Recently, the market has seen a significant drop of 50 cc moped and scooters in production, but is still an abundance of these mopeds – both brand-new and second-hand – worth purchasing. If you’re looking for a cool child-friendly toy to take your children’s attention away from their PCs and PS4s, getting them a moped or scooter might be the perfect solution. Here is our list of the top four 50 cc scooters than you can purchase now.
TaoTao ATM50-A1 Scooter (± $670)
The ATM50-A1 is best known for its sleek matte finish. From the company’s inception roughly a decade ago, this is their best-selling 50 cc moped. Customers and industry experts alike commend the ATM50-A1 for being gas-efficient, saving a lot of money on fuel and time since you can travel long distances without frequent gas refills.
TaoTao Thunder Scooter (± $750)
The Thunder is another of TaoTao’s best-sellin 50 cc models. Customers praise this model for its sporty look. It’s the brother-model to the Zummer (item number 3 of this list), and they have several overlapping features. However, what makes the Thunder stand apart from the Zummer is its more masculine-looking build. Because of this, the Thunder is carrying around several extra pounds of weight with the same exact engine so reaching its top speed (30 mph) requires a little bit of extra time. Overall, it’s a great mode of personal transport, to and from work and school.
TaoTao Zummer Sporty Scooter (± $850)
We don’t have a biased view on TaoTao scooters, but they offer some of the best budget-friendly, best-performing scooters available for sale. The Zummer is another one of TaoTao’s popular sporty-look 50 cc mopeds available on the market. It’s the sister model to the Thunder so it has a lot of overlapping specs. The main difference is in the single large headlight design and slimmer design.
Lexmoto Echo 50 (± $1,000)
Last but not least, we have the Echo 50 by Lexmoto. This model is mainly known for its beautiful design and speed. For those of you who like to travel fast (at least as fast as a 50 cc scooter can take you), the Echo 50 could be the perfect model for you. Its lightweight design (172 pounds tare weight) is what lends this beauty its speed and fuel-efficiency. Most users praise this model because of its super-fast acceleration and quick-to-reach-50-mph ability. The only drawback is its limited color-scheme choices (white/blue and red/black).
What to Look for in a 50 cc Scooter
For most people, buying a $500-1,000 scooter from an unknown source online can be scary. For many people, the price tag can turn them off from looking for a nice scooter, though they tend to not take fuel-saving features into account. One of the best things about scooters is that, even for adults, they can be your everyday mode of transport. Of course, this means you’ll have to do a little bit of research in order to find a reliable scooter that won’t die out on you when you’re making your daily trip to work or school.
So what features make a reliable scooter?
There are several engines sizes for scooters, but we’re only going to focus on the 50 cc variety. Several companies will market their 50 cc scooters as 49 cc ones since, in many states in the US, any vehicle under 50 cc doesn’t require having a driver’s license or learner’s permit to operate on the road. In addition, scooters with this type of engine can carry passengers of up to 270 pounds, and anything heavier will either overwork the engine and tires.
If you’re a speed-freak, maybe a 50 cc scooter isn’t for you. At most, you’ll only be able to travel at speeds of up to 45 mph. This is what makes this sort of scooter the perfect option for avoiding traffic by going through alleyways and remote areas in your town. Also, if you need an intercity scooter, 50 cc scooters aren’t for you.
This is totally up to your subjective preference. If you’re looking for sleek, sporty, or simple designs, rest assured that there’s a manufacturer out there for you. Mopeds also come in different colors so you can pick one that appeals to you the most.
Last but not least, safety is of the utmost importance. Most scooters available on the market offer safety features that come standard with their products. These include drum brakes, electric and kick starts, and rear-view mirrors.
Electric and kick starters are helpful for when, God forbid, the moped’s battery fails. This helps the user get home or to the nearest moped garage for repairs. Most manufacturers also offer insurance and warranty benefits. These are especially useful if, God forbid, you get in an accident, totaling the moped in the process. In addition, you should consider purchasing helmets, vest guards, and even elbow and knee padding – just in case.
We hope this was a helpful guide for first-time scooter-buyers out there. Just remember that 50 cc scooters are the bare-minimum which requires users to have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit to operate on the road. If you’re looking for top-speed scooters, a 50 cc engine won’t be your best choice, but the models we listed don’t guzzle gas and have enough features to get you from place to place within a single city.