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Just looking for a bit of advice/general information.

Have recently got rid of my car after going back to uni, since I won't need it as much. I'm now considering getting a moped/scooter for small trips around town (to uni, to the gym etc.) but don't know the first thing about them. I've read that I can get a 50cc scooter on my license as long as I do the CBT, but can't get anything over that size unless I do that motorcycle theory and practical test. Has anyone on here ever owned a 50cc scooter? What sort of speeds do they do? Are they cheap to insure, fuel up etc.? Would you recommend one for small trips around the town? Or would you recommend taking the tests and getting something bigger (i.e. 125cc)?

Any information would be much appreciated!

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Car drivers with a full licence gained before Feb 2001 can ride a 50cc scooter without taking any CBT. Think it's £15 or £17 road tax, speeds limited to 30mph, probably cheapest way is to get a Chinese one for about £500 brand new online and run for three years no mot then sell on. Insurance age dependent.


http://www.scooter.co.uk/50cc-scooter.html

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Car drivers with a full licence gained before Feb 2001 can ride a 50cc scooter without taking any CBT. Think it's £15 or £17 road tax, speeds limited to 30mph, probably cheapest way is to get a Chinese one for about £500 brand new online and run for three years no mot then sell on. Insurance age dependent.

http://www.scooter.co.uk/50cc-scooter.html

Cheers Bloomong, looks like a useful link.

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Take your theory and test and get a 125, scooters just don't have the acceleration to get you out of trouble. Been there.

Thought about a cross trail bike? Loads of off road locations around the Sidlaws, Tentsmuir forest etc when you've some free time.

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Take your theory and test and get a 125, scooters just don't have the acceleration to get you out of trouble. Been there.

Thought about a cross trail bike? Loads of off road locations around the Sidlaws, Tentsmuir forest etc when you've some free time.

I would prefer a 125 to be honest mate, but could I drive one just taking the theory and not the practical?

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Just checked my license and I can drive a 125 with L plates for up to two years before taking my test.

Cheers for the info mate.

Not sure if it's changed since I did my CBT (about 7 years ago) when I was 16. The CBT cost me about £85 and it was a full day of training, absolute piece of p*ss. I don't think you can actually fail it they just offer more training. The CBT lasts for 2 years then you have to sit your test or re-do the CBT.

When I turned 17 I was allowed to just jump onto a 125 with no extra training just had to keep the L plates on. I have now got my full licence but that is about £800 so quite pricey.

Using a CBT is by far the cheapest way to get on the road. My insurance was about £280-£330 per year when I was 16/17. As said before tax is about £20 a year and they run forever on fuel. My Yamaha YZF R125 would do about 100mpg if rode sensibly and do 80mph. 100% get a well known make (Honda, Yamaha etc) as they are very reliable and easy to get parts.

Avoid Chinese imports at all costs. Don't be fooled by the cheapness as they are sh**e and getting parts can be a nightmare.

Hope this helps and you get on the road on 2 wheels!

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Not sure if it's changed since I did my CBT (about 7 years ago) when I was 16. The CBT cost me about £85 and it was a full day of training, absolute piece of p**s. I don't think you can actually fail it they just offer more training. The CBT lasts for 2 years then you have to sit your test or re-do the CBT.

When I turned 17 I was allowed to just jump onto a 125 with no extra training just had to keep the L plates on. I have now got my full licence but that is about £800 so quite pricey.

Using a CBT is by far the cheapest way to get on the road. My insurance was about £280-£330 per year when I was 16/17. As said before tax is about £20 a year and they run forever on fuel. My Yamaha YZF R125 would do about 100mpg if rode sensibly and do 80mph. 100% get a well known make (Honda, Yamaha etc) as they are very reliable and easy to get parts.

Avoid Chinese imports at all costs. Don't be fooled by the cheapness as they are s***e and getting parts can be a nightmare.

Hope this helps and you get on the road on 2 wheels!

Cheers Andershen, very useful info mate!

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@@an-dee - Best fun available on two wheels, too expensive though  :P

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Ha! I've seen these before, look great fun, but as you say, maybe a bit expensive!

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