Can Scooters Be Ridden on the Freeway?

by Jemmy
(Redlands, CA)

Hi Kathi,

Traffic is killing me. Can you ride a scooter in the freeway? If yes, what scooter would you recommend?

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Jul 11, 2009
Where you can go
by: Ron Goldwyn

In my state of Connecticut scooters are prohibited from using highways and other high speed roadways, but not motorcycles. A motorcycle is a two or thre wheeled vehicle with an engine 50cc or larger and capable of maintaining the minimun speed of the road.
In order to drive a high power scooter or low powered motorcycle you must have obtained a Motorcycle Drivers License; your vehicle is registered; and carry proper insurance. Finally you must be assured that you want to travel at high speeds with all those cars and trucks. If not they stick to roads where you feel safe.

Apr 26, 2009
In a Word, Yes! But...
by: Kathi

Yes, Jemmy, scooters can be ridden on the freeway... at least some scooters can. You have to get a scooter that is designated highway-legal. That will never include a 49/50cc scoot, which at best can only go 35 to 40 MPH.

The 125/150cc class of scooters say they can go up to 65 MPH, so if your highways don't have a speed limit higher than that, then conceivably, that size could work. But I think you'll find the experience a little scary even on that size scooter, especially when semis go whizzing by.

So, for most people who want to ride a scooter on the freeway at speeds in excess of 60 MPH, you'll want to look for at least a 250cc size scooter. Some of the maxi-scoots actually look and act a lot like a motorcycle, but are automatic and more fuel-efficient.

Take a look at the many scooter reviews we have on this site for ideas on which of the larger scooters might be worth exploring.

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