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The Best 3-Wheel Scooters

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Three-wheeled scooters can be a better choice over a two-wheeled scooter. 

Providing almost all of the stability of a four-wheeled vehicle and a lot of the benefits of a two-wheeler, they are safer on the road and often the preferred choice of commuters or city riders who are happy to sacrifice a bit of filtering ability for added safety. They’re also a good choice for physically impaired riders who might not be able to support the wright of a motorcycle. When you slow below walking pace on a three-wheeled scooter you can lock it out, so it doesn’t tip over.

Not yet extremely popular but with growing numbers, thanks to Yamaha’s new small capacity 125cc Tricity and large capacity motorcycle-slash-scooter, the Niken, these vehicles might be the future of urban mobility. 

What driving licence do I need to ride a 3 wheel scooter?

The licence you need to ride a three-wheeler like a Piaggio MP3 depends on the power output and the spacing of the front wheels.

If the vehicle is classed as a motorcycle, i.e. wth a front-wheel track width less than 420mm then you’ll need the appropriate category for its power output.

The definition is as follows:

  • A1- Light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio of no more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc. The minimum age is 17.
  • A2- Standard motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio of no more than 0.2 kW per kg) bike must not be derived from vehicle more than twice its power. The minimum age is 19.
  • A- Unrestricted motorcycles in power/size, with or without a sidecar. The minimum age is 21.

In 2009 Piaggio released the LT400 which has a front-wheel track wider than 420mm and therefore it is classed as a car. This allows you to ride (drive?) it on a standard UK car driving licence.

If the vehicle is classed as a tricycle, you can drive a motor tricycle of any power rating if you are over 21 and have a full car driving licence. If not, you will need a full category A1 motorbike licence to ride motor tricycles up to a power output 15kW , and a full category A motorbike licence to ride trikes with a power output of more than 15kW .

If you like that feeling of freedom a scooter delivers but don’t have quite the confidence to ride on two wheels, check out the best 3-wheeled scooters today’s market offers.

BikerRated’s best three-wheeler scooters

  1. Yamaha Tricity
  2. Gilera Fuoco 500
  3. Piaggio MP3 300 HPE
  4. Peugeot Metropolis 400
  5. Yamaha Niken

Yamaha Tricity

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Yamaha Tricity Key Specs

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled SOHC cylinder   
  • Max power output: 11 bhp (9 kW)  
  • Displacement: 125cc
  • Seat height: 780mm
  • Weight: 164kg 

Yamaha Tricity’s name already gives a clear indication about this three-wheeler’s purpose. It’s made for the city, and it surprises with its agility.

Maintaining the size of a two-wheel transporter, it handles rush hour traffic beautifully.

The two independent front wheels adapt to the road surface in all circumstances, while the Unified Braking System enhances safety. Providing plenty of acceleration for an A1-compliant scooter, meaning it can be ridden by anyone with a CBT.

This week you’ve got a full car licence but this weekend you could do your CBT and next week you’ll be a biker, saving hours on your commute on the Tricity – a fashionable and affordable urban commuter.

Gilera Fuoco 500

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Gilera Fuoco 500 Key Specs

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder   
  • Max power output: 40 bhp (28 kW)  
  • Displacement: 493cc
  • Seat height: 785mm
  • Weight: 238kg

Introduced in 2007 by the Italian Piaggio, Gilera Fuoco blends the aggressive lines of a sportsbike with the stability of a double front wheel.

Performing engine and first-class equipment define the character of this outstanding three-wheeler. Packing the heart of a maxi scooter yet compact enough to squeeze into heavy traffic, Fuoco delivers urban agility, but it’s also a capable tourer; you could easily clock up 500 miles in a day on one of these. A splendid all-rounder that can satisfy all your two-wheeled cravings.

Piaggio MP3 300 HPE

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Piaggio MP3 300 HPE Key Specs

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled SOHC cylinder   
  • Max power output: 26.2 bhp (19.3 kW)  
  • Displacement: 278cc
  • Seat height: 780mm
  • Weight: 206kg 

Piaggio MP3 300 HPE is one of those new entries designed to make heads turn. It’s lighter and sleeker than its maxi brothers MP3 350 and 500.

Perfect for the city, it promises low fuel consumption and boasts a quieter high-performance engine. Completely redesigned, it impresses with its GT-inspired look.

A brand new seat with lumbar support delivers more comfort to both rider and passenger. Superb balance and superior maneuverability make this three-wheeled scooter a great choice for commuters.

Peugeot Metropolis 400 RS

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Peugeot Metropolis 400 RS Key Specs

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled SOHC cylinder   
  • Max power output: 35.63 bhp (26.2 kW)  
  • Displacement: 399cc
  • Seat height: 780mm
  • Weight: 256kg

Peugeot Metropolis won’t pass unnoticed. It showcases a sporty character and outstanding manoeuvrability.

Comfortable to ride solo or with a pillion, this three-wheel scooter is stable, powerful, and practical. Tyre pressure control sensors, daytime running lights, rear-view mirrors without blind spots and ABS braking system deliver road safety without compromise.

Cosy as a sedan and agile as a two-wheeler, the Metropolis is a sophisticated, easy ride perfect for A2 licence holders, as well as more experienced riders.

Yamaha Niken

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Yamaha Niken Key Specs

  • Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC three-cylinder   
  • Max power output: 113.4 bhp (84.6 kW)  
  • Displacement: 847cc
  • Transmission: 6-speed 
  • Seat height: 820mm
  • Weight: 263kg 

Blurring the boundaries between a three-wheeled maxi scooter and a motorcycle, Yamaha Niken impresses with outstanding touring performance.

Dual leaning front wheels enhance stability on asphalt as well as dirt roads. With its bold, futuristic bodywork and innovative technologies it looks, feels, and rides like no other.

Comfortable and powerful, it gives a whole new meaning to long-haul scooter riding.

The Best Three Wheel Motorcycle for You

Riding a scooter is a great way to free yourself from the shackles of rush hour traffic or over-crowded public transport. If you’re not sure about ‘becoming a biker’ and riding on two wheels, then a 3-wheeler could be all you need, enabling you to ride safely in all circumstances.

Keep in mind that the easiest way to tell whether or not a bike is right for you is by trying it out. So, visit your local dealer, sit on the bike and see which bike is the most suitable for your height and riding style. 

The 1-minute insurance estimate

Do you know roughly what you’ll need to budget to insure your three-wheeler?

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