All scooters are not created equal. There are many different styles, sizes and manufacturers to choose from, how do you go about deciding which scooter is right for you? I've put together a quick guide to help you with making a good choice when purchasing a scooter. I've been riding motorcycles for over 40 years and working on them professionally in shops for over 30 years. This scooter guide will be based on 50cc to 250cc gasoline engines.
The first thing to consider is what you are going to use it for. If it's just for fun riding around from time to time. like zipping around the neighborhood or just going to a friends house, etc... a 50 cc scooter will probably do the job. They are considerably smaller and lighter than the 150 and 250 cc's and also quite cheaper in price. They are meant for one up riding and most, if not all have just a solo seat. They are limited in speed. A 50cc scooter will probably max out at about 30 mph, maybe 35. Don't count on anything faster than that. There are things you can do to a scooter to make it faster, but I will not discuss that here.
If you plan on using your scooter for transportation a 150cc engine should be the minimum size you should buy. Something else to consider is that 150cc is the minimum size allowed on most freeways or highways. They are still kind of small for that, but if it's just a short distance it should work out just fine. The average maximum speed of a 150cc scooter is approximately 50 to 60 mph. This is a very good size scooter for every day kind of errands and such. Another feature to look for in this size scooter is larger 12 or 13 inch wheels, as compared to the 10 inch wheels found on 50cc scooters. The larger the wheels are on your scooter the better it will handle and go over bumps and irregularities in the road. Another advantage when you look at this size of scooter is along with bigger wheels, the suspension and brakes will be much better than what you find on most 50cc scooters.
If your looking for serious transportation the 2500cc size is really what you should be looking at. Psychically they are a little bit bigger and heavier than a 150cc scooter, with a much better engine. You will most likely find either 12 or 13 wheels on them and a better suspension than the smaller scooters. Top speed of a 250cc scooter is about 80mph. They will cruise at 70 comfortably.