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50cc Mopeds And Scooters Are A Great Way To Save Money

At age 16, it is possible to obtain a CBT (compulaory basic training) certificate

and ride a restricted moped or scooter with an engine capacity of under 50CC.

A 50CC sport moped It is an ideal choice of scooter for a 16-year-old ride. However, i'm more than twice that age, but thought I would give one a go anyway. Here's what I found.

Ok, so we've established that I'm older than the average 50CC moped owner, and weighing a lot more now than I did back then, I was a little apprehensive that a machine like this would be able to carry my weight effectively.

Times have changed a little, and the amount of torque that a small 49CC engine can provide is a lot greater than the bikes of yesteryear. Which was good ews for both the bike, and the owner who was allowing me to test it.

Having said that, the bike I had was not the largest. The "step through" design made it very easy to get on and off when stationary. Though I am 6 foot 2 inches tall, and found I had to sit with my knees slightly more bent than I would have preferred.

I have ridden on many 50CC mopeds in my time, and my biggest bugbear is a large man, is the way that the sports styling often means the cowls are overly large, and steering can become difficult.

It's great to find a moped that does not suffer from this problem.

Push button ignition, and I'm off. The moped is restricted to around 30 mph, and being a new bike straight out of the packaging, it would probably benefit from being run in a little, so 30mph (or just under) it is then.

Straight-line performance is excellent, and I really got the feeling that the bike had a lot more to offer in terms of speed. However as standard, to conform with UK law, most 50CC bikes are restricted to 30 mph on delivery.

urning and handling in general is very simple, the handlebars are slightly narrower than some, but this seems to make the whole process of taking sharp corners that little bit easier.

This isn't a knees down sort of bike, so it required decent steering via the bars. This, thankfully, it has.

A few figure of eight's and emergency stops later, I'm taking the moped out onto the open road.

Here the only issue in my 30 minute ride is the lack of speed that is to be expected from any moped or scooter at under 50CC. I find myself riding a little closer to the kerb than I would normally, and being overtaken a little more often than I would like.

The shock absorbers and suspension in general is pretty good, though it's hard to cushion a moped as light as this from all bumps and jumps.

Being a four stroke, the acceleration is smooth, and the ride is surprisingly quiet.

by: miabrown111A
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