In a modern city, it is very difficult to do without personal transport, because with the rhythm of life in which we live, it is very important to save time and reduce distances. Unfortunately, the sheer number of cars on the road is counterproductive. Traffic jams, high cost of fuel turns into a real disaster for the owner. Europeans, tired of congestion, massively change to another mode of transport - a scooter. In Italy, Germany, France, all young people have mastered this vehicle, and even retirees do not hesitate to ride a two-wheeled friend to the supermarket. For a long time, a moped was more popular in our country. Since these vehicles are similar in many ways, they are often confused or replaced by one concept with another. We have to figure out if there are fundamental differences between a scooter and a moped.
A moped is most often a two-wheeled, less often a three-wheeled vehicle designed for short-distance travel. This is an economical mode of transport, as the consumption of gasoline is minimal. Engine displacement is not more than 50 cc, maximum speed is 50 km / h. A distinctive feature of the moped is the absence of a gearbox. The speed is adjusted using the right handlebar; making rotational movements, you can add gas or, on the contrary, reduce the speed. There is also a front brake. In order to set the moped in motion, you need to rotate the pedals in the opposite direction.
Structurally, the scooter is a relative of a motorcycle, but has a slightly smaller wheel diameter (8-14 inches) and is lighter in weight. The scooter's gearbox is a V-belt variator. The engine displacement is from 50 to 250 cm3, respectively, and it can reach a high speed, from 50 to 120 km / h. The rear brake is controlled by a lever located on the left handlebar. The scooter is operated only with the hands, the legs do not take part in this. A special feature of the scooter is a special footrest, the so-called "floor". The design also includes a body.
Rules of movement
The moped is popular not only because of its budget. The advantage is also the fact that you can move on a moped without a license, without going through a technical inspection. At the same time, no one exempts the moped driver from knowledge of traffic rules. The moped is more like bicycles than motorcycles. Therefore, the moped should not move in the general flow of cars, but as close as possible to the right side of the road or along the cycle path.
With a scooter, things are a little different. A scooter is a type of motorcycle. Today, a law is being developed to revise the age restrictions for driving a scooter, as well as the mandatory acquisition of rights.
- A scooter is a two-wheeled vehicle, a moped can be either two-wheeled or three-wheeled.
- The construction of a scooter resembles a motorcycle, and a moped resembles a bicycle.
- The scooter has a larger engine capacity and a higher speed.
- The scooter has a V-belt variator as a gearbox, the moped has no gearbox at all, the speed is controlled using the steering handle.
- To drive a scooter, a license is not yet needed, but a bill is already being considered to introduce rights to drive this vehicle. You do not need a license to drive a moped.