A Consumer Report on the Renegade 50 2010 Moped
I am writing this consumer report because there appears to be a great deal of misinformation and disinformation on the Internet about Chinese-made scooters.
On August 3, 2010, I purchased online just such a vehicle, a partially assembled moped from Green Earth Scooters that cost $629 (postpaid). It is featured here:
It arrived just a few days later via a big tractor trailer truck that pulled up into the parking lot of my apartment complex. The driver unloaded the crate onto a space in the parking lot and then helped me uncrate the scooter. Wonder of wonders, he even helped me with some of the minor assembly work (like putting on the handlebars and trunk). The rest he left up to me (like attaching the front panel and rear view mirrors). If I had any questions or problems (which I definitely did), a mechanic at Green Earth was just a phone call away at 1-888-501-9110. DO NOT e-mail your questions, as I noticed that Green Earth has a tendency not to answer them.
It took me several days to get everything squared away because, although it came 98% assembled, the instructions for the remaining assembly work are very difficult to comprehend, despite the accompanying photographs. Also, the owner's manual is somewhat out of date, and all the measurements are in metric units (although the speedometer is calibrated in both kmh and mph). In regard to the Post Delivery Instructions (PDI), they too are somewhat out of date, and I only did what was absolutely necessary.
I took my first ride on the scooter about a week after I received it, and it purred like a kitten. It had excellent pick-up, plenty of power for both speed and hills, and it looked great--modern and stylish.
I chose a yellow color (for visibility), and got a matching helmet with visor for an extra $49 (postpaid).
All in all, although I considered buying an electric scooter, I'm glad I chose a gas vehicle, particularly this one. It's more hassle than an electric in terms of maintenance, but it travels much farther and much faster, and that's really what I needed.
The only trouble I had with the scooter is that it was difficult to start after several days of rain (despite its being under a scooter cover). Also, there was very slow leak in the front tire, which necessited putting a little air in it about once every other week.
I have driven mostly American-made automobiles for over 40 years, and I would say that the design, quality of materials, and workmanship evidenced by this moped are comparable to American-made. That only stands to reason, because scooters are a very popular mode of transportation in China, and the Chinese have a great deal of experience designing and manufacturing them.
If you do buy the scooter, make sure you buy a cover for it or, preferably, keep it in a garage. You do NOT want it exposed to the elements. It would be like leaving the top down on a convertible!
I have no affiliation whatsoever with Green Earth Scooters, nor was I compensated by that company in any way for this review.
Unfortunately, during the night of October 16, 2010, despite the lock on its steering mechansim, my moped was stolen from the parking lot in front of my apartment building. It was parked under a street light in full view of dozens of apartments. Talk about a brazen theft! Because my state (Virginia) does not require the scooter to be registered or insured, I neglected to obtain the VIN and other important identifying information. According to the police, scooters that are stolen in my city (Virginia Beach) have a one-in-a-hundred chance of being recovered. O well, it was nice while it lasted!
If you have questions, comments, or sugggestions, please feel free to contact me at:
With best wishes,