WE LOVE THE 80S
Why pay five grand for a Fizzie or big bucks for a sports moped when less dosh, and in most cases much less, can buy you a funky full-power 80 instead? Here’s our pick of the best of the breed (and few duds for good measure)
The 1980s were alive with some of the best tiddlers ever, here’s the pick of the 80cc bunch
Trail version of the MBX, and a high-spec rascal with plenty going for it. First generation MTX80S were based on the Japanese market liquid-cooled MTX50R and in the UK featured a round headlamp. A minor style update with a square light came in 1985.
Like the MBX, the MTX uses 12V electrics. The chassis has 31mm long-travel forks, Pro-link rear suspension and 21/18-inch wheels, so it’s a full-sized trailie and more than capable of a bit of light green laning.
Germany was a huge market for the 80cc class, so a later MTX80RII model (basically an MTX125 with an 80 motor) was sold from 1987. It’s slightly bigger than the RF model but no faster. Original UK MTXS can be hard to find, but supply is still good in Continental Europe – Germany and the Netherlands in particular.
For: looks, spec, size Against: rare, not as useful off road as a 125 What you’ll pay: £800-£2200