When it comes to the distinction between mopeds and scooters, we frequently see this misunderstanding. The present generation, sometimes known as Generation Z, is largely unaware of the differences between mopeds and scooters. When most individuals hear the phrase "moped," their first reaction is usually confusion. And among bikers, the discussion over whether to ride a moped or a scooter is never-ending. So, let's dispel some myths and learn more about them!

What Is a Moped bike?

A moped bike, often known as a little motorcycle, is a small motorcycle. The term Moped is derived from the words motor and pedal. When moped bikes were first brought to the public, they featured pedals similar to a bicycle, but they also included a motor with gears and an engine similar to a motorcycle. When the majority of the population owned or traveled by bicycles, mopeds were created to provide speedier transportation. It also lowered human pedaling effort. It was thus a practical vehicle for folks who desired faster transit but could not afford a motorcycle.The earliest versions of Mopeds had auxiliary bicycle pedals. They were often known as power assisted bicycles or motorized bicycles because of their low power. Nowadays we get to see EV bikes or moped ebikes as well.


Although a moped bike has outstanding initial acceleration, it lacks the power and speed of a scooter or motorbike. Their engine has a maximum power of 50cc and a top speed of 28mph. It is a very cost-effective solution. It has a fuel economy of roughly 120 miles per gallon. Mopeds come in two types: two-stroke and four-stroke, with and without catalytic converters. The former emits ten to thirty times the amount of hydrocarbons and particulate matter, whereas the latter emits three to eight times the amount.

Safety is the same on any two-wheeler, whether it's a scooter, moped, or motorbike. However, mopeds' reduced speed lessens some danger and its consequences. However, on highways or high-speed roads where high-speed vehicles move, this can be a problem, and the nature of a moped cycle is most likely to cause an accident. Because it is unlawful, moped bikes cannot be modified to higher speeds. If this is done, it must be re-registered as a higher-speed vehicle, such as a motorbike. As a result, insurance, taxes, and driver's license requirements must all be updated, at a greater expense.If the mopeds are tuned, being a light body vehicle set to a greater speed increases the possibilities of becoming off balance, resulting in an accident. Mopeds, on the other hand, are easy to ride and learn to ride on, and they're also a terrific way to learn road regulations. Last but not least, moped bikes are also cost effective!

What Is A Scooter?

Scooters have been made since 1914. The classic scooter design has a well-built frame or body which covers most of the mechanical parts and it comes with a platform or a floorboard to support rider's feet and it is also comfortable and is economic in terms of fuel consumption. Scooters generally come with storage internally normally located under the seat. This design is feasible because most of them have engines and driver systems attached to the rear axle. Development of scooters continued in the time between World Wars in Europe and The United States. But it came to popularity after World War II with the introduction of Vespa. Unlike mopeds, scooters did not have pedals; it was fully motorized and operated with the help of engines. Scooters being affordable had other characteristics that are it took less space than a car and was economical in terms of fuel consumption. There were two kind of scooters; Kick scooter and Motor scooter. Most modern scooters from the 1980s use CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) technique, whereas the older ones used Manual Transmission technique which had gearshift and clutch technology provided in the left handle bar.


Scooter wheels are normally smaller than motorcycle wheels, and the front and rear wheels are interchangeable, and some scooters even have a spare wheel called a stepney. Engines range in size from 50cc (single cylinder) to 850cc (two cylinder). The emissions are comparable to those of a moped. Cast aluminum frames, inbuilt counterbalancing motors, automatic start buttons, windshields, and other high-end scooter amenities are now standard.

Licenses Required for A Moped Or A Scooter

  • As a learner we would need a Provisional Motorcycle license.
  • Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate which lasts for 2 years.
  • Above two documents will allow a rider to drive a motorcycle up to 12cc, but not exceeding 11kw limit.
  • For 16 years old only 5cc bikes are allowed and for 17 years old they permit to ride up to 125cc. and for the above one must put a L plate without failure and no double carrying is allowed.
  • AM Moped license, allows a person to ride a bike of engine output 50cc and speed should be 28mph maximum. It does not require L plates and we can carry passengers.
  • A1 motorcycle license, allows a person to ride up to 125cc engine output and it should not exceed 11kw. It also does not require a L plate and we can carry passengers as well.
  • One should always have a valid insurance on the event of any accident.
  • Many states require a helmet and insurance for safety reasons.

What Is the Difference Between A Moped Bike And A Scooter?

  • Moped bikes are less expensive than Scooters as they have less power, smaller engines and economical speed.
  • Moped bikes are low risk vehicle for new riders and inexperienced riders as speed is less.
  • Although both are pocket friendly than motorbikes, scooter has more comfort than mopeds.
  • An outer frame makes scooters more attractive than mopeds.


It all relies on the needs of the individual who is seeking to purchase a two-wheeler, whether it is a moped bike or a scooter. They are members of the same family, although they differ in technical terms. Mopeds are simpler to operate, use less petrol, and require less maintenance than high-end scooters. These two are excellent choices for traveling short distances within your city on routes with reduced speed limits. In recent years, moped-style electric bikes have gained popularity.