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Old 01-07-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Question Mo-ped 50cc Scooter

I am thinking about getting a mop-ped/50cc Scooter to carry on the back of my rig. I am looking for folks with experience in doing this and how useful has this been to them and or what difficulties or disappointments have been encountered? Another words who has one or had one and did they like it or not and why.
My rig is a 28' Allegro Class 'A' seems she could haul a mop-ped on a rack using the hitch without much problem.
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If you're just going to scoot around the park or very short trips to the store the moped is fine. Weight of the driver has a lot to do with performance. Not recommended for two people.
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Hi KayJulia,

Here is a blog that might be of interest to you. Until recently, these two full timers had two Honda 50cc Scooters. Scooter Nation: Gear - Honda Ruckus

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Do yourself a BIG favor and buy a name-brand scooter, preferably Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, etc. DO NOT buy a cheapo chinese scooter; you will in all likelihood not be able to find parts for it, and if its a two-stroke engine I guarantee you will have difficulty starting it, especially if not used daily.
I fell for this a few years back and now I have an $800 piece of junk in my garage. Wish I'd bought a Honda or Yamaha....
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I bought 2 CF Moto Glory's, 150cc water cooled, fuel injected, 4 stroke, 14" wheels....looks like a sport bike. I've rode big Jap sport bikes all my life and these work great for us. 65 plus MPH and both fit in the back of the pickup. Paid $1,900 each. 500 miles on them with no problems. Added a hard rear case on one and soft bags on the other.
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Out here in our part of the country, it's forbidden/frowned upon to use motorcycles, ATVs, and scooters inside the parks other than only coming in and exiting the CG - probably a good thing, lest the the CG roadways be turned into Daytona race tracks with redneck adults and their curtain-climbing broods...
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Out here in our part of the country, it's forbidden/frowned upon to use motorcycles, ATVs, and scooters inside the parks other than only coming in and exiting the CG - probably a good thing, lest the the CG roadways be turned into Daytona race tracks with redneck adults and their curtain-climbing broods...
Being used by licensed riders with tags, inspection, insurance, and street legal I'm not sure what your problem would be or what part of the country your from.
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Had a 50cc yamaha for years hanging on the old motorhome. Some states you need to have helmet and license while other do not care. Ticket in Colorado for no license, this was years ago. Florida has no requirements, just buy it and ride.
I found it scary to ride in busy areas. 50cc is not very big and you top out on speed long before you hit the legal limit. I spent more time looking in the rearview mirror then I did looking forward. Country roads have no or limited paved shoulders. Cars treat you like a pedal bike and will run you off the road. I now have a classic Yamaha 185cc, it can do the speed limit. Course you need a motorcycle endorsement on your license and in many states you are required to wear a helmet. ---(don't swing this post into helmet safety etc)---. I see tons of mopeds (50cc) on M/H and in trailers. They are fun but just be careful out on any roads. Key West, Savannah, Charleston are great areas for mopeds. State highways will get you killed.
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I have rode for over 50 years and I would not recommend a bike smaller than 125 cc. A moped will only go about 25 mph not safe if you are on a street with a posted speed limit above that speed.

You also want a wider tire than a moped has for safety. A narrow tire will catch a grove and wreck you easily. Get a good used bike and you should be much happier.
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Scooters

The biggest problem with small scooters is the tiny wheels and tires as goldwingerx2 suggested. After having a Honda 250, I now have a 150 Chinese scooter that does 60mph with 2 persons and has 16" wheels. Much better stability at any speed and I don't have to worry about chuck holes and ruts in the pavement. It 's almost a motorcycle but the plates are permanent and the insurance is a rider on the coach policy and only $38 per year. I would be very uncomfortable with a scooter that couldn't keep up with traffic.
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I started out with a 50cc Honda which I enjoyed very much and which I carried on a rear rack at the back of my Pace Arrow class A. It was really meant for only one rider, however, and it had a hard time keeping up with traffic, but it was very useful. I finally graduated to an 80cc Honda, two passenger and fairly lively, with a gas mileage approaching 100 mpg. My wife and I rode it all over, including to the top of Roan Mountain in Tennessee when we were camping in a Tennessee state park. I'd still prefer to have it on our many trips, but my wife wanted the freedom to do our local travel in any kind of weather. So now we have a Chevy 5-speed Cavalier as a tow car. An excellent tow car, but no where near the fun and economy of my little Honda! Komac
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Being used by licensed riders with tags, inspection, insurance, and street legal I'm not sure what your problem would be or what part of the country your from.
Look down there, in my sig - and you'll see my location...

And "street legal" is only an issue with the MANY ATV's owned and used in this area - as well as the teeny-boppers the parents let race them endlessly around the CG's, if not controlled...

YUP - we've been there, SEEN that!

Then of course, there's the redneck "in-your-face" outlaw biker types who dearly LOVE to roar their unmuffled and straight-piped bikes back into the CG at 1 a.m. after the nearest bar closes.

Been there and seen THAT, too!

THOSE are SOME of the reasons lots of parks out our way specify "No ATVs or motorcycles allowed to be ridden inside the park other than directly to, and from, assigned campsites".

Sure is a crime, the way some of us spoil other folk's fun...
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I have spent the majority of my life riding motorcycles. I have to agree with Gary about thoughtless campers and the PITA they present. Where I differ is it would seem to be a gross demonstration of ignorance and prejudice by banning motorcycles, scooters or whatever they have a prejudice against. A CG Manager should manage a CG and not target one population or another. We currently have a Dodge Cummins across from us that is plainly loud. I have seen countless motorhomes and trucks that are just plain loud. Management need only get out of their recliner and tell a guest to act appropriately or leave.
I don't mean to hijack this thread but lazy, bigoted people hit me wrong. I generally call ahead to make sure we are welcome and am thankful to avoid bigots.

Regarding your scooter thoughts. A great idea, great for getting small amounts of groceries, sips gas and ecologically very gentle. 50cc's will net you 125 to 150 mpg, 40-49 mph and reasonable comfort for errands in a town, non-highway speed roadway. If you are thinking of two up or longer excursions more displacement is recommended. I know little of the Chinese brands but do know the Japanese and Italian scoots are fun, reliable and capable. I do recommend using a helmet. Good luck with your search and decision.
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glad this topic came up as we are thinking of buying one, a 250 CC Honda, something for me to ride as the truck does not get good fuel milage like the van that my wife will drive.
I was informed by a few dealers that Kymco, Genuine, & Bajaj are all good machines also, but I only heard of Kymco and that was for ATVs
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