Bikesure, the freethinking motorcycle insurance specialist, knows how daunting choosing your first scooter can be, so here is a guide to some things to consider when making that all-important purchase.
- What license? If you haven’t already got your license, the license you are planning to get will influence what scooter you can ride. The direct.gov website provides important information on licensing requirements and CBT tests.
- Budget – New vs. Old. Your budget will greatly determine what you buy. A used scooter can cost less than a new scooter, but make sure you check it over thoroughly to avoid potential headaches further down the line. It is worth taking a mechanic you trust along to give their opinion. Do some research into the make you are looking at so you know potential faults and what to check for. Websites such as begin-motorcycling.co.uk have guides to buying a used scooter
- Other costs. The scooter is not the only consideration when setting out your budget. Don’t forget to purchase appropriate insurance, helmet, clothing and accessories, such as locks and security devices – safety first! Geton.co.uk has a guide to what you need to buy and what to look for, whilst greenconsumerguide.com has a scoot to commute guide including the cost of scooter tax, other costs, emissions and much more.
- What size engine? This is an important consideration that depends on what you are wanting the scooter for, in particular the distance you want to cover and the speeds of the roads. 50cc scooters are handy for short urban commutes; however, their 30mph top speed means they aren’t ideal for faster roads or longer distances. A 125cc scooter provides more oomph to keep up with traffic on busier roads, with a top speed of around 60mph, making it a wiser choice for versatility. Anything over 125cc requires a full motorcycle licence. There are many 400cc-plus scooters, with the 800cc Gilera GP800 being one of the biggest, as reviewed by the Telegraph Online.
- Size. It’s important to sit on the scooter to gauge its size and how it feels to ride. The height of the seat can make a big difference in whether it is easy and comfortable to ride or not. Also, does the storage capacity on the scooter meet your requirements? Is there storage for your helmet?
- Fuel consumption. When thinking about cost and which scooter is right for you it is important to look at running costs and how economical the scooter is. According to greenconsumerguide.com a 125cc machine will typically cost under 10 pence per mile to run and scooter.co.uk says a typical scooter uses between 55% and 81% less fuel than a car, for the same journey (SMART guide, MCIA 2002).
- Research. It’s always worth doing your research. Check out your preferred manufacturers and see if there are particular things to check for or avoid, whether there are common faults or problems.
For additional buying tips check out websites such as whatscooter.com.
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