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Old 04-27-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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Question 50cc Scooter Weight Capacity

I will probably stick with a dualsport for my motorcycle needs but I am considering getting a 50cc scooter for short hops to town because of no plate or insurance. What kind of weight will it stand? (I'm weighing in at about 220lb.)
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:50 AM   #2
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Have you actually researched any of the 50cc scooter specifications?
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:52 AM   #3
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Have you actually researched any of the 50cc scooter specifications?
No, I just gawked at some at the local dealer. I've found that the literature provided by the manufacturer doesn't match what owners sometimes will tell you, though...
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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Keep the weight under 350ish for long distances. The less weight, the faster it'll go.
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:08 PM   #5
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:12 PM   #6
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My wife and I were on a derestricted Kymco 2 stroke and I was amazed how well it went. Not exactly quick but it cruised just fine. We're about 280 together. Now a 50cc 4 stroke, that's probably a different matter.
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:45 PM   #7
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I will probably stick with a dualsport for my motorcycle needs but I am considering getting a 50cc scooter for short hops to town because of no plate or insurance. What kind of weight will it stand? (I'm weighing in at about 220lb.)
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:38 PM   #8
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My C3 is rated for something like 187 pounds, so I'd exceed that if I rode it naked, never mind with helmet, groceries, and whatever else I have on board.
Almost any of the scooters from a known brand name (Honda, Kymco, Yamaha, etc) will move you ok, I think, as long as you don't mind slow acceleration and topping out at 40 on a downhill.
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:51 PM   #9
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Ok, here's why to take the weight restrictions with a huge pile of salt. The sticker on the back of my C3 warns very seriously against exceeding a load of 85kg/187 pounds. The service manual I just downloaded (in English but written for other markets) has the maximum weight as 175kg/386 pounds for rider, cargo, etc.

There are probably some differences between the US version and the C3 sold in other countries -- stiffer spring, etc, perhaps? But a 200 pound difference in cargo capacity suggests to me the difference comes more from the lawyers than from the engineers.

Exceeding the limits in a big way is probably not a great idea, but in small amounts, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:34 PM   #10
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I will probably stick with a dualsport for my motorcycle needs but I am considering getting a 50cc scooter for short hops to town because of no plate or insurance. What kind of weight will it stand? (I'm weighing in at about 220lb.)
Well I read owners manual after 400 miles on machine 315 lbs on Zuma.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:06 PM   #11
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220lbs for my Ruckus.
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:54 AM   #12
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If you keep your shopping to a minimum, three small children seems to be the max without adding a front & rear rack...



Then it's a family sedan. Or for even more storage:




You could always add a sidecar...





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