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Comparing Scooters and Bikes!

October 10 2014
Be it a gearless scooter or a motorbike, there is strong reasoning behind the purchase of both types.
The two-wheeler aficionados differ mainly on their preference-whether they prefer a gearless scooter or a geared motorbike. However, that is not all. Usually, people are inclined to believe that the most telling difference between a bike and a scooter is the presence of gears in a bike; however, there are several other distinguishing factors to consider.

Size

size

When it comes to size, scooters are traditionally smaller than a standard motorcycle. Thus, although there is room for more than one rider, it is slightly uncomfortable when compared to motorbikes. Due to smaller tyres and ungainly body frame of scooters, it becomes a bit onerous for one to maintain balance while turning, especially on higher speeds. Also, scooters are mainly made for more for quick jaunts along smooth back roads and side streets, whereas most motorcycles, owing to their heavily powered, serious engines, sturdy skeleton, and sophisticated suspensions, can take on the freeway tarmac on high speeds for long journeys.

Storage

Storage

Most scooters are small in size and designed for mainly for one rider, although there are small larger models that provided the room for two; of course there is some space in the front, which you’d notice is never under-utilized in India. Motorcycles, on the other hand, are conventionally designed for two riders-though some superbikes are only one seated. Apart from this, the in-seat storage in a scooter is far more capacious and useful than the puny compartment found under a bike’s seat.

Cost-efficiency

For most, this is decidedly the most distinguishing factor for making a choice. Scooters typically give a better average than bikes simply because of smaller engine size and lighter body weight. Scooters could give you anywhere between 40 and 80kmpl, while motorcycles range from 5 kmpl to 40 kmpl, depending on the engine cc.

Personality

Well, the proverbial image of a bike rider is that of an edgy, adventurous, thrill-loving roadie. Though bike rides could get really strenuous after a point, there are umpteen Motorcycle clubs full of bike enthusiasts who would go for a cross-country ride solely to live out their passion of bike riding.Riding a bike is considered to be really liberating.
On the other hand, traditionally, more staid, safe-keeping personalities are disposed to choose scooters for commuting.

Safety

Safety

Safety is a point that can be argued upon by both sides. The scooter lovers would argue that a low-powered scooter is safer, as it does not afford the rider too much leeway with power and acceleration; thus, there is lesser scope for driving rash. On the other hand, bikes offer crucial safety features, such as disk brakes and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), which come handy in situations such as panic-breaking at higher speeds.

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