What’s more, there are no so many different types available, there’s now a scooter to suit all requirements and budgets. Got a long daily commute involving motorways? No problem. The latest generation, larger-engined ‘super-scoot’ is what you need. Operating on a budget and without a full motorcycle licence? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of brilliant 125cc scoots available. Or want something stylish to be a ‘cool kid around town’ – there’s plenty that’ll fit the bill here, too.
But which should you go for – and what do you get? To help you choose we’ve split the scooter segment into five different types: the most affordable twist ‘n’ go 50 for 16-year-olds heading out on the road for the first time when price – and the peace of mind that comes with a new machine’s warranty – are most important of all; the best-selling 125/A1 class machine, which can be ridden by anyone over 17 with a provisional licence and a CBT certificate; the latest and most accessible ‘leaning three-wheeler’, for those nervous about two-wheelers on slippery roads; the most stylish of the classic city scoots and, finally, the biggest and most luxurious ‘maxi-scoot’ of them all and the one that really is effectively a ‘two-wheeled car’.