Scooters are a popular way to get around town without
spending a ton on gas and while also reducing your carbon footprint. All
scooters get great gas mileage and it is one of the biggest reasons that people
ride them. With as high as the price of gas has risen before, you never know if
it's going to skyrocket again. Another reason that people like motor scooters
is that they are pretty cheap compared to other forms of motorized
transportation. With the cheapest scooters costing around $1000 new, there
really isn't a better way to get around town inexpensively without resorting to
Some critics of scooters say that they're not fast enough to get around with but that is entirely untrue. And if you think your scooter is not fast enough, you can always modify it to go faster. Just how fast depends on many different things but just about any scooter can be modded.
How much faster your scooter will go with modifications depends on the engine size and type. Whether its two or four stroke will also determine how much speed you will get. A two stroke engine is slightly easier to mod than a four stroke but both can be done without a bunch of effort. You can always take your scooter to a garage as well.
There are many different makes and models of scooters but the most common and popular size is the 50cc scooter. This type of scooter is relatively easy to modify to go faster. Most 50cc scooters are speed limited, or restricted, by a restrictor in either the exhaust system or the fuel. De-restricting is a simple matter of removing the restrictor from where ever it was installed. This can be further simplified if it is in the exhaust pipe, then it is just a matter of removing the exhaust pipe and replacing it with one that is not limited. And then you will have a fast 50cc scooter without too much trouble.
For other scooter sizes, such as a 125cc scooter, it will not be quite as simple. A performance kit is a great way to increase speed. And if you're handy with mechanical things, you should be able to do it yourself. A new exhaust pipe will increase speed as will variator de-restriction and a cdi box. Roller weights are also a helpful modification that will increase your scooters speed.
So if speed was one of the factors in your decision to not
buy a scooter, hopefully you will have changed your mind by now. Modifying a
slow scooter is a easy way to get a cheap form of transportation that is not unbearably
slow. Even a bigger motor scooter like a 250cc scooter
Just remember to check the laws in your area to see if it is legal to
ride such a vehicle and if your scooter was de-restricted check and see if that
is legal as well. Also remember to get motor scooter insurance for your scooter, whatever size it may be.