A scooter is usually defined as a lightweight two-wheeled vehicle with a three-stepped step-by-step chassis and a footrest station. Scooters usually run on small 10-inch tires and employs an electric motor, which powers all the lights, ignition and braking system. These scooters also are known as mopeds and are generally used for short distances and in cities. They are extremely popular with riders who enjoy the freedom of riding along curbs and streets and the reduced pressure associated with such a compact design. Mopeds are especially popular with young children, who often ride around in such vehicles without any supervision.
Unfortunately, mopeds do not enjoy the same immunity from accidents as motorcycles do. Both motorcycles and scooters have the tendency to injure and kill innocent victims when driving irresponsibly. For that reason, several jurisdictions have made it illegal to operate certain types of scooters on public roads. Some states also require motorcycle riders and drivers to wear protective gear and helmets when riding mopeds.
Although they share many characteristics, mopeds differ primarily in engine size and weight. A typical scooter is usually powered by a gasoline engine. Scooters also can be powered by a three-phase AC or by a high-voltage alternating current (AC.). Mopeds generally have fewer safety features than motorcycles, although they are no less dangerous. The number one safety issue regarding mopeds is the lack of protection from the front end of the vehicle.
Mopeds and motorcycles also have slightly different handling qualities. Mopeds usually have smaller front wheels and larger rear wheels. This gives them a tendency to corner better. However, they have less stability than motorcycles because of their shorter tires. They also have less strength and maneuverability than motorcycles.
In general, the two-wheel-drive moped is lighter and more maneuverable than the two-wheeled scooter. However, the two-wheel scooter has been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years as it is generally less expensive and much easier to drive than the moped. A moped usually only has one speed rate, whereas a moped on a two-wheel drive usually has more available speed. Mopeds typically have larger tires for greater traction on smoother terrains and greater strength for higher speeds.
Mopeds and motorcycles do have some significant differences. Mopeds generally weigh between thirty-five to fifty pounds, while motorcycles are a bit less at forty-five to fifty pounds. Mopeds typically have between one and two horsepower, while motorcycles tend to have three to four horsepower. Mopeds generally have either a front or rear light, while motorcycles do not. Mopeds usually have a step through frame, while motorcycles do not.
The major difference between the two categories of scooters and motorcycles is their engine size. Mopeds usually have engines that are between four and five inches in capacity, while motorcycles have engines that can range from four to seven inches in size. This makes the ability to climb hills easier for mopeds than motorcycles, who need to have an engine that has enough capacity to cover long distances without losing speed. The size of the engine also affects the speed at which the moped will travel, with faster ones able to reach speeds up to sixty miles per hour.
Some of the main differences between the two categories of scooters and motorcycles include the following: Mopeds generally come with larger tires, have step through frames, are lighter weight for better performance, have larger engines and have lower maximum speeds. On the other hand, motorcycles usually have larger engines, larger tires, step through frames, lighter weight for maximum performance, and have smaller tires for maximum agility. When purchasing a scooter, it is important to make sure that it fits your height and engine size requirements, otherwise the scooter may not be a good choice.