Admittedly, buying a Gas Motor Scooter or Moped can be a confusing process if you don’t know much about them to begin with. Add to the mix the many different manufacturers, models, and types and it can be an ordeal. When starting your search for a scooter, to keep it from being one of the most frustrating processes you’ve ever been through, I recommend calling 1-877-300-8707 and speaking to Wayne, who will give you great advice on the matter and help get you into the perfect scooter to suit your needs. I’ve found that reviews for scooters are few and far between – it’s nothing like buying a car. It is hard to find any kind of information on certain scooters and prices vary so much. And it doesn’t help that most scooters sound alike.
All most people know is that they want a 150cc scooter that is either retro or modern looking (not lame) that could drive on the interstate, highway or freeway legally. It also had to be reliable, comfortable, and get good gas mileage. I want to help you find the right scooter for you using what I’ve learned. Real scooters from 50cc up to 250cc plus.
Advantages Of Owning A Motor Scooter
Motor scooters are a popular choice to get around town these days and one of the major reasons is their ease of use. Although they are very similar to motorcycles, they are much lighter and the engine is actually located above the rear axle, near the rear wheel in scooters. Scooters also have a step-through frame which allows the rider the place their feet directly on it instead of pedals. This keeps your legs and feet much safer from obstructions in the roadway and obstacles in your path of travel while riding. Basically, it puts a shield in front of your legs so they do not get smashed if you brush up against something or visa-versa.
Another advantage of scooters is their low cost. Of course the price will vary depending on a few factors such as a Brand name (such as a Vespa) verses Non-Branded such as a high quality Chinese import such as those sold on Joy Rides. Another variable is the engine size – the greater the engine displacement (cc’s) – the higher the price. And of course the extra accessories or features you want – luggage boxes, alarm, windshield, ABS… etc. The cheapest scooters range from under $700 to $1,500 plus for new models. I do not advise purchasing a used scooter. EVER.
The gas mileage of scooters is very impressive and is one of the biggest advantages of owning a scooter. The average Automobile gets between 30 to 40 miles per gallon and a hybrid can get 50 plus miles per gallon, but that still pales in comparison to scooters where the average is 60+ mpg, all the way up to 120 mpg. Their amazing fuel efficiency is the why they are selling so well right now.
As an alternate form of transportation, scooters are increasing in popularity every year and it doesn’t seem its going to stop anytime soon. Scooters are street legal just about everywhere and with a model that has a big enough engine (125cc+) you can travel the highways easily. And if you have motor scooter insurance and license, you can go just about anywhere.
Common Scooter Sizes
250cc – 300cc Scooter
If you’re considering buying a 250cc scooter for the first time, you should know there are tons of great manufacturers to choose from as well as hundreds of different styles, models, and colors. You can’t deny that a scooter is a great choice when it comes to alternative transportation options. With their great mileage per gallon and the increasing price of gas, a scooter is a great choice for those on a limited budget. One of the great things about a scooter with a 250cc – 300cc engine is that they can be as fast as motorcycles with as good or better overall handling capabilities. With an accessory line-up with features including multi-passenger carrying capabilities, liquid-cooled four-stroke engines, front windshields, automatic transmissions, and side mirrors, its hard to not find something you’re bound to like about motor scooters.
The 250cc – 300cc scooters class is the perfect choice for individuals who wish to use them for everyday use, and need to commute, and get on the freeway. They are very similar to motorcycles at that engine size with speeds of over 80 mph and 90 mpg or more. These scooters easily can go on interstates and freeways and traverse urban and rural areas alike. If you’re worried about fuel efficiency or the environment, a 250cc scooter is a great alternative to a hybrid car, and gets around 60mpg on average.
Joy Rides offers several models of this type of scooter, and are all just as high quality as the major brands but far better priced.
The picture below is a Yamaha Majesty 250cc Scooter, It is one of the more popular of its size and style, and will cost you around $8,500 plus all sorts of tax and licencing fees. You will notice it has striking similarity to the Joy Rides Intergalactic 300cc, the Joy Rides Commet 300cc and the Joy Rides Discovery 300cc. However, the Joy Rides scooter is most compatible with is the Electra 260cc.
When shopping for a gas motor scooter you’ll want to select a models with the best durability and performance for the price. The good news, or bad news depending on how you look at it, is that there are many scooter manufactures to choose from. The following are some of the top manufactures and their best 250cc scooters.
One of the great scooters that Vespa manufactures is the new GTS 250 but expect a sharp increase in price – this baby retails for over $6,000. With 70 mpg, this scooter has great fuel efficiency without sacrificing power or performance. This beauty features a liquid cooled 4 stroke engine with electronic fuel injection for better performance. This sturdy sleek-looking scooter comes standard with a luggage rack and under seat storage.
The GTV 250 shares many qualities of the GTS 250 including its great performance but is strikingly different in design. This scooter goes back to Vespa’s roots with a very retro style reminiscent of their old 1950′s models. Staying true to the retro design, this scooter features a leather split saddle seat which is quite comfortable for either rider. This scooter is sure to be a classic and will cost you $7,000.
A middle of the line 250cc scooter, the Kymco Grandvista 250 is powerful and sleek and feautures a four stroke water cooled engine like most of this scooters on this list. This motor scooter has some great cushioned seats to make riding your favorite scooter even more enjoyable. Sharing many qualities of the Vespa GTS, you can expect to pay a very reasonable price of about $4,400 for this beauty compared to the $6,000 for the GTS. The only difference is that the Kymco Grandvista 250cc scooter lacks fuel injection.
Again, you will see a striking resemblance between this $4,400 scooter and all 4 of the Joy Ride Comparable Scooters for a price of around $2,700 delivered to your front door.
Scooters have been around for decades now and have been steadily gaining popularity as an alternative vehicle to get around town and with some of the larger engines, use as a main form of transportation. One of the main reasons they have been so popular is their great MPG. When the gas prices took a huge hike upwards not that long ago many people were considering buying a scooter just to save money on gas . I recommend the Joy Rides Phantom 150cc scooter that is a great middle of the line scooter that is fairly cheap without sacrificing too much power or performance.
If you live in an urban area a 150cc motor scooter can be a great choice since they are capable of interstate and freeway travel. They share many of the advantages of a 125cc scooter, but with a little more power and the same great fuel efficiency that all scooters have. There are several of them that can reach speeds of over 80 mph without much modification.
Moped scooters are a great way to help the environment and people who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint should consider a 150cc scooter. Low carbon emissions and great fuel efficiency means less pollution than other vehicles, in fact certain scooters have less than 20% of a cars emissions. If you enjoy having the wind in your face and sun at your back while saving a chunk of change you should consider getting a motor scooter.
Choosing The Right 150cc Motor Scooter For You
A new ‘Branded’ 150cc scooter generally goes for between $2,900 and $6,000 or more. Pretty inexpensive if you think about it. I mean just compare that to how much a brand new motorcycle or car will cost you.With all the different brands and companies that sell scooters it can be hard to find the right one for you. Well from my experience shopping around looking for scooters and riding them I can recommend a few for you.
Honda Dylan 150
The Honda Dylan 150cc scooter a great scooter. It has a great modern design with some high tech angles, enticing metallic paint, and multifaceted lights. Put simply it looks like a futuristic version of a scooter. Fortunately looks are not what the Dylan 150 is all about – its no slouch on speed or control either. Its 13″ wheels provide great traction and maneuverability, allowing you to lean into turns and have it hold steady. Also if you use the interstate or freeway often then this scooter will do the job quite well. It will cost you round $2,800 because its a Honda. Joy rides sells very similar models in style and performance to the 150cc Dylan. They are the; Express for $988; The Downtown for $1,029; The Boulevard for $1,129; The Uptown for $1,347; and The Grand Prix for $1,349. You will save twice as much by purchasing any of these models with out sacrificing any style or quality over a Honda, and you get these online, deviled to your door for these prices!
Other very similar models in performance, but NOT in price to the aforementioned 150cc Joy Ride Models are :
The SYM VS 150cc features a four stroke engine that is significantly more powerful and perky than most 125cc bikes. It has getup and go function that is great for the freeway provided you avoid the fast lane. It’s 12″ wheels and suspension absorb most bumps to provide for a reasonably comfortable ride. The scooter also has quite large brake pads for a motor scooter of it’s size. This scooter also features great under the seat storage capable of storing a full helmet.
The Vespa LX 150cc handles surprisingly well and has plenty of storage just like the VS – you can easily fit a full face helmet under the seat and it also has a front lockable glove box. The single cylinder, 2 valve, four stroke engine pumps out a little over 11 hp, reasonable but not incredible but it does have enough power to transverse the interstate just fine. The design is a modern twist on the Vespa classic design with just enough of a hint at their roots. The 11″ wheel base is slightly smaller than most but that’s nothing to hold against the LX 150 as it still handles quite well and its sturdy construction gives you a feeling of comfort and safety.
Fast 50cc Scooters
Scooters can be a great way to get around town without spending a ton on gas. 50cc scooters are popular because they are not only fuel efficient but also the largest scooters that you can drive without a special license in most areas. In fact sales are almost ten times higher than just 10 years ago. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well that’s great and all but what about speed? Aren’t scooters really slow?” Well some can be but there are many fast 50cc scooters available as well.
Factory bone stock scooters can only go about 35-50 miles an hour max without any modifications. So you won’t be able to drive down highways or interstates and it can be difficult to keep up with the faster traffic. The good news though is that with some slight modifications (variator derestriction, cdi box, and roller weights) you can increase your scooters speed to around 60-65 miles per hour. The fastest 50cc scooter that you can reasonably modify with some additional parts like a pipe and some other inexpensive materials would bring it close to 66-70 miles per hour. The world record for the fastest 50cc scooter in existence is 102.5 mph but it was with heavy modifications that a normal rider wouldn’t have access to or even want.
How To Mod Your 50cc Scooter To Go Faster
Modded 50cc Scooter Peugeot Speedfight
Any scooter on the market can be modified to go faster – how much faster depends on a few different factors. The first thing you need to find out is if your scooter is two stroke or four stroke. Most new scooters are four stroke. Two stroke engines are slightly easier to modify for greater power and speed but a four stroke can be modified as well, it’s just a bit more complicated. Basically what you have to do is to improve the air and exhaust flow as well as the flow of gasoline.
Many 50cc scooters are restricted, or limited, on how fast they can go by a restrictor in the carburetor or exhaust. By removing this restrictor (usually a washer or restrictor pipe in the exhaust neck) you should see noticeable increases in speed and power. Be forewarned though, any modifications of your motor scooter will void all your warranties. In some cases it may be illegal to ride these de-restricted motor scooters so check out your local laws before following through with anything.
Common performance kits will also void warranty for you as well as cause some other problems if you take your modifications too far. Your engine may be less trustworthy and your brakes and/or suspension systems might not be enough to support the newly modded 50cc scooter. 50cc scooters were not built for such high speeds so making sure you have a quality brand scooter like a Vespa will help.
If your not handy with modding your scooter you can always go to a garage and see if they will help. Some may even de-restrict it for you if it is legal where you live.
The Benefits Of Owning a 50cc Scooter
Typical 50cc imported Chinese scooter.
The price of a 50cc scooter is one of its biggest advantages. Most are in the price range of a $1,000 to $5,000 which is vastly cheaper than even the cheapest car you can find. Of course scooters can’t carry multiple passengers like other vehicles and offer little storage room. Most scooters can only hold in the range of 240-260 pounds but that is generally enough for most individuals. Consumer Reports recently tested several different scooters, and according to them the Vespa LX 50cc is the best bang for your buck at only $3,500 – base model price. A bit to overpriced when you take the available Joy Ride 50cc scooter options into consideration… almost all for under $1000! No compromise in quality or style… just savings all around!
Another great advantage is that scooters are great on gas mileage. A typical 50cc scooter gets anywhere from 70 miles per gallon (MPG) to over 120 mpg. This makes scooters the perfect vehicles for short to medium distances especially with the increasingly higher gas prices. People in Europe and most other eastern countries already realize that scooters and more specifically 50cc scooters, are a highly economical way of getting around, especially in the town or city.
In addition to all the amazing advantages that a 50cc moped scooter posses, they also don’t cost much to maintain. If you consider how much would spend on average repairing another vehicle over its lifetime, you would be surprised by the amount. This is a great selling point since most people don’t have a lot of extra money to throw away.
If you want to learn more about how scooters work and how to choose a scooter that works for you and your situation.
About the 125cc Scooter – Considerations.
Motor scooters come in all different shapes and sizes and literally hundreds of companies and brands have different 125cc scooters for sale. Mopeds and scooters can be either electric or gas powered. Styles, colors, sizes, and prices will vary model by model and company but some things remain constant such as their great mileage per gallon. Motor scooters are a great alternative to fuel efficient cars unless you need that extra passenger space.
Even though many 125cc scooters are capable of freeway travel and are able to get up to over 80 mph, some are not. Scooters with less power, such as 50cc scooters can’t travel on the interstate which is a big advantage 150cc scooters almost entirely – but our attitude is, if you’re going to buy a 125cc scooter, and have to get a motorcycle license anyway, then buy a 150cc scooter!
As Moped scooters for sale in the US are becoming more popular all the time with the rising cost of gas and people looking to reduce their carbon footprint. With such high fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions, scooters are a great alternative to getting around that doesn’t pollute quite as much as other forms of transportation. I mean with the wind in your face and the sun shining on your back, what more can you ask for from a vehicle that can avoid traffic jams and save tons on gasoline while also helping the environment?
As I’ve mentioned several times now, the coolest way to get around now a days is turning to mopeds and scooters. This is clearly seen with their increasing sales month by month and year over year of scooters for sale. Why not join them and at least check out your options.
How Much Do 125cc Scooters Cost?
Vespa S 125cc
The average cost of a new 125cc scooter (gas or electric) is anywhere from $1,300 to over $4,000. This is nothing compared to how much a new fuel efficient hybrid car will cost you. Also consider how much money you’ll save on gas over time. You never know when gas prices will go up again. That is one of the best reasons to buy a motor scooter right there. There are of course numerous other reasons to buy a scooter 125cc. But even more reasons to buy a 150cc scooter… the first being the price! Most 150cc’s get almost the same MPG as a 125, but just not as much power and acceleration. and in many cases, 125cc’s cost more then 150cc. Certtinaly thats the case here. Take a look at some of the 125′s and then look at whats JOY RIDES has in the 150cc scooter class… and the price!
Yamaha 125cc Scooters
Yamaha Vino Classic 125cc
Right now Yamaha has two new 125cc scooters for sale. The first of which is the Yamaha Vino Classic. The vino classic is an extra durable and efficient retro design with a four stroke engine which delivers more torque. This 125cc motor scooter has an easy electric start and kick start option as well as a rear wheel locking device and tamper proof ignition.
The second is the all new 2009 Zuma 125 from Yamaha. This new innovation includes great shocks, wide sturdy wheels, and large cushioned seat for extra comfort even on unpaved or uneven roads. It has great fuel efficiency like all Yamaha’s and this model includes a fuel-injected four stroke engine. Both of these bikes will set you back a measly $3,000 – or get a similar Joy Rider for under a grand!
Vespa 125cc Scooters
The new Vespa S 125 has a clean minimalist design reminiscent of classics such as the 50 Special and the Vespa Primavera. To highlight the new suspension, it has been downsized and the new stylish chrome trim on the mudguard gives it a sleeker look. It tops out at around 60mph stock and will set you back approximately $3,200. Or you can get a similar Joy Rider for under a grand!
2009 Genuine Buddy 125cc
The 2009 Genuine Buddy features a 125cc 4-stroke gas engine and is a high performance scooter in the Genuine lineup, featuring an upgraded suspension as well as brakes and accessories. The buddy gets 90 mpg depending on rider weight and road conditions. This scooter will set you back at least $2,700.
There are of course hundreds of other 125cc scooters but that’s far too many to mention here and anyway I only wanted to point out the few that I like. If you shop around and find the best price for your motor scooter then before you know it, you’ll be saving yourself tons of cash. I mean if its your money, why should you give it to the oil companies when you could just buy and drive a 125cc scooter.
Again… these are excellent Scooters and Mopeds… But when it comes to price, you can’t beat the quality, Value and Price of the similar and comparable 150cc, and 50cc scooters available at Joy Rides for far less then the Branded ones… because you are not buying a Brand Name… Just a Great Deal!