Can’t decide on a bike...

On 03/02/2018 at 13:27

Hey :) I’m turning 15 next month and I’m considering buying a motorcycle this year. I don’t really know much about them as I’ve only been interested with motorbikes for about a month but I’d like to get one since they’re efficient and fun to ride. I’m a really short person (150cm - 160cm / 5’0 - 5’4) and I’m thinking about getting a Kawasaki z125 or a Honda Grom and a KTM Duke 125 when I turn 17. Would it be possible to ride one of these legally if I restrict it to 31mph or change the engine size to 50cc? Do all three of the bikes come with ABS? If it does, is it possible to switch it on and off? If it’s not possible to ride this legally at 16, what 50cc scooter shall I get until I turn 17? Sorry if I posted on the wrong thread. Thanks for reading :)
TheNotSoBigCheese
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On 03/02/2018 at 19:50

Hi buddy :-)

When you're 16 you are limited to a 50cc as you know so it would be much easier to just get a 50cc to save any hassle changing engines and what have you.

What to get depends really on how long you would keep it for, do you just go for some you can pick up cheap used to get some experience of riding if you plan to change to 125 as soon as you can? Probably, no point spending more on a nice shiny new one, you're going to loose money on it when you sell it or trade it in.

How long do you plan on keeping it?
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On 04/02/2018 at 12:37

TheNotSoBigCheeseHi buddy :-)

When you're 16 you are limited to a 50cc as you know so it would be much easier to just get a 50cc to save any hassle changing engines and what have you.

What to get depends really on how long you would keep it for, do you just go for some you can pick up cheap used to get some experience of riding if you plan to change to 125 as soon as you can? Probably, no point spending more on a nice shiny new one, you're going to loose money on it when you sell it or trade it in.

How long do you plan on keeping it?


Hi :) I don’t know how long I’d keep it for since I’m mainly going to use it for riding experience. I’d use it for travelling to school and riding on it when I’m bored. I’m thinking of selling it when I get a 125 but I don’t think it would worth much even if I kept it in a good condition. I thought of getting a new 125 and changing the engine size to a 50 until I’m 17 as I thought it was cheaper and easier than getting a 50cc bike and a 125 when I’m 17 but I’m not sure how much it would cost to do that and if it just makes things harder.
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On 04/02/2018 at 21:54

If you change the engine you have the hassle of getting the change approved and notifying the DVLA and all sorts.

Maybe just a cheap used 50 until you get a 125? Most people will tell you to stay away from Chinese bikes (me too) but actually Lexmoto are making some alright bikes now (for the price). You can pick this up for example https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lexmoto-2016-FMR-50cc-Moped/142676060676?hash=item213827ea04:g:3KAAAOSwp7tacx~f

If you would rather stay away from Chinese then you will be looking at older Yamaha Neo isn't a bad little ped, or the Yamaha Aerox is good. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Yamaha-aerox-50cc/222824748563?hash=item33e163d613:g:xxUAAOSwmSdad3fs
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On 13/03/2018 at 13:58

What ever you do don't buy a 50cc new. I had a second hand DirectBikes Sport and kept it for 9 months until I was 17 and got my hands on a 125cc. I had no major problems with mine. Just a few minor that origanted from it being stood for a few years. But some people will tell you to stay clear from them. A second hand Yam Neo is quite common
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