You Don't Need
A License To Ride Gas Powered Mini Scooters
The reason for the popularity of mini scooters has to do with a law in the USA making any gas powered scooters with engines 50cc and larger having to adhere to more stringent laws than smaller ones. That is why you see so many 49cc, 49.5cc and even 49.9 cc engines driving those little scooters around town, because kids can ride them who are not old enough to get a driver's license.
Big on fun even though they are tiny on gas consumption, we like some of the 49cc scooters that are currently offered for sale by a popular online auction web site. One seller is honest enough to recommend that these scooters are too powerful for younger kids and they say it should only be ridden by somebody aged 14 years and older.
The engine is "green" enough to pass even the toughest state emission regulations of California, so no matter what state you live in, there is no legal issue. Here are some other considerations to keep in mind:
How is the exhaust system? Is the muffler good enough so it is not too noisy? You don't want to be known as a trouble maker by causing a disturbance in the neighborhood. How easy is it to start the engine? One or two pulls should be enough. Is there a good, sturdy cover on the gas tank? You do not want there to be any leaks or spills of gasoline in case the scooter gets tipped over. And what about the tires? Will they only move you along on the smooth sidewalk or pavement, or are the treads sturdy enough for off road and all terrain action? And finally take a look at how adjustable the seat and seat posts are? Can you take them off and ride it standing up if you want to? We were told that you could expect to spend as much as $799 retail on a mini scooter that met all of these specifications, although for smart and wise bargain hunters, discount deals may become available.
Not to be confused with a moped, the XTREME mini scooter model XG-470 is plenty zippy and capable of speeds as fast as 30 mph, although it is not street legal. It has a 49cc engine, but make sure your kids only bomb around on private property, like the yard or the farm. There is a pull starter, front and rear drum brakes, headlights, brake lights and even turn signals and a trunk. The seat height is adjustable, and the 2-stroke engine takes a 32:1 gas to oil mixture.