I guess we have COVID-19 to thank for our increase in online purchases. Whether that be things you can wear or things you can eat, it seems the majority of us are receiving deliveries daily, so it’s no surprise that the demand for delivery drivers and riders has soared over the last year.
Because of this demand, I’m looking at the 4 most important things to consider when deciding which steed you’re riding to battle your long list of deliveries.
Look to any busy city road once the sun’s gone down and you’ll notice delivery bikes here, there and everywhere!
Comfort is a very important thing to consider when choosing a scooter full stop, let alone for work purposes. Whether it’s food or parcels, it doesn’t matter which delivery service you are offering, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in that saddle, so you’ll want to choose carefully.
Key characteristics to keep an eye out for are a nice, comfortable seat, relaxed riding position, high build quality, under-seat storage (we’ll expand on this a little later) and decent suspension.
Though the types of bikes used vary greatly, there does tend to be a trend with most opting for the ‘twist n go’ transmission of a scooter for easy manoeuvrability on the busy urban streets. But many also favour the slimmer profile scooters, again, to aid manoeuvrability as a bigger, bulkier two-wheeler could potentially not be as nimble on the road – and that’s not going to help anyone!
You’ll see many different makes and models used for deliveries from the Japanese greats such as the Honda PCX and Yamaha NMAX, to the newer electric offerings for example the Supersoco CPx and, of course, there are more low budget options too.
However, my biggest tip is to take your chosen model out for a test drive (if possible) or at the very least have a good sit on it in the showroom to see how it feels. It always pays off to make the trip to the dealer or seller and get up close and personal before you split with your cash.
Storage space for a delivery scooter or motorcycle will generally come in the form of a large cargo box mounted on the rear rack. This will house your deliveries and help to keep them at the right temperature but, will generally come as an extra or from the company you’ll be working for.
However, with scooters especially, there is also the chance of having more storage for your own personal items, or maybe a tool or two. For example, most scooters will have some form of under-seat storage, varying from just enough room for a wallet and phone to a full-face helmet.
Though storage options aren’t purely restricted to this, some models will have glove boxes, and side storage compartments available, but this will all depend on your own personal preference.
But it’s not just fuel economy you need to think about, the tank size should also be considered. Most city scooters don’t have the biggest in the world, you’ll often see around 6-9L's but the bigger the fuel tank, the less you’ll need to fill up, so, again, it’s beneficial to take all this into consideration.
Whilst any size engine will work, most delivery riders tend to stick to the traditional 125cc scooters as they’re tailored and designed for city use and, usually, result in a smaller insurance premium. However, at Lexham Insurance their Delivery Rider Insurance covers riders on any motorcycle, moped or scooter up to 500cc.
But as I said, most will opt for a 125cc, which can be ridden from the age of 17 on a CBT and reach a max of 50-70 mph, or a 50cc, which can be ridden from 16 but will only reach 30mph. Both allow for easier travel on faster roads, and this is one of the many reasons they are favoured.
Before you go
So there we have it, I’ve given you my top 4 tips on how to choose the correct scooter for delivery work. If you have any questions drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
But if you are still struggling to find your perfect fit, then console our Top 10 125cc Scooter list. It features a selection of makes and models all varying in price and capability that could make the decision process that little bit easier.
- Take your chosen model for a test drive to see how comfortable it is
- Make sure to check how much storage space is available
- Make sure you do your research and check out not only the fuel efficiency but the tank size too
- Decide which engine size is for you. Most delivery drivers working in urban areas will opt for either a 50cc or 125cc scooter