With today's rising gas prices, it can be demoralizing to hit the road in your car. It’s no surprise that many people have considered making the shift to two wheels, which offers both savings in time and fuel. When it comes to saving the most money, as well as having the most practical two-wheeled ride, it’s pretty hard to beat a scooter.
Scooters are indeed the most popular form of motorized transport in the Philippines. With a wide selection of scooters available, with models ranging from entry-level scoots like the new Yamaha Fazzio, all the way to fancy, high-end models from Vespa, there’s a scooter that’s a perfect fit for all budgets. That’s why today, we’re gonna look at 5 reasons why you should get a scooter.
Price and efficiency
The cost of a scooter is likely the most obvious factor to take into account. A scooter is substantially less costly and significantly more fuel efficient than a mid to large-displacement motorcycle, especially when looking at things in the bigger picture. In the long term, scooters are less expensive than cars and big bikes since they require less maintenance after purchase, and are cheaper to insure and register. The majority of what you'll spend overall on the scooter goes toward the first purchase.
Those of you who really use scooters would be well aware of the surprising amount of storage that the majority of scooters actually feature. For instance, the Suzuki Burgman appears to be a compact, sleek, elegant scooter, but it really has 21.5 liters of storage space hidden beneath the seat. Furthermore, scooters can very easily be fitted with aftermarket luggage racks and cases, further elevating their utility and practicality. To make things even better, scooters are extremely fuel efficient, with some models claiming a super impressive 50 kilometers per liter. This makes them even more attractive now, given the sky-high prices of fuel.
Perfect for the urban jungle
Scooter engines typically range from 100cc to 200cc, whereas motorbikes, especially bigger ones have powerful, sometimes unwieldy engines upwards of 400cc.The lighter-weight scooters are therefore perfect for shorter trips, including commuting to work through cities. They are excellent for weaving through traffic because of it and their maneuverability. Even the smallest scooters are capable of traveling up to 80 kilometers per hour, so they can get you where you're going quickly.
They're easy to ride
As was already noted, scooters often have less power than large motorcycles. They are therefore perfect for first-time buyers because they are considerably simpler to handle. Since most scooters are automatic rather than manual, learning clutch control and gear shifting is not necessary. They are, once more, a perfect vehicle to use as a stepping-stone into a motorbike if that is where you ultimately want to go. Despite this, scooters remain a fun and simple to use form of transportation.
Scooters can be stylish, too
Sure, scooters have practicality and efficiency on top of mind. However, this isn’t to say that they aren’t stylish. For instance, rolling up to a bike night with a shiny new Vespa is sure to get some eyes on you. Sporty and adventurous scooters like the Honda ADV 150 also offer a different vibe, and are perfect for those looking to combine the practicality of a scooter with the versatility of a dual-sport.