We come across this confusion very often when it comes to the difference between Moped bikes and Scooters. Mainly this current generation or the Gen Z group of population is not much aware of the difference between Moped bikes and Scooters. The normal expression we get from most people when they hear the term - Moped is, confusion. And the debate between a Moped bike and a Scooter is never ending among bike enthusiasts. So, let us clear some misconceptions and learn more about them!

What Is a Moped bike?

A Moped bike is a small bike or better known as a small motorcycle. The word Moped is a conjunction of the word Motor and Pedal. Initially or traditionally when Moped bikes were introduced to the population it had Pedals like a Bicycle attached to it but it also consisted of motor with gears and engine like a motorcycle. Mopeds were introduced for a faster transportation when most of the population owned or travelled by bicycles. It reduced human effort of pedaling too. Thus it was a convenient automobile for those who wanted faster transportation but could not afford to buy 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.


Initial acceleration of a Moped bike is good but still it does not match the power and speed of a scooter or motorcycle. Their engine size output is maximum 50cc and speed is around 28mph. It is super economical option. It can achieve a fuel economy of around 120mpg. There are two-stroke Mopeds and four-stroke Mopeds, both with and without catalytic converters. The former type emits ten to thirty times the hydrocarbons and particulate matter and the later type emits three to eight times the hydrocarbons and particulate matter.

Safety in any two wheeler, be it a scooter, moped or motorcycle, is the same. But however, the lower speed in mopeds reduces some danger and after affects. But this can be a risk in the highways or high speed roads where high speed vehicles travel and this nature of a moped bike is most likely to cause an accident. Moped bikes cannot be tuned to higher speeds as it is illegal. If done so, it has to be re-registered under higher speed automobiles such as motorcycles. Thus the insurance, tax, driver's license requirements has to be renewed and will come at a higher cost. If the mopeds are tuned, being a light body vehicle tuned to a higher speed will increase the chances of getting off balance which will lead to an accident. However, mopeds are simple to ride and easy to learn riding on and moped bikes are great option to learn road rules too. Last but not the least, moped bikes are budget friendly too!

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.


Generally scooter wheels are smaller in size than those of motorcycle wheels and the wheels are interchangeable between the front and the rear one and some scooters even carry a spare wheel with them generally called a stepney. The engine size output rage from 50cc (single cylinder) to 850cc (twin cylinder) models. The emissions are the same as a Moped. Nowadays the high end scooters have new features such as cast aluminum frames, integral counterbalancing engines, automatic start buttons, windshield etc.

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.

What’s the Difference Between Moped and Scooter Insurance?

When it comes to insurance, there are a few key differences between mopeds and scooters. Insurance requirements may vary depending on your location and local regulations, so it's important to check with your local authorities and insurance provider for specific details. Here are 3 general points to consider.

  • Engine Size: Mopeds typically have smaller engines, often 50cc or less, while scooters have a wide range of engine sizes. Insurance premiums may be influenced by the engine size, as larger engines may be associated with higher speeds and increased risks.
  • Coverage Options: Insurance policies for mopeds and scooters generally offer similar coverage options, including liability coverage, collision coverage, and comprehensive coverage. However, the specific coverage limits and premiums may differ based on the type of vehicle.
  • Cost Factors: Insurance premiums for both mopeds and scooters may depend on various factors, such as the rider's age, location, and the value of the vehicle. Additionally, the intended use of the vehicle, such as for personal commuting or commercial purposes, could also influence insurance costs.


    Be it a Moped bike or a Scooter, it totally depends on the necessities of the person who are planning to buy a two wheeler. They belong to the same family but are different in term of technicalities. Mopeds have ease of use and consume less gas and have a low maintenance than high end scooters. These two are great options to be driving around short distances within your city in lower speed limit roads. Today moped style electric bikes have also gained popularity in recent times.

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