The Top Mopeds for Sale in 2017

Seen as the cheaper, low-powered version of electric bikes, mopeds have advantages and disadvantages. We dig deeper into the dissection in this article.

The Truth About Mopeds

The year is almost ending, which means the holidays are coming. This is a time when more money flows in, so we are sure that consumers are busy checking out gadgets and gizmos. When it comes to investments that can neither be classified as big-ticket nor small-time, purchasing a moped or a scooter fits perfectly. These are smaller vehicles than cars and SUVs, to begin with. But at the same time, they are not really meant to be bought easily like teddy bears and bonbons. So, in this article, we help consumers make an informed choice by writing as much as possible about these products.

Before we proceed, we would just like to clarify that the terms scooter and moped are interchangeable in this article. Though there has been a confusion surrounding usage, we do not make that kind of distinction anymore. The list of top mopeds for sale in 2017 already encompasses the top scooters as well. This is due to the market's usage of the terms. These days, as more and more consumer products are launched, makers are also merging functions of the features that were once exclusive to certain types. That said, we are going to look more closely into the advantages and disadvantages of owning a moped / scooter.

Combining a 4-stroke engine and a dizzying array of dynamic specs, the Dongfang scooter is a force to reckon with on the road. Its built signifies power and strength. It enables riders to maneuver it in wide open roads, at night, and every day. It comes with the classic bright headlights, a padded seat, and a floorboard made of a resistant material to set your feet on to rest. The front disc brakes allow for a forceful yet smooth stop. It is equipped with wider and brighter mirrors to give you better coverage of your lane and of the road in general. It is 90% assembled when it arrives at your doorstep and will require little maintenance throughout its lifetime. It is our top moped of choice, hands down.

This bad boy from Dongfang is powered by a 150cc engine and can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour depending on road conditions and the rider weight. It can get around 78 miles per gallon. It is also environmentally-friendly, as attested to by its approval from EPA and DOT. It is also approved by the California Air Resources Board and thus legal in California. Electric scooters are legal in most cases because they are considered as electric bikes. They also do not require a driver's license or an insurance. So, this is the perfect gift to buy someone who does not have either. And if you cannot afford a car or do not want one, then this is the best deal you can give yourself in the coming holidays.

Typically, consumers from this side of the world already know what to expect from a Chinese scooter, and so should you. There is nothing to hide about some minor deficiencies in delivered units. It helps to look at things in a pragmatic way. And yet, we have another TaoTao unit on the list, and it is in second place at that. Can we just say this: you are in for a ride with the Lancer. The price and quality ratio is hard to beat. It has a 150cc engine with fully automatic transmission. The advertised 55 miles per hour can be exceeded. But assuming that you do not really want to go that fast, this scooter is a great match for your mobility and transport needs.

Two adults can ride this thing. The brakes work well. Though sometimes the scooter can get a little wobbly when you run it along a curve. You can buy accessories such as a Kevlar belt to help enhance your riding experience. It already comes with a trunk for your storage needs. For your safety, it is best if you avoid mountainous areas. The TaoTao Lancer is a true-blue city scooter. If you are a beginner with little to zero familiarity with scooter setup, it is also highly-recommended to ask for assistance from a qualified mechanic. It might take you hours to assemble the thing by yourself. But this is entirely up to your choice. Just read the instructions carefully and complement your reading with YouTube videos.

This TaoTao scooter in orange is such an eye candy in the street. It is by far one of the most popular models from the Chinese manufacturer. What riders like about it in particular is the interest and passion it ignites in them. Of course, that is one way to put it. Chinese scooters tend to come with less instructions, so you have to do the figuring out by yourself. A trained technician, however, will be of most help. But it is also interesting to point out that these scooters are good for people who want a low-maintenance, gas-powered vehicle to get them from Point A to Point B without hassle. The 50cc engine feature propels the scooter to reach up to 35 miles per hour.

With a price tag that is much lower than the ones Japanese and European makers sell their units for, it is truly a bargain. Just one downside to choosing it is that you need to make adjustments -- the valves, for example -- so you have to be conscientious as a user and search for answers in forums and on YouTube, among others. Do not worry. This TaoTao scooter takes little assembly. Yet, it run up to 50 miles per hour and get up to 90 miles per gallon. If you are quite the budget-conscious buyer who wants a good quality ride, this one is for you. This one is made for cruising around town -- and also for gallivanting in the countryside. Because why not do it, right?

This TaoTao automatic 500-watt e-scooter is a real speeder in its own right. Though the published top speed is 20 miles per hour, it can lean toward 35 miles per hour during a descent. Unlike other mopeds or scooters, it employs a push button start transmission. If you need a boost, simply rely on its twist throttle system, which is very responsive. Take note that this one is an electric scooter, not gas-powered, which has the advantage of being more energy-efficient. The specs are also amazing. The horn goes off loud and clear, while the lights work well at high and low beam. You cannot go more smoothly when stopping with its hand brakes. The battery operates for a long time on full charge.

This electric scooter works like an electric bike, only more affordable. As it is classified under the same category as an e-bike, it does not require a motorist's license, registration, and insurance. It is also fully street legal to ride this thing. The TaoTao ATE-501 is friendly to riders who are short distance or last mile commuters. It is also perfect for people who do not have a license or insurance. It works for those who cannot afford a car but are in need of personal transport. It does not discriminate between a teenager who wants to ride this to school and an adult who uses this to get him to work. All things fit together in this scooter, and so it is our top 4 choice in this article.

The Razor brand is known to create retro-style electric scooters. This model is one of them. Yet, it is not only vintage-inspired but also Euro-influenced. This one also comes in purple and white hues with pink floral accents -- making them great power wheels for girls. Typically, scooters and mopeds are designed to look quite intimidating for their size. But this miniature version amplifies style, comfort, and functionality. The built-in battery lasts for up to 10 miles on single charge. It does not scrimp on power, as it can run up to 15 miles per hour. At the same time, it allows for an easy ride on side streets. This is a good beginner scooter to buy for your daughter or granddaughter, as long as she is 12 or older.

The maximum weight allowed is 150 lbs. The Razor Pocket Mod has a pair of 12-inch pneumatic tires with a rear suspension system that makes your daughter's or granddaughter's ride to complete an errand or visit a friend much more enjoyable. You can also take it with you when you are going for an out of town vacation. It will surely be a memorable experience for children to be able to ride this in the countryside. You can lift the padded seat and underneath it you will find storage space for little items. As parents or grandparents, it is your responsibility to know the state regulations regarding this type of ride. It is also your duty to keep the young riders informed about these things.

TaoTao is known for creating scooters, dirt bikes, and Go Karts. So it only follows that this moped looks like it was fashioned out of its more heavyset siblings. The seat, the handles, and the deck are also wide-set, giving the rider a space to get comfortable in. It has automatic and twist throttle control to assist you during the drive. When you are set to buy this product, you have to be prepared to do a few things, including assembly. The CY-50A model is shipped 90% assembled. But you have to install parts like the tires, handlebar, mirrors, and batteries. If this is your first time, you have two options: DIY the assembly by following the instructions from the DVD and PDF manual, or have a technician do it.

The TaoTao CY-50A moped scooter is fully automatic. Reaching top speed, you can get it to run between 30 and 35 miles per hour. It has a storage trunk that can carry your valuables, groceries, gear to protect you from mild to harsh weather, and such stuff. It comes in several color combinations such as red-black-silver, blue-black-silver, and black-gray-silver. All states except California recognize this moped as street legal. Of course, as with similar two-wheelers, the moped or scooter does not isolate its rider from the traffic, so expect to come in contact with other motorists, vehicles of many sizes, and the environment. Make sure you wear bright clothes and the necessary protective gear, such as a helmet, to keep you safe on the road.

The IceBear gas-powered moped is a looker, no matter if it comes in all-black or black and green. In terms of functionality, it also does not disappoint. The gas mileage is remarkable at 120 miles per gallon, and it comes fully equipped with a 1.4-gallon tank to accommodate longer rides. The windshield and trunk built onto this unit come in handy when the weather is a bit harsh and you have to store some wares while riding your automatic, two-wheeled vehicle, respectively. Driving this on the road does not always require a motorcycle license, but if you buy one, make sure you have the papers that pertain to insurance, a tag, etc. Note that it this moped is legal in the streets of California.

There are a few more things to take note of before and when you decide to purchase this IceBear moped. First, the actual piston displacement is 49cc. Rounding up, the manufacturer IceBear indicates 50cc for easier classification. This model, by the way, runs up to 30 miles per hour depending on the weight of the rider and the conditions of the road. Second, a trained, licensed mechanic is required to assemble the vehicle. During purchase, it already comes along 85% assembled. If you are getting it as a gift, make sure you are following the explicit instruction regarding assembly. Lastly, as we follow the loose usage of terms, this does not have a pedal though it is advertised both as a moped and a scooter.


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