difference between a scooter and a
While there can be many differences
between scooters and motorcycles
there are three main characteristics
that distinguish a scooter. They
lude its frame design, transmission
type, and weight.
The most obvious
difference a scooter possesses is
its step-through design. More
comfortable than straddling a large
fuel tank, scooters have a seat
position that lets riders sit with
their legs in front of them behind a
wind deflecting shield. The design
also puts the engine to the rear of
the passenger, thus protecting the
rider from oil stains and engine
heat while at the same time lowering
the center of gravity.
A second major
difference is that many scooters now
feature automatic transmissions.
Using a continuous variable
transmission, modern scooters
accelerate smoothly from 0 to top
speed without a gear selector or
clutch. This makes scooters more
convenient to ride in congested
areas as well as easier to operate
so one can concentrate on safety.
Finally, a scooter is typically much
lighter in weight than an average
motorcycle. This makes them more
maneuverable, easier to store, and
more practical to transport.
Making a Purchase
How hard is it to
learn to drive a scooter?
The learning curve on the
scooter is very quick. Roketa and
Tank Sports automatic transmissions,
low centers of gravity and dual hand
brakes make the scooter very easy to
drive. These characteristics often
appeal to individuals who are riding
for the first time or after a long
Do I need a
motorcycle license before I
purchase? How will I get it home?
You do not need a motorcycle license
in order to purchase a scooter.
However, you must obtain all
required licensing and review
motorcycle laws and tips prior to
riding your new bike on public
roadways. For this reason, we do
have the option for home delivery of
your new purchase. This allows new
bike owners to familiarize
themselves with their scooter prior
to riding in traffic.
Can Austin Motor
Sportship a Scooter or Accessory
Order to my location?
Nothing would make us happier.
Austin Motor Sport takes great care
in preparing scooters and
accessories for shipment. In
addition to home our
relationship with local
companies allows us to crate
scooters in their original packaging
for shipment to your residence. As
the least cost alternative, vehicles
arriving by freight carrier require
only the installation of mirrors,
front wheel, battery, fuel line
connection, following the removal of
the scooter from its crate.
Can I still
purchase scooters and accessories
from Austin Motor Sportif I live
outside the Texas?
Of course! While we make our home in
the Austin Texas area, We
service and delivers to areas
throughout the 48 states.
Do you have any
catalogs or brochures for bikes,
accessories or parts?
While not all of our accessories and
parts are available for viewing in a
printed brochure, one can view many
of these items by
Does Austin Motor Sport accept
trade-ins and buy backs?
Yes, in many cases we are able to
accept good condition, used scooters
and motorcycles for trade-in or
Does Austin Motor
Sport provide financing?
Yes we provide 90 days in house
financing with 0% interest.
How do I qualify
In order to qualify for
financing you would need to have an
existing checking account and valid
ID. Bad credit, no credit is not a
problem, you still receive 0%
interest financing for 90 days.
How does your
You would put half down with
your check (not check card or cash)
and write three checks the same day
for the remaining balance. The first
check will be deposited within 24
hours and the remaining check will
be deposited the day you want the
check to be deposited. The three
checks that you write has to be for
within 90 days.
Do I need a
motorcycle license to ride a Roketa
or Tank Sports scooter?
Laws vary by state and by model, but
in Texas as with most other states,
you will need a class M endorsement
or motorcycle license for vehicles
that do not qualify as mopeds.
Generally, vehicles over 50cc are
Is there a helmet
law that applies to scooters?
Laws vary by state, but in Texas as
with most other states, you are
required by law to wear a helmet.
Plus, it is your skull after all,
which is definitely your most
important asset—we would hate to see
anything happen to it.
How often will I
need to service my Roketa or Tank
Maintenance on Roketa or Tank Sports
scooters varies by engine type.
Generally, each scooter will undergo
a break-in period of 300 miles or 2
months which is followed by the
first service. Four stroke engines
require service every 6 months or
every 1,000 miles.
Where do I get my Scooter
While service centers are on
the horizon for Roketa or Tank
Sports through out united states, we
currently perform all of our
warranties, repairs, and services
from our store in Austin.
Do Roketa or Tank
Sports scooters come with a
The warranty for the Roketa or Tank
Sports and scooters
covers manufacturer’s defects 6
months or 3000 miles which ever
comes first. Some scooter models
also have extended warranty options.
Exclusions to the warranty are
outlined in the warranty booklet and
may limit coverage of paint, chrome,
and battery and other ware and tear
Does Austin Motor
Sport service other brands of
Roketa or Tank Sports trained
staff of technicians is happy to
service other makes and models of
similar type scooters. While our
expertise lies in the scooters that
we sell, we can perform service work
for a variety of bikes. Se parts are
not always available, for more
extensive repairs, we recommend that
owners bring their bikes back to
their point of purchase for larger
jobs. There is a 1 hour minimum shop
labor fee for service and repairs on
all non- /Roketa or Tank Sports
Will Austin Motor
Sport pick up my scooter?
Yes, to make ownership and service
easy for our customers in the metro
Austin area, we offer both pickup
and drop off of scooters for a
Can I service my
Servicing your scooter does take
some mechanical expertise and the
right set of tools, but for those
wanting to perform their own
services we will offer assistance
when possible. Keep in mind that
improper servicing and damages
resulting from them are not covered
What are the performance and
other specifications for each bike?
All specifications for each bike are
listed in the Scooters section of
Why do the
scooters have differences in fuel
The different engine ranges and
models of scooters have varying
Miles per Gallon (MPG) for several
reasons. Things that will make an
effect on MPG lude vehicle weight,
engine type, the number of valves
per cylinder, and water vs. air
cooled. In addition, individual
factors such as rider weight, riding
environment, and how one accelerates
will also have an effect on the
vehicles overall fuel economy.
What is a CVT
A continuous variable transmission
(CVT) is a type of automatic
transmission that orporates a
centrifugal clutch, conical drive
pulleys, and belt to transfer power
from the engine to the rear wheel
without the use of a manual clutch.
The system works by first
transferring power from the engine’s
crankshaft to the “driving pulley”.
The “driving pulley” is connected to
the cone shaped “driven pulley” via
a “V” shaped-belt. Once a certain
engine RPM is reached, a centrifugal
clutch engages connecting the driven
pulley with the rear wheel and the
bike begins a slow seamless
acceleration from 0 to top speed.
All of this is happening while the
rider is only required to twist the
throttle handle! Thus the nickname
“Twist and Go.”
What is the
difference between a two-stroke and
a four-stroke engine?
The terms two-stroke and four-stroke
engines refer to the engine type on
a scooter. Also known as two-cycle
and four-cycle, these terms are
meant to describe the combustion
process that the engine uses to
create power. Two-strokes engines
are lubricated by burning a small
amount of oil which is mixed with
gas and resemble the small engines
on leaf blowers. Four-stroke engines
are lubricated by a separate oil
source and take after ones car. The
main difference will be that one
will need to add oil to a two-stroke
scooter and get oil changes
periodically on a four-stroke
Where can I buy
oil for my scooter?
While we sell the oil for all of our
bikes and would be happy to ship
additional oil to you, appropriate
oils for the bikes can be found at
most any motorcycle shop. When
choosing an oil for your bike, it is
recommended that you use a synthetic
two-stroke oil formulated for
motorcycle/motorscooters on the 50cc
bikes and a synthetic 5W-40 SAE for
the four stroke engines. Using
inappropriate oils may damage or
reduce the power of your engine
through excess deposits. Refer to
your owner’s manual for further
What is the best way to take my
Roketa or Tank Sports on
vacation with me?
Once you fall in love with Roketa or
Tank Sports , you are going to want
to bring it along with you to the
beach, the mountains, and everywhere
in between. For this reason, we sell
both hitch carriers and full
trailers which were designed with
our bikes in mind. They will help
you transport your scooter safely
and conveniently wherever you are
Do you rent
Roketa or Tank Sports s?
No, unfortunately we are not able to
rent our scooters for riding
purposes due to insurance and