Published 10/12/2008 | 16:06
For the more mature rider who prefers the maxi-style of riding, the Silverwing should appeal to scooterists with 'Easy Rider' fantasies. Ideal for touring, its powerful 582cc engine is enough to zip you up the motorway, and it has a huge storage compartment under the seat.
Price: £5,975 - www.honda.co.uk
One of the UK's best-selling budget scooters; a model that is both nippy around town and economical at 100mpg. Alloy wheels give it a sporty look.
Price: £849.99 - www.baotian-uk.com
Another popular maxi-style scooter, the Burgman is available in a range of engine sizes, from 125cc to 50cc. The styling is sporty and the big, low-slung seat ensures a comfortable ride.
Price: from £2,937.32 - www.suzuki.co.uk
This well-established workhorse, which is popular with all ages, now comes with updated styling. A practical commuter scooter, the latest version also has the lowest emissions in its class.
Price: £2,027 - www.honda.co.uk
The fastest production scooter ever made, with style to match its performance. With a powerful 839cc engine, this model will give most motorbikes a run for their money.
Price: £6,499 - www.uk.gilera.com
Half motorbike, half scooter. A high-performing 499cc engine, fully automatic transmission and excellent
handling take this model into another league. However, its price will put some riders off.
Price: £6,100 - www.yamahamotor.co.uk
Piaggio Zip 50
Light, agile and easy to ride and maintain, the Zip is a popular choice with teenagers and other scooter beginners. A practical choice, it has a height-adjustable seat and enough storage for a fullface helmet.
Price: £1,077 - www.piaggio-scooters.co.uk
A scooter that's ideal for young riders who want a sporty look, but with a basic 49cc engine. A range of designs, colour and other variations ? such as aluminium footplates mean you can really make it your own.
Price: from £1,729 - www.peugeotmoto.co.uk
A quirky-looking three-wheeled scooter. The stable shape does away with the need for a centre stand and, with models from 125cc to 400cc, it has surprisingly good handling.
Price: £4,062 - www.piaggio-scooters.co.uk
Vespa GTS 250/300
A popular retro-style mid-range scooter that appeals to style-conscious riders. Its classic design masks a thoroughly modern machine, with an analogue digital display panel.
Price: £3,475 - www.vespa-scooters.co.uk
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