Tops brands of mopeds and motor scooters include Vespa, Honda, BMW and Yamaha. Among other well-regarded brands are Piaggio, Kymco, Evolve, Boxx and Kawasaki. The Honda PCX 150 is a highly rated scooter with an electric starter, a single-cylinder gas engine and a continuously variable transmission. Among Honda's highly rated mopeds are the Metropolitan, Ruckus and Forza models. The GTS 300 and 310 Super Sports and the LVX 150 are among Vespa's highly regarded scooter models.
The Vespa 946 features a single four-stroke engine and electronic fuel injection. The Vespa Sprint 150's automatic twist and go transmission eliminates the need for shifting. BMW's 650 GT is among the most pricey of highly-regarded scooters. Yamaha's Zuma 50FX, with a four-stroke, fuel injected engine, gets up to 132 miles per gallon. Piaggio's easy-to-handle mopeds also provide good gas mileage and low emissions Piaggio offers several strong scooters as well, such as the Fly, a lightweight, easy to drive scooter, and the Typhoon, which features a large fuel tank and faster speeds.
The Helium is one of the more affordable and easy to drive models available from Evolve, a 2011 start-up, which focuses on electric-powered motorcycles and scooters. It's Neon model travels at up to 50 miles per hour and can cover up to 100 miles on a single charge. Another electric option is Boxx, a small, lightweight scooter that can carry up to 300 pounds with a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour.
The traditional difference between a moped and scooter is the moped's pedals; however, in 2016, many mopeds do not have pedals. Both mopeds and scooters usually feature step-through frames and, while scooters generally have larger engines and higher top speeds than mopeds, the term scooter generally encompasses both scooters and contemporary mopeds.