Are you looking for your first set of two-wheels but can’t work out which to get? We’ll you’ll be pleased to know you’re in the right place.

In this blog, we are going to be running down everything you need to know regarding the top speeds of both 15cc and 50cc scooters and mopeds…

So without further ado - let’s get into it!

What is the top speed of a 50cc moped?

As a general rule, the top speed of a 50cc moped or scooter will be restricted to 30mph. However when looking at some of the most popular 50cc mopeds out there - many 50cc sit comfortably at the 28mph mark.

Once you have met the relevant licencing requirements, you will be able to derestrict your 50cc scooter or moped, then allowing you to surpass 40mph on most occasions. Derestricting is changing the category of your bike, and can only be done if 17 and over so always make sure to follow the correct procedure including informing your insurance company.

Why are 50cc mopeds restricted to 30mph?

50cc mopeds are limited to 30mph largely due to the fact that once a person reaches 16 and has passed their CBT, they will legally be able to ride on UK roads independently. This speed restriction is a defining characteristic of the moped category.

Can a 50cc moped go on the motorway?

Due to their power restrictions, it is illegal to go on the motorway when riding a 50cc. This is because to ride safely on a motorway you would need to exceed 30mph which is not possible on a restricted moped.

What is the top speed of a 125cc scooter?

When it comes to 125cc scooters and motorcycles, these bikes are capable of reaching a top speed of around 60-70mph - double the power of a 50cc!

Thanks to their speed abilities, a 125cc bike is a far better choice for doing longer commutes and journeys than the 50cc, which is ideal for those living within a city or just needing a two-wheeler to pop to the shops on. The only downside of a 125cc is that - you do have to be over the age of 17.

Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular 125cc scooters on the market right now to give you an average top speed these bikes can do:

Name:   Top Speed:
Lexmoto Diablo 125 66mph
Honda PCX 125 67mph
Suzuki Burgman 66mph
Vespa Primavera 125 65mph
Yamaha NMAX 125 67mph

How fast can a 125cc moped go 0 to 60mph?

Scooters tend to be fairly quick off the mark for inner city travelling with getting to 30mph nice and quickly with no problems pulling away from lights, generally, it is 45-70mph where acceleration is a bit more gradual.

Can a 125cc scooter go on the motorway?

As 125cc scooters and mopeds can reach speeds of 60mph and can keep up with the traffic flow, you are legally allowed to ride on motorways in the UK.

Insure your 50cc and 125cc scooters and mopeds with Lexham

Last but not least, if you do have your very own 50cc or even a 125cc scooter or moped you need to insure - make sure to get an insurance quotation direct with Lexham!