Post by atriaventrica on Sept 22, 2014 11:17:29 GMT -5
Hey so I know this question has probably been asked a hundred times but I thought I'd give it a shot with my specific needs. I've got a max budget of $800. I live in Seattle and don't have a motorcycle license so I'm looking at a 49cc. I haven't been able to find any worthwhile used deals on Craigslist after two weeks of looking. So I'm looking at a couple websites (scootermadness and killer motorsports) as they ship free and have good price compared to the one "local" (30 minutes away) store in my area that sells in my price range.
I'm looking at the TaoTao ATM50 or the CY50-A but killer motorsports has the Peace 50cc for just a bit more (link). Is it worth it to get the peace or is the ATM50 still the best deal? I see a lot of mixed love and hate for basically every model on the old scootdawg forums so I was wondering as of today what you all think is the best bang for my buck.
I'm willing to do the carb upgrade and re-jet on the TaoTao's if that helps but I would like one with a big enough seat so two people can ride (very occasionally and >5 miles distance).
I agree you are going to need at least 150cc for 2 riders. A motorcycle endorsement isn't an expensive affair. In todays market you can easily find 150cc scoots still in your price range, and a used one isn't a bad option. I personally don't see the point in getting a 50cc. Just about every person who does and plans on using it for any real means of transportation almost immediately want to do something to add more power. So IMO it's better to just start off with the largest CC your budget can afford.
For 2 riders you really need to go with the 150cc. You my want to consider paying a little more and going with a quality scoot built by ZNEN. We sell them and have been in business for over 10 years now and also carry every part for every scoot we sell. Also Bintelli and Wolf are goo guys to work with who also sell the ZNENs. You can see our models at: www.scootersus.com
We have the lowest wholesale prices for dealers!
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Welcome atriaventrica. Kirkland, wa here. My wife just bought a 50cc since she doesn't have a license. I've scooted around on it and it's not fast. Depending on where in Seattle, those hills will be a killer. I'd be afraid to try it 2up
Post by oldchopperguy on Oct 1, 2014 14:21:25 GMT -5
I agree with those who recommend a 150 or bigger. You can find one that you can afford, and yes, if new, and Chinese, it will need some fiddling with. Once "tweaked" though, they are fine. I happily rode my old Xingyue 150 for six years after taking the first season to work the bugs out... LOL! I still loved it the day I traded it on an old Kymco 250.
Looks like now, you CAN get a NEW Chinese 150 delivered, in your budget range. And, the newer Chinese scoots are much better than my old one was. With just a little work, one of them should be a great buy for you.
Just my opinion, but a 50cc is just WAY short on performance except on 30mph surface streets, with no hills. And they cost about the same as a more useful 150.
Whatever you choose, ride safe, and we'll all be here to answer questions.