Honda Metropolitan 2005


Pros: Gorgeous retro, fuel efficient, dependable, extremely affordable

Cons: Not weather-proof, 35mph topspeed, not pothole-proof

The main points are all hit. The style, performance, and affordability of these beauties are all definitely selling points -- affordable not just to purchase but to maintain, fuel, repair, and insure. Rental or home insurance will most likely cover this 49cc scooter for theft. In many states, as in KY, no insurance, registration, or license is required. The cons can be discouraging to those who need to transport a bunch, however, at least consider whether occasionally renting or borrowing a larger vehicle when required would be much cheaper and more environmentally preferable. Finally, never underestimate the fun factor of scooting around in the summer and staying cool and mobile. Traffic standstills almost never apply to scooter-riders, either! ;)


Pros: very reliable, lightweight, fuel efficient, durable

Cons: smaller than many other scooters

This is a great scooter.  The water-cooled 50 cc is a rarity - most 50s are air cooled, which increases noise and also decreases engine life.  Honda figured out the scooter engine long ago, and this engine is the gold standard.  The only drwaback of this bike is its size if you are over about 6 feet.  I'm 6-3 and I have to sit on the back of the seat, which isn't the most padded part.  However, it cruises up steep Seattle hills.  I'm a big fan of simple and functional mechanics and this bike embodies that.  I got mine used with 239 miles for $1200

Honda Metropolitan 2005

(Image courtesy of via Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License) This retro scooter has been my main mode of transportation for the past 2 years in Lexington, KY. It is a dependable workhorse. At 49cc, the engine requires an oil change every few months, is governed so as to go only 35 mph or less, and travels about 70 - 85 miles per gallon, depending on driving style and load. The styling, as can be seen, is similar to a Vespa scooter, however these beauties are much less expensive (particularly when used), yet just as durable and with a decent resale value due to their long lifetimes. In many states, including KY, no insurance, registration, permit, or license plate is required. In most cities the Honda Metropolitan would be the perfect mode of transportation for getting one person anywhere in a 5 mile range: stick to the 45 mph and under roads (preferably the neighborhood 25 & 30 mph roads where possible). You will be able to load 4 - 7 shopping bags without extreme difficulty, or add a passenger (there is -just- enough room for two fit people on the seat, if they are comfortable hanging tight to each other). Search for one used and start up your own scooter gang =)

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Fuel TypeUnleaded gasoline
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Top Speed35mph
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC