Scooters are two wheelers that are often misrepresented and take a bad rap amongst bikers for not being ‘real enough’. Fact of the matter though is that scooters can be comfortable and safe in the city as a daily driver, if the weather permits, of course.
What is a scooter?
A scooter is any two wheeled motorcycle that has a step-through frame. That normally means the engine and fuel tank will be under the seat instead of the usual spot between the rider and front wheel. The advantage of a scooter because of the way it is built, it makes ingress and egress a lot more easy. The bike will also have a really low centre of gravity, allowing for easy riding in slow moving traffic and enhanced manoeuvrability.
Popular scooters in the UK
While most scooters go for a 50cc engine, there are a few models that offer higher capacity motors as well, sometimes up to 750cc. Here are a few of the more popular scooters in the UK.
One of the largest scooters on sale today, the X- ADV is a cross between a mid weight motorcycle and a scooter. It is one of those rare scooters that can keep toe to toe with full sized motorbikes. It’s a Honda, so the scooter is going to have a great ride and comfort. It will also last you forever. Worth considering if you do not want a sports bike, but still want the pick up and run power of one in a comfortable package.
Peugeot Satelis 400
Peugeot makes excellent scooters and this one is one of their biggest engined options. The scooter sits large and proud with a 400cc motor that is plenty fun and really fast. While long term reliability is still questionable, this scooter is buckets of fun and has plenty of torque to keep up with your thirst for corners.
Aprilia SR MAX 125
The Italian sports bike maker has put out a few good scooters in their time and this one is one of their best. At 125cc, it is a perky machine that can be used in the city as comfortably as on a B road.
It would be a disservice to the motoring world if a list of scooters didn’t have the Vespa on it. The Vespa paved the way for scooters everywhere. In fact it was the first global motorcycle and is just as popular today as it was when it was first launched. For retro style and ubiquity, nothing matches the Vespa.
All the others
The 50cc to 125cc segment is filled with Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, and whole list of other brands that are all unique, yet, quite literally interchangeable. As always, the Japanese bikes turn out to be a lot more reliable than their European colleagues.
You will need an A1 licence for the mid-range, 125cc scooters, an A unrestricted licence for the large scooters above 125cc and a provisional licence and a completed CBT is required for 50cc scooters.
Not only will we look at arranging scooter finance for customers with a good credit history but we can also help with Bad Credit Scooter Finance.
We will not only look at low rate prime lenders but bad credit lenders who want to say ‘YES’ when you have your heart set on the Scooter of your dreams.