Across Europe there are a huge variety of 125cc scooters in every colour, style, design and brand you can think of. They are especially popular here in the UK as they are easy to ride, learner friendly so can be ridden on a CBT and perfect for commuting so we can understand why.

With hundreds and thousands of different makes and models, we know how hard it can be to make your choice, so that’s why we’ve put together this top 10 list to hopefully make your decisions that little bit easier.

Kymco Like

Creating an ideal blend of classic and modern styling, Kymco have used retro bodywork to pay homage to that much-loved Italian design, establishing that same vintage charm seen in other models. A light frame balances the weight making it an easy and comfortable first-time rider.

Featuring the same sized fuel tank (7L) as a selection of other models on our list, but with an air-cooled engine, the Like is the cheapest option with this size fuel tank. So, if it’s a traditional European style scooter you’re after, but with a more affordable price tag, we’re confident you’ll really LIKE this budget friendly option.

If you’re interested in this model then make sure you check out BikeMatters Kymco Like road test review.

Engine 124.8cc, 9.3hp, air-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 790mm
Fuel Tank 7L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 115kg
Price £2,349

Royal Alloy GP 125

With it’s obvious Lambretta styling, the GP 125 is a metal bodied beauty which definitely wouldn’t look out of place at a classic scooter rally. It may be the heaviest on our list but with an impressive 11L fuel tank and 12” wheels you’ll be riding safely and securely with less visits to the petrol station.

Great spec, including a new liquid-cooled engine and BOSCH ABS, makes this a high-performing yet more expensive choice. But if you’ve got the budget, then we’re sure you’ll really get the royal treatment from this stunner.

Engine 125cc, 12.7 hp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 770mm
Fuel Tank 11L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 148kg
Price £3,999 (+OTR)

Italjet Dragster

Known for being a premium brand, the Italjet Dragster really is a true sports scooter icon making a very dramatic return. The bold, aggressive, and futuristic styling screams fast and furious. An ultra-lightweight trellis frame, exposed aesthetics, 14.9 hp (the max for a 125cc), and liquid-cooled EU5 engine allows this hot-rod to reach its maximum performance. Priced at £4,999, the Dragster really is a star scooter with a jet engine ready to take off…or race round the track.

Engine 125cc, 14.9 hp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 770mm
Fuel Tank 11L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 108kg
Price £4,999

Sym Jet 14

Take commuting to the next level with the crisp and capable Sym Jet 14. Updated for 2021, a lightweight chassis provides a strong and nimble build, and with 14” wheels it’ll be a smooth, comfortable and stable ride with improved performance from that EU5 engine. Priced at £2,499 this is a great option for those looking for a practical and affordable daily run around or as an introduction to the world of two wheels.

Engine 124.6cc, 10 hp, air-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 771mm
Fuel Tank 7.5L
Brakes Front disc and rear drum
Weight 128kg
Price £2,499

Lexmoto Aura

The striking Lexmoto Aura, as with all scooters on this list, is a stylish and learner-friendly 125cc. A 1.385mm short wheelbase, along with an average weight and seat height, ensures this is an easy to manoeuvre two-wheeler. Priced at £1,999.99, with an air-cooled engine and 8L tank, can you really be disappointed with this cheap and cheerful scoot? We don’t think so.

Engine 125cc, 10.3 hp, air-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 760mm
Fuel Tank 8L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 134kg
Price £1,199.99

Vespa GTS Super 125 i-GET

With a reputation for producing top-of-the-range scooters full of dazzling personality, Vespa have definitely kept their simple yet stylish moto in mind when creating the GTS.  A liquid-cooled, i-get electronic injection engine increases the performance, power, and urban spirit of this front runner. Eye-catching aesthetics and snazzy features, such as the start and stop system and LED lights, make this the perfect little retro flagship.

With Vespa, you’ll expect to pay more for the badge, and with prices starting at £4,700 (one of the most expensive options on our list), this is definitely a more premium scooter. So, if you’ve got the budget, the GTS has the foundations to become your everyday riding partner.

If you are interested in a more powerful version, in a recent review Brett took the GTS’s big brother, the Vespa GTS Supertech 300, out for a spin.  

Engine 124.7cc, 13.8 hp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 790mm
Fuel Tank 7L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 145kg
Price £4,700

Piaggio Medley

Another top of the range option, with fantastic spec including Start-Stop system, dual-channel ABS, and a liquid-cooled engine, it’s no surprise the Medley is priced at £3,550. Packed full of practical elements, such as LED lights and spacious under-seat storage (which can hold up to two full-face helmets) this attention-grabbing scoot features all the gear (and a lot of riding ideas). A tall and lightweight wheel mixed with the sporty nature of this two-wheeler makes this the ideal sleek and agile city driver.

Engine 125cc, 12.07hp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 799mm
Fuel Tank 7L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 136kg
Price £3,550

Honda SH125i

A new lightweight frame not only provides the SH125i with excellent handling but also a swift response. Redesigning the rear suspension and liquid-cooled eSP+ engine, Honda have increased the comfort and power, creating a sporty, fuel-efficient, and secure daily rider. The 11.4Nm of torque creates faster acceleration so moving through traffic becomes effortless, and with enough storage space, it’s built for urban environments.

Edging towards the more premium end of the market, the SH125i is priced at £3,499. Like most Honda models the SH is an incredibly popular option both in the UK and Europe so, chances are if you pop to any major town or city, you’ll see plenty of these whizzing around.

Engine 124.5cc, 12.3 hp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 799mm
Fuel Tank 7L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 136.5kg
Price £3,499

Honda PCX

Popular since it’s 2010 launch, Honda are only continuing to improve their much-loved model the PCX.

Improved suspension and a lighter duplex steel cradle create a more comfortable ride and mean the PCX will eat up bumps in the road effortlessly. The revised transmission makes this an urban explorer full of power and acceleration ideal for overtaking – especially with the slight increase of power from 12bhp to 12.3. An 8.1L tank means you’ll get 400km before needing to fill this beauty up. Lighter in weight than it’s sibling the SH125i, and with the sporty look of a maxi-scooter, this is ideal for anyone looking for a bit more oomph to handle those faster roads.

PCX-cellent spec including a new eSP+ engine means there is no doubting this lean machine.

Engine 125cc, 12.3 bhp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 764mm
Fuel Tank 8.1L
Brakes Front disc and rear drum
Weight 130kg
Price £3,169

Yamaha NMAX

Recognised as a premium entry-level scooter, with a 2021 makeover, you’ll definitely pack a punch riding this urban commuter. A liquid-cooled, EU5 ‘Blue Core’ engine will generate higher levels of torque and performance. It’s an efficient little workhorse that will provide you with a dynamic and controlled ride – thanks to ABS, traction control, and a newly designed frame.

You’ll see a few new techy bits added for 2021 including a keyless start system, LED lights, start and stop technology, and Yamaha’s ‘my ride’ app.

All in all, we think this is a great choice for beginners or more experienced enthusiasts looking for an engaging ride.

Engine 125cc, 12 bhp, liquid-cooled
Transmission Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height 765mm
Fuel Tank 7.1L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Weight 131kg (wet)
Price £3,399

A few last words before you go, security is an important thing to remember with any bike, especially if you’re looking to purchase a new model. So we’ve created a scooter and motorcycle security guide to help prevent your pride and joy from being nicked.

If you’re looking for a two-wheeler with gears, then make sure you take a look at our top 10 125cc motorcycles list. Or if it’s added stability you’re after, then our maxi scooter list is the one for you.