Whether your considering the purchase of or have already purchased a motor scooter their are certain things you must know.
One is that any size motor scooter, in Florida, is classified as a motorcycle, motorcycles are motor vehicles. Because Florida treats them as motor vehicles they must conform to all motor vehicle laws. A drivers license is required. They must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles and have a license plate attached. If the motor scooter (motorcycle) has an engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or larger you are required to posses a motorcycle endorsement as a part of your drivers license. However, motor scooters that are labeled as 50cc are technically below that., ie 49.6 or 49.7cc. This enables the operation of these scooters with only a standard Class E drivers license, no endorsement is required.
Obtaining a motorcycle endorsement is not difficult, it just requires a little formal training. This training can be beneficial to all riders no matter what size the scooter (motorcycle) is.
The second is that Florida law does not require you to wear a helmet wile riding your scooter (motorcycle) providing you meet a few requirements. You must be 21 years of age or older. You must posses at least $10,000.00 in personal medical benefits and be able to provide proof of this coverage to a trooper or police officer should you be asked. (see link below)
The third is that a motor scooter (motorcycle) can be very dangerous. It can cause you serious injury or even death if not operated responsibly.
The links below and the links under getting started, located at the top of the site, will help you become more familiar with the motorcycle endorsement process and further pages on this site will provide you with safety tips, videos and links to riding schools in an effort to help make you a better, safer and more responsible rider.
At Tropic Powersports your safety is our number one priority.