Seven of the best big scoots

Comfy, fast and prac­ti­cal. It is time to su­per size?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Phil West

Yamaha TMAX 500 (2001-2016)

Truly ground-break­ing when launched back in 2001 in be­ing the first big scoot to of­fer gen­uinely de­cent sports han­dling and, thanks to its ea­ger 500cc, twin-cylin­der mo­tor pro­duc­ing 45bhp, hav­ing the 100mph per­for­mance to match. Against it, how­ever, was less prac­ti­cal­ity than some and a high price tag. Fully re­vised in 2011 it gained an ex­tra 30cc and two more bhp while re­tain­ing its class-lead­ing han­dling, but it’s still fairly pricey. What you’ll pay to­day £3000-£5400 for the orig­i­nal, £4800-£8000 for the latest.

But should you? Still the best big sports scoot dy­nam­i­cally as long as you’re pre­pared to pay the premium.

BMW C600/650 Sport & GT (2012-2016)

BMW’S sur­prise en­try into the maxi world first came in 2012 in two forms, the C600 Sport and C650GT (although con­fus­ingly both shared the same 647cc, 60bhp twin). The Sport is ef­fec­tively a TMAX, sports-scooter ri­val, with less weight and body­work and the GT a larger, more lav­ish Burgman ri­val. Though de­cent, qual­ity con­trol blighted early ex­am­ples and both were up­dated (with the Sport fi­nally be­ing called a 650) in 2015.

What you’ll pay to­day £4300-£9000 for a Sport, £5-10K for a GT.

But should you? BMW badge jus­ti­fies the price for some. If you are in the mar­ket for one the GT is the pick.

Gil­era Fuoco( 2007-2016)

Sports-ori­en­tated, lean­ing three-wheeler is sassier and more en­ter­tain­ing than most of the tilt­ing trike breed. Its 493cc sin­gle may not be a match for the likes of the TMAX’S twin, but is enough to pro­duce a healthy 39bhp and a top speed of around 90mph, which makes it the fastest ma­chine of this type. What you’ll pay to­day £2200-£7300 But should you? It’s rare and mis­un­der­stood, but still tempt­ing.

Suzuki Burgman 650 (2003-2016)

Large, lav­ish, com­fort­able and well equipped, it’s pow­ered by a punchy 638cc twin pro­duc­ing a de­cent 54bhp and ef­fec­tively has the per­for­mance and com­fort of a mid-sized car. The Burgman is also big and heavy enough to be a hand­ful at a stand­still.

What you’ll pay to­day £2500-£9000 But should you? If you want the ‘most’ in scooter form – this is it.

Honda SW-T Sil­ver Wing 600 (2001-2014)

Like its clos­est ri­val, the Suzuki Burgman, it’s a big, roomy, lux­ury ma­chine pow­ered by a liq­uid-cooled twin, in this case 582cc pro­duc­ing 48bhp. On the down­side, it’s not quite as lux­u­ri­ous as the Suzuki, nor as po­tent and nim­ble as Yamaha’s TMAX.

What you’ll pay to­day £1700-£7000 But should you? Of­ten over­looked as it’s no longer avail­able here as a new bike, but still a de­cent used buy.

Aprilia SRV850 (2012-2014)

Launched in 2012 as es­sen­tially a re­badged, restyled ver­sion of the Gil­era GP800, the big Aprilia claims the brag­ging rights as the world’s big­gest (be­ing pow­ered by an 839cc V-twin) and most pow­er­ful (76bhp) su­per-scoot. On the down­side, how­ever, although fast away from the lights and hav­ing Ital­ian good looks, its han­dling is a lit­tle way­ward, build qual­ity isn’t what it could be and it lacks the re­fine­ment and equip­ment of ri­vals such as the Burgman. What you’ll pay to­day £5000-£6000 But should you? Not a suc­cess in the UK and quickly dropped so it’s rare but can be a lot of scoot for the money.

Peu­geot Satelis 500 (2007-2016)

Oft-over­looked city scoot made a de­cent com­muter by virtue of blend­ing a max­is­cooter mo­tor – in this case a 39bhp four-stroke sin­gle – with more-nim­blethan-most, ‘small wheel’ di­men­sions. Add to that de­cent styling and build qual­ity plus am­ple com­fort and lug­gage stor­age.

What you’ll pay to­day £2800-£3300 But should you? Smaller and less po­tent than most but de­cent value.

839cc scoot? That’ll get you to the shops dou­ble quick

Ideal for those days when you want to leave the GS at home…

Real 100mph per­for­mance in scooter form

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