£1,570 Yamaha Neo’s Easy

Yamaha is attempting to broaden its appeal to UK buyers by launching a new entry-level scooter called the Neo’s Easy. It’s essentially a more basic version of the 50 cc two-stroke Neo’s, a model that’s not currently offered in this country.

While a price tag of just £1,570 (including first registration fee and vehicle tax) might appear attractive, don’t expect any luxuries. The brakes are drums, not discs; the wheels are steel, not alloy; it only has a kick-starter and the one colour available is black.

Yamaha Neo's Easy (2013) Front Side

Yamaha Neo's Easy (2013) Side

Nevertheless, running a Neo’s Easy could work out cheaper than taking the bus. But is the Yamaha good value compared to other scooters?

Well, the answer to that is not really.

For those on a tight budget, there are several less expensive alternatives. The two-stroke Piaggio Zip 50 and the four-stroke Kymco Agility 50 cost £1,370 and £1,170 respectively, for example. What’s more, they both feature a front disc brake and an electric starter.

And then there are more sophisticated (and slightly dearer) options such as the Honda Vision 50, which is £1,650 on the road. The extra outlay would seem to be worthwhile though, as its standard specification includes a fuel-injected four-stroke engine, an electric starter, cast alloy wheels and a choice of five colours.

If anyone’s still interested, UK sales of the Yamaha Neo’s Easy are due to begin next month.

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