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What's all the confusion about?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

1. Gas Moped -- Although the word "moped" has been traditionally used to describe a bike with a motor on it, "gas moped" is also used to describe a type of gas engine scooter that resembles a motorcycle yet it meets the state requirements for a moped.

2. Powerboard -- A Powerboard, which can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, is like the typical gas engine scooter except that it is more geared toward sports and performing gas scooter tricks. Equipped with a wider deck that resembles a skateboard, a Powerboard has greater maneuverability and stability to perform certain gas scooter tricks.

3. Gas or Electric Engine Scooter -- This is the most common type of gas/electric scooters used for transportation and recreation. They are appealing because their size, and/or ability to fold that makes them easy to store. These scooters are available with or without seats and can reach speeds in excess of 30 mph.

4. Pocket Bike -- Pocket Bikes are miniature racing style motorcycles with speeds ranging anywhere between 25-60 mph, depending on the weight of the rider, or any modifications made to the vehicle. This is considered a form of motorcycle and thus falls under all the state's legal requirements for motorcycle ownership.

5. Street Legal Scooter -- A more powerful and larger version of a moped, but it exceeds the state's legal moped requirements. This is considered a form of motorcycle and thus falls under all the state's legal requirements for motorcycle ownership.

Editor's note: This is the second part in a series of reports about the use of scooters in the area -- what qualifies as a moped, the proper use of a moped and the laws and regulations concerning moped use on the roadway.

With all the present interest in scooters, it can be difficult to know what you are looking at when you see one.

There are various types of two-wheeled gas/electric engine vehicles. The laws that apply to these vehicles vary widely throughout the country. In many states, you do not need to have a license or insurance to ride a scooter on the street; however, some states may require a riding test and registration.

What qualifies as a gas moped in one state may be simply a gas scooter in another state and licensing rules vary. Above are a few examples of the various types of "scooters" available.

Tomorrow: Is your scooter legal for the road?

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