If we learned one thing during this comparo, it's that 50cc scooters really have a role in the world of two-wheelers. The smaller machines are what we call "neighborhood scooters" -- great to run errands, see friends and have fun, while developing useful civilized riding habits. These little creatures are easy to tame. In fact, we had two raw rookies to powered two wheelers amongst our testers, to represent the new clientele for these machines.
We evaluated scooters from a number of different backgrounds and with different designs, such as:
Country-type, with big ballooned tires -- Most popular among young riders, they're led by the Yamaha BW's and its Korean rival, the Hyosung Rally.
Classic urban -- These stars include the ultra-classic Vespa S 50 (The most expensive of the group) and the minuscule Honda Jazz, with its traditional European styling.
Modern urban -- A quality machine from Taiwan, the sporty Kymco Super 8.
Bicycle-type -- With big, 16-inch wheels, the Kymco People S50.
Different -- The unusual-looking Yamaha XF50, aka C3, which our editor likes to call the Bread Box.