Good 50CC cold weather scooters (starting)

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by rivercreep, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

    Feb 27, 2007
    S.E. Pennsylvania (Reading)
    An 09 125 Zuma for $2,200 and with the Yamaha $300.00 cash back, I could get the windshield and rack for less than a new c3. Also noticed it's not really much heavier either.
    I might just have get me one now.
  2. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

    Oct 13, 2003
    FWIW I've got a Kymco Super 9 (liquid cooled 2 stroke) that I used for commuting year round. It rarely got below 20 around here but I commuted during the night shift during the winter and it was cold enough for me. :lol3

    The only thing I had to do was give it a bit more warm-up time so it wouldn't stumble or bog during my first mad dash across the first big intersection, so I just got into a ritual of starting it then pulling on all my gear so it had at least a minute or two.

    My first real bike was a CL360 that I bought in the dead of winter in Alaska and used it for commuting (young and stupid, but hey....). Dragged my feet a lot. Never dropped it once in all that snow...well, okay, maybe once. Go figure. Angels look after dumb kids I suppose.

    Good luck. Let us know what you get! And take pics!
  3. Motovista

    Motovista Go Fast, See Nothing

    Nov 19, 2009
    Charleston, SC
    That is a great scooter. Everytime someone gets near me with one, I try to buy it.So far no takers...
  4. LandPirateMBC

    LandPirateMBC Full blown child

    Dec 23, 2009
    Yamaha Vino. Something older than 2004
  5. rivercreep

    rivercreep Banned

    Feb 27, 2007
    S.E. Pennsylvania (Reading)
    Thanks for all the input Gang!

    Bought an 09 Yamaha Zuma 125 (FI and the price was a deal closer!).
    Actually bought it for the Girlfriend to ride this spring but it's sharing transportation duties for me with the DR untill it gets warmer.
    Pretty practical vehicle for sure.
    I'm actually glad we went with a 125 as I see now how a 50CC would not have weighed much less and the power diff would have been unbearable.

    Best wishes for the New Year!:freaky
  6. valentine

    valentine Adventurer

    Oct 16, 2008
    X2 on the old Honda CT90.

    I was riding mine to work in December at -2°F. I kept it parked outside, with no cover. All I'd have to do is choke it and it would start by the second or third kick. They are great bikes.

    I just took it out this week in 4" of snow. It was incredible. :D

  7. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

    Oct 30, 2004
    Keaau, Hawaii
    My wife rode a Honda 49cc Metro scooter for a few years. I bought a Ruckus and messed around with it for a while.Her Metro never gave a hint of a problem.It felt to cramped for me to ride it though.

    In the crappy winter weather, I commute on my workhorse 2007 Yamaha XT225. Darn thing gets great gas mileage, actually about as good as the Ruckus, but will easily cruise at 50-60 mph. I got tired of the Ruckus doing 20mph up hills. I'll stay with my motorcycles.

  8. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

    Oct 13, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    Sounds fun to me!

    I like the Ruckus as there are things to you get for them like the one in approachbears posting. The R's open design and lack of plastic will serve you will if you do lay it down in the snow or dirt. It has a really low seat. You should be able to get out your "foot skis" out easy. The R is pretty 'foot forward' and does not have pegs under your butt for balance while standing and sliding but you could weld on some folding pegs.

    The C3 with it's FI makes for easier starts but it has a lot of required tupperware to mess up in a lay-down.

    You can get studded tires from Heidenau and Sava but i am not sure they come in the the sizes you need. I have read scooter studded tires are not too diffcult to find from European makers.
  9. pennintj

    pennintj Down & Dirty Mechanic

    May 7, 2007
    New Orleans, LA
    Here's your cold weather startup:
    Genuine Rattler 110 / PGO PMX 110 with "Slider" attached

    My advice: Ride over to MPG Motors in Sellersville
    ( and have a look around.

    SYM and Genuine (PGO) build damn fine bikes.

    If you aren't handy with a multimeter, stay away from Roketa.

    If you *want* an inexpensive, Chinese scooter, look at the ScootDawg website and see what people are actually buying:

    Personally, on the cheap I'd recommend something from the CFMoto, ZNen, or QuiaJiang factories...or: CFMoto, Flyscooter, Benelli/Andretti.