’09 Retro Scooters

“Take a step back in time and whisk yourself to work on a retro scooter with bags of style…”

But before you can do that, you first need to buy one and before you do that, you need to know what’s out there and at what price. We’ve taken some time out to have a look at some of the best quality 50cc retro scooters and 125cc retro scooters currently on the market. Now we have to point out here that when we use the phrase retro scooter, we are referring to brand new retro-styled scooters, not actual genuine classic scooters or vintage scooters. The remit of this buying guide is to pick out the best value scooters and give you an overview of each model whilst making you aware of any pitfalls we’ve found with either the scooter or the company selling the scooter.

Retro Scooters

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Your first problem is going to be to decide how much power you need. In scooter terms, this means what engine size you’re looking for or in more layman terms, how fast do you want to be able to go? We’re looking only at 50cc and 125cc options for this review. A 50cc scooter typically has a top speed of 30mph. In the UK, you are legally allowed to ride a 50cc scooter by obtaining your CBT certificate and riding with ‘L’ plates. The same rule applies to 125cc scooters and for more information on the legalities of riding 50cc and 125cc scooters have a look here. 125cc scooters typicaly have a top speed of around 50mph. For most people, zipping around town is what they’re looking for from a scooter and we’ve found that 125cc scooters offer both performance and speed more than enough to accomplish this task for you. The price, of course, is in the pudding as it were and a 125cc will normally set you back an extra few hundred pound on initial purchase and a few extra quid a week on petrol.

Cost, Cash and Congestion

If we take a closer look at costs on each engine size and then work out costs over a year, it should help you get a picture in your mind of what would suit you best. A 50cc retro scooter’s average fuel consumption is approximately 110 miles to the gallon, or 2.8L for every 100km (.61 gallons for every 62 miles). Now most of the 50cc retro scooters that we’re going to look at in this guide have a maximum fuel capacity of 3.8L. This means you can fill up the tank for just £3.50 and get about 80 miles out of it!

A 125cc retro scooter, on the other hand, has an average max speed of 50mph. Of the 125cc retro scooters that we’ll be looking at, the average fuel consumption is approximately 3L per 100km, which works out at approximately .66 galons for 62 miles of travel. Baring in mind a 125cc fuel tank can take up to 4.8L of fuel, you’d be looking at paying around £6 per full fuel tank with an average miles per gallon of just under 100 miles to the gallon.

So costwise, the cost isn’t that much different in terms of fuel and for the sake of the £1.50 worth of fuel (probably twice a week, so an extra £3 per week), the extra performance will be well worth it.

Congestion Charges for Scooters

On top of the fuel costs you have the consideration for traffic congestion charges. Now in London, both 50cc and 125cc scooters will avoid the London congestion charge, which could save you even more money over your average car.

Insurance costs for 50cc retro scooters vs 125cc retro scooters

Obviously insurance is more difficult to calculate because insurance prices differ with each individual application based on your personal circumstances. For the purposes of our guide however, we’ll take an average 18 year old’s situation as our base. This would include no driving experience and a recently obtained CBT licence. We’ll also base our prices on the industry’s cheapest retro scooter insurer, MCE Insurance, whom we have found to provide the best quotes across the scooter industry.

Edit, we had to remove our quote examples because each application is so different and our examples weren’t relevant enough for 80% of our visitors. Instead, we’ve decided to generalise it and can say with confidence that you will save some money on a 50cc compared to a 125cc scooter and expect this to be 10% of the purchase price of the scooter per year. MCE Insurance are still our insurer of choice, beating pretty much all other insurers that we tried.

Retro Scooters Compared

Below you will see 4 of the top retro scooter buys currently online. We’ve included 2 50cc retro scooters and 2 125cc retro scooters for comparison. We’ve bolded our star buy, which is the Traditional 50cc Retro Scooter based on price/performance – not looks! Although looks are a consideration, we’ve left that to your own tastes (women seem to luuurrvvveeee the pink retro scooter, you see, and it’s not quite to my taste 🙂 )

Traditional 50cc Retro Styled Scooter 125cc Tommy Retro Scooter
Displacement:
49.5 49.5 124.6 124.6
Engine Type:
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
4 Stroke
Max Speed:
30mph
30mph
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
2.8L/100km
3.0L/100km
3.0L/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:
£649
£649
£799
£749
Avge. Full Fuel Tank: £4 £4 £6 £6

Statistics, wise, there’s not much between them, but given the extra power in the 125cc scooters, we’d recommend considering those as a first choice. 50cc scooters are great for getting through CBT tests or as first bikes, but when it comes to true city scootering, you can’t beat the 125cc retro scooters that are currently available.

Conclusion

In our opinion, there are two great value buys online at the moment; both form the same company actually, and both well worth the small price you’ll need to part with to own them. We’d go with 125cc scooters purely because the power offered by them is enough to get you about without feeling ‘flat’ and because the slightly higher insurance costs and running costs (amounting to about 10%) are worth the extra kick. With this in mind, our two top choices would be the 125cc Tommy Scooter for just £799 and the 125cc Retro Scooter for just £749. Both scooters have the option of next day delivery for certain areas so you could actually order online today and be riding your scooter tomorrow. A great service in our view. Don’t forget to get an insurance quote for any bike you like and make sure you give MCE Insurance a try, you’ll not be dissapointed

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