The humble scooter is the workhorse of the world. Small and humble, noisier but slower than its big brother the motorcycle, scooters seem like a bad investment at first, particularly the small ones. And yet, each year stores prepare thousands of 50 cc scooters for sale. Millions of people use scooters every day for everything from commuting to work to carrying sacks of manioc. Since the days of the Honda Cub, the very first moped widely accessible in the world hundreds of models from dozens of countries have had their days. And despite the fact that larger mopeds are more popular, cheap 50cc mopeds are still the norm in much of the world. With good mileage and very few legal restrictions, these scooters are everywhere. Here is our list of ten great 50cc scooters for sale in stores.
10. Benelli Pepe
This little 50 cc gem looks quite dashing for a moped. Featuring a 50 cc two-stroke engine, large 16 inch wheels and a detachable trunk in the back, this little red marvel is a good choice, if you’ve got the money for it. Plus, you’ll seldom find modern style like this in a scooter.
9. Adly Silver Fox
Another big wheel moped just asking to be taken out of the urban environment and on the road the Adly is incredibly fast and maneuverable for such a small engine. It features space for a full helmet under the seat and a small glove box up front. The center light is pretty good and so are the dual stands (both center stand and kick stand).
Honda is the all-time champion in the field of easy no strings attached scooters. Of all these 50cc scooters for sale, the Honda is likely the friendliest one. Small engine, small wheels but barrels of fun especially if you plan on riding it in the city. There are few vehicles that can convey the same clean ride feeling as a Honda and even fewer that can supply its insane cornering.
7. MC-v24 50cc Trike
Trike are great but 50cc Trikes are hard to pull off. The air-cooled four stroke engines that usually power small mopeds cannot reliably power trikes and tend to overheat. The MC-v24 manages to pull it off and it throws in an automatic gearbox and plenty of storage space under the seat and in the added rear trunk.
6. Piaggio Zip
The Zip is not a fast bike by any stretch of the imagination but it is a solid all rounder with insane mileage per gallon and swanky streamlined aesthetics. The Zip is very good for cities, speed limited so fully legal, very reliable and has the advantage of the name. Piaggio is a classic Italian brand and people will look up to you for choosing quality over a faster but cheaper bike. Besides, it’s not like the extra 2-3 mph would make a difference, especially not in the city.
5. Lifan Metro
Everything nowadays is made in China so there’s no point in being apprehensive about buying a Chinese bike, particularly as recently the Chinese and Indians are pulling ahead in terms of small bikes from the rest of the world. The Metro is a dirt cheap, reliable and economical scooter that is good for everybody. It has a glove box, room for a full helmet, cheap parts and great mileage.
4. Keeway Venus
Another Chinese bike, and an even better one too! The Keeway Venus is a coquette bike reminiscent of a lot of Vespas and Piaggios. It isn’t coincidental then that the bike also behaves like an European city scooter. It is fast, corners like crazy and is very small and light. Unfortunately it also shares the main downside of an European bike: its small size make it quite bad for carrying things. The two stroke engine means that the Venus will rocket from the stoplight so you better hang on to your bags well, because there isn’t any room to store them under the seat.
3. Vespa S
The Vespa is a classic and you can tell. Few bikes ride as well, few bikes outperform it and few bikes look as good. The Vespa is the quintessential city bike and a legacy to boot. Resembling its bigger cousin the LX but with a shrunk down body and a lower seat the S is a perfect machine for twisty alleyways and crowded streets. If you live in the city this might be the 50 cc scooter for you.
2. Peugeot V-Clic
The best sold bike in the UK, the Peugeot is a simple but elegant scooter that gives you everything you need in a scooter for a low cost and from a good brand. The Peugeot has a four stroke air cooled engine, disc brakes and plenty of storage space for an average sized 160 pound machine. It might not be available everywhere but where it is, it’s a sought after choice.
1. Yamaha Jog
The Yamaha Jog CV50 is a fantastic piece of machinery. It’s good looking, has great handling and is very, very fast. It has great suspension for a 10-inch wheel vehicle and plenty of storage room. The engine is a two stroke, which explains the speed but is also quite wasteful for a two stroke, as its mileage is sub par for a scooter. Nonetheless, in terms of pure technical specifications as well as ride comfort and pleasure the Yamaha Jog is unbeatable.