Pros and Cons of buying a Chinese Import Scooter: My DirectBikes Moped Review

Posted by admin on Mar 23, 2011 in opinion, technology |
My DirectBikes scooter

My DirectBikes scooter


Last year I decided I was sick of my daily struggle with public transport and decided to get a moped. It would be quicker than the bus, more economical than a travel card, and would invest me with the type of ‘cool factor’ that you only get in Shoreditch. Alas, my budget wasn’t quite as big as my dreams, so I settled on buying a Chinese import scooter from import company Direct Bikes- and this is my tale.

There are many options when buying a Moped, and they range from purchasing a brand new model from a dealer, to getting a second hand version on eBay. Models and prices vary from around £500  for a used version to £1900 and up for a brand new scooter. Options do tend to get a bit more limited when your budget is low and you’re set on owning something pink (repressed Barbie fantasies) so I was a little bit stuck when searching for one. I have a full car licence, but annoyingly it was issued in 2003, which means I need to complete a CBT (a one day training course, approx £110) to ride a 50cc or 125cc scooter. Anything above 125cc required an investment of around £1500+ to get the correct licence,  and I wasn’t willing to go there.. yet.  The rest of the costs are negligible, as I live in London and scooters don’t have to pay congestion charge. Parking is also free in most places in central London, apart from Westminster where it’s £1.

DirectBike moped in detail

DirectBike moped in detail

With these facts in hand I set off to buy a moped and experienced issues at every turn. Either they were well out of my price point- like this beautiful pink Vespa, or they were based in Manchester and I had no easy way of getting there. eBay wasn’t a huge help, nor was Gumtree, and then I stumbled across a site called DirectBikes. They ship all their bikes in from China, and sell them brand new in the UK at a markup. Even with their markup it was still only £649 for a BRAND new bike, plus a non negotiable £80 odd pounds for delivery. And no, you couldn’t pick it up yourself. Boo. OK, so that’s £731 all in so far.

I ordered it online.. and it didn’t go through. I rang them and they said my address had been wrong (it wasn’t) and reordered it. Same issue. Different card tried, same issue. Now my bank was calling me because they though there had been some fraud taking place and I had zero cash (frozen ) and no bike. Four days later I tried again, this time ringing them straightaway. Exact same problem. Losing hope, I got the boyfriend to try them, and somehow it went through. No apologies from them about this, and no mention of when they’ll fix their website ordering process- consider yourself warned.

Three days later the bike arrived, in a packing crate. Isn’t it lovely???

Moped in the packing crate

Moped in the packing crate

A few things needed to be adjusted before I could go ahead and ride it- the battery had to be charged and the mirrors attached, but this was pretty simple stuff, and I’d been informed of this prior to purchase. The bike had no number plate however, because the Direct Bikes folk are cheap and make you pay to register it themselves. That isn’t their excuse though as they laughably say , ‘By registering the scooter before the scooter is sold makes the scooter second hand, you become the second owner. This significantly reduces the value of your scooter. We only sell new scooters where you are the first owner’. Yeah, bollocks. If there’s 0 miles on the clock you’re the first owner.

I can live with this however, as registration is £55 pounds- yep price is mounting for the £649 scooter, which is now at £786. When you register is you also pay for a tax disc (£15), so we’re up to £801. To register is you need documents from the DVLA and forms to fill in.. but the DVLA phone number has a recorded voice mail going ‘due to unseasonable amounts of calls we want you to check online…’ BEEP. Ta, very much then.

Online it says that the number plate ordering process can take 4-6 weeks for you to get a number plate and that you have to provide insurance documents to get it. Hmm. So you’re paying for insurance on a scooter you can’t ride yet? Grreat.

I checked with the insurers, and because my bike doesn’t have plates yet it costs an average £100 more to insure, for f**ks sake. The story gets more convoluted- don’t give up!

As it’s a cheap bike, the excess on third party, fire and theft works out at around the same cost as the insurance- so like, £350 insurance and £350 excess.. not really worth it. Will keep looking. The Direct Bikes company recommends their ‘friendly’ insurers Rampdale- who refuse to insure freelancers as we’re not a viable option. Ta very much, back to square one.

DirectBikes scooter details

DirectBikes scooter details

GoCompare has given me more favourable rates, but there’s still that dratted excess to contend with. I have heard (don’t quote me) that pink bikes are the least likely to get stolen, but it’s my baby… and I want it to be safe! I know that London has a high incident of moped theft and I’m worried that something as pretty as my bike will just get walked off with. Finally I choose an insurer, and just grit my teeth and go with it. Next up-bike plates. Deciding I didn’t want to chance my number plates to the deep recesses of the DVLA I travelled across town to their London office (Wimbledon is so not central) and gave my forms in there. They said it would take around ten days (much less than their prerecorded message said) and the documents arrived within that time. Then I had to take them to a shop and get the plates created (yes, more money- kerching!). Now my bike was finally ride-able.. and I’d spent £820 plus insurance- higher than anticipated.

So, the big question- how did it drive?

I’ll be honest with you here- it is AMAZING. The engine purrs nicely into life, the moped accelerates quickly and the brakes are very responsive. It’s comfortable to sit on, and is great for taking on London traffic. The bike is a lovely bright colour- way better than hoped for, and looks really striking and riding it is fun. Sure, there could be more power, but I knew what I was getting when I got a 50cc.  I rode it without the free (finally!) topbox for a while, then after one Tesco shop too many put it on, and it holds everything very nicely. I feel very in control when on it, and the bike handles wet weather well. The quality of the seatcover isn’t the best- it’s most definitely ‘pleather’, but it feels nice to sit on and looks fine for the price.

Issues with the DirectBikes bike

Six odd months on and I’ve had one or two problems with my bike. The first was when I managed to smash both lights (oops) as the bike toppled over (1 of them) and then I managed to hit the other into a lamp post. Brand name Vespa’s have the lights integrated as part of the frame, but this cheaper model has them protruding- not good for someone like me. I was worried it would cost a lot to replace, as I knew parts were scarce and expensive and eBay showed me the lights at £14 each. I decided to call DirectBikes (just in case) and found they could do replacement lights for £5.50! Woo hoo! And they arrived within two days. Score.

The second problem was when the indicators suddenly and without warning stopped working. Cue scary driving, and the bike not leaving the house. The issue was the ‘indicator relay lights’, and the parts were cheap when I checked on eBay. As I have a year warranty for parts however, I rang DirectBikes up and asked for a new part.. only to be fobbed off with, ‘You need a service! Call Greg on 0777xx to arrange this and he’ll sort it out’. When asked how much that was they said, ‘You’ll have to negotiate it’. Hmm, suspicious. Phonecall 2. Technically under their T’s and C’s I did need a service- but at only 3 months of usage I didn’t want to pay for one! Greg was actually great to talk to, and arranged for the relay light to be sent free of charge. I fitted it easily (OK, with an online tutorial) and the bike was 100% once more.

My DirectBikes pink moped

My DirectBikes pink moped

The final verdict

Overall, I’m happy with the bike. It didn’t help that I found out they’d been featured on Watchdog, but despite that fact, I was pleased with what I got. I bought a budget bike, and it performed very well. The DirectBikes people may not have been the most helpful staff in the world, but things (eventually) got done, and my bike remains in good nick today. It does scratch quite easily and the design of the indicator lights is a bit silly, but it’s a comfortable drive and handles roads well. Be aware of the hidden costs involved in this purchase and the extra effort needed to get set up and then you won’t be caught out.

You can try out DirectBikes for yourself here. What do you think of the brand- any personal experience?


Barbie Pink Moped

Barbie Pink Moped

Here is an image of what may have subliminally motivated me to buy this. I’m not sure if I see the resemblance, do you?

Check out some cool looking scooter helmets to go with your moped here.

Related posts:

Tags: , , ,


Mar 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Welcome to the world of scooters! From looking at your Barbie shots, you are truly a scooter diva :)

Mar 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I like the review- had been torn about whether to go for DirectBikes but feel reassured now, and think I’ll chance it.

Apr 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I really enjoyed the review very funny. I would like a pink scooter but I have a feeling I would crash it a lot. I am not even good at riding a bike!

Riaz Ali
Jun 4, 2011 at 1:23 am

Great review.

I have just ordered the 125cc cruiser model and although I have read mixed reviews about Direct Bikes, I am willing to take the gamble due to lack of funds to purchase a Honda or more reputable brand at the moment.

How much were your licence plates, by the way?

Jun 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

Good luck with it- it worked out well for me. You can get licence plates from around £15 from a local shop, or for about £10 on ebay. Cheers.

Jun 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

The UK is often one of the last places in Europe to get new updates of current models because the importers tend to try to get rid of their old stock before replacing it.

Aug 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Hi i have purchased a chinese import (sukida 50cc) through ebay its fab it was £500 for bike, £349 insurance TPFT, £15 extra insurance to register while waiting to get number plate, £55 for DVLA & £16 TAX, just waiting for documents from DVLA and will be away.

Such a great cheap bike 80 miles to gallon

Oct 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Pretty in pink .
You can purchase flush mount indicators for pounds on ebay,simple diy fit, yes you may need to paint them pink,or you could cut down your present ones so that just the orange lense sits on bodywork with or without minimal black case….
Im sure you could diy it or buy from ebay and screw on.
See link to see what I mean about lights

Oct 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Haha! i love this review and was definately eager to order the 50cc Sports Scooter in pink as i have been searching for a pink one everywhere.
After seeing the watchdog video i think id rather pay the extra and get a model like a honda instead of using direct bikes.
you have inspired me to steer clear of them! even though i’m totally jelous how nice yours is. :)

Jan 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

thank you for your great review~*!
am dying to get the same one,
how is it doing after nearly a year?
also, where are legit moped parking spots?
have only seen them parked on sidewalks and other illegal places..
where around Covent Garden for instance?
thanxx so much!

Jan 29, 2012 at 12:18 am

Hi Lulu- One year on and the scooter is doing very well. I have some trouble starting it after it has been inactive for a week or two, and I often have to replace the lights (around £7) but generally still going well. Lots of approved parking spots in every area, and Covent Garden has loads- it costs £1 a day there because of Westminster tariffs. Hope this helps! Zara

Jan 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I am having trouble registering my bike, took all docs to Sheffield dvla via the train because of limited car parking. paid for registration and tax then the clerk said you may have to bring the bike in for inspection and most of the direct bikes have to be inspected, she also said its to make sure it meets UK conformity. I asked how am I supposed to get the bike to the dvla office and she said hire a van or get a trailer! I live in Doncaster ffs gonna cost me a fortune! the bike comes with a certificate of conformity what direct bikes provide. what a load of crap, no wonder there so cheap. they don’t tell you all the hassle you have registering the bike. 6 weeks on still waiting.

Feb 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hi CJ, Sorry you’re having so much trouble. When I registered I didn’t have to bring my bike in but was warned that sometimes they do require it, so I guess you got unlucky there. It is crazy that you need to rent a trailer- it just means the costs really mount up, and I hated my DVLA visit too. Good luck!

Feb 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

gotcha thanx so much zara~*!

i did the cbt yesterday and am ready to get my moped –
just a couple of last questions please:

1. do you ride in scooter-safe clothes and boots, or normal street clothes and shoes?
and in the summertime, do you ride with exposed skin or covered in kevlar?
i want to ride in street clothes but the cbt people told us horror stories re: skin vs tarmac that really freaked me out…

2. do you chain up or D-lock your scooter / have an alarm, or fine to just leave it as it is?

3. have your storage spaces (underseat and box) been broken into at all? cbt guys said never put helmet in underseat space as it can be opened with a penknife

4. does it feel pretty safe riding in london traffic? i was a bit terrified yesterday..

Feb 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Hi Lulu!
I have never ridden in ‘scooter appropriate clothing’, I wear dresses, skirts etc, and often heels (though I do have flats in the storage box) but always gloves as hands get cold. I have fallen off (whilst staionary) once and all it did was rip my tights. When I park my scooter in London I just park it in a moped area with no chain ( I figure with all the posh bikes, who will pick on my pink one?:) and at night I have secure parking where I live so it’s safe. My bike has never been broken into ever, and even if it was, they’d only get a helmet and some books and a pair of heels (Kurt Geiger if you care).

Safety wise, it can be scary in London but I get used to it. I find taxi drivers the worst as they like to edge you off the road and cyclists come up on me unawares and scare me. I find central London easier than suburbs as people can’t go so fast.

Hope that helps! x Zara

Feb 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

fantastic to hear~*
you’ve put my mind at ease – i was getting so paranoid every every aspect…
thank you so much zara you’ve been a great help!!

Feb 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Just spoken to someone from the DVLA on the phone today, ‘cus the bike I have from DB has to be inspected tomorrow (long story, but the mirror broke when it fell over in wind, and I wanted to check it wouldn’t fail). The guy from the DVLA told me, that this is not a safety inspection, but a ‘newness’ inspection. Bottom line is if the bike was imported more than 14 days ago, the DVLA will check it for newness – apparently what some people do is import ‘em on temporary foreign plates, rag ‘em about for 3 or 4 months, and then try and register ‘em as brand spanking new with a March 2012 (or whatever) plate, do DVLA check ‘em to stop people doing that. He also said for e.g. one guy tried to register as new, a car with 5000 miles on the clock!

So, according to bloke from DVLA, if your bike is imported, and has been stashed in a warehouse for more than 2 weeks – applies to anybody, not just DB, it *will* have to be inspected. Good news though, is that it should only take 10 or 15 min to do, because it’s not a full on safety inspection, so also it’s not gonna ‘fail’ because of the cracked mirror.

Mar 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Had the same scooter as your,s first few months all was ok then the engine started to lose power garage said the piston ring had broken that would explain the smoke any way they said to fix would be nearly £200 could not afford that sold it on Ebay used the money for a deposit on a Yamaha second hand,

Mar 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Just been to my local DVLA office today to register my retro direct bikes scooter (have to say I am very jelous of your pink one, Hubby put his foot down regarding colour) I was told 2 different things while there. First person said it WILL need to be inspected and that they will contact me within a day orcso to book an appointment. Not sure how I will get it there! The second person just told me my documents will be posted out to me and no mention of inspection. Just got to keep my fingers crossed the second person was right and no inspection will be needed.
Is you bike still running well?

Mar 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I’ve just bought the 125cc Cruiser. I ordered the bike on the 5th March, it arrived 3 days later. The biggest hold up for me was getting my CBT done and also waiting for the Insurance certificate to come through to send off my V55/4 form to register the vehicle. I finally was able to send the form off on Friday just gone (23rd March) and they advised they now have a 48 hour turn around, so I expect to hear back from them hopefully on Wednesday 28th. I can then get the number plate made up and it will be ride able. All in all it has taken a good 4 weeks from starting point to finishing point to get the bike road worthy. Let’s hope I don’t have any issues with the bike it’s self.

In terms of insurance mine came in at £280 with an excess of £200. I was relatively happy with this considering I had to use the VIN number to insure it.

Fingers crossed all stays well!

Mar 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I absolutely love your oufit in that pic. I’d love to have a pink scooter, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough (it’s bad enough that I’m a woman; if drivers think I’m “cutesy” as well, they’ll demolish me, at least here in America).
I’m glad that you went with what made sense (low price). Those brand name scooters are great, but what’s the point in having a $2000 scoot if you barely have any money left over to go anywhere? I have been looking at scooter/motorcycle forums for a week and everyone makes fun of Chinese/off brand scooters and always suggest the Hondas, Yamahas and Vespas. If I had a few thousand, sure those would be choices. But right now my budget is just under $2000. After I take the $199 two day motorcycle class (I’m purchasing a 150cc), pay for title, tag and insurance and helmet, gloves and boots (needed for the class), I’m still cutting it pretty close if I buy a $1200 scooter.
I’m happy that more women are joining the bike world. :)

Mar 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Hi Jenn,

Thank you for your comments- I love that dress too (River Island last year) and whilst I don’t love being cutesy, I’ve just gone for what I like- who cares what other people say! Yes, I also wanted a ‘brand name’ but my budget wouldn’t allow it and I really love my bike. It has had a few issues (all mentioned) but so would a ‘brand’ scooter, and it’s fun to ride and so economical!

Mar 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Hey Zara, I am 17 and really taken a liking to one of the mopeds on Directbikes, but really concerned about the write ups on the website. I can’t afford brand names and this website is the best value for money that I can find. I have read your review and wanted to know whether the bike, customer service etc would be recommended. Hope to here back, great blog! Thanks.

Mar 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Hi Rebecca,

The customer service is a little iffy but once you get the number of the mechanic ( I use Gary in London) he is really good and cheap and happily fixes any issues. Customer service is a bit disjointed as they are really a sales team but stuff did work out for me. Best of luck!

Apr 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hi Zara
Your review was really helpful and has made everything about buying a mope a lot clearer.
I’m interested in getting a moped when I’m 16 this year and I’m trying to do some preparation. I was wondering where you got your helmet from?

Apr 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I just bought a skyjet sj125 and having props getting insurance , we’re did use all get your insurance from when the Nike is not registered thanks

Apr 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

Hi Kerr. I couldn’t get insurance till the bike was registered. Well, that’s not quite true- I insured it and had 28 days to send in registration documents. I use Aviva for insurance and doesn’t cost too much.

Apr 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I’m thinking about get a scooter from direct bikes, but I was wondering if the speed dial was MPH or KM as it is KM in the pictures on the website. Thanks :)

Apr 30, 2012 at 9:29 am

Just ordered the 50cc sports moped yesterday, so it should arrive in the next few days but just wondering what the refistration process is like ? i hope my vechail dont get inspected but if it does whats the process like. And how long would you say the whole registartion process without the bike being inspected and with the bike beng inspected.


May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hi, Just a quick question can the battery be charged by a standerd car battery charger ?

Thanks in advannce

May 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I have recently purchased a moped from Direct Bikes and have to say the purchase itself was seamless. The bike arrived the next day and its great. No issues with the bike at all. The only problem I encountered first of all was getting it insured. Nobody apart from hastings would insure it because it wasnt registered, however in order to register it, I needed insurance!! The second problem was getting hold of the DVLA form V55/4. What a nightmare! I waited 3 weeks for the DVLA to send the forms, and after 3 attempts at the sending the same form again and again but never received, I gave up and went to my local DVLA office instead. I havent yet heard from them and am hoping they dont want to inspect it as that will be even more costly. One tip I would give direct bikes – introduce an option where the customer can pay a little extra to have the bike delivered registered. They state on their website that they dont do that because it would then be second hand, however all car dealerships seem to manage it…

May 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Yes, no problem at all- it’s very easy to do.

May 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

Hey, im thinking of buying a direct bikes scooter as i have little money being a student and love the pink :) im not sure weather to go for a 125cc or a 50cc because its cheaper? do you feel limited at all on the 50cc??

May 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Wow!! Thank your review i found some other things about directbikes!! Thank you and by the way you look very nice with your bike!!
Ps: can’t wait to get my one as well!! ;)

May 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm


I live in London and don’t feel restricted (though have now had the bike derestricted) but if you live somewhere rural you might want more speed. Good luck!

May 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

I ordered a 50cc retro scooter on 26th March and I’m still waiting for delivery, it’s supposed to be arriving today but I’m not holding my breathe, it was supposed to arrive everyday for the last 3 weeks. The staff at DB fob me of on a daily basis as to order status. Absolutely gutted to find that when it does arrive it’ll be weeks before it can go on the road. Will never order from them again.

Jun 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

i have just turned 16 so i can drive a 50 cc is the 50cc Sports Scooter any good

Jun 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm


I haven’t tried the sports scooter, but I imagine it has the same pros and cons as the one I bought.

Have fun!

Jun 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

ok thanks are they restriceted to 30 mph or do the go faster

Jun 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Hi Daza, That’s pretty much how fast they go- maybe 35 downhill- but they can be derestricted and go around 40. x Zara

Jun 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

i’ve been looking to buy a moped from direct bikes and have found this really useful…love the detail…would you definately still recommend them?

sorry to ask, as i’m sure it’s obvious, but how exactly do you find and buy a license plate? (i had a moped 10 years ago and it came with them attached you see).

Jun 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Thanks for all the info on here. I ordered my bike last week and after
reading some of the comments on here i nearly cancelled the sale as i was a bit nervous about getting it registered/insured thinking that i would have nothing but trouble doing so.
My bike was delivered on friday, i managed to get insurance through MCE, i took the documents to my local DVLA office yesterday and they say my doc’s for the number plate will be with me within 48 hours.
I didn’t buy from direct bikes, i got my cheap chinese bike from learner legal :-)

Jun 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Nice article but if you would have asked me which brand to go for before you got yours I would have said Honda. I am sorry to say these chinese bikes and suppliers suck and can be dangerous.

Jul 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I enjoyed mine, but its been of the road for a while.
Its an absoltue nightmare trying to get a spare part.

The site they recomend dont have any replacement and instead offer diffrent parts which dont fit either. So much for the notice on DirectBikes own website that states they keep all parts in stock.

Aug 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Excellent review thanks,

Aug 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I was thinking about getting a 150 cc scooter. I live in Raleigh, N.C. (USA). My car (a 2000 Honda Prelude has been giving me fits every year to get it reinspected and the license renewed. Also, was thinking about how much cheaper, otherwise, it would be to run a scooter instead of the car, when I could

Loved your post!


Aug 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Hey thanks for the review
Yeah i have just ordered a 125cc Lynx, hope to receive it in next 3days.
The budget wasn’t tight but i fall in love with this cat (Lynx) also avoiding the rash and traffic hours of London. I have done all preparations to avoid ”cons” and prepared for ”pros”. I have had a smooth purchasing of the machine with a good customer services from Direct Bikes.
Hope to look after this cat and You all should WISH me a good luck with this machine.

Sep 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Enjoyed the review Zara…

If you have time to answer (don’t worry if not) I’d love to know how many mpg’s it does and therefore how much you spend per week to put fuel in…

All the best,


Sep 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hi, do you drive it much when it’s raining or dark…..really want one but a little concerned about these conditions? Thanks :)

Sep 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

Yes you are exactly right , Thanks for sharing such great information about cheap scooters, it was really helpful

Sep 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

Hi Phil,

I don’t know the exact MPG, but I was driving around 3-7 miles a day and was filling it up every twelve days or so for about £5. Hope that helps! -Zara

Sep 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

Hi Melanie, Driving at night is totally fine, but I’m a little more careful in the rain- if it’s really heavy I avoid driving it then, and it tends to sit on the street for the Winter months (many mopeds do). Hope this helps!- Zara

Sep 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

Hiya Zara ,

Not clued up at all just wandering, how you charge the battery am waiting for my retro 50 cc black one to arrive and as I dont drive havnt got a clue about regestaring the bike or getting number plates and could you enlighten me if possible thank you x

Oct 3, 2012 at 4:54 am


It’s not too hard, you register it with the DVLA which can take a while. As for battery, if it’s not charged, charge it like you would a car battery- but remove it first.

Good luck!

Oct 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm


Good luck with you lynx scooter. Its fine if you dont need any parts.

The direct bikes models tend to ‘wear and tear’ really quickly. If anything goes wrong with it you will be directed to who, i’m told by direct bikes that this is a sister company, a claim which CMPO deny. CMPO are helpful but if they cant get a part for which is a discontued model like the Lynx then there is not alot you can do.

I wouldnt touch direct bikes with a barge pole again. I meet many other riders who bought their bikes and its a running joke how dreadful they are.

Oct 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hi Zara,
You look gorgeous and so does your moped. You bare a strong resemblance to Avril Lavigne actually.
I recently sold my Baotian, which is similar to Direct Bikes. In my opinion, if you do a reputable basic maintenance course and surround yourself with other scooter/motorbike lovers who are mechanically minded and can help you out, you should be okay. Also… the oil on one of these needs to be changed about every 1500 ks, and you should take it in for a service every 3000 if you’re doing the oil/sparkplugs yourself. Don’t thrash them and do burnouts and stuff on them, they’ll hate you for it. Mine went fine for six months and then the transmission stopped working. I ended up getting most of my money back when I sold it, but I had to spend lots of money just to get the transmission working halfway decently again, so the moral of the story is: If you have your heart set on a Solana/Baotian/Roketa/Direct Bikes: Make friends with the dealer in your area as they will supply you with parts. Learn about your scooter, and do a maintenance course. Don’t just rely on the mechanic, as it WILL get expensive very quickly. And, don’t be afraid to ask experienced scooter friends for help, as many people with Chinese scooters do work on them themselves.

Oct 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

where did you get your helmet?

Nov 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

I got my helmet on eBay for about $45.

Nov 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

hi, i just bought the same moped but in red, i was just wondering how you register it with dvla.. i know nothing about any of this stuff and do you think 30mph is fast enough and can keep up with traffic? thanks

Nov 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Could some of you guys let me know how much you pay for servicing, i feel i am being robbed.

Nov 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Hi Dave

I paid about 50 UKP a service. Best

Nov 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

I am glad I found this site. All the comments are helpful and my blue (wanted pink but there was a 3 month wait!) Tommy 125 is nearly on the road after 4 weeks. I have gone through everything you describe, though some of you have had it worse!! Longest thing I had to wait for was the registration forms from DVLA. 10 days though, not as bad as some I have read, and I managed to find an insurance company that didn’t whack the price up for VIN only insurance. I guess I am now nervous about the parts as I will be using mine all the time, in all weathers.

Nov 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

We bought a DB50QT-11 in July, partly based on your experiences with the company. It’s absolutely superb, and my wife (it hers really) uses it at every opportunity! We are both in are fifties, and we have owned seven different mopeds between us, before we met, all way back in the 1970′s and 80′s. The DB one is far superior to any of those earlier machines. BTW Zara, didn’t you sell yours fairly recently?

Dec 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I ordered my pink 50cc retro scooter from DirectBikes on the 29th of October, its now the 17th of December and i still havent recieved it, i rang and complained last week and demanded my money back but they said that if i stick with them they’ll deliver the bike next week (this week) and give me an extra years warrenty. Im still extremely p***** off but im hoping it will come before christmas. I wouldnt recomend to anyone, they may offer fairly cheap mopeds (and in pink!) but its really not worth the hassle.

karla salguero
Jan 5, 2013 at 3:31 am

greetings from El Salvador, i just bought a 150cc chinese scooter in a local business in october. it`s blue one, i love it. its better to buy in a local business because any doubt you have go there and they take care of the legal papers, well the law in my country says that. i use it every day since november. its fast and cheap . I advise you to be very careful with the other people in car or by foot .

Jan 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

Very helpful review,after reading it I just realised I made good decision buying 6 months old direct moped from Gumtree,I avoid all unnecessary waiting and all the charges ,plus I paid only £390 for it , on the top of that I was given proper safety chain with padlock-approved by insurers.

I don’t agree with one thing in the review,that if the moped is cheap it won’t be stolen.
Most petite thieves are opportunists,so don’t give them a chance,because they will steal any thing if not properly secured-even old rusty bicycle , junk from your garden you name they will take it.

Jan 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Hi all fab article above, i have just bought a 61 retro scooter and was wondering where i can buy a shiney black top box as can only find matt black ones, can anyone help please?

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

I am strongly advice people not to buy this brand or from Direct Bike.I bought Order Number: 9MBBR2CQRW Date Ordered: Saturday 26 January, 2013. Its not the way presented here or in their website or there website , Its better if you buy Pegeot,Vespa,Honday etc. which will cost you £200 or £300 more and reliable and safe for driving.

Feb 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Its Been abou 8 months now. After numerious emails and phonecalls I cant get 1 person to contact me back about the problems I have had. I’ve been told several times that the managing director will call me back, and not once have a recieved a reply to weekly mails I have sent.

My scooter required several parts, and they cannot get a supplier to provide them, even their so-called sister company CPMO who insist that they are not and and constantly get calls from other digruntled direct bike scooter owners.

The opinion of other scooter owners is that, who ever built this bike (DB125T-10) originally has probably discontinued it so no new parts are being made. How they ccan continue to sell a bike which cannot get parts is simply theft.

Feb 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I am taking them court soon.Already all arranged. Just now waiting for time.I am strongly advice people not to buy this brand or from Direct Bike.I bought Order Number: 9MBBR2CQRW Date Ordered: Saturday 26 January, 2013. You wrote to me 12 February 2013 13:39, DIRECT BIKES wrote:
“”Your scooter should not been driven above 20mph, this is clearly stated in the user manual.”"”" So soon I will see them court if by this time problem not solved.
Its not the way presented here or in their website or there website , Its better if you buy Pegeot,Vespa,Honday etc. which will cost you £200 or £300 more and reliable and safe for driving.

Mar 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Nice frock.

Apr 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

having a look at theses comments and seeing them on watchdog i think id rather pay around 2,000 pounds for a bike that i know will be worth the money also no wonder it’s only 800 pound it’s a pile of crap

Apr 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm


I’m from Canada and while Direct Bikes doesn’t sell here I did purchase a Chinese bike because of your blog article. Its a TOMOS Nitro 50cc. I am very happy with it. At 56 I feel like a kid again.

PS – If you ever want to come to Montreal, you now have a friend to show you around.

Apr 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Hey Sheldon, I may take you up on that! Glad you’re having a good time with your bike ;)

Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I would never buy a chinese motor. They are too crude. You may pay more for a proper moped but in the long run it will save you more.

sam hickle
May 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

nice article ;;;;) decided to get one – great little machine!

Andy Keen
May 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Hi there :-) Thanks for the review. My future Daughter-in-Law was considering buying one of these and has now decided to go ahead and purchase one too. Not in pink I hasten to add, although this colour looks great too. I may try and take a picture of it under the Northern Lights – reckon that’d be pretty cool. Thanks once again!

julie hurst
May 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

haha, i like your outfit. think you got the right scooter for you. i got myself a silver sports scooter last year, love it to death.

May 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

“I live in London and don’t feel restricted (though have now had the bike derestricted) ”

Be aware folks, this is illegal and will make your insurance null and void!!.

Jun 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

thank you for the review, got my scooter on thursday – love love love love it

Andy C
Jun 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Great Review and this has made up my mind not to purchas a Tommy Scooter after viewing them for the last month. Someone in my area had 1 for sale at £650 she hadn’t registered it so it needs alot more money spent on it apart from the £55 & Tax. I’ll look for something that has already been regitered but not a Tommy Scooter.

Jun 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

Purchased a 50cc retro last week based on your review, very happy, thanks again, hope to see your pink scooter around london!

Jun 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Have been looking at buying one but will now steer clear. Most of the Chinise stuff I have bought recently has been very poor.
Hence a lot of manufacturers bringing manufacturing back.
You pay for what you get.

camilla r
Jun 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

picked one of this lovely looking bikes up last month, the 125cc version, arrived very swiftly and is a pleasure to ride. Have recommended my friend who want one in yellow :)

Jul 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

Nice little scoot. Not in pink though, had mine for over a year now and same no real problems. The parts are readily available and insurance did not bite my hand off like it did with my old honda.

Jul 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

great little review, bike arrived yesterday – looks superb. thank you.

Jul 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

scoot is excellent, taking my cbt test tomorrow, fingers crossed!

Jul 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hi Zara, have you thought about getting a job at Direct Bikes you seem a bit more informative than they are. My 50cc sports scooter handles like a sack of spuds, it has bad understeer, you have to lean over to get it to go around a bend, unfortunately I leaned over on a slippy patch and fell off. I try to keep that quiet, it’s not good for your ego to tell people you fell off a moped. Where I live it is hilly and bendy, this is not good terrain for one of these bikes, but in a town, on a straight flat road they are probably more suited. Sorry to say I do not like the pink colour, it’s a boy thing, my blue is much better, but it would be boring if we all had the same colour, and in London, you have to try and stand out from the crowd. Dont wear a pink dress on your scooter though, you will start to look like some pink panther robo cop, happy motoring.

Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

hi, I bought my direct bike last year new all these things I had to do with it when it arrived the only issue I had was they told me 3 days for delivery that ended up 3 weeks and kept being told different story’s from company every time I phoned and only took 4 days to get log book totally happy other wise .

Tania grange
Aug 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Bought a 50cc moped from Direct Bikes for my daughter for Christmas 2012, now Aug 2013 and still unable to get it registered cos the registration number she was given belongs to another bike, so far the 499 bike has cost us 1050 and is still parked in the garage, don’t touch this company!!!

Aug 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Ordered the bike 4 weeks ago. It came very quickly. Easy to unpack from the cage. The issue has been waiting for the forms. The v55 form didn’t come so I ordered it from the DVLA website, this took 8days. Drove to the DVLA to manually hand in the form – they said I needed to get it registered with NOVA ( new law passed in July. ) only issue is you can’t register it with NOVA because they only register VAT registered companies or personal bikes bought within the EU. Hummm… So I called direct bikes and they said they had sent of the NOVA for to HMRC and were waiting for conformation… So I went back to the DVLA and told them this and paid the 70£ish for the tax and registration and they stamped it. My only question to anyone who has bought from these guys was how Long did it take for the log book and plate number to arrive back from the DVLA ?

Long story short – if you don’t mind waiting and a bit of paperwork – they are good little bikes.

Robert Hillings
Aug 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Got my ped last week, not in pink, good runner, no problems so far.

Lee Wilson
Aug 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I ordered the Tommy 125cc today, came to this website and kind of regretted buying it. Although picked reviews, I’m just not one to take a risk and would usually spend more for piece of mind… So, literally and hour after ordering I emailed them to cancel, got a reply:

The order has already been processed, if you wish to cancel you will insure the delivery charge £85 and handling charge £30.

Wow, ok,not off to a great start. I guess I am keeping the scooter then, fingers crosses it won’t be the the start of a bitter relationship .

In a separate note, how do everyone get on with delivery day itself. I don’t know the exact day of delivery so cannot plan to be at home. Will they just leave it??


Aug 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

My 50cc cobra is cool, thanks DB

Gary Stubbs
Aug 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I purchased a DB125cc scooter from Direct bikes on 27th June and I am still waiting for paperwork to enable me to register and tax, its two weeks since I have heard from them

John Robinson
Aug 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Purchased my bike on 10th August 2013, bike arrive next day. Had trouble starting, called their helpline who advised me to put the stand up. Hey presto, the bike started! I didn’t realise there was a safety feature. Been riding the bike for the last few weeks, runs like a dream. Very good value for money and quality is up to the likes of vespa. Your review made me buy in the first place and very happy I did.

Gary Stubbs
Aug 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I am still not riding my bike and now it wont start it has a fuel problem, but not able to register it and tax I cant do any thing about it I am asking for it to be returned,I woudnt buy
any thing again like this to much hassle.

Johnny McHarper
Sep 2, 2013 at 12:25 am

Had my 50 Sports Scooter for around 3 months now, great little machine, caught a runt trying to steal it last week. He won’t be doing that in a hurry again. No issues, parts and service costs are very cheap, happy that I didn’t buy a Piaggio, saved a hell of lot of money. If you shop around you can get the insurance quite cheap too, cost me around £120 fully comp.

jake hemple
Sep 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Great little machines, we have 6 of them for the last year and deliver pizza’s with them, our pizza boxes fitted on the back quite easily. we need to make sure any bikes we buy are reliable, not like our last honda bikes. No real issues to date. servicing is easy too.

Sep 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

Hi Zara do you still have your scooter? and if so are you still happy with it? i’m curious to hear how it has stood the test of time quality and performance wise.

Sep 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Hi thanks for review have just ordered a sports 50cc scooter for my son waiting for it to be delivered , feel better having read your review many thanks

Sep 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I have just spent two nightmare days (hmmm can a day be a nightmare I wonder!) with Direct Bikes. Rude, aggressive, they do not comply with the ‘distance selling regulations’ and I am awaiting for a refund as I have now cancelled my order. They are refusing to refund the £135.00 next day delivery fee (even though they couldn’t deliver for 2 days!) and charge a cancellation fee of £30.00. So far, my impulse to get a bike has cost me £165.00. Under the distance selling regulations retailers must refund the full cost of the product(s) ordered, including delivery during the 7 day ‘cool off’ period. I’ve yet to even get the price of the bike back at £499.00 (oh, less £30.00 cancellation fee) so I’m even less hopeful that I’ll ever get the £135.00 delivery fee back. The bike hasn’t even left their warehouse so how they can justify keeping this fee is beyond me. I’m now like a ‘dog with a bone’, I’ll be tweeting Katie Price and Imran Khan who are now featured on DB’s website, I have already contacted Citizen’s Advice and will be on to Hertfordshire Trading Standards, Watchdog and Rip-off Britain too! Buy a bike from Direct Bikes at your own risk!

Sep 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

love your review, ordered a pink one too! very happy with purchase thanks again. if your in london we should meet up with our bikes. i live in convent garden. i think i may have seen you around.

Sep 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

I have just had my direct bikes 50cc registration refused by the DVLA. Got a letter this morning saying the NOVA (Notification of Vehicle Arrival) for Customs and Excise hasn’t been done by Direct Bikes. I have tried calling and emailing to Direct Bikes but no one responds. Has anyone had this problem and how did you manage to sort it out ?

ian barker
Sep 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Nice write up very much as it is well done, i have serviced and repair a number of these china scooter now for friends and am very surprised at both the quality and parts prices.

Sep 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

My bike has turned up yesterday, looks fantastic ;) )))))))))))))))))))

Sep 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Got in touch with Direct Bikes and the HMRC NOVA request letter has been sent now. Looks like Direct Bikes have a backlog of around 3 weeks so make sure you ask them to do the NOVA for HM Customs and Excise before trying to register the bike.

Sep 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm


Does anyone have a better contact number for Directbikes? Mine turned up yesterday with 2 massive scratches and just cannot get hold of them on the 0845 number provided!


Sep 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm

my 49cc scoot has been running now for a year, good little bike. costs around £8 to fill up, makes a change from my £70 mini car fill up. got a puncture last week, easy to find tyres. managed also to get a great little bike sat nav that i can plug in when i go around london.

james mcnicholas
Sep 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

I live in the united states in Tampa FL and here all we have to pay is tag and title, cost around 20 bucks a year. before I bought my scooter, I was looking at a lot of models, and the china made ones were a lot cheaper, and people were saying don’t buy a china scooter, there junk. but after seeing reviews online and talking to people who had a china scooter, they said you need to buy one. they have had there’s for a long time and no problems. also china has no copyright laws so they can clone anything and sell it as there own, and the motors that are on the china scooters, well there the same ones on many of the name brand scooters. it came with the 1p39 gy6 motor witch is a 64cc motor unlike a lot of the competitors 139 gy6 49cc motor. so right off the bat, its got a better motor. I’ve only owned mine for a few days, just long enough to put 67 miles on it. I love it. motor runs strong, runs great and drives so smooth. I think it drives better than Vespa’s, lol sorry Vespa, but true. the only thing is I had to replace the fuel lines because in china they don’t put ethanol in there gas but we do, so the gas lines would go bad if I didn’t replace them with good u.s. approved ones. also the spark plug needed to be upgraded and I put a new racing cdi on it as well as the spark plug boot and wires. also im going to put a new carburetor on it as well due to I have herd the china ones are junk and clog after so long. in a few weeks im going to order a 100cc bore kit to make it go faster, from 35mph to 50mph. after all the parts I replaced and going to replace, its just going to cost me about 100 bucks. after all said and done, I love my china scooter. some cheep things on it like the body plastics and such, but great powertrain. and if you take care of your china scooter, it will last for ever.

harry clives
Sep 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

So after I ready you review i decided to order one of their bikes. Ordered online and was at my door in two days. Arrived in good condition. Was very well packaged, had trouble getting out of packaging! eventually it was out. looks good and started first time. just awaiting my insurance docs. good purchase. Will keep you updated.

Sep 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Absolutely flaming typical. I’ve had my Tommy 125 for nearly six weeks now, have literally just sent out registration documents on Friday, first I have even heard of this, so I am expecting to be turned down. Seriously, this machine better be worth all this time and aggro.

Sep 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

All arrived on time & good working order. Does anyone know where I can buy a good bike cover from?

julian caine
Sep 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

hi, i’ve jst ordered the direct bikes classic 125cc, has anyone any experience of these bikes and are they any good.

Sep 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I got turned down twice by the DVLA when trying to register the bike because the HMRC NOVA number still hadn’t been generated. I got my NOVA number 2 days ago from Direct Bikes so going to try registering again. Had my bike 5 weeks now and still not yet Registered but hoping it will be soon. A bit annoying how long the process takes to get the bike Registered.

susan watts
Sep 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

ordered my brand new pink bike on saturday – came on tuesday. i love the colour and look, started first time now off to get my helmet. thanks for the informative review.

Sep 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Got turned down. Direct bikes sent me a letter saying the tax was £16
and £55 registration. I sent £71 in postal order, they sent it all back. Had bike 7 weeks now and seriously not happy now.

Sep 30, 2013 at 10:41 am


Louise redman
Sep 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks for the review, got one and happy I did :) ))))

Oct 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Hi Gary,

You need to ask Direct Bikes to handle the NOVA for HMRC for you. Eventually after you remind them they will send you the NOVA reference number you can use to register the bike with the DVLA.

Takes a while but you will get there. I am still waiting for my 3rd attempt at registration from the DVLA so will let you know how I get on.


Oct 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

ha! like your bike but not as good as mine, got a lynx 125cc black, nice motor.

Oct 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Bike now Registered and on the road ! Took 6 weeks but worth it. 35 km driven and ok so far.

Oct 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Well done mark! I’m just waiting again…

Oct 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

Finally got on the road after nine weeks, for one day! Electric start is making no noise and now kick start isn’t working either. Really not happy.

Oct 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Haha, turned out I was just being thick. Done 50km, so far so good. It has been a long wait, but if it keeps performance up I will be happy.

Oct 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Glad you got it on the road. I remember the electric start only works if the stand is up. I think it is a safety feature. I’ve done 100km and so far so good. Starts ok and runs well. No sign of any rust or anything but we do keep in a garage when not using.

Nov 6, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Hi love your review, had my bike now for 6 months, all good. does anyone know where i can get a good full face helmet from?

Dec 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’ve been through hell with this company. They delivered faulty bike, it would not start. They would not accept return and refund the money. They sent their mechanic from London to fix the bike, he spent 2 hours and could not fix it. He took it to London with him. Now they claim it was a flat battery only… Haha, what kind of mechanic would be spending 2 hours if he thought it’s as simple as a flat battery. Plus I know it wasn’t because we charged it and it still wouldn’t work. It’s the worst Chinese company every, terribly poor manners and customer service, would never buy from them again. Wanted to go to small claim court, but now they fixed it I don’t have a case. Shame I let them to take it to London. Honestly, don’t bother with these cheap rubbish bikes…

Dec 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

my bike has come yesterday, looks lovely. only cost me £6 to fill up, such a change from filling up my car! the bike came on time with everything there, my husband helped me set it up, just had to put wing mirrors on and get some petrol. started first time and being riding it around my estate. it is quite nippy and very quite. there seems quite a lot of storage under the seat and in the top box. my husband has a vespa and i think this bike is better made, he had a lot of trouble with it. I love my new scooter, the review was great and made me buy one in the first place. thanks again :) )))))))))

Dec 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

hi in the process of buying a scooter do the dvla state why they wont let the vehicles on the road

Dec 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I’ve had a couple of chink scoots. To be honest I would get a proper machine in future.
Anyway, if you have problems with them loosing power, cutting out and refusing to start for an hour two – this is v common.
Save yourself a lot of trial and error and get the valve clearances reset. This is the most likely cause. The quality controls at the factories are poor. They will ship them out with little or no valve clearance, so when they get hot the valve is permanently open due to thermal expansion, resulting in zero compression.

Dec 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I’m a woman with no motorcycle experience, I’ve gone with a db125t-f classic scooter as it was cheap and affordable.
However I would not recommend that any lady without any experience should use this company.
They are not very helpful and take ages to get in touch with you. You can not get the company on the phone, everything has to be done by email.
When trying to get parts for it under its warranty is like trying to get blood out of a stone.
They will not send anyone out to look at it when it breaks down. You will be given the mechanics number and he tells you its down to you to fix the issue.
With mine its been issue after issue. Faulty battery. Faulty fuel pump. Faulty carburettor. Loss of both back break lights and indicators for no reason. Faulty throttle.
I wish I paid a little bit more and went with a better company.

Jan 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Hello Zara, i am thinking of buying the big wheeled CITY 125cc model. to me its the best looking bike out there, I would just like to point out to those thinking of buying….do not be put off because of worries about the engine, all or most Chinese bikes use the GY6 engine, this is highly respected among Scooterists because…. its a good engine, thanks for such a good review and i must say that you look so good that your picture should be on Direct Bikes web site … would be a great advert for them.

Jan 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

i have just ordered the 50cc £499 one lets hope I will not regret it.I have been taking notes tho of everyone comments.I am not too worried about the paperwork effort (I have a feeling that i might regret saying that later on)

Whats the best and cheapest place to get them insured?.If DB even try screwing me over I will send so many emails and call them they will get sick of me and have to sort it

fototaker Tony
Jan 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

i’ve been searching for DIY fix hints for non-functioning turn signals on chinese scooters. i have a 150cc and they went out abt a year ago. in San Francisco there’s a few pink scooters, cars and even people!! hahahaa you havent mentioned your turn signals recently so i take it it’s fixed? all the girls here – and there’s many here buying scooters – wear long jeans and boots and it’s warmer here than in London, but all you need to do is fall once and you’ll know why, especially while going 30mph! HA! take care and be safe on that pink scooter!! great pixs and writeup!

Jan 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

i purchased a milan 125 scooter from direct bikes in december 2013 ,when i unpacked it i found that the back wheel was buckled.dispite several emails to the company most of which have not been answered i sent them a disc of the fault as their computer could not accept a video! it was posted first class and had to be signed for,but dispite office hours of 10am-5pm there was no reply.turns out the office is a private address if you look on google.have now phoned the 0800 phone number and selected sales and i got a answer.could not speak to the manager as was out ha ha! am waiting for an answer or will take it to court.

Jan 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

I can not contact Direct bikes to find out one of their alleged 200 service centres are by phone, it states try e-mail, cant get through, sent a letter requesting a service centre no
reply. Scooter seems ok service crap

helen justins
Feb 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

My scooter came last week, amazing! Thanks for the review, very happy with my purchase. I have never bought a scooter on the internet before. The price and quality is good. Managed to get my insurance online for under £100. To fill all the way up cost me £8. No more congestion charge for me. Whoopeee!!!!!

terry Harris
Feb 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

direct bikes scooters they are quick to sell,but what hassle if something wrong no one wants to help , my local bike repair centre wont touch direct bikes,even tho direct bikes told me to contact them, engine wont start (no spark) any help out there, lynx 125cc

Feb 13, 2014 at 6:45 am

I live in China, you have all been robbed. A 50cc scooter brand new here costs 1800RMB, which is £180.

Mar 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I got one of these, STAY AWAY. It was the worst decision ever, the warranty is pointless, they won’t honor it. I tried to get in touch several times and they just won’t reply. They take your money and give you shitty bike that’s been sitting in a warehouse for at least 2 years as it were new. STAY AWAY.

Apr 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Ive just purchased my bike , I have to say im impressed , took two days to deliver , in total 3 weeks from start to finish , registration complete didnt have to take to dvla, perhaps im just lucky , or maybe the influx of foreign imports that dvla have now given up and just register them any way, so lets break it down £499 bike £85 delivery, £158 insurance , £55registration,£17 tax £18 l plates and number plate ,so there you have it now you make your mind up

Apr 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

Good to see your riding a moped but really take this from someone who builds his own bikes and races them. Direct bike please you with there cheAp prices and everything but I highly recommend you steer far away from them. The framework is made poorly and can break at any point, the carbourettor is not properly fitted and restricts the fuel flow to the crank shaft. The list goes on. I highly recommend you just save and get a decent branded scooter like Yamaha or Honda. Stay away from anything Chinese. Japanese is good. And even better go ahead and get a 125 :) much more speed and agility. If any of you do read this please go subscribe to my motorvlogging chAnnel called “TheMetalbiker” :3

Remember ride safe, and try get those knees down ;)

peter holder
Apr 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

great little machine, no problems, had mine for over 2 years now.

May 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Hi. Our daughter wants to buy a 50cc moped from Direct Bikes but she wants to go and view a bike and try it for size as she is only short. She’s tried other makes and models but, so far, they are too big for her (Her feet don’t touch the ground). She has recently passed her CBT training and wants to get a moped so she can get around and continue with her St Johns Ambulance training. We asked Direct Bikes if we could visit their showroom but they’ve said that we should look at the bikes via their website and place an order. Apparently delivery is £100 and if the bike is no good (Too big for her) they want another £100 to come and collect it. I’m not happy. As an ex-biker (Suzuki and Honda owner) I’ve NEVER heard of these people and £500+ for a new moped sounds to good to be true SO I’m advising her to keep on trying the local shops and to forget DB. I’ve also read the above reports. Some good n some bad.

catherine p
Jun 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hi, thanks for the review that made me buy one! I purchased my bike 10 months ago, very happy with it. Bought a matching helmet from my local scooter shop. I would advise getting a chain lock just in case some thug tries to steal it. Starts on the button each day. Had it out over the winter too. I cant really fault the bike at all. Ample storage under seat and with the top box. Can get up to 35mph on my 50cc and acceleration is good. Costs me around £8 to fill up so very good on petrol too.

Jun 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Had my 125 Cobra for a couple of months now, just over a thousand miles.
Delivered in a few days but took DVLA weeks to get paperwork to me, didn’t have to insure prior to registration which saved a bob or two. Rode at about 20 – 30 mph for first 80+ miles then let loose the dogs of war. Got the thing serviced after about 500 miles, valve timing needed adjusting but no other issues. 30 mile round trip to work 3 times a week, in town and on A roads, about 105 mpg, I’m not small which can’t help. At times it hits 64 mph! Top box removed as it kept opening on the way to work. All together very pleased.

kevin jerps
Jun 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

great little bike, no issues to date, thanks, cant go wrong for the price!

Jul 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi, got my bike on saturday, very happy :) ))) Does anyone know where I can get a helmet from?

Oct 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

i got mine delivered today, no battery manual or wing mirrors, this happened to anyone else?anyone got a real phone number? 0845 never gets answered.


mr wolf
Oct 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Direct bikes must be well pleased with you, hence winging about you using their crappy photo. Great site im gona mirror all of these comments asap – regards LOPEZ MANCHESTER

Oct 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Yeah, they’re being silent now. Have filed a reverse takedown order, but.. you know.

Joe flex
May 14, 2015 at 2:50 am

God damn you are super sexy!!!!!!! Wish you were my girlfriend

Jul 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Hi I know this was posted a while ago now but I don’t suppose you remember where the indicator relay was? I need to replace mine but have no idea where it is :)

Aug 6, 2015 at 2:58 am

No idea, wish I could help. I remember that I found some parts on eBay.

Steve T
Aug 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm

Hi, Does anyone know ifs DB’s Customer Relations, Service, Delivery issues are doing these days, have they got better or worse? thinking of buying a 125 but mixed reviews, still unsure if to chance it or not. Any recent customers on here? :-)

Aug 18, 2015 at 12:21 am

Hi Zara, do you still own and ride your scooter? If you had to start from scratch can please quickly sum-up any recommendations re dealer/insurance co/service centre? Cheers

Aug 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Really glad to see this back on the first page of google.

Steve T. My mechanic still gets poor guys coming to him with these dodgy scooters. He has to turn them away in most cases because he simply cannot get the parts if damaged.

I think the issue with this site being removed from google by them over a silly image use because the didn’t like the comments in the blog only serves to highlight that they haven’t got any better as a company.

Sep 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Hi Jim, I don’t ride anymore, as moved away. Recommendations would be to pick a scooter where the lights are part of the body, as my lights poked out and they regularly got damaged, leading to replacment parts. Hope that helps. Insurance etc. I think it now depends on you getting lucky at the DVLA as they’re clamping down more. Best, Zara

Jayc Media
Nov 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm

This company are major fraudsters happy to take your money then do u over with 2-3 year old stock machines destined for the uk but are really faulty or have minor inperfections they inport majorly cheap then rinse us british dont supply there dirty game suppose people are to gulliable
They paid amir khan and katie price ££ to sit on 2 machines knowing that the public would put there trust into them haha JOKE ….. please why am I the only person who is wise to there games its called…….U CANT BLAG A BLAGGER!!!!!!!!!

Jan 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

My husband has had nothing but problems with direct bikes and the bike itself !!!!
He’s got the 125cc Tommy scooter
The engine has cut out whilst he’s been riding it down the a3 nearly cause a massive accident luckily he was unharmed..
Direct bike lane have informed us this isn’t there problem because apparently the bike should be serviced every 300miles !!! Which is totally ridiculous,
Please guys don’t waste your money on something so unreliable and dangerous !

May 4, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Hi everyone,

There is an information on the engine, that after the first 300miles change engine oil. Can i do this by myself or shall i take it to the service as i have warranty on it. And where can i find the approved services list by direct bike?

May 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

I have just ordered a 125cc bike and have been told it will be delivered on the 15th of June. I now don’t know if I should cancel it and cut my losses. Would love to hear from anyone what they think I should do .

Jul 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm

I have had Direct Bikes Scoot for two years. They are like bikes and scoots used to be 40 years ago. If you are useless, don’t get one. I have many bikes, past and present. These bikes are worth it. Just basic maintenance and care(WD 40) oil change , brake adjust etc. For the money my Wife and I have a great time on it, 3000 KM it looks new 2 years old. Registration is easy, just don’t get confused by wrong info. One headlamp bulb is all that’s gone!
Its better to have a scoot than not!



7 − five =

Copyright © 2017 Zara Stone All rights reserved. Theme by Laptop Geek.