How Fast Does A 50cc Scooter Go

| Last Updated: December 16, 2019
You are interested in buying a brand new scooter, sometimes referred to as a Moped. Yes, these are some really nifty machines, no doubt, for a variety of reasons nonetheless. Scooters are, of course, much more fuel-efficient than cars, which means that you can save a heck of money on fuel costs, compared to using a car. Moreover, because Mopeds or scooters use so little fuel, when compared to other transportation methods, they are also comparatively cost-effective. There is, of course, also the fact that using a scooter is much easier and faster than walking or biking. Now, with that being said, there are various sizes of scooters out there, and here, by size, we are referring to the size of the engine, which is measured in CCs. Today, we want to find out how fast a 50cc scooter can travel, as well as some other important facts about CCs, engine size, horsepower, fuel consumption, and other related points.

What is CC?

Before we get into talking about how fast 50cc scooters go, as well as other sizes of scooters, let’s first talk about what exactly a cc is. CC stands for “cubic capacity” in engines, or in other words, the volume of the engine cylinder measured in cubic centimeters. This is the engine size, and it determines the volume of fuel that can be combusted in the engine at any given time. The higher the cc is of an engine, the more fuel can be burned at once, the faster and more powerful the scooter will be. Be sure to keep in mind that CCs apply to gas-powered engines, so today we are talking about gas-powered scooters, not electric scooters.

CCs & Horsepower

On a small side note, in case you are interested in converting those CCs into horsepower, around 15ccs will equal roughly one horsepower. So, for instance, a 50cc scooter will have somewhere around 3.3 horsepower. It’s a pretty simple calculation. How Fast Does A 50cc Scooter Go How Fast Do Scooters Go? Alright, so generally speaking, 50cc scooters are the smallest gas-powered scooters that you will come across. Therefore, 50cc scooters will be the slowest and least powerful of all gas scooters. So, let’s talk about how fast these little 50cc scooters go, as well as how fast other engine sizes can power you to.

50cc Scooter

First off, let’s start with the smallest of scooters, the 50cc variety. A 50cc scooter will usually top out at around 40 miles per hour, or about 66 kilometers per hour. Keep in mind that heavier riders will cause the scooter to not be as fast. A very heavy rider may achieve a top speed of only 30 miles per hour or 58 kilometers per hour on a 50cc scooter. These are great for driving around in small towns or on less traveled city roads. These are great for people who just need a small and fuel-efficient scooter to travel relatively short distances.

150cc Scooter

Next, you have the 150cc scooter (yes, there are a few 100cc scooters, but these are actually quite rare, so we decided to skip those). At any rate, the 150cc scooter is usually the next size up from the 50cc scooter. A 150cc scooter may be able to travel as fast as 60 miles per hour, or just about 100 kilometers per hour. A heavier rider, a very heavy rider, may only get about 50 miles per hour or around 80 kilometers per hour out of a 150cc scooter. These are great if you need to move a bit faster, even for the occasional trip on the highway.

250cc Scooter

While there are a few scooters out there which may have larger engines than 250cc, this is usually where most of them top out, so it’s where we will end our list. Undoubtedly, due to a large engine size, 250cc scooters can go faster than the others. Here, you can achieve a top speed of roughly 75 miles per hour, or about 120 kilometers per hour. This is something you would get if you plan on traveling fast and going fairly long distances. This is really the only viable option to go with if you plan on engaging in regular highway travel.

Scooter CC & Gas Mileage

Something you might also be interested in knowing is how far a 50cc can go on a gallon of gas, as well as the other sizes of scooters to, so let’s take a closer look at this.

50cc Scooter

On average, with a 50cc scooter, you can get around 100 miles per gallon. Yeah, you heard that right, up to 100 miles per gallon. Now, this does depend on the rider and the amount of acceleration going on, but you can expect anywhere from 90 to 110 miles per gallon with these small scooters, making them super fuel-efficient and thus also cost-effective.

150cc Scooter

With a 150cc scooter, you can expect to get around 70 miles per gallon. Of course, this does depend on the rider and various other factors. On average, expect anywhere from 60 to 80 miles per gallon out of a scooter with a 150cc engine.

250cc Scooter

Due to the increased amount of engine power and speed, these more powerful 250cc scooters also have the worst fuel efficiency out of all options. Your normal 250cc scooter will get around 60 miles per gallon at the most, but realistically, expect this number to be even lower.


There you have it folks, everything you need to know about the engine size of scooters in relation to their overall speed and gas mileage. When it comes down to it, a 50cc scooter is more than enough for most people. The average person will use these to zip around a city, to do some shopping, and to go back and forth from work. However, if you need a scooter with more power and speed, maybe even something that can go on the highway, a 50cc scooter will not be enough.

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