Not exactly a car question, but a Scooter/ Moped Question


#1

Hi All-



My husband and I are looking to get a scooter to ease up our commute. We just want some honest opinions about models of scooters, what’s reliable, what’s a good price for a used one, etc?



Thanks!


#2

I’m not going to get into the issue of what is a scooter and what is a moped but in Italy about all they drive are Vespas.


#3

I’ve a friend with one of those little Honda Metropolitans. He loves the thing, though IMO it’s overpriced – -$1700! You could get a gently used motorcycle for that :wink:


#4

I’d stay away from the Chinese brand until it is clearly apparent that they have their quality and parts availability assured. Stay with a Japanese brand, Honda, Suzuki etc.

Yes, you can buy a pretty good used motorcycle for the price of a new scooter. It’s my view that a motorcycle with its larger wheels is safer than a scooter. I’ve been running motorcycles for many years and thousands of miles. I then test rode a Honda Spree a few years ago and felt a little insecure.


#5

2 strokes have aLOT better take off speed


#6

How long a commute and will you be on highways at all? Scooters are basically for in town driving, even though some have larger engines.


#7

Commute will be about 10-15 minutes depending on traffic and mostly be on local roads, definitely no highways. The thing with Missouri is that you don’t need to register anything less than 50cc.


#8

Do you (or anyone else) know about the brand, Roketa?


#9

Does anyone even offer a 2 stroke in the US any more?


#10

50cc is pretty small for keeping up with traffic, but vespa does make one, for about $1800 new. I expect you you could find a used one pretty cheap, or an asian clone even cheaper.

http://www.piaggiousa.com/pScooters/fly50Specs.cfm


#11

2-strokes aren’t road legal in the US anymore, but you still do see some under 50cc toys that use them like the Razor scooters, but not really anything I would consider a serious mode of transportation.


#12

I’d register it and get a scooter withat least 100cc. Regiswtration can;t be that expensive, and you should get the motorcycle driver’s license. It confirms that you know how to drive safely. Or get a bicycle. It’s a great way to get or stay fit.