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Top 10 Maxi scooters

If you’ve taken the plunge and gone for a full licence, the world is your oyster. Maxi scooters might be bigger and heavier than their 125cc counterparts, but they’re still very easy to ride in town and, since they are a more powerful, they can be used for motorway cruising and longer distance too.

In this guide we’re focusing on scooters over 125cc, with something to suit most budgets. We haven’t included any car licence-friendly three-wheeled scooters in this guide. Also, some of the bikes in our list require different category licences, so check you are entitled to ride before you buy. This list is in price order.

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Kawasaki J300 - £4049
Licence Category A2

Kawasaki also sells a 125cc version of this scooter, but the 300 is better suited to riding out of town. Surprisingly powerful for a 300cc bike, the J300 is perky and responsive away from lights and is more than capable of keeping up with motorway traffic – in fact its performance isn’t far off more powerful scooters.

Yet, despite its excellent performance, it is relatively cheap. That’s partly down to Kawasaki partnering with Kymco to produce it – a brand that isn’t quite as well established as Japanese manufacturers, but with good quality control standards. If you’d rather buy the Kymco version, it’s called the Downtown 300i and is £50 cheaper.


Adrian Hall    on 29 November 2016

Astonishing there are no Yamaha X-Max here. The 300 is better in just about every way than the Honda Forza. Better too than the Kawasaki, although more expensive.

Robert Highfield    on 10 December 2016

The Integra 750 does have under-seat storage. Not as much as a maxi scooter like the Silverwing or Burgman, but enough for a potlid helmet, which I carry. It is a magnificent machine with full luggage, noting that most scooters can't do panniers, which look great on an Integra and are available from Honda and Givi, amongst others.

pinky    on 15 July 2017

ive bought a few scooters over the years,, my honda FES 125 S-wing is a very good machine. and the best lower cc bike a rider can buy,
as for out of city work, im now on a piaggio 400,,its price is low on the second hand market. it goes well with 33hp, it has a electronic boot release on it .... for a ladies helmet...alas there is that problem with what covers open road miles and innner city work.

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