A scooter bike is a bike with a step-through frame. That is, you can step into them rather than climbing and swinging a leg over. On a scooter, the rider only needs to place his/her foot on a platform comfortably other than keeping them sideways. Scooter bikes are slightly different from motorcycles in that they have; an engine greater than50cc, wheels under 16 inches in diameter and a manual transmission or a brake horsepower of more than 1⅟2.
What are other features of scooter bikes that distinguish them from the rest of the bikes or motorcycles? The following are a few features to look out for in these bikes:
1. Tires and wheelbase
The distance between their wheels is short, and they use a smaller size of tires. For that reason, they can handle slower speeds quite well. However, accelerating makes them unstable especially when making turns.
2. Built-in design and storage size
The scooter’s engine is usually placed in front of its rear wheel. It helps it create a lot of space at the rear wheel which the rider can utilize to store helmets and other luggage. Due to the ‘lightweight’ nature of scooters, they cannot be able to tow any trailer to increase the cargo carrying capacity. Most scooters do not have clutches or gears like motorcycles. Hence they are auto-geared.
3. Speed and power
A scooter bike has a relatively smaller engine with the size ranging from 50cc to 150cc. Because of that small size, these bikes are less powerful hence they don’t move with high speeds. Doing so might put the rider in danger because of instability of the bike at high speeds
Well, there you have it. Keep those features in mind whenever you want to use scooter bikes for transport. They will help you understand what you expect thus making your road trips enjoyable and memorable.