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Motorcycle vs. Scooter Comparison Part II

Motorcycle vs. scooter? There was a time when,if what you wanted was a machine that could break the speed limit,the answer was always "motorcycle." In fact,"scooter" is used by non-motorcyclists to describe any small,low-powered two-wheel vehicle that requires limited skill to ride (or the perception of needing limited skill). When I tell people I have ridden up and down the length of California and even cross-country on scooters,they look at me like I just announced I flew to Aruba on a giant parakeet. But motorcyclists and scooterists know about "Maxi-Scooters, " larger scoots aimed at intracity transport,a class spearheaded by Honda's famed Helix of 1986 (yes,scooter nerds,I know there were touring-oriented scooters on the market before the Helix,but the Honda was the first modern Maxi I can think of). This has changed: meet the Maxi-Scooter. A Maxi aims to provide the power,range,luggage capacity and comfort of a large motorcycle with (some of) the convenience,mobility,ease-of-operation and economy of a smaller scooter,overlapping both worlds and hopefully picking up new customers from both. BMW places its scooters in its "Urban Mobility" line,an all-new classification that will both pluck new customers from other brands as well as create brand-new ones.People like scooters,says BMW Product Manager Sergio Caravajal—they're cute,friendly and accessible,even if they are 575-pound bruisers like the C650GT we rode for this test.

Read up on the GT with our tech brief as well as my first-ride report,but here are the basics. The BMW C650 and C650GT are really closer to motorcycles than they are to scooters. If a scooter can be operated without using a clutch and gearbox,has a step-through design and a combined swingarm/motor unit holding the rear wheel,the BMW is no more a scooter than the dual-clutch equipped Honda NC700X. The BMW's tube-steel,bridge-type frame mounts the liquid-cooled,647cc twin-cylinder,dual overhead cam with a claimed 60 hp below the rider's feet,keeping unsprung mass—the bane of scooter handling—off the big aluminum swingarm. That and the low-profile 15-inch wheels make the center of gravity very low. It also makes the big machine harder to mount than smaller scooters. It still has room for underseat storage (almost 16 gallons worth) and has the riding position and friendly styling of a scooter. Is it a scooter? Technically no,but functionally,what you get is a scooter-like experience with the performance of a middleweight commuter motorcycle.

Sena Sena SMH5-02 Bluetooth Headset/Intercom Full-Face Helmet Kit for Scooters and Motorcycles
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  • Multi-pair with up to four other headsets
  • Hands-free calling for motorcycles and scooters
  • Individual volume profiles
  • Integrated audio booster and playback controls

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Scooter vs. Motorcycle law

2006-10-20 12:11:00 by scooterindenver

I live in Denver, work downtown, and ride a 49cc scooter. I was pulled over this morning by a DPD motorcycle officer and issued a $54 citation for violation of section 54-630 "eye protection required."
Here's my question. My scooter, at 49cc, is technically a "motorized bicycle." It is not legally a motorcycle, and as such, I am not required to have a motorcycle endorsement on my license, nor does the scooter have to have a license plate, etc. It just has a little "motorized bicycle" sticker. Article IX of the Denver municiple code ("Bicycles") states that "The provisions of this article applicable to motorized bicycles shall apply whenever a motorized bicycle is operated upon any street, roadway or highway, subject to those exceptions stated herein

Scooter vs. Motorcycle

2004-12-17 13:19:33 by Gon4Mars

I heard that you only need a driver's license to ride a scooter, but there's a certain type of scooter that can be ridden.
After researching the DMV website, I'm still couldn't find out what classification of scooter this is. Can anyone tell me if there's a website or more information on this?
Motorcycle registration and insurance is a bit too high, and I heard that a scooter's a better alternative. Any help would be great!

Age required to drive "motorscooter"

2006-03-10 19:05:51 by smwm

My 11 year old daughter wants a "motorscooter". After perusing DMV and related websites, I still can't figure out the laws arond this. I know they are only allowed on surface streets, thank god. Does anyone know info. on things like licensing requirments, age minimums, legal definitions of what constitutes a motor scooter vs. something like a Vespa or small motorcycle, driving at night, minimum age of driver and so forth. This is supposed to be an objective way to determine wheter she should drive a motorscooter-nudge, nudge; wink, wink; say no more

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    Apr 28, 2008 by Raina M | Posted in Motorcycles

    For example, what are good brakes, good transmission and starter systems, brake systems, engine, battery, drive, compression ratio, all that. I want a good moped for an affordable price, not a cheap one that will fall apart. I'm not a gearhead so I don't know what to look for.

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      Short ones...otherwise they complain that it is too cramped.