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How Does a Scooter Work?

by Contributing Writer; Updated October 06, 2017

Overview of scooters

Scooters are motorized, two wheel vehicles. The scooter typically has a 250 cubic centimeter engine or any lesser size. Unlike a true motorcycle, the frame of a scooter is one solid piece, commonly referred to as a step-through-frame. The step-through-frame allows the operator to step onto the scooter; unlike a motorcycle which requires the operator to throw a leg over the frame. Scooters are a civilized means of transportation, and are generously rewarded with parking advantages due to their compact size. In many states across America, a scooter can be driven without a motorcycle license as long as the engine is limited to, roughly, 35 miles per hour. Some scooters can compensate speed for more gas by adding an additional tank in the glove compartment.

Scooters work cleaner and quieter than motorcycles

Scooters run clean and sound. In most models, the motor is concealed in a shell that prevents oil mess on the rider’s pants. These cowl covered motors significantly reduce sound pollution. A scooter battery can be charged quietly with a 12 volt battery from an automobile, so long as the ignition on the automobile is turned off. Turning the automobile ignition on could blow up the scooter battery. With leg shields the scooter keeps the driver’s shoes and pants clean, making the scooter a civilized way to commute to work. You can also allow ample parking space for other vehicles.

How a scooter operates

Typically, scooters operate through a rear axle, and have a 50 to 250 cubic centimeter engine. Any engine that is smaller than 50 cubic centimeters is referred to as a Go-Ped. New scooter engines don’t work well at consistent speeds. After about ten or twenty minutes on a highway, the operator of a new scooter should alternate the speed to break in the scooter. As long as the operator does not full throttle the engine, the valves in the engine will work like new for years to come.

The battery on a scooter will thrive for a couple years, then fade or terminate altogether. The best way to keep a scooter battery working is to store the scooter in a warm place. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a battery. The spark plug is another consideration for how the scooter works, and how it ultimately does not work. Scooters and spark plugs sometimes don’t get along too well. A spark plug can die quickly, and at a time when the operator of the scooter least expects it. The spark plug is going to be a bit of looking after, but it should be replaced every fifteen hundred miles or so to be on the safe side.

Scooters operate with a smaller engine, and therefore the oil should be changed earlier. The recommended oil change is after some five hundred miles.

Benefits of scooters

Scooters feature many benefits for transportation and joy riding, depending mostly on the make and model. A tank of gas on a scooter can last up to a month for urban commuters. Premiums for insurance are incredibly low. Some scooters, like the Piaggio X9 Evolution 500, have attributes beyond the average scooter including, high speed (98 miles per hour), computer, and disc brakes. The Piaggio X9 Evolution 500 is also the top compact scooter in its class. Honda’s Silver Wing has a v-matic transmission system, a truly high powered scooter. Smaller variants like the Honda Reflex offer all the same features for a modest, but small, engine, with room for one back passenger and lots of extra storage space. The scooters that are most common include the Vespa, Honda scooters, and Lambretta. With 67.00 miles to the gallon, Honda’s SH 300 is one of the highest ranking scooters in performance.

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