It used to be that when scooters were mentioned, people thought about a toy that probably had two wheels (sometimes three) and was propelled by the foot that was not actually on the scooter. However, that has changed and now when the word scooter is heard, most people think about an electric driven or gas driven device.
For the younger riders, there are stand up gas powered scooters. They tend to just have a board for standing between the handle and first wheel and the second wheel. However, some may have a small seat on the back for resting. These work really well for getting around a neighborhood and helping to save some gas. The maximum speed of these scooters does not tend to go past 30 mph.
Besides the gas consumption, there are other things to consider when wanting to buy a scooter. There is the decision to have air filled tires or solid tires, the type of transmission, and the suspension.
Notable manufacturers of these types of scooters are Go-Ped, Evo Powerboards, and BladeZ Scooters.
There are also sit down scooters that are much more like motorcycles. These scooters are typically smaller and have smaller wheels, and a step through frame. However, they run on gasoline. They are very popular in Europe and Asia. In America, it seems to be more popular to have a maxi-scooter which means that the scooter has a bigger engine. The most familiar type of these scooters is probably the Vespa. In pop culture, a Vespa can be seen in the Lizzie McGuire Movie. As for a scooter in pop culture from a cartoon, Ron Stoppable, the character of Kim Possible, rides a scooter.
Scooters are quite popular for urban transportation. This is because they do not cost as much as a car, they have an low riding position, and they do not use as much gas as a car.
Both of these types of scooters can be quite popular to bring on vacation. They often fit in the trunks of cars. They can then be brought along and be ridden in the vacation destination rather than taking the car everywhere.
Before buying a motor scooter, there are many factors to consider. The first is balance. Most people can balance on a scooter, but would you be able to balance? This is the very first question to ask, for if the answer is no, a scooter should not be bought.
However, if you can balance on a scooter, then there are many other questions to ask. Do you want to mainly sit or stand? If you want to stand, do you want a seat for times when you want to rest, or do you just want to get off of the scooter and sit elsewhere? If you want to sit, where do you need the seat relative to the handlebars?
Then, there are the questions about efficiency with fuel and the maximum speed that can be achieved. There are many options to consider before buying one of these scooters for mobility.
An important thing to realize is that these are scooters for mobility, but they are not for indoors, though some places may allow them. If looking for mobility for an elder person, it is much better to go to those medical websites about scooter chairs and not these scooters. There are many types of cheap mopeds and scooters available, from mopeds which are basically 50cc scooters to small petrol scooters which kids love up to large mobility scooters for the disabled. Whichever situation you require a scooter for, cheap maybe not always best but the quality of any scooters is usually pretty high quality.,