Scooters have come a long way, baby. My 1960’s “Nifty, Thrifty, Honda 50” has migrated into today’s superclass of scooters like the Suzuki Burgman. This Suzuki Burgman has a 650cc, fuel-injected motor and electronically controlled continuously variable transmission scooter. It weighs 518 pounds and is a freeway machine with a top speed of 115 mph. It will set you back over $10,000 brand new.
Classic Motor Scooter (50cc – 60cc) is the style most people think about when they envision a motor scooter.
Basic Motor Scooter (50cc to 150cc) includes the Classic and may be highway compatible.
Performance Motor Scooter (150cc to 250cc) refers to the increased engine performance and may be called a racing motor scooter.
Touring Motor Scooters (150cc to 250 cc or higher) are built with passengers in mind, have sound systems and range up to the high-end Suzuki Burgman in highway compatibility.
I have put in a lot of miles on scooters as a young man and there are some scooter pluses and minuses. On the plus side, they are inexpensive and quite easy to handle. Parking and moving around in city traffic is a breeze. For some folks, not needing to swing your leg up and over to get on is a real benefit. On the negative side, too many people treat riding a scooter like riding a bicycle. They do not use protective gear, they ride on the shoulder of the road and in general, they are just too casual about riding the scooter. That asphalt is just as hard and unforgiving to a scooter rider as it is to a motorcycle rider and if you are not safety conscious, the results can be disastrous.
Scooters may be just what you are looking for depending on your particular riding needs. Personally, I am not a huge fan of scooters just like I am not a huge fan of sport-bikes and touring bikes. It is just my personal preference.