The classic swing-mount scooter drivetrain lends itself to a wide variety of applications, but it’s fair to say that all of them wind up looking like a scooter — except for this one. Tao Tao calls this the Racer50, and it brings a streetbike look and feel to the table that you normally don’t get from something that is technically still a scooter even if it does have a freakishly (for a scooter) big 17-inch front wheel. A 49 cc mill pushes the full front fairing and sportbike-like upper lines at around 30-plus mph, and it handles more like a proper motorcycle in the corners. Based in mainland China, Tao Tao is a little-known manufacturer in the U.S., so I decided to take a look at this interesting ride and see what this “little guy” has to offer.
Continue reading for my review of the Tao Tao Racer50.