Choosing between a 50cc and 125cc scooter in Denver depends on your individual needs and priorities. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:

Choose a 50cc scooter if:

  • You primarily plan to use it for short commutes in the city center. 50cc scooters are nimble and perfect for navigating crowded streets and limited parking, especially with free sidewalk parking in Denver. 
  • Cost-effective: Compared to cars, 50cc scooters are cheaper to purchase, register (less than $6 for three years in Colorado!), insure, and operate. They use less fuel and require less maintenance.
  • You’re a beginner rider. 50cc scooters are slower and easier to handle, making them a good starting point for new riders.
  • Parking: Scooters are small and nimble, making parking much easier, especially in crowded areas like downtown Denver. You can even legally park for free on sidewalks in Denver (check local regulations for updates).
  • Traffic: Scooters can weave through traffic jams and navigate narrow streets, potentially saving you time on short commutes.
  • Environmentally friendly: 50cc scooters produce significantly fewer emissions than cars, making them a more eco-friendly transportation option.
  • Fun and convenient: Scooters offer a fun and open-air way to get around, good for short trips and errands. With top speeds between 30-40mph, they’re also relatively simple to operate, making them a good choice for beginners.

Choose a 125cc scooter if:

  • You need to travel longer distances or want to occasionally venture outside the city to suburbia or Red Rocks. 125cc scooters have higher top speeds (around 50+ mph) and longer ranges (typically 70-100 miles), making them more versatile.
  • You plan to ride with a passenger regularly. 125cc scooters have more power and can handle the added weight more comfortably.
  • You want to ride on highways or roads with higher speed limits. 50cc scooters are not legal on highways in Colorado.
  • You prioritize comfort and safety. 125cc scooters are sometimes larger and generally a bit heavier which offers more stability and potentially better protection in case of an accident. Numerous 50cc and 125cc scooters share the same body and frame with the motor and wheels being the main difference, so size and weight aren’t always a factor.

Additional factors to consider:

  • Your riding experience and comfort level.
  • Traffic conditions in your typical riding areas.
  • Weather conditions you expect to encounter.
  • Storage space for your helmet and other gear.

Finally, remember to comply with all Colorado laws and regulations regarding scooter/moped operation.

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your specific needs and preferences. By considering the factors mentioned above, you can make an informed decision about which scooter is right for you in Denver. Come in and test drive both so you can make the best decision!