With Maxi Scooters heavily populating the streets of Europe, they have been and still are slow to take off here on UK soil. Why? I’m not too sure because they just make so much sense! They are capable commuters and tourers, practical, sturdy, comfortable and suitable for a variety of riders, including those fresh to the A2 licence scene. Maybe we Brits just can’t see past our beloved classic Vespas and Lambrettas!

Whatever the reason, we’re here today to get our scoot on and find out who we’ve voted the 10 best A2-friendly Maxi Scooters. (Friendly reminder: this list is in no particular order, but feel free to put them in an order yourselves in the comments below.)

‎Honda Forza 350

Fierce, fiery, Forza, could there be any better way to open our 2022 Maxi Scooter list, I didn’t think so!

The impressive and extremely popular range was revamped last year to include a selection of new features to retain the trademark and emphasize the scooter’s commutability. Speaking of the Forza 350 specifically, it replaces the 300 and, as the name suggests, takes this mid-sized maxi to level 50.

As I said, Honda has prioritised how this scooter moves and have worked hard to add more power without the weight to make things ‘nippier’ and a bit more lively. This includes Honda Selectable Torque Control, full LED lighting, electric windscreen and possibly the most noteworthy and key change, the now 330cc eSP+, liquid-cooled single. It’s gained 51cc from the previous 279cc engine and now produces 28.8 hp and 31.5 Nm of torque.

Alongside the tech, the 350 is sharp and sleek in styling and available in five different colourways, ‘Pearl Cool White’ being my fav – because how could you not feel cool riding it?!

The Forza family has been around since 2000, and over the years has continued to evolve to ensure it stays at the top of tree. The name is iconic, powerful  and changed the small, mid and big-capacity scooter game, and even after twenty years, we can’t wait to see what they do next.

If you want to explore it in more detail, read the BikeMatters Honda Forza 350 review next.

Engine 330cc, 29 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 11.7L
Brakes Front: 256mm disc
Rear: 240mm disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic
Rear: Twin shock
Seat height 780mm
Weight 184kg
Price £5,699

Kymco Xciting S400i

With the Euro 4 variant only recently being pulled from the market, the Euro 5 version of the Xciting S400i has been doing its rounds and circulating the globe, however, it’s still yet to make an appearance here in the UK. Don’t panic though because we’ve heard on the grapevine that Kymco has hopes to bring it over later in the year – we hope so too because we all know BikeMatters Brett loves a Maxi Scooter!

Speaking of Brett, he actually reviewed the Kymco Xciting S400i in 2019 and found that this practical go-anywhere scooter is "extremely comfortable and not just that seat! The suspension does a great job and really provides a smooth ride. The engine is the perfect size for a maxi and provides you with loads of confidence for higher-speed roads and overtakes!” He concluded that “the Xciting has a tremendous amount to offer!”

We are still yet to know what the Xciting will cost once it hits UK shores, but I’m thinking (and hoping) this will sit around the £5-5.k mark. If I’m correct, then this will be competitive for the category. However, you have also got to factor in that whilst Kymco is a reputable brand, at £5,699 you haven’t got to pay much more to get your hands on a Honda Forza 350 or new ADV350…just sayin’.

Engine 400cc, 35.5hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Double rear shock
Seat height 810mm
Weight 195kg
Price TBC

Yamaha XMAX 300

The Yamaha XMAX 300 is an urban commuter’s dream. Forget cramped train carriages and stand-still rush hour traffic and get to know the wind in your hair and simply see your city from a different angle. That’s the angle of nimbly making your way through town, zipping down narrow gaps and easily (and smugly) filtering through those who have chosen four wheels rather than two.

A few standout details are the LED lights, smart key system, traction control and the Blue Core liquid-cooled single that won’t intimate fresh new riders. 

As you can tell this Maxi Scoot from Yamaha seems to be the full package. Yes, the price may seem quite high but I’m willing to bet if you add up your total costs spent on your daily commute, plus that morning coffee and pastry you don’t tell anyone about, you would be spending more than the XMAX’s £6,300 cost.

Engine 292cc, 27.6 bhp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 13L
Brakes Front: Hydraulic single disc, Ø267mm
Rear: Hydraulic single disc, Ø245mm
Suspension Front: Telescopic forks
Rear: Unit swing
Seat height 795mm
Weight 180kg (wet)
Price £6,300

Kymco DTX 360

The DTX 360 is Kymco’s new scooter and marks their first dip into the cross-over scooter category – which seems to be the trend for 2022.

Created with one purpose, to rival the new ADV350, the DTX 360’s price is that little bit cheaper (£200) than Honda’s newest arrival. However, if you are thinking ‘this is a bit of me’, we are not quite sure how easy it will be to get your hands on one in the UK.

But I’m quite sure that thanks to the liquid-cooled motor putting out 28.2hp, its great looks, and what looks to be decent spec, the DTX will be a great option for 2022!

Only time will tell on whether or not we’ll see this guy in UK dealerships and how it fairs against Honda’s newest addition. Nonetheless, it’s lovely to have a cross-over maxi from Kymco hit the market. Hopefully, we get to test ride it soon!

Engine 320.6cc, 28.2 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12.5L
Brakes Front: 280mm disc
Rear: 260mm disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic
Rear: Double Swing with 5-Steps
Seat height 800mm
Weight 194kg
Price £5,499

Sym Joymax Z+ 300

First revealed in EICMA, Sym’s Joymax Z+ 300 has made a mark on the bargain Maxi Scooter market.

The frame is compact so provides plenty of sports handling and comfort that is only backed up further by the padded seat and dual rear shocks. Other features on this scoot include a clear and easy-to-read dual digital display, enough under-seat storage for two full-face helmets, LED lights, ABS and a liquid-cooled, Euro5 engine that reaches 25.6 hp, which is pretty average considering who it’s up against.

The Joymax Z+ 300  is a smart-looking bike that, in my opinion, looks more premium than its £4,999 price tag reflects.

Engine 278cc, 25.6 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12L
Brakes Front: 260mm disc
Rear: 240mm disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Dual shock
Seat height 747mm
Weight 185kg
Price £4,999 (+OTR)

BMW C 400 GT

With their Urban Mobility segment introduced to the market in 2012 via the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT, BMW is continuing to produce scooters of the maxi variety with the freshly updated C 400 GT. 

Deemed as a scooter that is full of twist-and-go friendliness and plenty of touring and comfort abilities,  features such as a comfortable riding position, padded seat, windshield, LED lighting and ABS have been included.

Even with those niggles though, you won’t be surprised to hear that this premium scooter comes as a premium price of nearly £7k (£6,995 to be exact). But whilst that price makes it the second most expensive scoot on today’s list (the first being the Burgman, featured a little later on), remember to factor in that this is a BMW, and it does come with a whole host of rider aids, techy bits and that you’d have to pay extra for on another model.

Engine 350cc, 33.5 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12.8L
Brakes Front: 265mm double disc
Rear: 265mm single disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Double aluminium swingarm
Seat height 775mm
Weight 214kg (wet)
Price £6,995

Sym Cruisym 300

You’ll already be acquainted with the Taiwanese brand, SYM. Over the years, they’ve been working hard to make their mark and establish themselves as a reliable manufacturer, and, with the spec on their bikes only getting more and more impressive, they’re also on the road to establish themselves on top with Japanese giants such as Honda and Yamaha.

They’re done waiting in the wings and playing understudy so to stay competitive they price and spec their models similar to those from the bigger brands but ensure a touch of their own SYM personality is added.

From the modern styling and touring comforts to the quality of the spec and build, you can see just what I mean when looking at their Cruisym 300. It’s one maxi that will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people – especially because it only costs a pocket-pleasing £5,499.

Engine 278cc, 25.6 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12L
Brakes Front: 260mm disc
Rear: 240mm disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Dual shock
Seat height 760mm
Weight 194kg
Price £5,499 (+OTR)

Piaggio Beverley 400

Meet the Piaggio Beverley 400, your typical Italian commuter scooter.

New to the Piaggio range, the 400 Bev stands out from most on this list because of its big wheels and slim profile. It’s so very European looking and that could be the reason why it sells better there than it does here in the UK. Whatever the reasons, there’s no denying that it looks great!

Putting looks aside, it also comes with lots of practicality in the form of a USB port, under-seat storage, luggage rack, LED lights and pokey little 399cc liquid-cooled engine. As standard, it also graces us with that legendary Piaggio quality.

Overall, if you want something that looks slightly different from your traditional maxi but is still as friendly, the Beverley 400 is well worth a look!

Engine 399cc, 35 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12L
Brakes Front: 300mm disc
Rear: 240mm disc
Suspension Front: Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear: Dual hydraulic shock absorbers
Seat height 812mm
Weight 195kg
Price £5,850

Zontes ZT310T-M

Welcoming Zontes to the list, the Chinese brand are fairly new to the market, only having made their way over to Europe in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped from them from quickly becoming quite the hit here in the UK.

The ZT310T-M, with ‘M’ definitely standing for Maxi, comes equipped with everything you’d want from a super scoot. We’ve got an adjustable windshield, USB charging, tyre pressure monitoring, LED lights and ABS. The quality is high and with all it's got, the ZT310T-M is set to make those slightly longer journeys that your average, everyday scooter isn’t cut out for comfortable and, well, possible.  

Maxi in all ways but one and that’s the price, the ZT310T-M comes in at £4,399. Being surprisingly well-equipped for a Chinese scooter, it still won’t set the world on fire, but it’ll give it a good go. The fact that it’s been built to stick to a certain price is great news for those on a tighter budget. The other fact is that its engine puts out 33 hp which really works in the ZT310T-M’s favour and allows it to stand tall with the big boys in this segment.

Engine 309cc, 33 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 12L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 760mm
Weight 168kg
Price £4,399

Suzuki Burgman 400

The man, the myth, the legend, the Suzuki Burgman 400 is back on our list for yet another year and with its renowned and mighty reputation, how could we not include it?

Sticking to a tried and tested method and delivering a winning combination of urban mobility and uber-suave styling, this trailblazer holds the torch and sets the standard for the Maxi Scooter community. I’ve also got to mention, that its alloy wheels are blue, and they look pretty cool!

2003 was the year it was born and since then, nearly 20 years later, the Burgman continues to raise eyebrows for all the right reasons. It’s an original that continues to be re-written but holds on tight to the foundations and values that made it what it is and justifies the six and triple nine (£6,999) price tag.  

Engine 400cc, 29 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 13.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic
Rear: Link type
Seat height 755mm
Weight 218kg
Price £6,999

Honda ADV350

Starting and ending the list with one of the best, we’ve got yet another offering from Japanese giants, Honda.

Following in the tyre tracks of the X-ADV, the brand has grabbed the scooter by the wheel and released an A2-friendly, smaller version. This my friends is the ADV350 and I’m introducing it to you as Honda’s newest crossover adventure-styled scooter.

As a result, it comes packed with a shed load of off-road abilities and style in the form of the electric windscreen, NT1100/X-ADV-like front fairing and large LED light, wide naked handlebars and long travel Showa suspension.

It also shares certain aspects with another Maxi that you’ll already be acquainted with, the Forza 350, including the plenty-of-poke 330cc liquid-cooled engine, classy, ultra-modern, and sporty looks and £5,699 price. As both have the usual and expected Honda reliability, class, build quality and flair, that four-figure price is actually quite reasonable.   

Still quite hot off the press, this is another that we at BikeMatters were able to get our hands on very recently, with Brett’s review of the Honda ADV350 concluding that “it puts itself solidly in the shop window for those looking at an A2 licence friendly Maxi Scooter!”

Engine 330cc, 29 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 11.7L
Brakes Front: 256mm disc
Rear:
240mm disc
Suspension Front: Showa Upside down Rear: Showa Twin shocks with reservoirs
Seat height 795mm
Weight 186kg
Price £5,699

The last stop

That brings this list to an end. We put this poll to our community on YouTube and there was a huge response with almost all scoots getting votes. Now, I’m putting it to you – which A2-friendly Maxi Scoot should be crowned king today? Let me know in the comments below!