Let’s face it- gas isn’t getting cheaper. It jumps in price, comes down a little, and then climbs again. The fact that nature isn’t making any more of it doesn’t help either. So what is a commuter to do? Read here about our riding tips for electric scooters.
Most people travel under 50 miles a day; to work or school then back home again. Instead of a car that may or may not give more than25 mpg., many are turning to motorcycles for everyday transportation.
But motorcycles are expensive, and so is the insurance. The alternative is a scooter. Still able to get on the highway, far less expensive with gas mileage that can be as much as 100 mpg., they are an attractive and affordable transportation alternative for the single person.
In Texas, engine sizes of 50 cc and smaller do not require the operator to have a motorcycle tag on their license. Anything above 50cc does require the license. There are motorcycle license courses throughout the state; most are two days long and have a reasonable cost. Be sure to check with your state’s requirements.
Scooters are available at most motorcycle shops and online. At the motorcycle shop, though, they are already put together and are more likely to carry parts and have a mechanic for the items they sell.
Insurance varies from company to company and from state to state, so check with your insurance company for rates.
Here are the top five scooters for San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding area.
The Gyro Electric Scooter
This scooter is popular in San Antonio, Texas, getting approximately 80 mpg., with a maximum speed of 30 mph, it breezes through side streets and avoids the delays and traffic jams often found on the busy highways.
With an MSRP of €2499 it’s affordable for most budgets. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but with a 50 cc engine, a motorcycle license isn’t required- just a valid Texas driver’s license.
Storage space is right under the rider’s seat and special boxes are available to carry extra items. This scooter can carry 2 people with ease. As with all scooters, a helmet is definitely a good idea.
Most scooters have gas tanks that hold less than 5 gallons of gas, but with 70-100 mpg., why would you need more?
The Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter
Also popular is the Eton 50 cc scooter, capable of reaching 38 mphand gas mileage just below 100 mpg. The Beamer III has been selling like hotcakes and shows no sign of slowing down.
There is storage space beneath the driver’s seat that is capable of storing a full face helmet or a gallon of milk. The rack on the back of the scooter allows for a trunk and side bags to be attached so more can be carried.
It sells for an average of €1695. Financing is available from some dealers, but since the cost is far below that of a car, it maybe easier and quicker to just buy it and pay full price. (Perhaps a dealer will cut a little discount for cash? It’s worth asking.)
The Ninebot ES2 Electric Scooter
This scooter has a top speed of 40mph, giving it an edge on most roads. Although it cannot travel on the highway, the rider can often have a faster commute by mapping out their route on side roads. This avoids construction, traffic jams, etc.
The gas tank holds 1.6 gallons of gas, and gets an average of 70miles to the gallon. A windscreen is available for this model making travel over 30 mph more comfortable. There is a trunk on the back capable of storing a helmet, books, groceries, etc.
It can hold two people, although having a passenger does lower the gas mileage. This scooter sells for an average €800.
The Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter
The touring class of both motorcycle and scooter tends to be a little wider and longer than it’s counterparts for the comfort of and passenger. This in no way diminishes the pleasure or handling of the machine. I prefer the wider seat for comfort.
At a price tag of approx. €1100, this is truly affordable. With a top speed of 60 mph. this scooter can get on the highway and keep up with traffic. Other scooters can go faster than this model but wider tends to be more comfortable over the long ride. The gas tank carries 1.5 gallons of gas, with a gas mileage average of 70 mpg. Of course, gas mileage depends on the weight of the rider/passenger,cargo being carried, traffic conditions, speed of the vehicle, etc.
The 250cc Water-cooling Deluxe Street Legal Moped Scooter
This size of scooter is the best suited for travel on the high way with top speeds of 70 mph. The gas mileage is about 60 mph., still far better than a car. The gas tank will hold about 3.5 gallons of gas, but the mileage more than makes up for it.
Windscreens are standard on a scooter this size because of the wind blowing into the rider’s face. A full face helmet with a screen will help to alleviate the wind effect.
This scooter features the ABS (anti-lock braking system) brakes,meaning that if the rider has to lock the brakes, instead of the tires sliding on the pavement, the brakes pulse rapidly, allowing the wheel to turn so the rider retains control over the scooter.
The passenger has more room on the back of this scooter. The trunk can be used as a back rest (if mounted on). Unfortunately, there is no rack on this model to mount extra luggage boxes, but a set of saddle bags (available at motorcycle shops or at a saddle shop) can be attached for more carrying space.
This scooter averages €2500 to €3000 in cost, still far below the price of a larger motorcycle or car.
Whichever model the rider chooses, scooters are far better choices for individuals to travel from point A to B during their daily commute. If riding across town isn’t desirable, scooters can be ridden to a “Park and Ride” area for the local bus stop and public transportation can be used.
Scooter clubs have also sprung up across the country, with scooter owners getting together and enjoying riding as a group. Some times touring, sometimes meeting at a diner and having lunch. It’s always fun to hang out with someone who has similar interests.