The MSRP, or manufacture's suggested retail price, is
the rate at which a manufacture recommends to a dealer
to sell their products for.
The price of a bike after a dealer adds on fees. For
example, many dealers tack on a shipping and assembly
fee to the price of a bike. Sales tax is usually
excluded from this estimate.
If we stereotyped bikes from different counties it would
go a little like this. Taiwan is one of the largest
scooter producers and they have a high standard for
quality. China is known for their inexpensive, and often
unreliable bikes. Italy produces high performance bikes,
at an extremely high cost. We've found that mopeds made
in India are a good bargain; you get a decent amount of
performance for the amount you pay. Mexican bikes are
good, but a bit overpriced.
Most commonly found in scooters and mopeds are
two-stroke engines. They provide good acceleration, are
durable, and generally cost less than a four-stroke
engine. A four-stroke engine tends to vibrate less than
a two-stroke, gets better gas mileage, and lasts longer.
However, you will compromise your speed by a couple
miles per hour if you go with a four-stroke rather than
A lighter bike is easier to control than a heavier one.
Heavier bikes are usually larger bikes, which means that
it will probably be more comfortable for two-seater.
The term "average top speed" can be misleading. Even
though two bikes have the same size engines it doesn't
mean they will go the same speed. The type of
transmission, bike weight, and the weight of passengers
have a large influence on speed. When comparing the top
speed of two bikes you should keep in mind potential top
Most scooters and mopeds have an air-cooled engine. Even
though a liquid-cooled engine is better, the air-cooled
one works extremely well with smaller engines (49cc).
Liquid cooled engines are often found on larger bikes
The displacement of a bike will tell you how large the
engine cylinder is. For example, a 49cc engine has a
piston inside its cylinder that displaces 49 cubic
centimeters of fuel for every stroke it takes. The
larger the displacement, the bigger the engine, the
faster you go.
Smaller scooters and mopeds might have a single-speed
transmission, which means it only has one gear. These
bikes are only capable of going about 30 mph. A two
speed automatic transmission will let you go a little
faster. The CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission,
is always in gear and you never feel it shift. It gives
you the best performance available. Keep in mind while
shopping around that almost every scooter is automatic.
Only a handful of scooters (which try to look like
motorcycles) use a manual transmission.
Larger tires will give you increased stability, top
speed, and ride comfort over smaller ones. Smaller tires
will usually offer you better acceleration and control
(because of width).
Steel rims are a cheaper alternative to aluminum ones.
However, they usually don't last as long or look as good
because they are prone to rust and the paint chipping.
Most commonly found on mopeds and scooters are drum
brakes. Their upgrades are disc brakes, which provide
superior stopping power. A good combination between the
two is a drum brake in the rear and a disc brake in the
front. Make sure the disc brake is hydraulic (similar to
power brakes on a car).
In this category you get what you pay for. In general,
lower end bikes come with a three month warranty. A
medium to high quality bike will usually give you a six
month warranty. Bikes with a superior quality have a one
year warranty. If we could give you one piece of advice
when picking out a scooter it would be this: judge a
bike by its warranty.