’09 Sports Scooters

Choosing the right sports scooter can be a bit difficult in the current climate. You don’t want to spend more than you need to but you don’t want to spend too little an amount that’s going to land you a donkey of a bike and, let’s face it, there’s a couple of donkeys on the market these days. This guide will look at the current ’09 models available in the UK from leading suppliers and give you a quick side-by-side comparison for your reference.


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50cc or 125cc Power?

Before doing anything else you should first familiarise yourself with the differences in engine sizes between these two models. 50cc sports scooters will generally reach a top speed of about 30mph whilst 125cc sports scooters will be able to reach speeds of almost 60mph in good road conditions. A 50cc sports scooter will also (generally) have a price tag of about £150 less than a 125cc sports scooter.

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Obviously the faster you want to go, the bigger engine size you’ll need and in most cases if you’re looking for a sports scooter then somewhere in your mind you’re thinking of speed. However, before you rush off to buy the first 125cc sports scooter you see in the latest addition of BikeTrader, take a few moments to consider all of the alternatives.

Whilst 125cc may be quicker than 50cc sports scooters, they are also more expensive and cost more to run.

Compare 50cc Sports Scooters

Direct Bikes 50cc Sports Scooter Direct Bikes 50cc Viper Sports Scooter
Displacement:
49.5 49.5 49.5 49.5
Engine Type:
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
Max Speed:
30mph
30mph
30mph
30mph
Gear Type:
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Start System:
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Fuel Consumption:
2.8L/100km
2.0L/100km
2.0L/100km
2.0L/100km
Front Brake:
Disc
Disc
Disc
Disc
Rear Brake:
Drum
Drum
Drum
Disc
Insurance Group:
4
4
4
4
Engine Type:
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Engine Cooling Type:
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Price:
£499
£649
£699
£899

You can see from the table above that primarily the only technical difference between these four scooters is that the Direct Bikes 50cc Sport Scooter has a better fuel consumption figure. This is worth keeping in mind because the top speed of each scooter is restricted to the same at approx 30mph. You may find the Viper and Ninja have slightly better acceleration based on their chassis but you’d be hard pushed to notice. The other difference between the scooters is rather more obvious and that is the style.

Each scooter represented here has its own look and depending on your own tastes, this may influence your final purchase decision but at least you know that from a technical point of view, there’s very little between these four 4 stroke scooters.

Compare 125cc Sports Scooters

Direct Bikes 125cc Cobra Sports Scooter Direct Bikes 125cc Funky Sports Scooter
Displacement:
124.6 124.6 124.6 124.6
Engine Type:
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
Max Speed:
50mph
50mph
50mph
50mph
Gear Type:
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Twist and Go
Start System:
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Electric / Kick Start
Fuel Consumption:
2.8L/100km
2.0L/100km
2.8L/100km
2.0L/100km
Front Brake:
Disc
Disc
Disc
Disc
Rear Brake:
Drum
Drum
Drum
Disc
Insurance Group:
4
4
4
4
Engine Type:
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Single Cylinder
Engine Cooling Type:
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Air Cooled
Price:
£699
£649
£699
£849

Technically, the four scooters are very closely matched and you’d be hard-pressed to find any differences on paper. There are slight fluctuations in fuel tank size and chassis design but in terms of performance, they’re all very closely matched.

The one thing that does differ between models is the price but as we’ve already highlighted, for such seemingly small technical differences, are the price differences justified? Only you can answer that for yourself because each of the manufacturers listed offer different delivery options and different on the road options.

The final point to note is of course the looks. We can’t recomend a particular style for you but we can suggest you take the time to look at each model and each dealer’s website before buying.

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