Some companies that manufacture 50cc scooters include Vespa, Honda, Yamaha, Kymco and Piaggio as of 2015. Others are Q-Link, Lance, TGB, TaoTao and Znen. Scooters manufactured by Italian companies, such as Vespa and Piaggio, and Japanese manufacturers, such as Honda and Yamaha, are often billed as some of the highest quality products on the market. Scooters manufactured by Chinese companies are often the least expensive.
Vespa scooters are highly popular and some of the top rated on the market. They are typically the highest priced as well, with an MSRP of about $3,600 for the Primavera 50 and an MSRP of about $3,700 for the Sprint 50, as of November 2015.
TaoTao, a Chinese manufacturer, offers some of the lowest-priced 50cc scooters on the market, with several models available at Amazon.com for under $1,000, including shipping. The TaoTao ATM50-A1 retails there for $669.51 plus $119.49 shipping. Znen makes some of the highest quality Chinese scooters; ScootersUS.com offers Znen's Motorino Allegro Turbo 50cc scooter for $999.
Some scooters that offer a balance between price and quality include Yamaha's Zuma 50F 50cc scooter, with a price of around $2,600; Honda's Metropolitan 50cc scooter, with a retail price of around $2,000; and Piaggio Typhoon 50, with a price of about $2,000.