Direct Bikes JL50-QT7 retro scooter (50cc) Review

by Sentinel64
(Cambridge England)



This is a very cheap retro scooter based on the Jinlun but badged as a Direct Bikes model in the UK. The hardest thing was to get insurance; however Rampdale quoted £95-00 Third Party

Fire and Theft so I have gone with them- 40+ years old on full car license.

The build quality is not great but not bad and does represent value for money.

Servicing is straight forward and the removal of a restrictor screw in the top of the carb allows the scooter to do 60 kmh (35mph) most of the time while keeping around 100 kpg for petrol. The only inconvenience was the trip to DVLA for an inspection prior to registration.

Performance is okay. As it is a 4 stroke and belt driven the engine does not have the same rev tone or "poke" of a two stroke but it's adequate without setting the world on fire. I am over 6'1" and 230 pounds, so it has got to have a fair bit of pull.

All in all a cheap to run cheap to insure little four-stroke ideal for the town or short journeys and definitely one for the 16 year old with grand ideas yet small pockets!

Would I buy another one?- Yes

Is it worth buying new? At these prices, definitely. Are there better scooters out there? Yes, but you get what you pay for.


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