Take some time to research which scooter will best suit your needs. choosing the right scooter.
There are 3 general factors to consider when choosing a scooter. If you can answer the following questions you will probably be able to narrow down the possibilities and find a bike that is just right for you.
Are you going to use it for daily transportation? Will you ride frequently - or just for that sunny weekend ride?
If you plan on commuting to work then you should try to choose a new machine or a vintage machine from the 70s or 80s. These bikes will be more durable and comfortable, with better lighting and brakes. There will also be better parts availability for the wear and tear of daily use. If you're using the bike less frequently, any scooter will suit your needs. But remember: If you're driving a bike made over 40 years ago, it's going to require a careful touch.
If you like to do your own repairs and are mechanical, then a used vintage scooter is perfect for you. Italian scooters are designed with the idea of home repair in mind. You can also save a lot of money by buying a used machine and bringing it back to peak running condition yourself.
If you're looking for worry-free driving, with modern-day conveniences like electric starts and automatic transmissions, then a new scooter is the way to go. New scooters come with warranties, are very easy to drive, and come in a wide selection of styles and colors.
Finally, if you want that vintage look and you want to drive it safely and reliably, a restored scooter is a great choice. Many people do not have the skill, time, or tools to properly restore a scooter. If you want to buy a diamond in the rough to have it restored, it will hold it's value really well and is a dream to own.
First, if you need to go on a freeway, you will have to ask your motor vehicle department about specific laws for the minimum legal engine size in your state. Speaking of freeway driving: Some scooters are capable of 60-70 mph, but that is not how fast they were really designed to go. Scooters are designed for quick, safe, and nimble travel through crowded city streets.
A misleading factor in power is engine size. The modern 50cc machine produces 4-7 HP (horsepower). This is equivalent to the 150cc machines that were being sold in the 60s and 70s. The best gauge of power is HorsePower. If you have a lot of big hills in your area or like to carry passengers, then 5 or more HP is what you should be looking for. This level of HP will give you about 45 mph top speed. However, if you just want a slow Sunday drive, an older machine with 3 or 4 HP is perfect. That will give you 35-40mph.
Nothing beats owning or driving a scooter. The pride of owning something so rare and unique is a true joy. Finding the right scooter for your needs will only increase the pleasure you'll get for many years to come.