I'm going to be a first time buyer and driver of a scooter for city use any suggestions?

by Anonymous

My budget is $800, I'm 6'2" 210lbs. I was looking at the scooters on greenearthscooter.com and I like the look of the Mercury 50. This is made by PeaceMotor Sports, I've looked for reviews of these scooters but I can't find anything substantial. The state where I live requires a license for anything over 50cc and registration, I don't want to do that.

This scooter will be used mostly to drive to work, 20 miles altogether for 5 days a week. Thanks, ahead of time, for any help provided.

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Mar 25, 2011
Beware of Green Earth Scooters!!!
by: Green Earth Scooters fan

Don't attempt to buy anything from them. These guys are scammers. I bought a Dash 50 from them that has many defective parts and does not work at all. You can't get any response from their so called "customer service" department, so you will be left without your money and holding the bag. See what the BBB has to say about them or other people that bought their scooters

Mar 03, 2010
These are Good Too
by: Jim Zeiser

I don't know what State you live in, but you might want to check out if the DMV will let these slide through without registration. They can do about 40 mph, 49.5cc, have four speed gearboxes, but an auto clutch and get over 100 mpg.


I have two and they're great. They're built by Bashan too

Feb 28, 2010
dont buy a 50cc scooter
by: Brian

I suggest you buy at least a 150cc scooter. I have recently purchased a scooter from superiorpowersports.com and they have a wide range of scooters that are 150cc for under $1000. They offer free post delivery inspection and deliver to your door. They tune the scooter, check electrical, test drive it, and make sure everything is functioning properly for free before they ship the scooter. They also stock all parts and have a great service department you can call any time for support if you have any problems. I am a big guy too and would never ride on a 50cc. Good luck on finding your scooter.

Feb 27, 2010
1st Time Buyer and Scooter Size
by: Anonymous

I wish you good luck and good rides on whatever scooter you buy, but I strongly advise you to test drive a scooter in the 50cc range before you make any purchase. Just go to a dealership in your area and ask for a test drive. All scooters are weight sensitive.as far as performance goes. I'm a big guy. At my weight a 50cc scooter would be slowed down to the point that it might not keep up with the normal traffic you may face. Scooters are terrain sensitive as well. If you have any hills to travel this will serve to compound the problems you might have keeping up with the flow of traffic. There are a number of car/truck drivers who are intolerant of slow moving vehicles and may cause a slow rider grief. This is especially true during rush hours. Of course, as always, you should take an approved motorcycle safety course before riding anywhere. Again, good luck.

Feb 18, 2010
Good Scooter
by: Jim Zeiser

I'm prejudiced. Green Earth sells Bashan scooters, which I own. The company is about the third largest company in China and assembles their engines in house. I've had good luck with mine and recommend you do a good once over on any scooter bought online looking for loose nuts and bolts, wire connections and change the oils as soon as you get it. No matter who you buy from. For city use I'm sure it will serve you well. Order over the phone so you can ask questions, I feel it's better to talk to a human and not trust your credit card to the internet.

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