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A scooter meshes features of both a bicycle and a motorcycle, offering the rider control with mid-level speed and power. The earliest scooter model was introduced in 1914 and modern advances have made the units more popular than ever. A wide variety of options (speed, power, size) contribute to riders of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels finding a model perfect for their needs.
Scooters are most popularly used as a means of personal transportation. They are very easy to maintain, simple to operate, and cost-efficient to own and run. Scooters are beneficial for big cities where parking is at a premium and small towns where backroad cruises are peaceful and relaxing. Scooters are also very versatile in terms of storage while licensing and insurance requirements for scooters are more relaxed and less expensive than those for cars in most parts of the world.
Scooter engines and drive systems are attached to the rear axle or under the seat. Unlike a conventional motorcycle, in which the engine is mounted on the frame, most modern scooters allow the engine to swing with the rear wheel. Most vintage scooters and some newer retro models have axle-mounted engines with a manual transmission and the gear shift and clutch controls built into the left handlebar. Most late-model scooters use a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Some even feature an electric motor, no gas needed!
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