49 cc and under have different rules. Larger scooters (like the Burgman) have the same rules as motorcycles.why don't the people that ride the scooters all over the place have to wear a helmet?? they don't even have to buy license for the scooter. as long as they have a drivers license. no motorcycle license required but as long as they don't get on an interstate hwy they are good to go. that is BULL. will one head hit the pavement harder than the other
Falling from a 49cc machine is more similar to falling from a bicycle, than falling from a motorcycle going 70mph.
But even 49cc can get up to 50 or better, so in the end I agree with you, for the most part.
I think the law was meant for mo-peds, that are mostly motorized bicycles, but some manufaturer figured they could make a 49cc scooter, that had more market interest than a 51cc machine, that needed to be licensed, insured, registered, etc.
I believe in Maryland, top speed allowed on the 49cc is 30mph.
The manufacturers are taking advantage of a loophole in the regulatiions. I would say a good chance the laws will catch up with common sense, and be re-writen.
I see no need for real mo-peds to be under the same restrictions as motorcycles.