I started off with a 50cc, was awesome fun. I was pretty rubbish on it, as I was on the 100cc bike and then 125cc bikes after!My 2 cents. During my CBT I rode a 50cc scooter - I felt truly at risk. They are just too slow - at 30mph roads they struggle to get to flow of the traffic and pulling away is so slow your really not in a great position safety wise.
Switch to a 125 and it's night and day. Still economical and easy to ride but way more power and can cruise up to 60-65 with no bother.
I appreciate that they are a gateway machine for very young riders, but if anything lack of experience makes the lack of speed and power even more dangerous - they are far more likely to be unskilled and put themselves into positions of danger which the bike the won't have the power or torque to get them away from quickly.
Pleanty of them around. We've got 2 16 year olds on the the estate with 2stroke Yamaha Aerox.9/10 mopeds I see ride like maniacs, and I have a video coming in a few weeks where I goof on one I was behind who must have thought i was a rozzer because he was riding like he was in an action movie... at 28mph of course
You had me at Asian girls. Just kidding.I see WAY too many people - usually Asian girls for some reason (maybe that's just the scooter demograohic here) - riding tiny scooters, wobbling around with clearly no idea how to actually operate a two wheeled vehicle. They NEVER wear any protective gear aside from a mandatory helmet either. Great combo.. not. Dangerous to themselves and others.
The problem being that anyone with a car licence can ride a 'scooter' under 50cc with no bike licence and therefore generally no skills or experience.