Which Is a Better Buy... a Used GMI 104 or a New Roketa MC-16-50?

Kathi and friends... Your website is an oasis for unbiased information on scooters.

I am a first time potential scooter enthusiast living in CT looking for a 49 cc 4 stroke scooter for just getting around local roads (to/from work).

Given my budget constraints as a student, I have concentrated on Chinese imports:
  • a used 2008 GMI 104 ($500)

  • a new ROKETA MC-16-50 ($1000)

When looking at a used scooter, what are some key questions/gross findings I should ask/look for? Should I bring the scooter to a scooter shop and have them take a look at the used scooter?

Also in your experience, does GMI or Rocketa have a better brand? my web search suggests Rocketa (but some of the websites may have been biased)

Thank you again,

Comments for Which Is a Better Buy... a Used GMI 104 or a New Roketa MC-16-50?

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Aug 05, 2009
GMI-Why Not?
by: Jim Zeiser

From what I see the GMI went for almost the same new as the Roketa is going now. For your purposes the bugs have been shaken out of the GMI over the last year by the present owner. Ask when the oils were changed, valves adjusted and any other maintenance done. Look for scratches and other signs of damage, and yes, if you don't feel secure take it to a mechanic. He might uncover hidden problems. More likely the present owner just bought it last year when gas prices soared and now wants to get rid of it. There's alot of that around.

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