Everyone wants to have their own personal vehicle. This gives you the freedom to move around the city. But not everyone can afford a car. Even a supported car will cost a lot. A scooter is a good solution here. A scooter is a smaller version of a motorcycle. It has a more comfortable fit thanks to the footrest, very maneuverable. Designed for everyday driving in the city or village. For scooters, you need a license of category A or A1. They are considered the best motor transport for urban roads, and also quite easy to operate, which is an indisputable plus for beginners. Such a vehicle can give odds to any car in a traffic jam.
Those who are poorly versed in motorcycles often confuse a scooter and a moped. But in fact, these are two different vehicles. The moped belongs to economical vehicles, thanks to which you can travel over short distances. Its maximum speed is 50 km / h, and its engine capacity is 50 cubic meters. It lacks a gearbox and controls the speed using the steering wheel. Before starting the moped, it is necessary to turn the pedal in the opposite direction several times.
A scooter is closer to a motorcycle than a moped. It differs from a motorcycle in a smaller wheel diameter, lighter weight and less power. Unlike a moped, a scooter has a gearbox. It can reach a much higher speed - up to 120 km / h. The control of this vehicle is completely carried out by the hands, while the legs are not involved in any way. There is a special platform for the feet.
Although the scooter and the moped are very similar in appearance, the moped is closer in design to the bicycle, and the scooter to the motorcycle.
For a moped, rights are not required, respectively, and movement on it can be limited. A moped is more like a bicycle than a full-fledged vehicle, so you need to ride it closer to the edge of the road. And for a scooter, you need both a license and a regular inspection. An age limit also applies to his driving. This is all due to the fact that the scooter can reach much higher speeds and is designed for city driving, which makes it an unsafe vehicle if used improperly.
Among the advantages of this vehicle, it is worth noting:
When buying almost any item, we always choose according to three main criteria: price, quality and reliability. The scooter is no exception. For many, the price becomes a decisive factor when choosing a vehicle. But we must not forget about the quality of materials and reliability in operation.
The choice of a scooter must begin with determining the operating conditions - whether it will be driving around the city or the scooter is bought for a summer residence or a village.
When choosing a scooter up to 50 cubic meters, you need to decide on the engine, which is two-stroke and four-stroke. Most of the new models are produced with a four-stroke engine, since it is more economical, makes less noise when driving, is easy to control and is considered environmentally friendly. But such an engine costs an order of magnitude higher for a two-stroke. Scooters with a two-stroke engine accelerate faster and are significantly lighter in weight. But they consume a lot of gasoline, make a lot of noise and generate a lot of smoke.
Appearance is also important. Fortunately, now there is a large selection among various models, and almost every manufacturer provides a choice of 4-5 colors.
The highest quality and most reliable scooter models are Japanese and Chinese. Japanese scooter manufacturers include Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. All three companies produce equally high quality scooters, and they are very close in price, so choosing a Japanese scooter is always difficult.
Chinese scooters largely copy the models of Japanese and European brands. The quality of the Chinese is much lower, but the price is also more attractive. When choosing a Chinese scooter, you need to pay attention to the wheels: it is better to take 12 or 13 inches with a width of 3.5 inches. Tires for such wheels are easier to find. It is better to take the front suspension with a telescopic shock absorber and a disc brake, and the rear one with two shock absorbers. When buying a Chinese used scooter, you need to be very careful, and it is better to buy a new one in a specialized store, which will provide a guarantee.
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Urban transport, for driving in heavy traffic, is capable of accelerating to 60 km / h. 4-stroke 3.7 hp engine and with a working volume of 49.6 cm cube. starts with an electric starter and a kick starter. Electronic ignition system CDI.
The structure of 168 / 63.8 / 101 cm in size, weighing 80 kg is equipped with a 4-liter fuel tank (AI-92 fuel is filled in), a hydraulic brake system (front disc brake, rear drum brake), R10 wheelbase with aluminum discs, transmission " Variator ", front and rear suspension (telescopic fork, swingarm with 2 shock absorbers).
The vehicle is equipped with a luggage compartment, which is located under the seat, an alarm, 1.5 seats with a landing height of 71 cm. Fuel is supplied through a carburetor. Only 2 liters of fuel are needed per 100 km.
The average price is 27,100 rubles.
Modern design technology with a spoiler instead of the luggage compartment, which is equipped with an additional LED brake light. Forced 2-stroke AF18E 7.0 hp engine has a volume of 49 cm.cc, one cylinder and forced air cooling.
Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes provide the structure with reliability while driving on asphalt. Fuel tank with a nominal volume of 5 liters, gasoline is consumed economically, it allows you to drive a distance of 200-250 km. One seat. The muffler is sporty. Separate lubrication system. The headlight is yellow.
Overall dimensions (see): 165 by 99.5. Net weight - 66 kg.
The average price is 27,500 rubles.
Unit with a single-cylinder, two-stroke 6.8 hp engine. and a volume of 49.9 cc is intended for movement in the city and on dirt roads. It is complemented by a disc brake, a reinforced crankshaft, a contactless ignition system (12V), a forced air cooling system, a 4-liter gas tank, telescopic front and pendulum rear suspension, and a V-belt - the final drive.
The front and rear wheels are 10R. The scooter is powered by a carburetor. Separate lubrication system, 900 ml oil tank. The vehicle is launched using an electric starter and a kick starter.
Net weight of goods - 59 kg.
The average price is 250,000 rubles.
Despite its mobility, the technique allows you to carry 2 passengers. It is equipped with a lockable boot located at the front of the scooter, a 2.9 hp single-cylinder two-stroke engine. (working volume 49 cm3), folding footrests. Air cooling system, forced. The ignition is electronic. Electric start or kick start. The front suspension is a telescopic fork, the rear is a swingarm combined with the engine, and damping is provided by an air-oil shock absorber.
The transmission is a variator. There is a disc brake in front, a drum brake in the back. Tires 120x60x12 / 130x60x12 are installed on aluminum alloy wheels, the ground clearance is 21 cm. The landing height is 75 cm. There is a trunk under the seat. The fuel tank with a capacity of 5.2 liters is filled with AI-95 fuel. Consumption per 100 km - 2 liters.
Overall dimensions of the model (see): 174/66/113. Net weight - 105 kg.
The average cost is 28,750 rubles.
An old but reliable model with a two-stroke engine. Economical, easy to operate. Easily picks up speed up to 60 km / h. Has a good braking system. Differs in durability.
This year's novelty in retro style has a good technical base, emphasizes the individuality of the owner, and allows you to move around city streets and off-road in any weather.
The scooter is capable of accelerating to 60 km / h due to a powerful engine (3 hp), the working volume of which is 49.4 cubic meters. see It belongs to the class of 4-stroke, makes 1500 revolutions (rev / rPM). The torque is 2.45 Nm.
One cylinder with 2 valves is horizontal. The transmission is a variator. Electronic ignition CDI, air cooling system. The engine is started via an electric starter + kick starter. The lubricant is supplied by spray (under pressure). The suspension is a telescopic fork and a swingarm with two shock absorbers. The brake system is drum. R14 wheels are based on aluminum rims.
The carburetor supplies fuel from a 5 liter tank. Consumption per 100 kg - 1.8 liters. Fuel grade - AI-92.Overall dimensions of the model (see): 188.2 / 71.6 / 114.2. Net weight - 55 kg. The maximum lifting capacity is 150 kg.
The cost is 49,900 rubles.
The modern model has an anti-theft system, a dashboard with a clock, flexible turn signal legs, a 4-stroke 3.5 hp engine. and a working volume of 49.9 cubic meters. see, which allows you to accelerate to 60 km / h. The technique is designed for city driving or long distances. Comfort during the trip is provided by a comfortable 2-seater seat, alloy wheels with R12 off-road tires, a telescopic fork and a swingarm with two shock absorbers (located at the rear). Other qualities of the model include: an automatic transmission, a hydraulic brake system, a spacious 5-liter fuel tank (AI-92 fuel, supplied through a carburetor), as well as air cooling.
Rear-wheel drive ensures a timely stop of the scooter in all weather conditions. Works in one gear. The maximum load on the unit is 120 kg. Net weight - 87 kg. Overall dimensions (see): 182/68/115.
The average cost is 41,500 rubles.
Another model from the Japanese manufacturer that deserves your attention. Lightweight and pleasant to use. Distinctive features: low weight, good maneuverability, large comfortable place for the driver and additional for the passenger, an economical engine. Develops a speed of up to 60 km / h. A great option for city driving.
Another representative of Chinese scooters. An affordable vehicle with good basic equipment, reliable brakes and an attractive price tag. It accelerates quickly and has a top speed of 70 km / h. Comfortable sitting, plenty of space in the trunk, informative and high-quality dashboard. Can be purchased for only 35 thousand rubles.
The Chinese company Racer is famous for its motorcycles. In 2016, it took first place in the sale of motorcycles in Russia. The company also produces high-quality and economical scooters and mopeds. This scooter model largely repeats the Honda Dio model. It also has a four-stroke engine and has decent quality materials. But it is still far from the reliability of Honda. However, there is a wide selection of bright colors: yellow, green, red, blue. The cost of a scooter is from 40 thousand rubles.
The VENTO Smart2 vehicle from the USA is a prototype of the Yamaha BWS. 4-stroke single-cylinder engine with 10.8 hp. and a volume of 49.9 cubic cm. allows equipment to easily cover distances on any urban and country roads. The maximum speed that it can reach is 110 km / h.
The device weighing 100 kg is equipped with a 5 liter fuel tank, disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear, alloy discs and reliable tires (wheel size R12). The maximum allowable weight for transportation is 150 kg. Fuel consumption per 100 km is 3.5 liters.
The 139QMB motor is air-cooled and has a torque of 2.2 Nm.Starting system: kick starter / electric starter. Transmission - CVT. Fuel injection system - carburetor. Reliable suspension provides ride comfort (telescopic fork in front, two shock absorbers in the rear).
Overall dimensions (see): 207/73/113.
Average price: from 66,000 rubles.
This is the fifth generation of the legendary Japanese scooters. The first generation came out already back in 1988, and during this time these scooters managed to conquer the market due to their compactness and maneuverability, strength and economy. Japanese scooters are generally considered the best on the market, and this model is the undoubted leader among other scooters. It can be purchased for 160 thousand rubles.
Another worthy representative of Japanese scooters. Maneuverable, lightweight, large comfortable seat for the driver, high-quality dashboard with a convenient glove compartment, striking design. Compact and lightweight - only 68 kg. Due to its design and low price, it has earned recognition among young people. Perfect for holidays in 2020 to drive around the city or to the beach. The price is half that of the Honda - 75 thousand rubles.
This scooter model has one of the most attractive designs. Due to the large elongated headlights, the scooter looks very fashionable and even slightly aggressive. True cool design added weight to this vehicle - as much as 100 kg. For some, this weight makes the scooter very difficult to ride. But this does not prevent Irbis LX 50 from remaining one of the most popular models of Chinese scooters. It has very good equipment and can reach speeds of up to 90 km / h. Easy to maintain and repair. 6 liter gas tank. The price of such a handsome man is 60 thousand rubles.
The Taiwanese company Sanyang Industry has been successfully operating and producing quality scooters and ATVs for more than half a century. This model is equipped with a four-stroke engine. Fuel consumption is 2-2.5 liters per 100 km. Designed for comfortable city driving. It has a striking design, qualitatively stands out among other scooters. Differs in its budgetary price of 60 thousand rubles.
Our rating contains the most popular and reliable scooter models up to 50 cubic meters. Of course, the motorcycle market has a much larger selection of models and at more attractive prices. But when choosing a scooter, first of all, you should pay attention to its quality and reliability. How to choose a quality model and not regret the money spent is the most important question for buyers.
To do this, you need to decide why you need a scooter, what power and speed you expect from it, and, of course, set the price limits. Price plays a decisive role for many. Best of all in practice, Japanese scooters have shown themselves. They are of higher quality, more economical and more durable. The undoubted leader is the HONDA DIO AF68, but the price of this scooter is also the highest - from 160 thousand rubles and more.
Of course, you can buy a used scooter, but then no one will give a guarantee of its high-quality further work. If low price is the deciding factor, then you can buy a Chinese scooter. The best Chinese scooter according to our rating is Irbis LX 50, its price is 60 thousand rubles. Taiwanese and Korean models have also proven themselves well.
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