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Old 06-11-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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I have a question about scooters too. I have a 50cc scooter. In New York I needed plates and insurance (even though it barely cost anything anyway).....do i need registration and/or insurance here? I don't think I do, but I'm just looking for confirmation of this.
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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I have a question about scooters too. I have a 50cc scooter. In New York I needed plates and insurance (even though it barely cost anything anyway).....do i need registration and/or insurance here? I don't think I do, but I'm just looking for confirmation of this.
this will answer alot of your questions about driving a scooter in North Carolina
North Carolina Moped Laws
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:37 AM
 
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I commute most days on my Vespa GTS (250cc) and love it.
Well, let me clarify I have not commuted on it in the last week - TOO HOT!
With the traffic in this city I would recommend something that can go faster than 35 mph (50cc) and get licensed.
You do not want to become a speedbump!

I rode 200 miles with some biker friends the other weekend and had no trouble running with them, they were shocked.
Shocked that I could out corner them in the twisties, at my gas mileage, and how much stuff a scooter can hold.

Scooters are great fun, extremely practical, and my last mileage check was 79.x mpg!
FWIW you might have seen my mug on Fox News Rising the other week as I was interviewed about Vespas

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Old 06-12-2008, 05:27 AM
 
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I would recommend something that can go faster than 35 mph (50cc) and get licensed.
You do not want to become a speedbump!
Agreed. I hear so many say "I wanna get one of the little ones so I don't have to get a license". It's not that bad.

You take the written test and get your permit. That allows you to ride your bike under certain conditions until you are ready to try for your endorsement (the permit is good for 18 months NCDOT Division of Motor Vehicles: Applying for a Motorcycle Endorsement or Motorcycle Learner Permit ). Unless it's changed in the decade since I took it, the riding test itself is a breeze for anyone riding an automatic scooter. Weave thru the cones, be able to come to a stop and briefly balance yourself without putting your feet down. The examiner who gave me my test (on my Honda Elite 80) chuckled a bit as he gave me my passing endorsement. He pointed out that by getting my motorcycle endorsement on such a small ride, I would be eligible to go out and start riding a Goldwing. He even had the nerve to suggest passing the word around to motorcyclists that they could rent my ride for a few bucks to take the test . He saw so many Harley and Goldwing riders struggle thru the course, not able to do the cone weaving and balancing on their first try.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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I beg of anyone thats buying a 50cc scooter to not ride them on roads where the speed limit is more than the scooter's top speed.

I drive Old Statesville every morning and sometimes there are scooters cruising along at 35 in a 45. The road itself is very narrow and all it takes is 1 person who's not good as passing and the scooter will get clipped and the rider seriously injured or killed. I've seen trucks pass this guy and come really close.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:38 AM
 
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He even had the nerve to suggest passing the word around to motorcyclists that they could rent my ride for a few bucks to take the test . He saw so many Harley and Goldwing riders struggle thru the course, not able to do the cone weaving and balancing on their first try.
The guys at my work all use one guy's wife's Honda 250 for the cone test. One Harleys and some sport bikes its tough to go that slow unless you're used to dragging the rear brake.

Also everyone who gets a scooter (or a motorcycle) should take safety classes. Just because you're on a small scooter and don't need a license doesn't mean drivers will see you any better. They're probably see you even less...and if its too hot to wear your gear it's too hot to ride.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:43 AM
 
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Also everyone who gets a scooter (or a motorcycle) should take safety classes. Just because you're on a small scooter and don't need a license doesn't mean drivers will see you any better. They're probably see you even less...
As someone who has been a licensed rider for over two decades, I 100% agree!
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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I beg of anyone thats buying a 50cc scooter to not ride them on roads where the speed limit is more than the scooter's top speed.

I drive Old Statesville every morning and sometimes there are scooters cruising along at 35 in a 45. The road itself is very narrow and all it takes is 1 person who's not good as passing and the scooter will get clipped and the rider seriously injured or killed. I've seen trucks pass this guy and come really close.

You probably have pass me then lol.
Old Statesville Road is the best option heading to Cornelius and Davidson from Huntersville.
Regular Statesville Road has to much traffic.
The speed limit is 45 so someone doing 35 isnt going to slow you down that much til you find a safe place to pass.
I will not go on highways that are above 45 but sometimes there is no alternatives but go on 45 mph roads.
I dont do it as in spite to car drivers since I am a car driver as well but sometimes there is just no other option.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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...and if its too hot to wear your gear it's too hot to ride.
*shrug* I've been riding mine, even in this heat wave. I also leave for work in the late afternoon when the temps generally hit their peak.

If you are dealing with stop 'n go traffic, where you'll spend several moments in rest at multiple stops, and if you are riding an air-cooled bike, then I'd agree that it's not best. You'll just end up toasting yourself and the bike But there is some good summer gear out there: mesh jackets with armor at strategic points that will (generally) keep you safe.

It's a widely-held misnomer; I see soooo many riders do it; that you'll keep cool riding if you wear less. You're actually dehydrating yourself quicker by exposing skin to the wind. Of course, I see this 300 lb guy regularly riding his Harley around Salisbury wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and sneakers. I think he's just trying to make a fashion statement
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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Until the recent spike of gas prices, these were typically known as 'liquor cicles' because people got them after loosing their driving privileges after DUI convictions.
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