Gas Scooters Buying Guide
Also often called motor scooters , these babies are a great way to get you from point A to point B faster than any other type of scooter on the market. They can also travel longer distances than their electric counterparts, and some can get you farther on one tank of gas than the average car . To learn more about gas scooter options, advantages and features, read on, motorhead!
- Small motor scooters (50cc) are good for recreational use, while larger motor scooters (100cc+) can drive car-type distances.
- Larger gas scooters often feature windshields ,radios and larger tyres --anything to make longer travel more comfortable.
- Most motor scooters are lightweight and compact, making them fairly speedy.
Four-Stroke Engines Versus Two-Stroke Engines
- A gas scooter with a two stroke engine requires that specific oil be placed into a separate holding tank before mixing with gas in the carburettor. A two-stroke engine also doesn't have valves, making it louder but more responsive than a four-stroke model.
- A gas scooter with a four stroke engine should get better fuel mileage than a two stroke engine as well as lower emissions. You do not have to mix oil with the fuel for this type of engine, and it often offers a quieter, smoother ride for better long-distance travel.
- Know your DOT laws. Some public roadways don't allow gas scooters, while others require a permit.
- Engine size is key. The smaller the motor, the less highway travel you should do. If you plan on a lot of travelling, opt for a model with a 100cc engine or higher; only this will have enough power to efficiently propel you.
- Recreational versus everyday use. If your scooter is just a fun weekend toy, you can save a lot of money by forgoing the extra bells and whistles. If, however, your scooter will be a primary mode of transportation for you, you may want to consider something with extra storage space, an advanced suspension system and the like.
- How long will it last? If you want to keep your scooter running and ready for years to come, opt for a larger engine model that's better suited for high mileage. Brands are also critical to consider, as they may have a reputation for providing a long-lasting shelf life, or may include warranties with their purchases.