Tomos Nitro 50cc Motor Scooter Review

by Martin M
(Kitchener, Ontario)

The Tomos Nitro 50cc Scooter

The Tomos Nitro 50cc Scooter

Here is my review for the 2009 Tomos Nitro 50cc 4 stroke scooter I just bought. This scooter has great features... like both side stand and center stand. It offers smooth impressive acceleration for a 49cc.


Another great feature is that it has both electric and back-up kick starting. Under seat storage has enough space for my helmet. The Tomos Nitro scooter is super on gas and is also a great scooter, for the less than $2000 I spent with my tax refund!

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Tomos Nitro 50cc Scooter Review

by Ron Goldwyn
(Milford, CT, USA)

Tomos Nitro 50cc Scooter

Tomos Nitro 50cc Scooter

I'm now over 70 and have had this scooter for almost a year, during which time I've gone 1300 miles and had two oil changes. Being in CT I've been in rain, cold weather but not in snow or on icy streets. I learned that grass is hard on my first trip when I forgot to use the brakes on a turn. Both survived.

I've added a heavy duty wind screen, and two saddle boxes (water-proof) in the rear for tools, poncho, food bags and tie-downs. Have ordered a small Clock/AM-FM radio/MP3 system that will be installed as soon as it arrives.

The only problem I have is using the main stand as the scooter is heavy. I plan to add an extension to the stand to increase my leverage when using it.

I rarely use the lock position as it doesn't easily engage or disengage. I also built out of aluminum bar stock extensions (up & out) for the rear view mirrors so that I can now see all traffic behind me.

I recommend this machine as it is well built and does its job. Maximum speed is 33MPH. To use on streets of CT I must have a Drivers License.

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**UPDATE** Tomos Nitro 50 Scooter Review

by Ron Goldwyn
(Milford, CT, USA)

This is a scooter made by a top manufacturer in China for a European firm who makes mopeds in Europe. Being made in China does not equal being cheap, as this one sells for over $1300.

In my State of CT, any scooter over 49cc is classified as a motorcycle and it matters not how you sit aboard it. One must register them as motorcycles, carry insurance as a motorcycle and they must wear motorcycle license plates.

So let's not mix apples and oranges. My statement is about scooters as defined by the State of Connecticut.

Cheap scooters are not limited to one country and please don't assume that because a scooter is inexpensive that it is cheap. Is a Chevy a cheap car? The most popular car in China is a Buick made by GM but do you call them cheap because they are made in that country? Of cause not. Quality and price are like apples and oranges, but both are fruits.

Since we are not discussing motorcycles, all scooters have a 49cc engine or smaller and are road legal as opposed to dirt bikes which may not travel on city streets. A third category are mopeds which distinguish themselves as being bicycles with assisting small engines. Each state determines what is required to be street legal and highway legal.

My mid-priced Chinese scooter was bought from a dealer who backed up his product and I have not had a single complaint to make about the scooter or the service provided.

What our editor Kathi does not point out is the difference between a new and a used scooter. Which is better... a new Tomos or a used Honda? Which is better... a new or a used Honda? In both cases we can not compare the two, as each must stand on their own two wheels.

So far my SYM made Tomos has been as good as a Genuine, a Vespa or a Honda and that is my humble opinion for what it is worth.

You can see Ron's original Tomos review (and others') here

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