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Top 10 Street Scooters 2016

These street legal scooters are perfect for zipping around town in a lower priced and low-cost way, without ever having to fear about locating a parking area. We've got covered models that don't require any special license, large-engined alternatives for people who require a piece more velocity, in addition to gas and electric powered vehicles.

TaoTao LANCER-150 Gas Street Legal Scooter - RedIcebear 49cc 50cc Street Legal Moped Scooter Gas Powered PMZ50-4 Burgundy50cc Gas Street Legal Scooter TaoTao ATM50-A1 - BlueJetson Lithium Ion Powered Eco-Friendly Electric Bike - BlackTAO TAO QUANTUM YELLOWNew Scooter 50cc Street Legal New LookFully assembled Scooter 150cc Street Legal High End Scooter 150 Cc MopedTaoTao POWERMAX-150 Gas Street Legal Scooter - Blue49cc Chinies Scooter ATM-50 (((NOT HONDA)))GIGABYKE GROOVE 48V 750W Eco-Friendly Electric Moped Scooter E-Bike- Red

A Bicycle With A Beating Heart

Go ahead and picture a bicycle (pro tip: there's a picture of one right there). Got it? Good.

Now, do you see how the back wheel is connected to the pedals in the middle by that chain and those gears? That means work.

In order to get this thing to move, you have to provide the energy with your very own legs. And if you spend even a quarter of the amount of time the average American spends just sitting around, your legs might not be up to the task.

Fortunately, they went and strapped a motor to this thing, and now it moves under its own power.

The scooters we're looking at here today have relatively small motors attached to them, running no more than 149cc (that's the measurement of space where the combustion takes place) which makes them all, according to most states, not motorcycles.

That's a good news/bad news scenario: The good news is that you usually don't need any special training, licensing, or insurance to ride a motorized bike or scooter under 150cc. The bad news is that they can't push much past 55 mph, making them dangerous to take on the highway.

No Need To Tighten The Belt

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So, that title is misleading if taken literally. Any drive system–belt or chain–will require an occasional tension adjustment. I mean the title metaphorically, in that the purchase of a scooter will actually save you money, a lot of it, in fact, even in the short run.

Let's just do the math: I drive a Honda Civic that gets me about 24 mpg. The car normally does better, but I live in one of the worst cities in the world for roadway traffic, so a lot of those gallons expire while I'm idling at a dead stop.

Also, I'm going to use $2.50 as the gas price because that makes the math easier.

My car has a 12-gallon tank, so it would cost $30 to fill it from completely empty. At 24 mpg, that's 288 miles for $30, or a little over $.10 per mile.

Now, the scooter at number one gets about 120 mpg. That translates to $.02 per mile.

The average American driver covers about 13,500 miles each year.

For me in my Civic, that's about $1,400 for the year. For you on your scooter, it's only $270. That's $1,130 in savings for year one, meaning that your scooter will pay for itself in gas miles alone in less than a year.

Add in the fact that your miles are easier (you can weave through traffic), that you have half as many tires to maintenance, that you can park almost anywhere for free, and that your insurance is cheaper, and you see what a good investment these things really are.

So, it's not about tightening your belt, so much as loosening–metaphorically speaking.

The Scooters Of Yore

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The scooter as we know it was, in fact, predated by the motorcycle, but not by as many years as you might think.

The boom in scooter design, following on the heels of the motorcycle you see here from the very late 1800s, really came about after the first world war.

There were a few designs kicking around before then, but more and more manufacturers began to improve upon the design in the post-war period.

We probably think of scooters as a more recent development of the 20th century because the style we associate with them–that of the classic Italian Vespa–didn't get its patent until just after the second world war.

I don't know about you, but I'm noticing a pattern here. If, and I mean if we have a third world war, there's a good chance that the scooter industry will get quite a shake-up.

Let's hope it doesn't come to that. I like the current scooter designs well enough not to wish for any more global conflict.

#10.GIGABYKE GROOVE 48V 750W Eco-Friendly Electric Moped Scooter E-Bike- Red

Have you ever wanted the feel of and reliability of a scooter without the strain of mixing oil and fuel? Those days are over with the GigaByke 750 Watt Groove Electric Scooter. Its brushless design makes it one of the most reliable electric motors around, and just in case your charge goes out there's a pedaling system to pedal you to the nearest outlet. This scooter has a 48v 14Ah Silicon battery and lasts about 35 miles on a single charge with a max rider weight of 250 lbs. With the ability to get up to 20 mph, the GigaByke Groove Electric Scooter is the perfect scooter for short commutes or a fun ride any day of the week!

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#9.49cc Chinies Scooter ATM-50 (((NOT HONDA)))

Professional, courteous, prompt. I love this company and this scooter! I bought it for my fiance and he uses it as his transportation to work. We filled the gas tank when we got it last month and still haven't needed to fill it up yet (roughly 130 miles so far). The gas gauge doesn't work, though, which can be quite inconvenient and we also had a rough time with the back tire needing to be replaced after hitting a pot hole.... but aside from that this was a fantastic buy. I just might have to get a pink one for myself!

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#8.TaoTao POWERMAX-150 Gas Street Legal Scooter - Blue

The TaoTao Powermax-150 Gas 150cc Scooter is gas-powered, street-legal, and will get you where you need to go with fuel efficiency you won't believe. Please see our 'Shipping, Assembly, and Maintenance FAQ' page (click the 'View Shipping Rates and Policies' link below) for important information before purchasing.

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#7.Fully assembled Scooter 150cc Street Legal High End Scooter 150 Cc Moped

runs great by following all the directions in the manual i am really satisfied with the performance and i use it every day to go to has 200 miles on its and i cant wait for cold weather driving since i live in new jersey.i highly recommend it if you want to save money on gasoline and insurance.relatively easy to maintain if you follow the manual.

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#6.New Scooter 50cc Street Legal New Look

Seriously the best purchase of my life. I think I might've gotten lucky with one with no problem at all but I have abused this scooter so much during summer and some winter and after leaving it on the street through the wind, snow, rain, and the cold in Chicago, it still turns on. Very tough. It's the best thing to have whether for fast trips between cars or for leisure. My summer was the best.

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BRAND New Model from TAO TAO . This is a 4 stroke Fully Automatic Street Legal scooter. It has an Automatic CVT Transmission with a GY6 Engine so changes gear automatically. Full size for 2 adults.

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#4.Jetson Lithium Ion Powered Eco-Friendly Electric Bike - Black

The Jetson E-bike brings Vespa-like visual flair to the world of electric bicycles. Jetson E-Bikes can go up to 20 miles per hour with a 40-mile range per charge. It takes about four hours to charge on a standard 110V electrical outlet and you don't have to plug the whole bike in – you simply remove the battery. The first affordable, super stylish electric bike. Safer than a Vespa and without the need for a traditional license or registration, Jetson is a no hassle transportation choice for city or country life.

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#3.50cc Gas Street Legal Scooter TaoTao ATM50-A1 - Blue

49cc /50cc TAO TAO brand street legal scooter with a matching trunk. Goes 35/40 MPH and will give 100/110 MPG Double Seat for 2 adults. * Not CARB approved so cannot be shipped to California.

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#2.Icebear 49cc 50cc Street Legal Moped Scooter Gas Powered PMZ50-4 Burgundy

  • 49cc scooter, great gas mileage: up to 120 MPG.
  • Windshield included, Trunk included, 3.5-10 wider tires, aluminum rims.
  • Gas-Powered, Street-Legal.California Legal,Can NOT sell to HI or AK.
  • Documents required for registration will be shipped 2-5 days after the order. Customers will be responsible for all additional charges that are not requested at the time of ordering (detention, inside delivery, etc).
  • Click on "View Shipping Rates and Policies" link below and scroll down for important information regarding assembly,return policy, and warranty.

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    #1.TaoTao LANCER-150 Gas Street Legal Scooter - Red

    This is a 150cc Street Legal Scooter with a GY6 engine and a CVT transmission that changed gear automatically. BRAND new and shipped in a metal crate and sometimes due to transit there may be Minor and scratches on the body of the scooter. These Minor Scratches and Dents are NOT COVERED under warranty. This scooter is NOT CARB approved and cannot be Shipped to California. Certified Tech required for assembly and for regular maintenance of the scooter. Please check with your local DMV for the rules in your city.

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