The best commuter bikes on the market


We love riding motorcycles. Hearing the sound of the engine and revving to the redline, yet motorcycles are also the best option for commuting, especially in cities. They’re cheap to run, easy to park and often have low emissions.

Here’s a list of our favourite bikes for commuting:

BMW F900XR

The BMW F900XR is more than a commuter. It’s sporty, yet comfortable, being able to cover the day to day use no matter the surface as long as you don’t ride it off-road. The F900XR is completely different – more friendly, more comfortable, but still providing a good punch. The only downside is the turning angle is similar to a sports bike and depending on how far you commute the low volume fuel tank can be a slight annoyance at 15.5 litres.

Honda NC750X DCT

The NC750 is more affordable than the BMW F900XR and also features a storage compartment where you might think you’ll find the fuel tank. If picking one, go for the DCT version – the standard one features short gearing which is quite annoying. And, really, why would you want to shift gears when riding in the city traffic.

Piaggio Vespa 125cc

The Vespa Primavera has played a big part in the Italian company’s history, first launching in 1968, but the name made a return in 2014 with this version; a fun, affordable and stylish mode of transport, especially for cosmopolitan commuters. Vespa’s have always been elegant bikes and this model is no exception as it borrows some styling tips from the Vespa 946 and also has a fuel consumption figure of 110 miles per gallon.

Honda CB125F

Honda has always been brilliant at producing economical, brilliantly practical, small-engined commuters, ever since its world-changing first 50cc Cub in 1958, the bike that went on to be the world’s best-ever selling vehicle. In 2019 in the UK, it’s closest equivalent, arguably, is the CB125F. First introduced in 2015 as the latest in a long line of 125cc, four-stroke, single cylinder commuters it’s a no-frills roadster that simply does what it sets out to do brilliantly; is easy-as-pie to ride and, thanks to a claimed mpg of 155 (although in reality that’s more like 110mpg), is cheap-as-chips to run as well. The motor produces 10.45bhp which is just about enough for 70mph. Assembly in India keeps the price down without noticeably sacrificing quality, it’s light and easy to ride, more durable than most at this end of the market, looks good and even has proper twin clocks and a fuel gauge – everything you need, in fact, for that bargain basement commute across town.

Mutt Motorcycles – The Blackest Sabbath 125 LTD

Birmingham-based bike builders Mutt Motorcycles, have reinvented the small capacity custom market with their range of 125cc ‘Cafe Racer inspired’ bikes. Our favourite of the range; The Blackest Sabbath 125 offers a ultra lightweight stealth matt black frame which is perfect for any new rider who has the Tom Hardy/David Beckham look in mind but not quite the wallet.

Scomadi TL125

Stand out from the Vespas and Lambrettas lining the streets of London. Launched in 2009 Scomadi are bringing their take as a ‘Modern Classic’. A beautiful scooter to look at, Scomadi is a great choice for the city rider looking for something a little different. At £2,796 new, it’s cheaper than a Vespa too.

No matter which bike you choose for your daily commute Bikesure can offer you a range of different insurance options at great prices.

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