My list is arranged roughly by quality, price, and brand recognition starting with the most expensive and well known. In some cases the difference from one brand to the next is negligible. You get what you pay for and all are priced appropriately for what they are.
The odds on most recognized name in the scooter industry. Incredibly well built scooters with a deep history. One of the most expensive brands as well. If money is no object have no reservations buying a Vespa.
Honda’s have a reputation for reliability and quality. While also at the top of the pricing spectrum it’s hard to go wrong buying a Honda.
Suzuki is currently only offering large Scoots. Namely the Burgman series in 400 and 650 cc. Typical Japanese Quality these are fine machines but again pricey.
From the awesome T-Max or elegant Majesty all the way to the cute little Vino 50 cc Yamaha has something for every taste. Exceptional quality machines. Again pricey.
The Parent Company of Vespa. Within the past few years they have offered a line of scooters under their own name. More modern styling than the Vespa’s but mechanically very similar. Again pricey but very fine scooters if you can afford one.
Nice line of scooters 50 cc to 500 cc. Dealerships a bit hard to come by compared to the Japanese brands but the scooters are well made and stylish. Not the upper end of the pricing scale but near the top.
One of the most successful modern scooter lines in America. Something for everyone from 50 cc all the way to 500 cc. Well built no regrets kind of scoots. Not quite as expensive as the Honda’s and other “big” names but right up there.
SYM imports several great scooters including it’s successful “Cub” clone the Symba. Similar in quality and price to Kymco’s machines SYM scooters provide a good blend of quality and value.
The Genuine Scooter Company
Importers of the Buddy and Stella, Genuine sells itself as America’s smallest scooter company. One of my best picks in bang for the buck. Good Quality, reasonable price.
Distributed by Peirpeed (Formerly Cobra Motorsports) the TGB line is a good quality fairly priced line of scooters. They have a unique delivery model, and also import import the unusual and desirable Sachs Madass light motorcycle. While the website lists two dealers in Maine the one in Bar Harbor only rents 50 cc Key West model scoots, and the E. Machias dealer only sells off road machines. Sad cause they are decent scooters.
ADLY, solely distributed by Hammerhead, is a Taiwanese OEM with over 30 years of scooter and ATV manufacturing experience. They have several cool scooter models including the new La Vita 150. The La Vita is a classic Vespa styled scoot with a Fuel Injected GY6 engine. Looking forward to finding more out about this scoot.
Someone purchased the rights to the Schwinn name and they sell scooters. They are pretty good scooters though. A good testament is Stanley Scooters the Vespa dealer in Trenton, ME sells them as their lower cost option scooter. 50 cc and 150 cc models. They also have an impressive 400 cc maxi-scoot but as yet I have not seen one in person and know little about it.
Diamo is one of the oldest of the Chinese built scooter importers. A local dealership sells them and they are well made machines and only sell through dealers (a good thing). Competitively priced and a variety of styles.
Importers of the Matrix and Beemer scooters in 50 cc two-stroke and 150 cc four stroke sizes. The E-TON’s I have seen have been very well made scooters for the price and there are a ton of hop up parts available through the after market for the two stoke versions to make them real screamers.
Qlink machines are produced by CF-Moto. They include a wide variety of styles and sizes including the motorcycle style Legacy 250 and the Pegasus 150 liquid cooled machines. Pretty good machines at a reasonable price.
Diblasi Folding Scooter
Italian designed and assembled here in the US the Diblasi is a neat little scoot. It fold up very neatly and easily and could be just the thing for pilots, mariners, truck drivers, and more. Take a look they are cute and cool.
Considered the most advanced of the electric scooters on the market today Vectrix are very high quality and expensive scooters. If you absolutely, positively, have to make your Prius driving neighbor “Green” with envy, look no further.
More to come just need the time!