Let’s start from scratch; what’s a scooter?
A scooter, also called a motor scooter, is a low-speed motorcycle with a platform of rider’s feet and a step-through frame or an open frame.
History of Scooters:
The first motor scooter was invented for adults, called an Autoped, in 1913 and was patented by inventor Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson.
Globally, Vespa scooters were the first popular scooters. The popularity of scooters prevailed since Post World war II when Italy introduced Vespa and Lambretta models.
What made scooters famous?
The idea of how scooters are beneficial for personal transportation made the scooters familiar and popular. Scooters being affordable, easily used, insurance is cheaper and licensing requirements being easier adds to the point of popularity.
The US state of California has classified 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles recently. Some of them are:
● Motorcycle: A gas-operated vehicle with two or three-wheeled weighing under 1,500 lbs and displacement of engine greater than or equal to 150ccs.
Motorcycles can be rid of on any public roadway by carrying a single passenger, including the driver, and wearing helmets are compulsory.
● Motor-driven cycle: A two-wheeler and a gas-operated vehicle that is not considered a moped with an engine displacement of 149 ccs or less. It has all the facilities that a motorcycle possesses though it cannot travel in freeways(Toll-free highways.) Such vehicles are grouped as ‘scooters.’
● Moped: A moped is also called a motorized vehicle with an automatic transmission capable of traveling less than 30 mph with gas engine displacement or electricity.
There are no requirements such as insurance or registrations, but a moped must have a special moped license plate.
1. Three-wheeled scooters:
Cushman made a three-wheeled scooter, Model-39, with a large storage bin between the front wheels during World War II and sold 606 scooters during the military war to the United States.
2. The Maxi Scooters:
Maxi scooters are large scooters called touring scooters with longer wheelbases that use larger frames than regular scooters. The trend began in 1986 when Honda introduced the CN250 Helix/Fusion/Spazio.
3. Electric scooters:
E-cycles and Yamaha’s Gen-RYU are the latest and significant electric scooters. The development in fuel cell technology has created such prototypes.
4. Four Stroke Engines:
Four-stroke engines are the most familiar types of internal combustion engines and are broad.
Keeping the concept of eco-friendly and increasing strict guidelines, more scooters are using four-stroke engines again.
Advantages of Scooters:
● Buy a scooter and save money!
Scooters are cheaper; therefore, one can easily buy a scooter that helps to commute from one place to another.
● Handle at ease!
Scooters can help the drivers handle the vehicle easily as it isn’t huge and helps to manage lower and higher speeds.
● Saves space!
Scooters not being ample saves space if you’re concerned about home storage or parking space.