Get Up And Go With Your Three
Wheel Motor Scooter
If you think a tricycle is only a toy for kids then you have not seen one of the very exciting three wheel motor scooters that are being sold today. We checked out several different ones and are having a tough time making up our mind which we like the best.
The SUNL Spider is actually a two seat motor trike with 3 wheels, a 150cc engine and a top speed of 50 mph. Depending on which state you are in, it could come under the classification of either a motorcycle or a scooter, except in California where it is not street legal unfortunately. Unlike most scooters, this one has a sun shade to cover your head. There is quite a roomy trunk, a CVT transmission with reverse and three wheel disc brakes. With a fuel economy (depending on your driving style) of 75 to 90 miles per gallon, you can ride it all week for about the price of a medium pizza.
A company called Family Motorsports has for sale a different kind of 3-wheeler that is also powered by a 150 cc four-stroke motor. With a 13-inch tire in the front and two extra wide 10-inch tires behind (all with sporty looking shiny aluminum rims) this scooter has a comfy, touring seat that is big enough for two passengers. A rear axle differential makes it a lot better for going around cornets. The engine is a four-stroke, which means you don't need to mess with mixing any oil with your gasoline. With a suggested retail price of $3,999 it's not cheap, but savvy shoppers may be able to find a better deal.
Also from Family Motorsports is their SUNL model moped that's similar but has two seats side by side and what looks like a roll bar over the top. Although approved by EPA and DOT, it's street legal in every state except California. One fun option we noticed is a radio, MP3 or iPod player, for carrying music with you on your road trips. We are not sure how long it will last, but we did see a new one for sale through an online auction website for $2,899, which is more than $1,000 lower than the manufacturer's suggested retail price.
None of these would be as exciting as a competition sidecar, but that is really more of a motorcycle than a motor scooter.