Direct Bikes MOTORCYCLE REVIEWS

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Direct Bikes Reviews

Overall Rating

3.5 / 5
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Rider Rating - 58 Reviews

Value for money
3.6 / 5
Comfort
3.5 / 5
Brakes Handling
3.4 / 5
Engine
3.7 / 5
Quality Reliability
3.2 / 5

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Direct Bikes may not be one of the most famous names in two-wheels but it is a surprising bestseller in the UK, with more scooter registrations than any other manufacturer.

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Direct Bikes’ success

The reason for Direct Bikes’ success is not complicated with the brand’s extremely low list prices for its scooters, as well as a delivery service that sees your new scooter get delivered to your door, its major selling points.

Scooter riders are generally young, with low capacity two wheelers extremely popular with 16-year-olds and those new to the road.

And with 16-year-olds not being famed for their large bank accounts, the business model is one that’s worked for the brand since it launched (something that’s helped by the fact that Direct Bikes are also cheap to insure as well).

Direct Bikes deals exclusively with 125cc or 50cc models, ranging from typical sporty-looking scooters to other more retro, Italian-inspired models.

If you want to learn more about what it’s like to own a Direct Bikes scooter and ride it day in and day out, read our rider reviews to get a real insight into Direct Bikes ownership.

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Direct Bikes motorbike rider reviews

Whether it’s a scooter or a motorcycle that you’ve been eyeing up, knowing a little more about Direct Bikes may help you decide whether it’s the brand for you.

That’s why we collect reviews from people who own the brand’s motorbikes – so that you can get a better idea of what you’re in for before making your decision.

Not sure whether your chosen model is the kind of value for money that you’re looking for? Take a look at the Rider Ratings, you’ll find individual scores for factors like that.

If that’s still not enough then you can scroll through the comments and see what the motorcycles are like to live with on a daily basis.

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Direct Bikes Reviews

We asked customers of The Bike Insurer to review their motorbikes. Real Direct Bikes owners gave their bikes a score of 3.5 out of 5 from 58 reviews.

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Martin
Overall rating
4/5
Direct Bikes SPORTS DB50QT-11
It is small; easy to maneuver; cheap to run and beats the daily traffic jam. It is small; easy to maneuver; cheap to run and beats the daily traffic jam.

Rider Rating

Value for money
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Brakes Handling
0 / 5
Engine
5 / 5
Quality Reliability
0 / 5
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1 month ago
Neol
Overall rating
4/5
Direct Bikes RETRO DB50QT-A
Good value , reliable but lacks power on the slightest of inclines Good value , reliable but lacks power on the slightest of inclines

Rider Rating

Value for money
4 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Brakes Handling
0 / 5
Engine
5 / 5
Quality Reliability
0 / 5
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1 month ago
Anonymous
Overall rating
5/5
Direct Bikes COBRA DB125T-15D
It's amazing and rides like a charm It's amazing and rides like a charm

Rider Rating

Value for money
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Brakes Handling
0 / 5
Engine
5 / 5
Quality Reliability
0 / 5
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1 month ago
Tim
Overall rating
4/5
Direct Bikes NINJA DB50QT15B
Given that I have no previous experience of mopeds/scooters, whether that is riding or owning, my review will be a little limited, but here goes:

For the...
Given that I have no previous experience of mopeds/scooters, whether that is riding or owning, my review will be a little limited, but here goes:

For the price of £799 +£85 for delivery, I'm happy with the purchase. One can easily pay double or more for something similar, even if the ‘quality’ is different. Quality, however, can be rather subjective and, once again, I have not experienced any other moped/scooter so I have nothing to compare with.

I note that a ‘fast’ delivery service is available on the Direct Bikes website which I did not choose for very good reason. Getting the bike quicker DOES NOT make it ride-able on the road any quicker. You have to register the vehicle with the DVLA well before it gets near any useful tarmac. In my case, registration with the DVLA took around 13 days.

I ordered the bike on 20/03/2017.
It arrived on 23/03/2017.

When the bike arrived, it was in quite a substantial metal cage and was left on the kerbside for unpacking. The unpacking proved a little discombobulating as I live on a fairly busy road. One thing to note is that if you intend keeping it on the road whilst unregistered, you do, theoretically, need insurance. Once again, this is a ‘chicken and egg’ scenario and can prove quite difficult and expensive getting the aforesaid insurance. Once it was unpacked, it was taken off road to the rear of the property so it was not an issue for me.

The metal frame is extremely handy as it can be used as a lean-to canopy frame. This I constructed whilst waiting on the DVLA to produce the goods and kept my mind busy.

One thing very special to note is that if you are registering the vehicle in England, Wales or Scotland, insurance is NOT required during the registration process. Only Northern Ireland requires insurance on the VIN during registration. This eliminates the ‘chicken and egg’ scenario of getting it registered without insurance for those outside of Northern Ireland.

It was assigned a registration number on 06/04/2017 by DVLA.

I was able to contact the DVLA on their FaceBook site for an update on the registration (I was concerned as I had underpaid the road tax due to an upcoming increase) and they told me a number had been assigned I that could ring them for the new number plate identifier. This I did, and then subsequently obtained the physical number plate online from platesforcars.co.uk.

Number plate arrived on 11/04/2017.
Insurance started on 12/04/2017, the day before this video was recorded.
13/04/3027 – my first outing!

The first ride was an interesting experience. I’ve never had anything this fast twixt my knees before and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

One thing to note however, the tyre pressures from manufacturer are at around 45psi+ so needed to be dropped to 30-32psi. The ride was much more comfortable after I did this – even off-road!

There have been a few minor niggles as follows:

1) There is a strange electrical fault with the digital clock which seems to want to reset itself to 12 noon at random times. I haven't found a pattern yet. Not a major issue as it's difficult to see it anyways due to its position on the 'dash'. Liquid Crystal Displays are particularly useless outdoors unless the angle is right.

2) One of the four welded nuts that holds the seat in place doesn't work too well in that it seems the thread has become somewhat worn. This issue existed on delivery. Again, not a major issue to replace the nut - I just haven't done it yet.

3) The brake light switch for the rear brake handle doesn’t always work. ie. You pull the lever and sometimes the brake bulb lights up, sometimes it doesn’t. This causes issues when trying to start the engine as the starter motor circuit uses the brake light as a (necessary) indicator of the brakes being applied during starting. Plan ‘B’ is to apply the front brake during starting. A new rear brake switch can be obtained on eBay for less than £5 and it doesn’t look to be rocket science to replace it. Going by the numbers that have been sold, it seems a fairly common problem.

All in all, I’m happy with the purchase. It gets me from A-B without having to stop at C, D and E on the way (as with public transport) and I would recommend you consider these or any scooter as a convenient, ultimately cheaper alternative to bus/train/foot!

That being said, there can and will be other expenses involved, depending on your circumstances/needs:

Insurance - usually not too expensive. £86 yearly from Hastings Direct for me.
CBT if you are required by law. I have an old car licence so I didn’t need it.
Helmet.
Leathers and/or waterproofs.
Strong footwear.
Sturdy gloves. (to eradicate ‘beetle blood’)
Waterproof bike cover.
Battery trickle charger.
Locking bike chain.
A fairly basic toolkit.
Aftermarket alarm.
Petrol! Approx. 1 gallon per tank and you will get easily over 100 miles per tank.
Aftermarket USB charger!

All bought from a well known auction site.

I’ll be honest and say that the warranty is so full of loopholes that I decided early on that I would maintain the bike myself. I therefore have no experience of any servicing costs. Thus far, I’ve changed the oil (0.8L (£3)) after the 1st 300km, a 15 minute job and adjusted the throttle and brakes to cater for cable stretch. Other than that, all I’ve done is to kick the tyres a few times.

Rider Rating

Value for money
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Brakes Handling
0 / 5
Engine
5 / 5
Quality Reliability
0 / 5
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1 month ago
Sandis
Overall rating
4/5
Direct Bikes SPORTS DB50QT-11

Rider Rating

Value for money
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Brakes Handling
0 / 5
Engine
4 / 5
Quality Reliability
0 / 5
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4 months ago
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