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How fast does a 50cc moped go?

A 50cc moped is realistically the least powerful vehicle allowed on public roads. There are restrictions on where they’re allowed to ride. For example, you can’t use a moped on A-roads or motorways because of their low top speed. That said, they’re perfect for getting around town and for small commutes to work, especially if you’re not going far.

As standard, 50cc mopeds have restricted engines. This means they have a lower top speed than what they’re engine is actually capable of reaching, but this is a legal requirement. A restricted moped has a maximum speed of 30mph. While this might not seem very fast, it’s perfect for riding in built-up areas where the speed limit is 30mph. And considering you’re not allowed on more open roads, there won’t be any need for you to go faster.

At Direct Bikes, all of our 50cc mopeds come already restricted and so you don’t have to worry about getting that sorted. Our mopeds are all ready to ride, and all have the same top speed of 30mph. They’re all ideal for young and inexperienced road users, and make the perfect city vehicle.

It is possible to derestrict a 50cc moped, but doing so will increase its engine capacity and therefore make it illegal to ride on a provisional licence. It’s much better to keep it restricted to 30mph, and then upgrade to a more powerful motorbike when you’re old enough. For example, a 125cc scooter has a top speed of between 60-70mph, and so is suitable for using on more open roads and for longer journeys.

Even though a moped’s top speed seems very low, this does make them ideal for younger road users. It means you can ride them from the age of 16, and with only a CBT test. They’re still great for making small trips around town, and for riding in built up areas. They also allow you to start gaining experience for riding more powerful motorbikes.