150cc Tank Scooter
I am currently working on a short documentary, probably about a half hour, on motor scooters here in Columbia, Missouri. Since I purchased mine last year the number of scooters on the road have increased. This is a rough cut, barely edited, that I posted on YouTube so that I could share it with some key people. This is the same scooter that I posted a picture of a few weeks ago. After a rather long investigation as to possible alternative modes of transpertation I decided to get a scooter. A moped, under 50cc and slow at a top end of 35 mph, did not work out. I bought a 150cc Tank scooter which for licensure purposes anyway is considered a motorcycle so I needed a motorcycle operators license and to license my new scooter. The scooter was made in China and reasonably priced.
The 150 cc motor is the scooter and motorcycle workhorse engine in China because it is the maximum engine size allowed for motorcycles and scooters. Three wheeled vehicles can have bigger motors, and they do, but two wheeled transport is limited to the 150cc limit. So, it is an engine design which has a long and successful history in China and elsewhere around the world.
I did a through web search and the only real criticism I found on the Tank scooters was by people who don't own one. People who own the Tank scooters, at least the bigger ones, seemed to love them. So far I have not been disappointed in the one I purchased. The only problem I have had is keeping the battery charged but it has only stranded me once.
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Here is a website...2007-09-29 16:50:02 by midknight_rndzvs
With a full tutorial and pictures
I know these Tank scooters a little, there were a number of them that went through the auction not too many months ago.
A friend of mine bought one, and i remeber he had some trouble selling it through a dealership because they (At that time) didn't have a kill switch on the handlebars. so MSF failed them.
They must have found a way around this since the site I checked said they are now legal in CA.
I rode his, it was much faster than i expected for a 150cc scooter
Gear Oil Weight?2007-11-04 04:25:20 by my_evil_twin
I have a TANK 50cc Scooter. I found a website that recommends 90 weight synthetic gear oil but that is for his 150cc TANK. I bought 85W-140 Castrol Hypoy C Gear Oil only because I've been to 3 auto parts stores and can't find 90 weight synthetic. Will it make a big difference? Should I just go ahead and use this one or return it and find the 90 weight? Should I be using a different weight for a 50cc scooter anyway?
It's tough to say2009-10-08 11:08:28 by Jburdie
I used to have a 150cc scooter, Sun-L brand. It was one of the cheapest ones you could find. I got it shipped to my house in iowa from texas for under $950 including shipping. But I wouldn't necessarily have called it reliable or low maintenance. My brother had a tank brand 150cc scooter, and once again, he has had some major problems with it. I doubt consumer reports have covered these because these brands are made in China. Of course, if you wanted to you could pay four times as much for a Honda scooter, it would definitely be reliable. I know of a website that is super helpful for learning pretty much anything you would want to know about scooters
Swap meet a featured event at Mid-Ohio's Vintage Motorcycle Days — Mansfield News Journal
Tanks, wheels, seats, engine parts, fairings and accessories can all be found at the swap meet, including motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and minibikes. Books, manuals, helmets, leathers and memorabilia are also staples of the event.