I purchased a Zapino scooter about a month ago and now have it registered, with title, plates and insurance. I live in Austin, Tx and was able to register it as a moped. I don't have much experience with electric motors so this is all new to me. Based on some of the email strings in this forum I tried to keep my mileage and speed down for the first two weeks (key word tried!). My only real comparison is to a 50 cc gas moped. So far I prefer the performance of the Zapino. Besides not having to smell the odor of the blue fumes, the scooter is quicker with a higher top end. A second rider doesn't seem to drag the scooter down much either. The scooter is quite a bit heavier. It has two modes, moped and motorcyle. The moped mode limits top end speed to 30 MPH on the speedometer while in motocycle mode I am able to take it to 47 MPH on the speedometer. I have not verified the speedometer to be accurate but the dealer said that they had. While I did't tear the scooter down for a thorough inspection, superficially it was in pretty good shape with only a few minor surface blemishes on the plastic body. The only obvious workmanship issue was the plastic pieces that cover up the frame down by the rear wheel which seemed to be an after thought and required some dremil work. I'd be glad to share any information that I can.
I do have a question. On two occasions after about 5 miles with two riders (total weight 300 lbs vs. spec. max of 283 lbs)and while at an extended wait at a stop light (once in moped mode and once in motorcycle mode) the scooter gave me a troubleshooting code of 3 blinks followed by 2 blinks - translation: turn moto off and wait for it to cool down) and stopped running. After about 20 minutes everything was fine. Is this expected and if so how can I avoid this situation in the future. In both cases I was in traffic and it became almost dangerous to get out of the flow when the light turned green. To me this is the biggest obstacle to having an electric scooter.