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50cc and passenger weight capacity

Postby travist » Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:03 pm

I'm very interested in buying a 50cc scooter for use about town in Boston. In MA you don't need a class M license or insurance for a bike under 50cc. The problem is that I'm a big guy -- 270lbs -- and I worry that 50cc just isn't going to have enough power to get me any speed.

I've found several scooters that advertise a weight capacity of over 300 pounds, but I wonder if that's just the weight that they will crawl at. Example: http://www.gsmotorworks.com/retrolx/retrolx.html (up to 330lbs).

Will something like this work for me and give me enough speed to actually drive in traffic?

Thanks!
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Postby Tab » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:36 pm

If it has a variator transmission, you shouldn't have a problem. If it were a single geared moped you would...but most scooters have plenty of grunt.
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Postby steamboat » Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:01 pm

270 pounds on 50cc is a lot. If possible try to rent or borrow a scooter to check it out. Good luck. Jim.
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Postby travist » Mon Sep 19, 2005 10:49 am

Thanks for the tips. On that note, does anyone know of some good Boston-area scooter dealers? I've googled a few, but I was wondering if people here had some personal reccomendations.

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Postby Cyberian » Mon Sep 19, 2005 7:47 pm

travistt -
Do your self a favor and browse this site for an hour before you buy anything:
http://www.scooterbbs.com/

Some of the recommended Scooters include Stella, TN'G, Kymco, Baron and a few others. (And, of course, Honda and Yamaha.)

Stay away from any of the brands (like on eBay) that offer a 30 day parts only warranty. 90 days should be a minimum, and some makes offer a one year warranty. TN'G offers a one year warranty, and has a two-year extended warranty available for $60.
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Postby willie » Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:48 pm

I had a kitted 50cc Vino that had no problem carrying myself (190lbs) and a 130lbs female passenger.I have a kitted Elite that will carry two as well.Stock not too good but with a good kit a small scooter will carry you no problem but like cyberian said stay away from the chinese junk...Willie
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Postby 808mopeds » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:32 pm

pretty much anything with modifications will carry you. im just about 200-210, and i have 2 200 elite "S", a dio50, a 87 elite, and a cpi mako, and all of them carry me well over 50mph (the elite s will go over 70)

so just find something you can modify and youll be alright.
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Postby LadySi2000 » Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:16 pm

I have a Yahama Zuma 50cc and I'm about 210...But I did ride it with my ex hubby and he's also about 210 soooooo It was tough going up hills but pulled us both just fine...Now I'm the only rider and I have no problem at all...
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