49cc and 50cc scooters–What’s the Difference??

So what’s the difference between a 49cc scooter and a 50cc scooter?  Besides 1cubic centimeter of displacement of difference, there really isn’t much.  In fact, most companies actually make a 49cc scooter and people just call them 50cc.

If you are in Orlando, or Central Florida, many people are looking for the smaller scooter size of 50cc or less because Florida requires a motorcycle endorsement for vehicles more than 50cc.

In Florida, a vehicle powered by a motor displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters (cc), having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and designed to travel on not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground, excluding tractors, tri-vehicle or moped is defined in Florida as a motorcycle. F.S. 322.01(26).

Thus, the distinction between a 49cc scooter and a 50cc scooter, mainly has to do with how the Florida law is written defining what a motorcycle is and 49cc scooters are what many will ask the scooter dealer about because they don’t want have to get the motorcycle endorsement.  The manufacturers of scooters, make them in a 49cc, so some dealers will tell you it’s a 50cc scooter, because the reason most people are asking is because of the motorcycle license part that they read 50cc in the Florida law.

So, in reality if you own a “50cc” scooter, it is probably actually a 49cc.  Most dealers don’t advertise them as 49cc, but that’s what they are.

Just a note on 125cc, 150cc, 260cc, and larger scooters.  For those vehicles you will need to do the Motorcycle driver course and get the motorcycle endorsement.  Many schools will also allow you to do the course on a scooter or an actual motorcycle.