It all depends on where and how you are planning on using it. We typically sell two sizes of scooters: a 49cc (engine size), or 150cc scooter. To drive a 49cc scooter that is under 2 horsepower in the state of MN you only need a valid driver's license. If you want a larger scooter, 50cc and above, you need to have your motorcycle permit to legally drive it in MN.
We have several models of scooters in each engine size. As a general rule, our 49cc scooters will go 30-35 miles per hour and get 100+ miles per gallon of gas. Our 150cc scooters, by contrast, will go 50-65 miles per hour and get 80+ miles per gallon of gas.
Our 49cc models, sometimes referred to as mopeds, are ideal for shorter commutes to work where the speed limit doesn't get above 35mph. They are also great for students on college campuses. Many colleges including the U of M have special moped parking areas that are very conveniently located close to classes and activities. Another great use is riding around with them up at the cabin or bring them with you behind the motor home while on vacation.
Our 150cc models are a little larger and quite a bit faster. Due to the State of MN licensing laws, our 49cc models are restricted in the power they can provide. There is no such restriction on the 150cc models, and thus you will notice a large difference in power. They are ideal if you have a longer commute, and will be spending time on 45-60 mph roads. They are also much better at carrying two people. If you don't have your motorcycle license or permit yet, you do have to have one to legally drive this size of the scooter. The permit consists of a written test that the state gives and is valid for a year. After you get your permit, you can then take the motorcycle road test on your scooter or just retake your written test every year.
Please check out our Frequently Asked Question section or give us a call if you have any questions we can help you with.