What scooter is best for a college student?

by Caty
(Golden, CO, USA)

I'm looking into buying a scooter to carry me around in college. I have no experience in two-wheeled, motorized vehicles. Since I go to school in Golden, CO, the scooter will be going over quite a few hills.

Also, it needs be able to go at least 65 mph so I can take the highways if necessary. What are the best scooters for my situation? I was looking at the Honda Ruckus and a few Vespas, but some suggestions would be nice. Thank you.

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Feb 27, 2011
Larger Wheels
by: Lin

I too live in Golden Co, and I would recommend anything in a 150 class or higher, with 16" wheels. I use a Kymco 150 People to commute in to Denver, but stay OFF the Highways as people here will kill you.

I like the larger wheels, in my experience they are much easier to control, especially with our poor record of street maintenance. Hit a pot hole or patch of gravel with a smaller wheel and you may be on the street before you even realize what happened.

However here in CO you need a motorcycle endorsement for anything over 50 cc, if you don't have one, then take a class before buying. Erico MotorSports in Denver has a good selection and helpful staff.

Jan 12, 2011
Kymco Service
by: Jim Zeiser

The new Kymco Like 200 is also a capable scooter. It has classic styling, fuel injection and is wildly reliable.

Jan 11, 2011
250cc or Bigger
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Hi Caty... If you're looking to do highway riding and going over large hills, then I'd recommend you go with a scooter that has at least a 250cc engine (or possibly a SYM HD200).

As far as I know, the Honda Ruckus is only a 49/50cc engine, and while Ruckus owners do love this little machine, it's not going to hold up against big semis on the highway... nor will it go fast enough.

Many different manufacturers make the mid-sized scooters (250cc to 350cc), so I'd focus your efforts on that size. You don't have to go with an expensive Vespa, though. There are many other more economical choices. SYM is a great brand and I've had California readers who've taken the HD200 on the highway without problems.

I'm sure other readers will chime in here as well...

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