Choosing a Gas Scooter
Big, Bad and Fast. That is what used to be the cry from the streets when it came to gas scooters. These days, people everywhere are parking their SUV’s and hopping on a gas scooter for their short trips. How do you choose the right gas scooter? The answers are simpler than you think.
Choosing a gas scooter is not rocket science, but it does take some thought. You need to determine where your going to ride it, whether you want an electric start, as well as how much you want to spend on it. Taking into consideration these primary factors, you can make a decisive decision that will not leave you with a gas scooter that does not meet your particular need.
Where are you going to ride your gas scooter? Gas scooters come in two main types; On road and off road. Depending on where you plan to ride your gas scooter, will determine which type you purchase.
Off-Road: Gas scooters that are used off-road will have a stronger reinforced frame with a more robust suspension system. Off road enthusiasts race through trails and dirt tracks and some have jumps, so the gas scooter must be able to handle this type of abuse. The off road gas scooters will have fat knobby tires, averaging in sizes from eight to ten inches. Most off road gas scooters will have a mid level suspension system usually towards the back of the footplate to absorb impact and prevent the plate and frame from breaking.
On-Road: The on-road, or street gas scooters are most popular. These gas scooters are used for every type of transportation from getting to the office, school, going to the store as well as racing. There are basic types that blue collar workers and college kids use to get to their destination without having to rely on an automobile. There are performance gas scooters that are for the extremist and can hit forty-five to fifty miles per hour. Street gas scooters come with a variety of options and vary in the types of wheels that they have. The wheels on the street scooters can be anywhere from six inches up to ten inches. Street gas scooter tires are either slicks for racing, or grooved tread for road grip.
Another thing to consider is if you want the advantage of an electric start. Electric start gas scooters are primarily available on the street gas scooters. With an electric start, you need a battery. The battery and start coil are housed under the scooter footplate n a built in box. This type of setup is more convenient. However, this adds considerable weight to the scooter. You will not see an electric start on a performance gas scooter. They don’t want to be bogged down by all the extra weight.
How much do you want to spend on your gas scooter? The basic street gas scooters are relatively cheap for all that you get. The average adult street gas scooter will only set you back a couple of hundred dollars. While a performance gas scooter for either off road or on road racing can get as high as the thousands. Spend your money wisely.