What is the fastest, most reliable 50cc scooter?

by Michael
(Athens, GA)

I need a scooter that will take me A to B as cheap as possible. I need a 50cc because I am not looking to get a special license or registration. I am working on a low budget ($900 tops) but I may need to go speeds higher than 40 mph if that's possible.

I have been on my friends Honda Ruckus but going uphill on it only gets about 25. I only weigh 160 lbs and I am 6 feet. There are lots of hills where I'll be riding in North Georgia so this is a concern for me.

Any help would be appreciated as this is all relatively new to me! Thanks and Go Dawgs!

P.S. Great site, very helpful so far! I'm impressed.

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Mar 09, 2011
by: Jim Zeiser

Is the answer to your prayers.


As reliable as a Honda, able to do 40 mph all day and has a four speed box to cope with hills.

Mar 07, 2011
Hills will always be an issue
by: Eric

The problem with 50cc scooters (which is all I've ever ridden...and been doing it since 1980) is that they don't have big motors. Many are restricted, and you may well get a ticket depending on your state if you go over 30 mph (or 40 mph - just depends on your state law).

Most 2 stroke 50ccs tend to be more powerful than 4 stroke 50ccs (like the Ruckus), but there are exceptions. The SYM Mio is probably the most powerful 4t I've ridden (although the newer Vespas are in the same power range...but they usually have enough HP to require a motorcycle license).

Good 2 stroke 50ccs include Genuine Buddy's, anything by KYMCO or SYM, ADLYs, and CPI. These should go about 44-47 if they're not restricted on a flat, but they'll drop down on a hill (mine routinely takes most hills at 30-35, but two really steep hills slow me down to 18 mph and 23 mph respectively.

With a 50cc...sometimes you just slow down If you drive defensively, realize you don't have the power to speed around cars - you'll be fine.


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