Moped & Scooter Ownership Guide

Switching to Two Wheels? Bennetts gives you the lowdown on owning a Moped or Scooter in 2015.

The Two Wheel Revolution?

Sales of Motorcycles hit a 10 year high in 2014, with 48,000 of these registrations being commuter sized Mopeds or Scooters.

Two Wheels are back in fashion.

So why are more and more people learning to ride and owning a Moped or Scooter?
Reasons to Jump on Two Wheels in 2015

Two Wheels or Four? What Can I save?

In comparison to those making short journeys in a car, drivers could be saving up to £2,000 a year. Tax is cheaper, petrol is more economical and your vehicle won’t depreciate in value as quickly.

Whether it’s your primary mode of transport or a second family vehicle, many have considered swapping a car for a moped or scooter. But is there really a large saving to be made?

There’s a lot to consider in your decision, but 9 times out of 10 a scooter or moped is the wise choice when looking to save money. Bennetts explores where you can make savings, from Road Tax to Petrol, to Toll Charges.

Road Tax for Mopeds

The high majority of
moped and scooter engines sit under a 150cc engine size, and therefore owners will be charged the lowest rate of road tax on their vehicle. In 2015, the current rate of road tax for a motorcycle (with or without a sidecar) with an engine not over 150cc, is £17 for 12 months.

Car Cost - £30.00
Moped/Scooter Cost - £17.00
Three Wheeled Moped/Scooter - £17.00

MOT Costs for Mopeds & Scooters

An MOT is required on the majority of vehicles to ensure they are in a roadworthy condition; however there are different requirements for when an MOT is needed. Mopeds or Scooters that are less than three years old will not require an MOT, whilst those over three years old will require an MOT every 12 months. Electric Motorbikes or bikes that were manufactured before 1960 are exempt from an MOT.

Car Cost - £54.85
Moped/Scooter Cost - £29.65
Three-Wheeled Moped/Scooter Cost - £37.80

Fuel Economy

When comparing the high majority of cars to a Moped/Scooter, there are large savings to be made on fuel. A Moped/Scooter offers greater fuel economy, with the majority of these vehicles offering 70 miles per gallon of fuel. Whilst fuel economy technology has become more common in new cars in recent years, mopeds and scooters have offered fuel economy for a much longer period. So a new or used two wheeled vehicle will still offer greater value for your miles!

Car MPG (Ford Fiesta) - 54.3 MPG
Moped/Scooter MPG (Honda Vision 110) - 109.9 MPG

Where Else Can I Save Money?

Peter Millikin from popular Money Saving Blog – Youcouldsave.co.uk, has gone through the process of buying a Moped on more than one occasion. He provides his top tips for saving money, and what you should consider when buying a Moped.

Considering the resale value of a moped or scooter is an important step in your purchase process. Undertaking thorough research of dealerships and online classifieds will equip you with the knowledge needed to ensure you’re buying smartly, and potentially saving money!

Peter Millikin - Youcouldsave.co.uk

Conduct Research – Offline & Online

Finding the right scooter requires patience, but with that comes some leeway to conduct research around what brand, model or scooter could suit your needs. Research online classifieds sites for brands and models that retain value despite being used, identify the correct time to sell and assess the market place in your local area. Offline, it’s also worth visiting local dealerships for face to face expertise and trusted market knowledge. Try before you buy!

Imported vs. Domestic - Purchasing the Right Scooter

The ‘brand’ or ‘type’ of scooter/moped you buy can drastically change the initial costs of purchase, but also the running costs in the future. A cheaper initial outlay can result in a higher cost for Insurance, Fuel, Parts and future Servicing.

In the past imported scooters from countries such as China were best avoided as parts were hard to come by and insurance was high. Now, with the internet and a growing popularity in foreign models, parts are available online with next day delivery and insurance is sometime less as the replacement bike and parts are cheaper too.

Buying a more established and renowned brand such as a Yamaha, Honda, or Peugeot provides you with a higher quality product, with moving parts lasting longer than some imported scooters. Additionally servicing can be a less stressful process, as mechanics have established knowledge of models that are sold more throughout the UK.

Buying an Established Brand

Through purchasing an established brand the second hand value of your moped is retained for a longer period, especially versus a non-domestic brand. Potential buyers are more likely to be attracted to an established brand as well, giving you more opportunity to sell in the future.

Save Money on Parking

Parking on two wheels is relatively stress-free in relation to parking a car. You can get where you want to be quicker in congested cities and towns, avoid paying parking costs and park closer to where you want to be! Many town centres will offer free parking, with dedicated parking bays positioned more conveniently than high storey car parks.

Congestion & Toll Charges

Moped & Scooter users are also exempt from the daily congestion charge of £11.50 in London, which can result in large saving for those that regularly visit the city. The majority of toll roads also offer a discount for two wheeled vehicles.

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Bennetts Biking Services, and/or any/all contributors to this article.

Two Wheels- The Best Way to Commute?

Rising Costs of Commuting by Train

Travelling via Public Transport is part of the daily commute for thousands of workers up and down the country. But it’s those who commute by Train that appear to have the biggest gripe. Expensive, rarely on time and regular strike actions all contribute to regular complaints against the service.

Regulated fares have increased by 20% over the past 5 years, comfortably above the rate of inflation. Price increases have continued into 2015, with a further 2.2% average increase to commuter tickets. Many commuting into London now face a yearly fare of above £5,000, with just 3 in 10 commuters happy with the value of their ticket.

Those That Commute By Bikes Are Happier

As well as the financial outlay, statistics released by the Government in 2014 revealed that commuters life satisfaction is negatively affected by travelling long periods to work. Commuters had higher anxiety and lower levels of happiness. Whilst those travelling by Bus were the most negatively affected group, with this revealed as the worst form of transport for commuters.

On the flip side, those commuting by moped and motorcycle are said to be happier than other commuters. Independent research commissioned by Bennetts found that 87.9% of motorcycle commuters believe they are happier. Furthermore, 67.8% of those surveyed found they felt more ready to approach work tasks.

Save Precious Time

Another common frustration with commuters is the length of time it takes to get from A to B. But how much time can be saved if you’re commuting by a Moped or Scooter? Commuting on two wheels allows riders to move through congested traffic quickly, especially in busy cities at rush hour. Whilst the wide availability of motorcycle parking across towns and cities, makes parking close to work far more convenient.

Further research conducted by Bennetts revealed that those commuting via motorbike save a large amount of time versus public transport. On average 46 minutes per journey was saved when travelling by a Motorcycle. That equals a saving of seven days a year! A full week claimed back!

The Scooter Commuter

Davide commutes through London every day on his Honda SH150i, here he gives his account of being a Scooter Commuter.

Journey Length - 4.3 Miles

Journey Time -18 - 22 Minutes

Journey Cost - £2 - £3

It took me a while to do it, maybe because I thought the English public transport was such an upgrade from the Italian one, but my decision to give up tubes and buses and switch to “scootering” around London is one of the best decisions of my life.

The costs

Yes, there is an upfront payment for the vehicle that can be a bit unsettling; in my case I paid £1000 for a 2007 Honda SH150i (a trademark choice for a Milan boy AND one of the most reliable motor vehicles ever produced). In my mind, however, the cost of the bike is a half expense because as much as it loses value through time, it remains an asset that can be resold. The second biggest expense is the insurance, and that was not cheap at about £300 a year when I switched. Then again I was under 24 and with 0 years of no claims bonus so I knew that it was only going to get better; I currently only pay £190 a year for insurance. The final expenses to consider are the MOT (£30 a year) road tax (about £17 per year), repairs and maintenance (about £150 a year) and petrol (about £5 a week).

Time

Here is where the moped commuter’s argument starts to get beefier. I live in Stoke Newington, near the town hall. The distance from home to work is 4.3 miles, and my commute takes between 18 to 22 minutes during peak rush hour to get to work. I cannot imagine the time it would take by bus/tube! The thing about public transport is that,aside from the time the actual journey takes on board the bus/train, so much time gets used up in the process of getting to the station, getting on the train and then out of the station again; my moped is parked in front of my house and then left next to the office so transfer times are basically non-existent!

Comfort

Here is another big selling point: no contact with masses of sweaty people involved, no temperature jumps from in and out the underground, I get there relaxed and I have much more fun in the process! It is true that it can get cold and wet in winter but with proper gear, there is nothing to fear. I got myself a nice leg cover, waterproof jacket, warm leather gloves and hand muffs so even on a cold, rainy January day I am OK riding in wet weather, in the knowledge I am drier and more rested than a cyclist and not squashed in-between soggy coats and dripping umbrellas in the rush hour tube.

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Bennetts Biking Services, and/or any/all contributors to this article.

100% Tax Relief for Businesses - Free Bikes for the Self-Employed

It’s not often we get anything good from the chancellor but in April 2010 he quietly slipped in a nice little bonus by changing the way motorcycles were considered for tax purposes. Previously they were treated in the same way as a car but the changes mean they’re now classed as an annual investment.

In essence it means if you’re self-employed and buy a new motorcycle or scooter you can claim back 100% of the purchase price against tax. Yes folks, you can have a free company bike…

Whilst company cars only qualify for an annual tax allowance of 10-20% (unless they’re very green) a new motorcycle will qualify for 100% in its first year of purchase, no matter how much C02 it pumps out and no matter how much fun it provides! If you’re self-employed and are considering a new company vehicle, it’s much easier to justify if you’re saving yourself a significant amount of tax whilst you’re at it.

If you live or work in a congested city it means you can get around much easier to see clients, use it to quote for business and of course commute. It also means you’ll save money on parking, arrive for meetings on time and actually enjoy travelling. A bike or scooter can also be a unique advertising tool, or promotional item for a shop window display.

What You Need to Get Started

Licencing Laws - Getting on the Road

Getting on the road

Many ‘wannabe’ riders are put off by the bike licencing laws but when compared to learning to drive a car (which I’m sure most of you didn’t think twice about) it’s not actually as time consuming, or expensive to get a full bike licence. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommend at least 45 hours of paid tuition whilst learning to drive a car and 22.5 hours of additional private practice, that’s around £1000 in lesson fees alone.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

If you passed your car test before February 2001 you can legally ride a 50cc moped without L-plates and carry passengers. If you passed after that, or don’t have a car licence a CBT is your first step to getting on the road.

What is it?

It’s a one-day course looking at the basics of machine control, riding ability and safety. It’s aimed at the complete novice so don’t worry if you’ve never ridden a bike/scooter before. You’ll practice off road before being taken out for a two-hour road ride. Once you get your DL192 pass certificate you’re free to ride a moped (if you’re 16 or over) and up to a 125cc if you’re 17 or over. The CBT lasts for two years and can be retaken.

A1 light motorcycles

At 17 years old you can take the motorcycle theory test and A1 practical test, it allows you to ride a 125cc without L-plates and carry passengers.

A2 Licence

Once you reach 19 you’re able to take the A2 test, this means you can ride a bike up to 46.6bhp and take passengers. It also means in two years time you can take your A licence test, which means you don’t have to wait until you’re 24 to ride any bike.

A licence - DAS

At 24 you can take Direct Access (DAS) and gain a full ‘A’ licence to ride any bike, if you already have a valid CBT you’ll just need to take a theory test before applying for DAS. If you hold an A1 or A2 licence you don’t need to take another theory test, just get some training and take your test, then buy the bike of your dreams.

Staying Safe on the Road - Top Tips for First Time Riders

1. Being Seen is as Important as Seeing Them!

On a scooter, there is more room than car drivers to alter position in the road to get a better view. One thing that sometimes gets overlooked, though, is that it’s equally important to be seen by other road users. While riding, consider whether you are in the best position to be seen by that driver waiting at the junction, that car coming up behind, or that pedestrian waiting to cross the road. If shifting your position would “present” yourself better to drivers, it is well worth considering.

Of course, if you are in doubt, sound the horn! It’s what it’s there for!

2. Keep Your Distance. Use the Two-Second Rule.

There are many advantages to a good following distance. Some include:

  • Better ability to stop if the vehicle ahead does.
  • Better view of the road ahead.
  • Better visibility to other road users.
  • Less stressful riding experience.

A great way to check for a good distance is to use the two-second rule. Take note when the vehicle in front passes an object. You should be able to say “Only a fool breaks the two-second rule” before you reach the object yourself.

Is it raining? Say it twice!

3. Don't Forget the "Life Saver", for it is!

I’m sure you remember the “Life Saver” from your license training. That quick shoulder check before you make that turn, or that lane change. There is a tendency to forget this after having passed your test, but resist that temptation. It’s called the “Life Saver” for a reason.

Keep in mind that it should be done before you make the manoeuvre. Don’t get into the habit of making the check while you’re turning, for it’s too late then!

4. Actively Scan. Avoid Hazard Fixation.

Newer riders have a tendency to concentrate on a particular hazard when they see it. It’s worth noting that most crashes are the result of two or more circumstances — or hazards — coming together to form the “perfect storm”.

Concentrating on one hazard to the exclusion of others is called “Hazard Fixation”, and it is a real phenomenon for scooter riders. Remember to keep scanning all of your surroundings at all times, even when you’ve identified a hazard ahead.

Something in the road you want to avoid? Don’t fixate on it. Look away. Look where you want to go, and take the scooter with you!

5. Invest in the Right Gear

The Norwegians have a saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather; only bad clothes.” Investing in the right clothing can make all the difference to riding. It’s better to over-dress. You can always remove clothing later. You can’t add it if you’ve left it at home. Also, being uncomfortable saps your concentration.

While you’re kitting yourself out, why not make yourself stand out? High visibility, “day-glo” clothing is an excellent way to enhance your safety. Going back to tip number 1: being seen is just as important as seeing them!

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Bennetts Biking Services, and/or any/all contributors to this article.

Choosing the Right Insurance Policy

Getting the right kind of cover, for the type of machine and riding you do is very important. Bennetts specialise in motorcycle insurance, we understand what the rider needs and offer various tailored policies. We also have a 24-hour a day accident and claims team and UK based call centres.

Top tips to lower your premium

  • Keep your licence clean
  • Buy and use approved security devices
  • If possible place your bike in a garage
  • Build your no claims bonus
  • Buy and use a lower risk bike for the first few years
  • Take additional bike training
  • Keeping your bike for longer than a year could reduce premiums by 20%
  • Limit your mileage, Bennetts offer a 12% reduction for riders doing less than 3,000 miles a year

Young riders

Statistically you’re more likely to have an accident or claim during your first few years on the road. This is reflected in higher policies but be patient, it will become more affordable as you build your no claims bonus. We’re committed to getting you the best insurance deal possible, no matter what age you are - so give us a try.

Scooter and Moped Policies

As it says on the tin, these policies are aimed at the smaller capacity rider and Bennetts offer some attractive rates for the modern, or classic scooter rider.

More info - Moped & Scooter Insurance

Commuter Policies

Commuting by bike saves time and money but not all policies include commuting as standard, so don’t get caught out. Try one of our commuter policies.

Classic Insurance

The chances are if you’re into classics then you’ll be an enthusiast who wants to look after and keep old of his, or her bike. This should be reflected in your insurance premiums, so be sure to check out our classic insurance policies.

Multi-bike Policies

Many riders have more than one bike so our multi-bike policy should save you money and hassle; it’s much easier than taking out additional policies for each machine.

Modifications

Personalising a bike is something most of us do but at Bennetts we allow 16 common modifications as standard. Obviously exclusions apply and we need to know about any performance modifications so check our list here.

Buying Your Bike

Buying New

The Used Moped and Scooter Market can be difficult to navigate. Smaller capacity bikes tend to have a hard life, with multiple owners and inexperienced riders effecting the mechanics of a bike. Log books with eight or nine previous owners isn’t uncommon - so should you buy new, used or classic? Hopefully this guide will help to save you an arm and a leg.

Buying New

Buying a reputable brand from a local shop you’ll have a dealer network and spares back up to rely on. You’ll be able to get your bike serviced easily and it should last longer than it’s comprehensive parts and labour warranty. You’ll also have something to sell or trade in when the time comes to move on to a new machine. Sometimes it’s worth spending that little bit extra for peace of mind.

Opinions Count

Shopping at a ‘verified’ local bike or scooter shop should give you the best choice and hopefully you’ll get good vibes from the shop, its staff and their customers. Remember you’re going to be going to the shop for servicing for the next few years so you need to feel comfortable purchasing a moped or scooter from that store. Speak to other customers, check out website and social media reviews on the shop and ask amongst friends.

Take Away Scooters

With a new bike you’re (in theory) buying peace of mind. You’re the first owner and should be getting two or three years manufacturers parts & labour warranty. A warranty is only as good as the manufacturer it comes from though so try and stick with a reputable brand if possible and do a bit of research if you’re unfamiliar with the name.

There are plenty of good lesser-known brands on the market but as a general rule if you’re having an internet bought brand new bike delivered in a crate for less than £800 you have to ask yourself why is it so cheap? Will you be able to get spares and will there be a local dealer to take it to if things go wrong? Quite often the cheaper end of the Chinese bike market means a less than comprehensive warranty, sporadic and distant (or nonexistent) dealer network and a polite refusal at most bike shops when you try to book your moped in for repairs.

Thinking Green? - Buying an Electric Bike

Everyone's talking about electric cars, but are battery-powered scooters and motorcycles worth buying? They come in all shapes and sizes, from mild-mannered mopeds to hairy moto-cross bikes, BMW's luxury C-Evolution scooter and the incredible Agility Saietta superbike.

All of them are easy to ride, with a twist & go transmission and no clutch or gears to think about. Electric mopeds have about the same performance as the 50cc equivalent, while the bigger machines offer strong, seamless acceleration – the Saietta claims 0-60mph in 3 seconds.

The Drawbacks- Less Range & More Charge Time

Of course, there are down sides. The 'big name' brands –KTM's Free ride motocross bikes and the BMW C-Evolution – are 30-40% more expensive to buy than their petrol equivalents, though cheap e-scooters are still available for under£1500.

But the biggest drawback of electric two-wheelers, despite recent advances in battery technology, is their limited range and long recharge time. All manufacturers quote a range, but these are often optimistic! As a rule of thumb for the cheaper scooters, expect about half of whatever the manufacturer claims. But however low, it could still be enough for a short commute, especially if you have the chance to recharge during the day.

Recharging is from any domestic three-pin socket, and some bikes (notably the KTMs, SEV eTricks and the little Eco City scooter) have removable batteries for charging indoors. Charging takes 2-4 hours, depending on the size of battery, and all chargers will automatically cut-off when the battery is full.

Battery life is another concern, and largely unknown when most electric bikes are still fairly new. A lead-acid battery in a cheaper scooter will cost around £250 to replace, but the more sophisticated (and common) lithium-ion battery can be £1000 or more. The best way to prolong battery life is to keep it topped-up – don't leave it flat for days or weeks –so plugging in whenever you get home is a good habit to get into.

The Positives- Less Noise & Cheaper to Run

Electric bikes are quiet, as the old milk-float whine is a thing of the past, and of course they are less polluting than a petrol engine, even after taking power station emissions into account. Cheap to run too, as electricity is much cheaper than petrol –recharging a small scooter will cost about 40p – and as with all electric vehicles, Vehicle Excise Licence (road tax) is free. The electric motor and battery need no maintenance, so servicing hassle and costs are less as well.

So electric scooters and bikes can be a practical alternative to petrol – they are quiet,easy to live with and cheap to run. But check that the range can cope with your commute, and that there's a decent warranty and spares back up.

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Bennetts Biking Services, and/or any/all contributors to this article.

Buying Used or Classic

Little Johnnie was the fourth owner on your 125cc Gilera, he thrashed it from day one, has hardly cleaned it and the chances of it having been serviced are slim. If a bike and it's owner look uncared for, walk away. Not all youngsters are stereotypical though and some really do look after their bikes, a good service history, decent tyres, undamaged panels and previous MoT certificates are all important when it comes to shopping. With a private sale you really should take somebody along with you who has experience with bikes. Get them to give the bike a thorough check over, listen to the engine. Are there any nasty knocks or rattles? Do the brakes work properly? Test the suspension and check for leaky fork seals, notchy bearings or badly worn discs. Check eBay and Bike Trader for the going rate on the model before going shopping.

Buying 'Used' From a Dealer

You are likely to pay more for a used bike at a dealer but you should also get some peace of mind. Many dealers offer a warranty on used bikes. If the bike is fairly new and has been serviced by a dealer then it should still be covered by the manufacturers warranty. If not ask what warranty the shop will offer and what it covers. You may well be able to get some extras thrown in as part of the deal, or some discount on clothing, locks, or equipment you buy at the same time. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Classic Machines

Buying a classic bike or scooter can actually be beneficial, usually a classic has been owned by an enthusiast so there’s a chance it’ll have been well looked after. As with any machine you’ll still need to do the same mechanical checks but you should get a feel for the bike and how it has been looked after from it’s condition and the (hopefully) enthusiastic owner. An added benefit is that depending on the bikes age you may well qualify for a cheaper classic insurance policy. If it’s an historic vehicle (pre 1974) road tax is free and if it was built before 1960 there’s no MoT either!

Are You Legal?

Don’t be tempted to ride your new purchase home illegally. Remember that road tax is non transferable now so you’ll have to tax it online,or at a local post office before riding it. You’ll also need to insure the bike and make sure the MoT is valid. Don’t get caught out in the excitement of it all…

What Scooter or Moped Should I Buy?

Vespa LX

The Vespa LX combines style and a comfortable ride, and is a great option for first time riders. The moped is available in a 50cc or 125cc model, priced at £2,471 and £3,221 respectively. Those looking for a new bike that won't break the bank, will be pleased to know that the current model has been replaced by the new Primavera. That means there are good discounts available on a new model, so shop around.

Price - £2,400 - £3,250
Engine Size - 50cc or 125cc

Piaggio MP3 125

The 125cc MP3 is no longer available to buy as new, but there are a good number of used vehicles on the market. You can expect to pick up a 3,000-mile model from 2010, for around £2,995. New riders will appreciate the extra grip and stability that the third wheel provides, especially in the winter.

Price - £2,995+
Engine Size - 125cc

Peugeot Satelis 2 125

Revamped in 2012, the Satelis is executive style transport from Peugeot. The popular model is very sleek so is recommended for suited and booted city commuters. Priced at £3,999 from new, the 125cc model comes with front and rear disc brakes and an economical fuel injected engine.

Price - £3,999
Engine Size - 125cc

Read More - Top 10 Post CBT Bikes

Resources

Websites & Apps to Make Your Life Easy

As with any hobby or lifestyle choice there are plenty of useful websites and apps available to help you choose what to ride, teach you the theory about riding, give statistics on your trip and help with any other bike/scooter related subject you can think of. Here’s our pick of just a few useful internet tools...

Websites

www.airport-parking-shop.co.uk
One of the best-kept secrets in biking is that bike parking is usually free at all the UK airports. Additionally at some airports there are ground anchors to secure your bike. Arriving by bike isn’t quite as useful if you’re off on holiday for two weeks but if you’re only away for a couple of days and are travelling light, a bike is one of the best way to guarantee you arrive on time for a flight and save up to £25 a day parking a car.

www.2commute.co.uk
Choosing a scooter or smaller capacity bike can be a minefield and specialist scooter websites are few and far between. This one has reviews on most of the current popular scooters; it also has product news,reviews and kit tests. It’s free and impartial so give it a try if you’re looking for advice. You can even submit your own reviews.

www.bikesocial.co.uk
Bike Social is more than just a bike website, it also has a growing community of like minded riders on hand to share stories and advice. The site also includes road tests from leading bike journalists and has a ‘maps & routes’ section to help you find somewhere to ride to.

Apps

Diablo Super Biker (free)
This Pirelli run app is quite informative. You enter your bike details, tyre sizes etc. and it’ll record and plot your ride data. The app will show details of your route using GPS and give details on top speed, lean angle, distance and a whole load of other useful information.

REALRIDER® (free/subscription)
This could potentially be a lifesaving app. REALRIDER® has a host of useful functions including route sharing and favourite routes, plus REAL Community® (bike community) and REAL Benefit® (money saving offers) but it also incorporates REAL Safe® a system that can detect a crash using your phone. It will then automatically alert the emergency services and despatch them to your last known location. It’s a great tool whether you’re a road or off road rider. There’s an annual subscription of £25 to use REAL Safe® but it could be the difference between life and death if you’re out on your own.

BikeBays (£2.99)
If you work or live in London you’ll know how hard it can be to find a parking space for your bike/scooter. This app lists bike bays close to where you are, or where you’re going. It can save a bit of hassle in a morning but would benefit from voice directions.

Fuel Monitor (free)
This simple app is quite an effective tool to help manage your fuel economy and has the option to add multiple vehicles, including a few details and an avatar of each machine you own. It’ll work out MPG, how much you’re spending on fuel and you can add costs for vehicle repairs and servicing as well.

Motorcycle Theory Test UK Free + Theory Test (free)
Whether you’re just riding on a CBT, or are preparing for a practical test you really will benefit from knowing and understanding the Motorcycle Theory Test. The free edition of this app gives you chance to practice theory tests whenever it suits you and also includes the Highway Code. If you’re serious about knowing your stuff you’ll benefit from buying the full version though

Contributors

  1. Ian 'Iggy' Grainger - 2commute.co.uk

  2. Peter Millikin - Youcouldsave.co.uk

  3. Davide Previti - Thenbasfinishersblog.com

  4. Alan Hearnshaw - Scootsafely.com

  5. Peter Henshaw - Atob.org.uk

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