1. Where are the gears?
There are no gears or clutch and no footwork
They are fully automatic!!! Just twist and go2. How do I start it?
There is an electric start button on the right hand side switch block which you press in conjunction with pulling one of the brake levers.3. Is there a footbrake?
No, Front and rear brakes are both activated by levers on the handlebar. No footwork!4. Are they a four stroke or a two stroke engine?
They are mostly four stroke. However sports scooters and small 50 cc scooters tend to be two stroke (where the oil and petrol is mixed automatically)5. Can they take a passenger?
Yes there is a pillion seat seat and foot pegs for the passenger6. What’s the difference between a scooter and a motorbike?
Generally scooters differ from motorcycles in three key areas:
- Wheel size
- Step through Chassis
- Incorporated engine and rear wheel unit and the automatic transmission
They are light having greater protection with a low centre of gravity making them easier to manoeuvre
7. What are the advantages of a scooter?
Scooters are made to be convienient, functional and simple for any person to ride. They are automatic, light weight, have a lower centre of gravity as well as under seat storage space.
But best of all, no peak hour or parking problems
8. What are the top speeds?
50 cc scooters are restricted to 50 km/h but may be derestricted which may or may not be legal depending on your license.
100 cc machines reach 85 km/h,
125 cc machines about 95 km/h
150 cc machines around 110 km/h.
200-250 cc machines will do around 130 km/h
500 cc machines will do easily over the 150 km/h mark.
Top speed is not the only measurement of what you want out of your scooter. Does it keep up with traffic? Will it get off at the lights at an acceptable speed? Consult a scooter specialist dealer on what is right for your usage.
9. How much does it cost to run a scooter?
Registration ranges from $88 (50cc) through to $303 (250cc)
Fuel tank sizes range from 4 litres (50cc) to 17 litres (500 cc)
Fuel economy is from 5 L/100km to 2 L/100km and averages around 3.5 litres.
Scooters fall into one of the lower insurance categories.
A major service generally ranges between $150 and $250
10. What warranty is offered?
Some brands are 12 months with the most generally being 24 months and unlimited kilometres
11. Do I acknowledge other riders on the road ?
There is a convention when two riders (including motorcyclists - but not always Harley riders) approach each other, an acknowledgement that you are different from the drivers in "tin tops", as you approach another rider you will get/give "the nod". Also at traffic lights as someone pulls up next to you a slight inclination of the head once you've made eye contact is the appropriate greeting/affirmation.
If you see another scooter you could even raise the left hand in a greeting, much like the finger off the steering wheel in the country. The feeling of difference/camaraderie between the two wheelers and the rest goes further. If you have run out of petrol or have a flat tyre the convention is that the next rider going past will pull over and assist!
Words by Nico Wright, Motorini Scooters, ACT