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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMotorcycles · 2 months ago

Why do mopeds and scooters get low mpg?

Considering the small engine and low weight of the vehicle shouldn't they be getting more mpg?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Most of the scooters use a carburetor which is not very efficient. Fuel injection is alot more efficient but it would drive up the price of scooter alot.

  • 2 months ago

    Because they're run at wide open throttle and ten million RPM as a rule. Kids on here are always asking how they can make their little 50cc moped go faster

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  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    What do you consider "low mpg"?

    • Road warrior
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      I guess  he means, 100 instead of 120...

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  • 2 months ago

    150 mpg isn't enough for you....be patient.....they'll improve from that in 50 years.

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  • 2 months ago

    Those engines are designed to get maximum power out of small packages.

    • Anon
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Bunk. a Flathead motor of same displacement gets Worse mileage as well as less power. L head lawn mowers went to OHV mostly for smog. 

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  • 2 months ago

    probably because you are looking at a 2 stroke. Look for a 4 stroke

    • Anon
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      No 4 stroke mopeds. My 2 stroke Vespa averaged 100 mpg. 

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  • Dimo
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    What do you call "low mpg?"  My Vespa 150 does 67+ MPG average, did a 40 mile run in the Mojave getting over 120mpg.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    maybe cause theyre not the same as cars

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because you live under a rock and obviously have no idea about any of that

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  • Dze
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    some of them get pretty good mileage, but i would say most have a mechanically metered fuel system .. theyre not particularly efficient ..

    • Road warrior
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      No. some have a restrictive carb we used to bore them out with  a 1" wood bit. Constant full throttle on any vehicle will lower MPG somewhat, Not by 2/3. 

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