When buying a new or used scooter, we are all faced with the same questions - how much scooter do I need? How much scooter will I use? The answer might be smaller than you think.
The benefits of a small scooter (in the 50 - 150cc range) are many. One benefit is cost, which is lower than larger scooters for the usual “speed and performance” reasons, but also lower because of insurance and fuel economy. Money in the form of fuel savings is significant when even Genuine Buddy 50 or Kymco Agility 125 (two inexpensive quality scooters) can easily achieve in excess of 75 MPG. Add in insurance (none required at all for under 50cc in Michigan, although recommended, and it’s generally inexpensive for scooters up to 150cc), and you have a strong positive to start with. Here are a few more reasons that a smaller scooter might be right for you.
Smaller scoots tend to be simpler scoots. With the advent of reliable, clean running, 4-stroke engines and acceptable quality even from mainland China (in dedicated, ISO 9001 factories under parent brand supervision and Q/A), simple, sturdy scoots are readily available for interesting prices. If you want something that will last and last, a step up to a Taiwanese or entry-level used scooter is within reach.
This is the real trump card of the smaller scoot - the ability to jump on the scoot, and commute, fun ride or shop with ease. Parking is generally easier, (depending on location and enforcement friendliness) and general usability goes up. They have a saying - “Rock star parking” and it it’s true. The ability to park at the door of many establishments - as long as one is not blocking pedestrian access - is an undeniable bonus of the smaller scooter. As for mileage, smaller scoots can easily attain 75 to 115 miles per gallon of fuel, all while providing a genuine thrill in riding and a true feel for the road. For new scooterists, the choice is easy, a smaller, lighter scooter is easier to handle and great for gaining confidence on. Try one and you’ll see.
“The smaller the scooter, the easier the ride” goes the old saying and it’s probably largely true. A smaller scooter, with a smaller wheelbase, will be lighter and faster to respond to user input (turning the handlebars will result in a faster turn-in.) A lighter scooter is almost always better in the urban environment, as maneuverability is at a premium and the ability to “flick” it up on the stand is appreciated, especially when doing so more than a few times a day (for delivery duty, perhaps.) It’s also easier in the approachability measure, so be prepared to be quizzed about your transportation choice as soon as you dismount at the local pizza joint.
A smaller scooter is a benefit when overall top speed is not a consideration or where urban congestion is a problem. For someone who doesn’t like to wrestle a large scooter up on it’s stand, it’s also a benefit. For long-distance touring, a small scooter is probably not the best way forward (although there are exceptions - when time is not a factor, for instance). Seeing the world or just getting around town is so much better from the seat of a scooter, and the small (cheaper, lighter, more economical) scooter might just be the way to get you on that seat this year. Think about it.
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