After months of waiting for its release, I finally got the 2013 Honda Metropolitan in Pearl White. This is my first gas-powered scooter and I am enjoying the ride between home, work, and light errands. In two weeks I've ridden ~110.5 miles and am still on the first tank but I will need to fill it on my way home. With its 1.2 gallon capacity, now I'll only spend about $3 every two weeks to fill up the tank!
So far I am happy with it. It works well for me, for the places I ride it and how I use it. By the way, there are many in-depth, professional reviews out there (links included below) if that is what you are looking for but this is not one of them.
I know very little about scooters and this was a personal choice for me after considering the latest Yamaha "Vino", Genuine Scooter "Buddy", and other makes/models available in the same class of 50CC or less -- which, in my opinion do not stack up. I purchased the Honda Metro for its quality, service (when I need it), and value for the features.
This 49cc is considered a moped by the Nevada DMV so that means no insurance, no registration, no Class M (motorcycle) endorsement on my driver's license, and no helmet requirements (even though I always wear a helmet, safety vest, and emergency responder bracelet when riding) to ride it on public roads. I like being able to park at the bicycle racks right behind my building at work. I also don't have to pay $400/yr. for a parking permit to park on campus.
My commute is about 12 miles round trip and mostly on flat, single lane roads with speed limits ranging from 25 m.p.h. to 35 m.p.h. On a flat road it can do 35 m.p.h. (with the rev limiter) and on hills with grades of 4% to 9% it can hold 22 mph (of course that depends on the rider and cargo weight).
Since I'm new to a gas-powered two wheeler, this 179 lb. machine will work perfectly for me. It's light enough for me to handle and plenty fast for me to drive on surface streets I take to and from work and to run errands. My only dilemma is finding parts (I'd like a windscreen and rear carrier) and putting miles on my bicycle which I had used a few times a week to commute.
That pretty much sums it up! If you care to to know the details, please read on.
LINKS & RESOURCES:
2103 Honda Specifications: http://powersports.honda.com/2013/metropolitan/specifications.aspx
Motor Scooter Guide: http://www.motorscooterguide.net/Honda/Metropolitan/Metropolitan.html
Review by Cycleworld: http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/06/14/2013-honda-metropolitan-first-ride/
Review by Motorycle: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/honda/2013-honda-metropolitan-review-91302.html
Review by Motorcycle USA: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/127/13422/Motorcycle-Article/2013-Honda-Metropolitan-NCH50-First-Ride.aspx
Review by Scoot! Club: http://www.thescootclub.com/scoot-rides-the-2013-honda-metropolitan
Review by Scooterfile: http://www.scooterfile.com/oems/honda/honda-refreshes-the-metropolitan-for-2013/