More and more people are beginning to see the value in ditching their cars and hitting the roads on scooters and mopeds. It’s easy to see why. For a single person, it’s more efficient, cost-effective, and easier to get around. Plus, you can have a bunch of fun with custom options. Of course, families will still have to rely on their hatchbacks, but single people are free to choose. If you want to take the plunge and trade your car for a scooter, then this is the guide for you. Navigating the market for a scooter can be tough at first, but we’ve got all the information you’ll need to see you through the sale.
First of all, it’s important to get to grips with the types of scooter that are available to you. They often come in three varieties – 50cc, 150cc, 250cc. The cc stands for cubic centimeters and describes the size of the scooter’s engine. That’s the critical number that you need to pay attention to. The engine size plays a large part, and we’re going to help you figure out exactly how much power you need.
The smallest type of engine available to you is 50cc. On its own, that number may not mean a lot to you, so let’s go into a little bit more detail. Indeed, 50cc isn’t going to give off as much power as a larger engine, as you would expect. As such, the scooter’s top speed is restricted. Usually, in the case of 50cc scooters, you’ll encounter a top speed of around forty miles per hour. That rules out trips on the highway, for starters, but it also means it’s only suitable to flat terrain. 50cc engines just don’t have the power to ride uphill. For getting around your local area, though, they’re a great – and affordable – option. If that’s what you need, take a look at the Top 3 TaoTao 50cc Scooters.
I probably don’t need to inform you that the next size up increases your maximum speed limit. However, the difference is not as much as you might think. 150cc scooters generally only reach a max speed of around fifty miles per hour. That’s just an increase of ten. Where the real difference comes from, though, is its power. Indeed, a 150cc scooter will be able to handle going uphill, and also carry another passenger. Two things that are not recommended for smaller engines. Think of it as the scooter equivalent to a city car. Take a look at how to get the best bang for your buck.
This is where things start to get really powerful for the scooter driver. As you might expect, you get an increase in power, size, and speed. However, with that comes an increase in the running costs. You will have to opt for a 250cc engine if you plan on travelling long distances or with a passenger frequently. Take a look at your choices for a 250cc engine.
The cool Mavizen TTX02 electric motorbike is being dubbed as a laptop on wheels. A really cool fast laptop on wheels and an expensive one at $41,300. Besides it’s impressive top speed of 130mph, the interesting thing about this cool bike is that it features a dedicated IP address, on-board web server, WiFi and Linux.
The electric drivetrain and lithium-ion battery sits in an RC8 superbike chassis provided by KTM.
Another view of the two motors, plus the WP shock and a portion of the chrome-moly frame.
The Mavizen TTX02 motorbike runs on Linux and includes a built-in Web browser to make updating and modifying the software a snap.
When you don’t need gasoline, under the gas cap is a great place to stash a USB port.
Another studio shot of the TTX02 electric motorcycle.
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Check out this cool custom green electric chopper, the first electric chopper in the world. Siemens announced that it has teamed up with renowned custom motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers to build the first custom electric motorcycle.
The “Siemens Smart Chopper,” which will be featured on the hit TV show American Chopper, was unveiled in an event at the Time Warner Center.