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Old 07-13-2015, 02:29 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I don't have a toad yet and currently have a fold-up bike which has worked out pretty well. I am looking to buy a tiny 49cc gas scooter for just myself. Unfortunately, I live in California and spend time at local and national parks which means I have regular contact with park rangers, so it needs to be street legal.

I did some basic research and it looks like I can avoid getting extra insurance, registration, a motorcycle license and other regulatory issues by getting a "recreational" scooter that only goes 25-35 mph. With one of these, I could legally travel in the bike lane. That's just fine by me as I'm not planning to travel any long distances, however I can't seem to find hardly anything in that range that I can buy. Apparently, most of the scooters are Chinese made and when you read the fine print on the user manual they say they are not for use on US streets, although I imagine many people do use them on the streets.

On reading about enforcement, the scooter will need to have a CARB sticker on it that clearly identifies to law enforcement compliance with California laws.

I would expect other RVers have gone through this. Has anyone bought a scooter with these parameters, and if so which one and where?

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Any of these work for you?
California Legal Bikes - Moped Scooters
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That is because most of these things are 2 stroke engines that belch out pollution and the California Air Resource Board will not allow those in this state. I would not buy anything like this that comes from China either. Good luck.
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Any of these work for you?
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No, those are too big and would require registration. It would probably look something like this.



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We have Super Scooters. They work really well for tooling around state parks & since they're electric, you can run around in the large CG's that don't allow gas cycles (i.e. Ocean Lakes @ Myrtle Beach, SC). They both easily fit in the back of our Jeep.

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We have Super Scooters. They work really well for tooling around state parks & since they're electric, you can run around in the large CG's that don't allow gas cycles (i.e. Ocean Lakes @ Myrtle Beach, SC). They both easily fit in the back of our Jeep.

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My experience with electric scooters has not been good.

These claim a range of 12-21 miles. Would you consider that to be accurate and how quickly does that diminish after using the batteries?

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We've not driven them to their limits so I can't comment on that. I'm not one to tool around enough to run a battery down to the end of it's charge & get stuck somewhere I can't easily walk it back from. The farthest I've gone on mine is about the 10 mile range & the charge status was still green.

That said, I'll note these aren't our sole source of transportation. Since they will be for you, these may not work for you.

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I just bought a scooter this past weekend. DO NOT BUY A CHINESE SCOOTER! The ones made in Taiwan are better. I ended up going with one that will do it all. The little ones are too limited in their use.
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There are 2 scooters for sale in our Classifieds right now.

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I believe I would prefer to ride a bicycle over those things and get some exercise at the same time for that type of distance range.
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Just a thought but have you considered an electric? Now you do have a limited range issue.. but some of these come under electric wheelchair rules so no registration needed... NOTE: that is ALL i know about it so I can not discuss any further.
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Just a thought but have you considered an electric? ....
I'd say yes he has:
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My experience with electric scooters has not been good. bb32

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Of course my answer would be to move out of Comifornia, and ride what you like. Can't handle the nanny state, so I just stay away from there.
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Of course my answer would be to move out of Comifornia, and ride what you like. Can't handle the nanny state, so I just stay away from there.
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