We all love the lifestyle a budget-friendly 50cc scooter gives us, and we never want that fun to end. So let’s explore how many miles you can expect them to last.
On average, you should expect a 50cc scooter to last anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 miles. This of course assumes you follow some important principals. I’ve included some tips and maintenance guidelines below that will give you the best chance of keeping your scooter the road as long as possible. Because like most things with motors and moving parts, there’s a lot that could go wrong.
Extend Your Scooters Life With These Tips
Get cozy with a cup of coffee. We’re about to recommend you actually read the owners manual. While this may seem boring and unnecessary, there can be wealth of usable knowledge in there.
Familiarizing yourself with the parts list, for example, may give you the confidence to attempt some basic repairs yourself. Because smaller motored scooters tend to be simpler in mechanical design, they are often easier to work on. I find this extremely valuable as the typical cost (labor and parts) of bringing your scooter into a repair shop rarely warrants the value.
Instead pick up a basic mechanics tool kit, typically these are fairly inexpensive at around $25, and spend a Sunday afternoon fixing your scooter. You may find it more rewarding than you think. Also, because you’ve fimailized yourself with the manuel, using online resources to help you with fixes, like YouTube videos, will be a lot easier. How you ask? Often you’ll find a video explaining how to make the repair you need, but unfortunately the work being done is on a model different than yours. This can be very confusing. But having the manual in hand gives you a chance to “translate” the advice you’re getting, and successfully applying to your scooter.
Remember! Proper maintenance will give your scooter it’s best chance of exceeding the 30,0000 mile mark. Don’t simple dismiss its importance.
As you comb the manual take special note of what I like to call the “Big 8”. Basically these are the more important sections you’ll want to focus on.
- Air filters
- Transmission oil
- Engine oil
- Spark plugs
- Drive belt
Basic Mileage Maintenance Guidelines
200 mile checks / monthly:
- Check engine oil level.
- Tire pressure is at manufacturers recommendation (probably more often than every 200 miles, but it’s at least a good start).
- Test the horn, turn signals headlights, and brake lights.
- Tighten handlebars and mirrors
1000 mile checks / twice a year:
- Lubricate throttle and brake cables.
- Check your tires thread. Your looking at thread depth and signs of uneven or extreme wear. Note: If tire pressure in general is always low, this may be a sign you may need replacements. They’ll cost around $50.
- Inspect belts for tension and excessive wear and tear.
- Make sure your alignment is straight. If your scooter pulls either to the left or right, you’re probably out of alignment.
Carry These Items For Basic Repairs
Safety should be always the top of your list. Having a pre-ride checklist can go a long way in making sure you get where you’re going safely.
Another great benefit of using a checklist is making sure you have the supplies with you needed to make some basic en-route repairs. Odds are these repairs-in-a-pinch will require you to channel your inner MacGyver.
That said, here are a few thing I think MacGyver himself would most likely carry.
- Duct tape
- Rubber bands
- Patch kit
- Mini pump
- Zip Ties
- Pen and pad
- Small first aid kit
How you use these items is up to you. I guess more actually, it’s dependent on the situation you’re in. But trust me, these items can help you make temporary repairs which may end up saving you big money in the long run.
That’s quite the list. I bet you’re wondering how you’re going to store all those items, right? One of the best accessories I know of is a Top Tail Luggage Box (can go by may other names). It’s basically a small box that sits behind your backseat. Usually the dimension of these types of boxes are around 17 in. x 14 in. x 11 in. The only downside we found to a top box is it occupies the space directly behind the passenger, which can sometimes make things feel a little crapped. If you’re riding alone an alternative is using a bag hook which sits between your legs.
Keep in mind these storage add-on are optional. Matter of fact, some scooters may not even have the ability to use these products. The good news is most scooters, if not all, come with a built-in under seat storage, but the space is usually very limited.
Don’t Ride It Like A Rental
This may sound obvious, but the way you ride your scooter will be one of the biggest determinants on how long it lasts. The good news is because 50cc scooters don’t go very fast, 20-30 mph, the temptation to beat up on them is kept a bay. Still, we find some people treat their scooters more like bicycles than motorcycles.
Remember, they were built for the street, not off-road adventures or hopping curbs!
Lastly, use premium gas (unless instructed to do otherwise by the manual). The gas mileage on small motor scooters is incredible! Some manufacturers claim their models can get over a hundred miles per gallon. So don’t skimp.
Remember, the goal here is to make your scooter last, not save a few cents.
Proper Storage Could Lead Extra To Extra Miles
Let’s talk about the winter months, or for that matter any extended length of time your scooter is going to be in storage and not running. If the goal is be the proud the owner of a “High-mileage Warrior ”, the odometer reading is not the only important factor.
The two major problems with storing scooters for a long time are the battery going dead, and the fuel destabilizing.
Luckily both these problems are straightforward to solve.
For the battery part of the problem, all you have to do is simply remove it from the scooter and store it somewhere that’s not super cold and can be kept dry. For the fuel, adding a small amount of fuel stabilizer should do the trick. Products like STA-BIL 22206 Fuel Stabilizer comes to mind.
There you have it. My tips on staying on the road as long as you can. I’d love to hear your thoughts and advice by sharing with others by leaving a comment below.