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)

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words: Jim Moore Pic­tures: Bauer Ar­chive

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

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