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Top 10 Motorcycles for New Riders - 50cc -125cc


Jake T · June 24, 2021

So you’ve completed your CBT training, the next step is the most exciting part… deciding which bike you’re going to buy. Now with so many manufacturers offering some fantastic machines, it can be a little mind-boggling to know which is the best choice. The RideTo team have put together some of our favourite options for new riders…

Depending on your age, you will be restricted to either 50cc or 125cc, lets have a look at your best options.


Sinnis Encanto 50 - £1,499

Pair with an open face helmet, some sunnies and set off through the city on this great retro-styled scooter from Sinnis.. The Encanto has ample luggage space, room for a passenger and the manufacturer claims this little 50cc will be good for 120mpg. You get a choice of Onyx Black or Cafe Cream as well as LED indicators, and Its 12″ wheels provide superb grip on all terrain and in all weather, allowing you to enjoy a smooth, quiet, and pleasant ride.

Vespa Primavera 50 - £3,550

A great option for a city commuter, the Vespa Primavera has been well thought out to suit the needs of anyone needing to get around town with ease. It has a small glove box where you can store your mobile and the under-seat storage is useful for keeping your helmet so you don't have to take it with you everywhere you go. With a choice of 6 classic colours, if you’re looking for a retro classic, it's hard not to find a Vespa that suits you. There is also a great scooter lock designed for the Vespa Primavera, so you can keep your scooter safe every time you stop.

Peugeot Speedfight 4 50 - £2,299

This landmark Peugeot 50 cc sports scooter brings sporty styling and aggressive lines. To make life easier the Speedfight comes with a digital dashboard and a smartphone mount with USB on the dash to charge on the go. A great choice if you’re after a sportier look in the 50cc range.

Aprilia SR 50 R - £2,399.00

A great choice if you're looking for a sport-styled scooter, the Aprilia SR 50 R

With a redesigned steel frame, for unmatched manoeuvrability, the SR 50 R has an aggressive and aerodynamic design inspired by that of the RSV1000 R Factory offering the best technology and safety available on a sports scooter. The handy helmet compartment can accommodate a full-face helmet and contoured saddle means this 50cc scooter is functional as well as fun.


Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 - £4,499

We take a jump up to 125cc geared motorcycles with the fantastically styled Husqvarna Svartpilen 125. Thanks to its upright riding position, lightweight chassis and reliable single-cylinder engine, this motorcycle puts you in the centre of the action. Surprisingly this little Swedish package comes with a 6-speed gearbox, WP suspension and hydraulic ByBre brake calipers which really sets the Svartpilen apart from most of its competitors.

Honda CB125R - £4,299

With a little power boost from its predecessor, the 2021 CB125R packs concentrated performance into a stylish silhouette, offering an exciting riding experience for new riders. For 2021, the CB125R will be offered in Pearl Grey, Matte Black, Randy Red or Matte Blue.

Honda class this CB125R as part of their Neo-Sports Café family making an instant statement with bold styling. State-of-the-art LCD dash, full LED lighting, Showa USD forks and Nissin brakes are just some of the premium features you can expect.

Honda Monkey 125cc - £3,799

One of our favourites here at RideTo, the Honda Monkey whilst small, will leave you with the biggest smile. First released in 1961 as a 50cc, this 2021 model is heavily based on the Grom with a Euro 5 compliant air-cooled 124cc single-cylinder engine.

It has a style of its own with its chromed high-rise handlebars, plus frame, swingarm and shock absorbers painted the same colour as the peanut fuel tank all draw attention, as do the chunky block-section tyres.

Mutt Mongrel 125cc - £2,950

For lovers of that retro classic vibe, the Mongrel shares a lot of the classic lines and styling cues of vintage machines. The Mongrel runs 18" wheels front and rear with fully blacked-out satin rims and spokes with chunky vintage style tyres.

The bulletproof 4-stroke motor, now fuel-injected for a sharper, tighter response is housed in a twin shock tube frame.

Sinnis Terrain T125 - 2899

A little different from a lot of 125’s you'll see on the road, Sinnis have jumped into the market of adventure bikes with their Terrain T125. This 'do it all' motorcycle is equally comfortable carving through the city streets as it is through back lanes and country roads. Packed with full luggage panniers and the top box makes this a great option for commuters and adventurers.

Yamaha YZF-R125 - £4,800

The very popular YZF-R125 tops the price chart of our selection but this Yamaha packs a lot of punch. Available in two colour options Icon Blue, Tech Black. The baby brother of the R1 and R6 is a supersport styled motorcycle which delivers great low-end torque and exciting high RPM power. The M1 MotoGP style front fairing underlines the race-bred pedigree of this brilliant 125. Swing your leg over one and take it for a test ride and you’ll quickly get an idea as to why they’re so popular.

It's always worth shopping around for the best deal. If you are looking for something second hand then check out our Top 5 tips to buying a second-hand motorcycle or scooter guide.

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.