Scooters: Let’s not forget this multi-million dollar area of motorcycles. Scooters are a category where the Chinese are making some real headway. These bikes don’t really get stretched much. Small cc engines (49cc) is some cases with very little technology or quality suspensions. Pot metal construction material throughout the bike makes for very little stress tolerance. Typically these Scooters live a pretty baby like lifestyle. Students buzzing around universities, kids headed up to the store and back, very short trips with little stress on the bikes themselves. When you move into the big boy manufacturers like Honda and Yamaha the game changes dramatically. Honda makes a “scooter” with the same 250 cc engine that resides in their Supercross bikes! It’s called a Honda Reflex with a top speed of 85 miles per hour. Belt driven with no clutch makes it super easy to ride and this thing can run with the big boys. Interesting Honda only made this “scooter” from 2001 to 2007? Nobody really knows why they stopped production but the bike is awesome. Easy to insure and practically no maintenance expense this bike is perfect for the novice rider that may step up to a road-bike someday…but no rush.. this bike could be all you ever need. 250lb dudes cruising around on this bike is common. Back to the Chinese for a moment, the names of these Chinese Scooters can be difficult to pronounce let alone maintain. Common with these Chinese products is the parts availability issue. This lack of available parts can pose a real problem. American riders typically see these scooters as throw away products with a very short shelf life. Sooo, if you OK with a wannabe road-bike consider a scooter to buzz around with. Jeez, you might buy gas twice per summer on these little fun bikes.