How to Make a Motor Scooter Go Faster

Written by jennifer eblin
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Have you ever seen someone race by on a motor scooter and wondered how they were able to make such a little vehicle reach such high speeds? The chances are good that they’ve probably done a little work on their motors or added an after market exhaust system. The only way to really increase the speed of your motor scooter is to increase the air flow, the power of your engine and to cut down on wind resistance. Read on to learn how to make a scooter go faster.

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Things you need

  • New exhaust system
  • Bigger motor
  • Octane booster
  • Windshield

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    Swap out the regular exhaust system or stock system that came with your motor scooter for one of the more aerodynamically sound versions. These exhaust systems are available from most scooter supply and auto parts stores as an after market addition. It will increase the amount of air flow and also make the fuel more efficient, which will get your scooter running faster.

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    Purchase a bigger motor from the Granger website and change your engine size. Most scooters have a smaller engine that can easily be swapped out for a larger size. Obviously the speed of your scooter depends on the engine size, with a bigger engine reaching higher speeds. If you have a larger motor, you can hit higher speeds.

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    Ask at your local auto parts store about octane booster and purchase some if they have it available. The substance works directly with the fuel in your engine, making your scooter have more horsepower right out of the gate. When you use an octane booster or a fuel with octane boosting abilities, you’ll notice right away that you’re hitting faster speeds.

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    Install a windshield on your scooter to cut down on wind resistance if your scooter didn’t come equipped with one. It takes only a few minutes to add the windshield according to the directions that come with it, but you’ll notice an increase in speed immediately. Scooters often get slowed down when they encounter resistance from wind, but a windshield will eliminate this problem.

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    Take the old-fashioned approach and take your scooter downhill. Though it sounds a little funny, this will actually make your scooter reach fast speeds and speeds faster than what your manual says. As long as you start at the top of the hill and accelerate once you reach the middle, your scooter should go faster than it did before.

Tips and warnings

  • The Scootdawg Forum is an excellent resource if you’re looking for ways to upgrade and change your motor scooter. Users can post questions, get responses from experts and learn more about what they can do to increase their speed.
  • Not all suggestions you find online will work for your particular scooter so make sure you include information about the make, model and year. What works for one owner or rider may actually damage your engine or make it go even slower than it did before.

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