructor. Putting into practice the theories we had learned in the morning.
Working in traffic is very different, and you are normally on a headphones system connected to your instructors microphone. Don’t worry, he or she will wait to you if you start to get behind and it’s quite common to have to pull over to the side of the road if you can’t all make a right turn at the same time. You won’t be failed for anything like this.
While we’re on the topic of passing or failing your scooter or moped CBT I should remind you that the T stands for “Training” and not “Test”.
In other words it is a case of completing some basic training and not being a complete idiot there is no actual test. However if you prove to be entirely incompetent you will not get a certificate at the end of it so in some respects it’s a test in all but name.
Anyway, back on the open road you will have to practice turning in the road (it was always explained that this was the most dangerous manoeuvre you can do, and for some reason doesn’t require the use of indicators – go figure?)
The instructor will normally keep going until he is confident that you have mastered at least the basics of riding your scooter or moped. This may involve roundabouts and lots of right terms.
At the end of the day, assuming you have not made a complete idiot of yourself you will normally have a quick debrief where a good instructor will point out your strengths and weaknesses. Then he will write the certificate to say that you have completed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).
In my case I had my own scooter waiting for me at the test centre so it was simply a case of hopping on that and riding home. For many of you it’ll be off to the showroom or searching through the second-hand column of your local newspaper to get your hands on your first machine.
Remember, at age 16 you would be restricted to a 50cc scooter or moped that is capable of no more than 30 mph.
At age 17 with a CBT and no other riding codification you will be able to ride a de-restricted 125cc machine, many of which are capable of close to 60 mph.
If you concentrate and listen to the first part of the day you will probably find the second half of riding on the open road is actually quite enjoyable. I was full of nerves for my first test but ended up really enjoy myself.
Go with an experienced instructor who will do their best to keep you out of trouble and to calm any nerves and worries you may have.
Good luck with your CBT.
I remember the first time I set out to buy a scooter aged 16, I was quite confused about the terminology used.
For instance, it is generally accepted that at age 16 you can ride a 50 cc scooter or moped. Of course, when you look more carefully into this you’ll find that the terminology is slightly different. In fact you have to choose a 50 cc scooter or moped that is under 50 cc, i.e. a maximum of 49 point something or other.
The scooters on this site that are rated as 50 cc are in fact all a fraction under 50 cc and therefore are completely street, and road legal for 16-year-old riders who have passed their compulsory basic training (CBT).
While this is the case with most manufacturers, you really do need to check. There are a few bikes on the market that are slightly over the limit and you will get into legal trouble if you buy one of these instead.
Remember, without a legal moped or scooter, you will not be able to get insurance, and your CBT will be invalid, if you get caught you may well end up with points on your licence and a hefty fine.
In case you were wondering, the answer is yes, you can have a learner’s licence endorsed and the points will carry over to your main licence if and when you take your full driving test. It is not a position you want to be in.
So, to sum up, rest assured that all of the mopeds and scooters on this site are completely road legal for 16 year-old riders who have passed their compulsory basic training.
What’s the difference between a scooter and a moped.
None, not these days at least. 30 years ago a moped often give you the option to peddle or use the engine depending on how you felt (or how steep the hill was…)
However, the machines that came over from the USA and Italy were often labelled as scooters. Of course here in the UK a scooter is a child’s two wheeled toy like a skateboard with handlebars.
But effectively, they are now exactly the same product. They both describe the machines reviewed on the site with equal accuracy. So what are you waiting for, start checking out your ideal scooter, or moped, today.
Cheap is not a word I like to use when talking about the 50 cc scooters reviewed on our partners website. The word cheap and is poorly made machine is shoddy workmanship and unreliable parts, this could not be further from the truth when looking at machines available here.
The bikes reviewed our top quality machines, well engineered, and endorsed by people such as Katie Price and Amir Khan. Many of them featured in the Channel 4 film Brighton Rock. They are that good!
ake a look at our brand-new selection of 50 cc scooters and mopeds.
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You can be on the road riding within minutes of your machine arriving. Buying from a company that has over 200 approved service centres in the UK, all parts stocked locally, one year unlimited mileage warranty, and scooters assembled.
With a large range to choose from, most available in either 50 cc or 125 CC options, as well as a fantastic range of stylish colours and styles, what are you waiting for?
Would you consider a second-hand scooter?
Well, if you are looking for a 50 cc scooter, the chances are there are several around. There is only one year where the requirement for riding a scooter or moped under 50cc is law in the UK. At age 16 this is the legal maximum, however at 17 you are allowed to ride any bike you pass the appropriate test for.
This means quite a lot of teenagers trade up after one year. Either to a car or to a larger motorbike. However, it’s fair to say that most 16-year-olds have not cared for their moped in a way that somebody more senior in years may have done.
Quite often it’s a case of the throttle being hammered 99% of every journey, bike itself may well have spent quite a bit of time lent against posts, probably never clean, more often than not the oil has been changed and simple things like this have not been done. Over time and given the severity of use these bikes have, this could have added up to some collateral damage to the vehicle itself.
Given the bargain scooter prices from our partners site, it seems hardly worthwhile looking for a second-hand 50 cc scooter in the first place. With prices from under £600, how much would you save by taking the risk and buying a second-hand machine from the lad down the road?
Although your new 50 cc scooter will not require an MOT for the first three years of its life, and taxing it is simply filling in a form on the Internet, you must not forget you need insurance no matter what your age.
It’s a sad fact that teenagers will often be charged considerably higher insurance premiums than someone of more mature years. That being said, given that insurance is all about protecting “ the other guy” the premiums for a 50 CC moped are not particularly excessive.
Normally under £100 per year, and this is often payable by monthly instalments. Those normally also the option to cancel your premium and get most of your remaining cash back ( if you have paid upfront) at the end of any month.
Things to look out for include roadside assistance, which is always a very valuable extra. Telephone support which will put you in touch with help no matter where you are (top tip here, if you’re going any distance always take your mobile phone with you and the number of your telephone support if you have one)
Some insurance companies also offer various discounts and free gifts for first-time riders. This is often particularly applicable if the insurance is bought at the same time as the bike.