Can you safely travel at full throttle for an hour at a time on a scooter?

by Dave G.
(Indianapolis, IN, USA)

I have a 2010 Jonway scooter with a 49cc air cooled engine. Can you travel at full throttle (40-maybe 45-50 mph) for an hour at a time? I have to travel an hour at a time to get to work each day to and from.

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Apr 26, 2013
WOT all you want NEW
by: Mark

All day long my friend. The RPM's are controlled so you are NOT going to damage anything in your engine. Once you reach the scooters top speed you can ride it all day long. It is recommended that you vary speeds when breaking in a new one though.

Sep 14, 2010
I did on mine
by: David

Back in 1984 I bought a Suzuki FA50 scooter/moped because I couldn't afford a car or even a motorcycle. I rode it back and forth from Winchester KY to Richmond KY many times; it took about an hour. There were only a few places where I had to slow down from full throttle. So, yes, mine would do it, and I never noticed any problems because of it.

I put over 20,000 miles on that little scooter by the time I graduated from college in 1986. (You read that right: 20K in about 2 years. I rode it constantly.) I wish I had kept it. I don't recall that it ever needed any maintenance. All I did was put oil and gas in it (it had a two-stroke engine with a separate tank for oil).

I have no idea if the scooters made now are as reliable as that little Suzuki was, but I certainly hope they are. I got my $500 out of it multiple times.

Jun 06, 2010
by: Jim Zeiser

But after breaking it in at 1,000 miles make sure you switch it to synthetic oil and keep a real close eye on your valve clearances. Those two things will help alot.

Jun 04, 2010
by: Anonymous

I ride my Lambretta Due (Taiwanese made) scooter for 30 minutes at WOT most of the way (there are quite a few lights). 4,000 miles later, and my motor has never had a problem (did need new brake pads last winter, though...guess there were too many lights) and it's as strong as ever.

One hour constantly at WOT I've never done. I'd ride mine for an hour WOT, but it's impossible not to hit a light about every 10 or so blocks so it wouldn't purely be WOT the whole time.

Is your scooter stock? All stock scooters, even those that run as quick as yours, are somewhat restricted...a modded racing 49cc scooter can hit 60 an unmodded stock engine isn't running at full capacity even if you have it at WOT.

FWIW, my Lambretta due isn't a freak scooter...I rode a 50cc vespa in the early 80s WOT for 4 years before I sold it, and I rode an 84 honda aero 50 WOT from 94 to 2004 when I sold it because I was having a hard time finding replacement brake parts and body panels (20 years outside is not kind to plastic panels).

That's 3 49cc scooters at WOT whenever possible for a combined 18ish years.

Jun 04, 2010
by: scooterchick

I wouldn't do it. Small 4 cycle engines are not made for that. I'd only run it WOT for short little bursts. Even drag bikes only run WOT for 1/4 mile.

Jun 04, 2010
50 Minute Travel
by: Izzy

I would think you can. Just keep an eye on your oil and run a 93 octane fuel.

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