Maxi scooters are becoming increasingly popular and we’re not surprised! With their added stability, luxurious edge, and performance similar to that of a motorcycle, they are a great option for commuting, relaxing, and touring. Comfy, practical, and easy to ride makes them a great option for beginners or more experienced riders.
If you’ve ever been interested or tempted to buy one of these large scooters, then this is the perfect place for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best maxi scooters you can get your hands on in 2021, with a great mix varying in size, power, and price. So, with no further ado, let’s scoot right into it!
10. Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Sport
With our first entry on the list, the MP3 500 HPE Sport, it is worth talking about the elephant in the room…This is in fact a three-wheeler, and although thrown into the maxi scooter category, it is classed as a trike and can be ridden on a car licence (for full licence requirements click here).
Considered as the ‘bad boy’ of the MP3 Piaggio family and with a 14% increase in performance, compared to previous models, this is definitely a modern and feisty player on the roads. The sporty style of this scooter is reiterated by the new high-performance engine, matt black exhaust, and “Ride by Wire” electronic acceleration system. With ABS, ASR, and 13-inch front wheels you’ll feel in total control in any situation.
Compared to other entries on this list, the MP3 falls into the more premium price bracket but it’s jammed pack with spec so it’s clear where your money is being spent.
|Engine type||4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
|Seat height||790 mm|
9. Yamaha XMAX 400
Up next is the Yamaha XMAX 400. Designed as a long-distance sport scooter, the powerful and compact 400cc engine will get you from A to B quickly, comfortably, and in style. The sleek bodywork and active riding position ensure you’re comfortable, in control, and noticed at whatever speed you’re cruising at.
With only 2-litre difference in tank capacity and both with liquid-cooled engines and average measurements for this category, the XMAX 400 is a good match for the TMAX 560 (also on our top 10 list). Built to be suitable for both sports and touring, we think this dynamic and versatile scoot is the perfect option for those with a lower budget.
|Engine type||4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
8. BMW C400X
The BMW C400X takes our #8 spot. Low revs and high speeds mean this mid-size, light, and easy to maneuver scooter is built for urban mobility. The sporty character of this two-wheeler really emphasises its personality. It’s a robust machine that will turn your commute into an exciting scoot.
Compared to this BMW’s brother, further down our list, the C400X is the more budget-friendly option. But with a 400cc engine, pretty average seat height, relatively lightweight frame, and decent tank size, we don’t think it will disappoint those looking for a punchy scooter built for concrete jungles.
|Engine type||4-stroke, 4-valve, single cylinder, liquid-cooled|
7. BMW C650
At #7, The BMW C650 really is a maxi-scooter made for touring. A tall fairing, padded seat, large storage compartments, and high windshield prevent buffering and allow you to cover long distances easily, comfortably, and with added protection. A new stainless-steel exhaust and agile chassis ensure it’s easy to handle and shows you just what it really has to offer.
Screaming fast and furious, the C650 is the most expensive maxi scooter featured on our list but it’s full of spec – a liquid-cooled 647cc engine, 15.5 L fuel tank with ABS and ASC as standard – so you definitely get your money’s worth.
|Engine type||4-stroke, 4-valve, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
6. Suzuki Burgman 400
The Burgman 400 is a legend and one of the pioneer models in the maxi-scooter market. Having a reputation as one of the biggest selling and best performing maxi scooters, Suzuki continues to strive and always improve their flagship scooter. Built from large diameter and thin wall tubes makes it lightweight and easy to handle.
It’s a mid-range budget option with a decent amount of spec, and with an updated 400cc fuel-injected engine, the Burgman is powerful and elegant to ride and delivers a winning combo of pleasure and practicality to any journey.
|Engine type||4-valve, single cylinder, liquid cooled|
5. Kymco AK550
Coming in at #5 we’ve got the brute that is the Kymco AK550. A new 550cc liquid-cooled engine makes this a fast and highly responsive scooter – providing the perfect balance of speed and simplicity. With upside-down fork front suspension and dual disk Brembo calliper brakes, this streamlined model keeps it agile and powerful.
Because of the engine size, it’s going to be bigger and more effective than its sibling – the Xciting 400 S (further down our list), but this is predictable as the AK550 is built as a more premium sports scooter and the Xciting 400 S has been designed to be comfortable for those long-distance journeys. Want to read more? Why not check out the BikeMatters full review on the Kymco AK550.
|Engine type||4-valve, 4-stroke, dual-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
4. Honda Forza 750
If you’re looking for a fresh model to move boldly on for 2021 then we’ve got something special in store for you – a brand-new Forza 750 is joining Honda’s ultimate scooter family! A liquid-cooled engine with 43.1kW and 69Nm of torque delivers instant acceleration and energy. Compact enough to zip through traffic and stylish enough to draw attention – it’s the perfect combination for an enjoyable, strong, and comfortable ride.
As I said earlier this is new for 2021, so we haven’t got a definite price but from rumours we’ve heard, we’re expecting it to cost around £9,000. We’ll make sure to update you as soon as more information becomes available.
|Engine type||8-valve, 4-stroke, dual-cylinder, liquid-cooled|
|Price||£9,000 (expected price for 2021)|
3. Kymco Xciting 400 S
The Kymco Xciting 400 S is your typical maxi-scooter – it’s full of comfort, lightweight and perfect for touring. The pure comfort was actually one of the highlights during a recent BikeMatters road test review, with Brett saying, “there really aren’t many scooters or motorcycles I rate at the blissful comfort level, the Xciting however, I do!” In addition to this, the high performance and futuristic technology of this scooter really make your journey X-citing – (sorry I had to!)
The good size fuel tank and 400cc engine provide you with plenty of power so travelling on faster roads and overtaking is handled with ease and really shows this scooter's potential!
|Engine type||4-valve, 4-stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled|
2. Yamaha TMAX 560
Yamaha have really taken sports enhancement to the next level with the new larger capacity TMAX 560. Feeling more like your favourite armchair, the TMAX 560, screams comfort with revised ergonomics. With new bodywork features, including a lightweight aluminium frame and slimmer rear end, this top-of-the-range scooter gives you a more dynamic, smooth ride.
The TMAX 560 is considered a ‘top dog’ in this category, and with that spec (562cc engine and 15L tank) and performance it’s not a surprise! Weighing in at 218kg makes it quite light for what it is – especially as it only weighs 8kg more than its branded 395cc sibling – the XMAX 400. The TMAX 560 is definitely the more aggressive of the two as it features a more powerful engine and vibrant aesthetics.
|Engine type||4-stroke, 4-valve, twin parallel cylinder, liquid cooled|
1. Honda Forza 350
Last but by no means least, and at the top of our list, we have the NEW Honda Forza 350. Replacing the Forza 300, the 350 is reborn in a smaller, lighter, sharper, and more aerodynamic design that provides the best of both worlds – premium GT-luxe comfort with sports handling ability. This efficient and handsome scooter features an updated front fairing, smooth modern lines, and an extended electric screen.
The 350 is joining Honda’s ultimate scooter family and is definitely built for getting you where you need to be reliably and comfortably. With a new and evolved 329.6cc engine and over 50kg less weight than its big brother, the Forza 750, the 350 won’t provide you with crazy top speeds, but what it will offer is an affordable option (based on the price this model is replacing) for those who aren’t too fussed about power but are still interested in a sporty model with the comforts promised from a maxi scooter.
|Engine type||4-stroke, liquid-cooled|
|Price||TBC for 2021|
So, there we have it, that’s our top 10 maxi scooter list for 2021. Which maxi-scooter is your favourite? Or if you own one of the scooters featured, why not let us know how you’re getting on with it? Pop your comments below or on social media, we love to read them!