When talking about scooters, a Vespa may immediately come to mind. The classic look makes it stand out from the crowd. It is a great way to get around town, commute to work, run errands, and even go out to explore the countryside.
Since their invention in 1817, scooters have evolved. Maxi scooters are now available. These have more robust engine capacity and better components overall. They add more comfort and practicality for riders of different experiences.
9. Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Sport
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This scooter combines sports and leisure. The Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Sport is a scooter that will surely turn heads when it passes you. Its main highlights are the wheels in front, which provide a great overall experience for its owners. It has a single-cylinder 500 HPE (high-performance engine) that can put out 14% more power than the previous MP3 scooters.
Moreover, this scooter helps reduce fuel consumption by using the Ride by Wire feature. It optimizes engine operation fast and low speeds with just a touch of a button.
It has an ABS for additional safety and control on the road. With the 13-inch wheels in front, you don’t need to worry about wheel blocking when braking. It also has an Acceleration Slip Regulation which assists the rear wheel in, especially slippery road conditions.
The MP3 500 HPE Sport is equipped with gas shock absorbers exclusive to Vespa and Piaggio motorcycles.
When traveling with a companion on this scooter, they will get the same riding comfort as the driver. They can also feel more secure thanks to the sturdy handhold in the back of the seat.
8. Yamaha TMax
This Yamaha TMax may be one of the most famous sport scooters around. It has 560cc displacement from the forged aluminum pistons, connecting rods, and a new combustion chamber shape.
The automatic scooter has two modes to choose from depending on the type of riding you will do. You can choose from a gentle or aggressive drive. The former may be ideal for cruising around town or running errands, and the latter may be useful when going on long trips.
One of the latest changes they made was to separate the engine from the swingarm. Now it is mounted on the frame just like a regular motorcycle. As for the frame, it is now made from die-cast aluminum which helps reduce the overall weight of the scooter.
Riders can connect to the MyTMax system. It adds a GPS tracking system to help find the scooter if it is stolen, provide trip reports, and other detailed functions.
7. Yamaha Tricity
Speaking of scooters changing with the times, we start this list with one of the designs that prove the evolution of scooters. The Yamaha Tricity is a scooter with three wheels that aim to encourage people who are used to commuting to get their motorcycle.
This is why this scooter’s design revolves around answering the problem of balance and stability. The two wheels in front help stabilize the scooter when it gets going. It will have a better balance at any speed. It has a great reaction on the road, and riders will feel confident on it.
The engine on it is a 300cc four-valve water-cooled single-cylinder engine. But compared to Yamaha’s other scooters, the Tricity falls behind in terms of aerodynamics. Since it is targeted toward beginner riders, it may not go as fast, but they will nevertheless enjoy riding this around town.
Its compartment is large as it can fit two full-sized half-face helmets and is illuminated by LEDs. It also has a Smart Key operation, an ABS, and traction control to keep the rider safe when driving. The LCD on the cockpit is clear and easy to understand. It is a scooter that can help anyone transition smoothly from commuting to driving a motorcycle.
6. BMW C 650 GT
This scooter from BMW boasts of a streamlined and stylish design that focuses on elegance. It has plenty of features to offer, making this an undeniably BMW inside and out.
Designed for long-distance driving and urban commute, the 60hp engine that puts out 7750 RPM has plenty of power to take you from one location to another. The maximum speed is at 112 MPH proves that this is not your average scooter. It has fast acceleration thanks to the redesigned clutch system and the CVT.
You will also enjoy from this scooter the sound of the exhaust system. It is made from high-quality stainless steel, which puts out a fuller and powerful sound.
But it has more than sound to attract you. Other features include heated grips and heated seats for better comfort for long rides. The storage is large to accommodate plenty of stuff. An anti-lock braking system and automatic stability control come standard. These help enhance rider safety as well as protection for the scooter’s engine.
5. Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive
The Suzuki Burgman 650 is a class of its own. It has a 638cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke engine which can put out 54bhp, 7000 RPM, and a maximum torque of 5000 RPM. It has an automatic gearbox that uses a belt drive for better acceleration. Other features include heated grips and seats. It also has a clear screen and folding mirrors.
It has different modes to choose from, which can help make driving much more efficient and more enjoyable. The Drive mode gives linear and balances power distribution which helps in fuel efficiency. Power mode, as the name suggests, utilizes the full potential of the scooter. It also has the Standard mode, which is in between the Drive and Power modes.
A tubular frame and aluminum-alloy swingarm help provide greater balance and improved agility on the road. The tail section is slimmer, which takes credit for its sporty and sleek looks.
It has a 50-liter boot capacity which is plenty of space for storage. For reference, it can fit two full-face helmets. Additionally, it has three glove boxes.
4. Vespa 946 Emporio Armani
Piaggio partnered with fashion guru, Giorgio Armani, to design a product that will commemorate milestones in the life of the brands as well as celebrate their Italian heritage. And what came out of that collaboration is the Vespa 946, Emporio Armani.
The base model of this scooter is known for its familiar design and looks. Giorgio Armani designed an exclusive color scheme for this anniversary model. It sports a matte gray finish with green highlights that show when hit at a specific angle by light. As a result, the effect highlights both the classic look and the beauty of the Vespa 946.
The scooter itself is worth the price. It takes inspiration from the original Vespa created in 1946. It has updated components that make it a great daily driver if you choose to use it as such.
This was produced in limited quantities, which is why it has become more desirable for scooter enthusiasts.
3. Honda X-ADV
One look, and you may not immediately recognize that the Honda X-ADV is a scooter. The company said on their website that this design is meant to break the ground of scooters. They combined the capability and the performance of a professional touring motorcycle. It also has the convenience and comfort of a large-capacity scooter. In a sense, it is the SUV of the motorcycle world.
The frame of the ADV-X is lighter, and the seat is redesigned so that it can provide more comfort for the rider. The storage is a sizable 21L which also has a USB Type-C socket for charging your devices.
You can link your Android phone to the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System so you can be in control even while you’re driving. Additionally, it is equipped with the Smart Key system that makes the operation fully keyless.
It has a 745cc 8-valve twin-cylinder engine that packs a punch. This is why you can take this scooter virtually anywhere. It has five riding modes: standard, sport, rain, gravel, and user. These all can be used to make the performance of the scooter fit the environment it is in.
2. Honda Forza 750
The new Honda Forza 750 is designed to be adept in any type of environment. Whether it be in or out of the city, going for a leisurely ride, or going to places without a complete direction, you can rely on this scooter to perform well.
Its engine is a 4-stroke liquid-cooled 8-valve SOHC parallel 2-cylinder that can put out 6,750 RPM and a maximum torque of 4,750 RPM. It can easily climb hills and go on a long ride without struggling. It has double 310mm hydraulic brakes in front and 240mm single hydraulic disc brakes in the back for easy control and stopping.
You can connect your smartphone to the scooter for better connectivity. The Honda Smartphone Voice Control system can help manage navigation, calls and messages, and even your music.
It has a keyless ignition system that can also operate the steering lock, fuel cap, and seat. The storage is 22L with a USB Type-C socket for charging devices.
1. Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC
The Aprilia SRV 850 is considered the most powerful scooter in the world, or so they claim. But comparing it to the current lineup of scooters available in the market today, that may appear to be true.
Anyone familiar with motorcycle racing will find the face of this scooter to be familiar because it takes inspiration from the racing bikes Aprilia builds for that purpose. But don’t think that this does not have the power to back up its claims.
This scooter is equipped with a 90-degree two-cylinder engine, a first of its kind. It has 839cc displacement and puts out 76 HP, a feat no other scooter has done as of yet. The crankshaft and transmission group were designed with a rotational motion to provide a significant reduction of rotating inertia and gyroscopic effect. This helps improve the handling and cornering performance of the scooter.
Another feature they added is the stability of the motorcycle. It has a double-cradle frame, and the trellis pipes are made from steel to provide reinforcement and rigidity. You will feel the stability of the scooter on any type of road, and you can even lean-to about 45-degrees around corners thanks to this feature.
This feature-packed scooter is bound to set history with its performance and features.
How do you determine what type of scooter are you looking at?
Most common scooters tend to have a flat floorboard and a space above them. These are often called step-through scooters. They are also usually small to medium-sized.
On the other hand, maxi scooters are larger and have more features and equipment. They are more closely related to a motorbike in terms of overall appeal. These also have a longer wheelbase and are designed for comfortable long rides.
Which is more comfortable between a scooter and a motorcycle?
Motorcycles are primarily built for their utility and power, while scooters are for comfort, even though some newer models are adapting to have more power under the hood. Generally, scooters are more comfortable, but some motorcycles are being designed to provide more comfort for the rider as well.
Are scooters ideal for beginner riders?
Yes. Since they have automatic gearboxes and relatively lower power, people who want to try motorcycles can start with scooters.
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