Any suggestions on which scooter is right for me?

by Cody H.
(Lansdale, PA)

I had the Xtreme XB-502 moped in mind, but I've heard lots of negativity about quality. I need it to fit this criteria (if possible):

-#1 most important: under $1,000
-At least 20mph speed
-Pedals in case the battery dies

I like the looks of the XB-502 but I'm cautious about it due to online reviews. Any insight/suggestions?

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Aug 16, 2011
buy a electric bicycle
by: john

I don't own one of these, but have known someone who has. I have seen so many of these types of electric scooter looking mopeds on craigslist just after someone bought them trying to get every cent of what they paid for it back. Give me a break.

If you are absolutely stuck on electric, you can get one H*LL of a electric bicycle for what you are willing to spend. I have owned a Currie Ezip electric bicycle and bought it for 300 dollars and loved it other than it was like 80 pounds (heavy for a regular bicycle) and the battery only lasted 10-12 miles even though it was rated at 20-25. I only weigh 165lbs by the way.

It was a 400 watt 24 volt motor and would do 16mph on the flats. It had much better low end torque than my 1.6hp (1193 watt) weedeater powered bicycle. I'll tell you though, now that I have my gas powered bicycle, I'll never go back to electric. Yes there is more noise/maintenance, but my range is only limited to how much gas i can carry or where the next gas station is.

For $1000 you can get a Lithium Ion electric bicycle which probably would be (total) under 50 pounds and be a heck of a lot easier to pedal if the battery dies. Electric bicycles can also be serviced at many regular bicycle shops unlike the Extreme bike you are interested in. I wouldn't know where to get that serviced if I bought one.

Before buying the Extreme bike, I would check to see how many batteries it has and how much it would cost to replace them. Keep this cost in mind when making your decision.

Aug 16, 2011
by: Dennis

I can't speak about others experiences with the XB-502 but I can mine see my post here my wife loves it and it's still going strong.

Aug 15, 2011
Look on Craigslist
by: Eric

I know nothing about the moped you're listing, but I do know that there are at least 5 mopeds on Philadelphia craiglist that meet your needs and will be more reliable than a cheap fly by night brand of moped (often made in China with differing parts each year so difficult to fix). Look for Puch and Tomos in particular. Vespa also made actual pedal mopeds in the 70s and early 80s. Lots of options out there.

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