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Scooter Buying Guide


 

 

Easiest choice is often the 50cc scooter. As you can see you often don't need a special licence to ride this type of scooter & it is the best on petrol.

Choice between 2 & 4 stroke engines


 

2 stroke

PROS

better high end power

You don't have to change an oil filter as the oil is actually used in running the engine

Tend to be cheaper than 4 stroke

CONS

As it uses oil in running the engine it burns the oil & so is worse polluter than 4 stroke

This means you have to frequently have to pay for relatively expensive 2 stroke oil.

The engine apparently doesn't last as long as 4 stroke engines

Lower fuel economy than 4 stroke


4 Stroke engine


 

PROS

better low end (pulling off power)

less polluting than 2 stroke

Longer lasting engine

Better fuel economy than 2 stroke


 

CONS

Have to change oil filter but as longer lasting engine probably better anyway

Maybe more expensive than 2 stroke scooter as more complicated engine than 4 stroke.


Other things to check

How much storage space does it have?

Is it easy to get off the stand as some can be quite difficult.


If you buy a second hand scooter, check what type of registration it currently has.

 

In Queensland there is 1 seater & 2 seater registration, so if you only use your scooter for one person & it is registered for two, you almost pay double the price even if youare not carrying the extra person. Also we have heard you can't convert it back to a one seater registration once it has been registered as a 2 seater.

 

 

DIY Scooter maintenance

 

Gear Oil Change Video