Scooter Buyers Guide – Intro

Welcome to the first ever Scooter Buyers Guide on CMG Online.


Welcome to the first ever Scooter Buyers Guide on CMG Online. Here you’ll find a comprehensive listing of all the scooters available in Canada for 2010 (that we know of anyway).



The guide only covers gas-powered scooters (not electric powered or
mopeds) with photos of each bike along with the main specs based on the
importers websites and/or information provided by them.

The spec sheets gives you useful information such as what type of engine is used – for example, two strokes are generally more powerful, lighter and more easily tuned, though due to Canadian regulations, they are only found in 50 cc or less. There’s also info on the type of cooling (liquid = higher tech) as well as carburetion (fuel injection or carb).

You’ll also see a spread of styles from your classic Vespa-esque styling, to a whole dirge of sporty fifties, to the more sedate commuter (which generally come with the larger 16 inch wheels for added stability).

Then there’s the more unusual scooters such as the maxi-scooter (considered to be anything above 300 cc and all the way up to 650 cc) which makes for a pretty good touring machine, and Piaggio’s three wheeled MP3 series which leans in corners to boot.


And you don’t get as funky as Piaggio’s three-wheeled Snuffleupagus … I mean MP3 Sport.

One of the elements that we cannot cover in a guide like this is quality. Over the recent years there’s been a wave of scooter imports from China with varying degrees of quality.

We recommend that you take a close look at a prospective buy before laying down your cash as well as finding out a little about the company and looking at what kind of warranty/dealer support they offer.

You may save a few hundred bucks on the sticker price, but that’s no good to you if the scoots a pile of scrap after a year!

Okay then, click here to go the CMG Scooter Buyers’ Guide.


  1. Big Foot is your Vespa 250 really a 250 or is it something smaller rounded up to 250. If it isn’t actually 250 or more it usually isn’t considered a maxi-scooter.

  2. Also to note, You’ve omitted the Genuine Stella 4 stroke scooter from your list,
    It’s now being imported to Canada from the U.S. (Made in India by LML)
    Although it would be considered a 2011 model, But it did debut in Canada in Dec 2010.

  3. Really, A Maxi Scoot is 250cc and up?
    You mean…My Vespa GTS 250 is classed as a Maxi Scoot?

    It does feel like one

    When I think of a Maxi Scoot I automatically think of a Burgman,
    Never thought of a Vespa as being a Maxi Scoot.

  4. 250 and up eh? I have to admit, I made an educated guess on where the cut off should be and was originally going to go for 250 but thought that there needs to be a ‘medi scoot’, which would be over 125 to under 300 (in my view), making maxi above 300 …

  5. Nice summary of the available scoots in Canada. One small point, the maxi-scooter term is usually used for scooters 250cc and up … not 300 cc and up.

    In North America, this distinction is made due to the types of roads and speeds (i.e. superhighways) machines 250cc and up can handle vs. the smaller displacement scoots.

  6. Thanks for the Honda note, and ditto on the Symba. Not all bikes have to be high-power tecno-marvels to be cool. Or at least cool-ish.

  7. Nice to see this, just a couple of things though – The Silver Wing is a 600cc machine, not 500 as listed in the guide. And you didn’t mention how seriously Retro/Honda Super Cub cool the Symba 100 is.

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