Rising fuel prices have led motorists everywhere to seek out ever more affordable means of transportation. One popular option has been motor scooters. And while names like Honda and Vespa are well-known in the scooter market, there have also been a number of new manufacturers who’ve thrown their hats into the ring by releasing affordably-priced and cheap to operate scooters. One such company is E-TON America. E-TON is a Taiwanese motor vehicle manufacturer that in addition to scooters also produces ATVs and utility karts. The company produces both 49cc and 149cc scooters, one of which is the E-TON Beamer. The E-TON Beamer 50 is a 49cc scooter that gets an impressive EPA-estimated 85 mpg in fuel economy. Outfitted with many of the same sorts of features you’d expect to find on a much more expensive scooter, the Beamer 50 is an ideal bike for hopping around town or around campus on. With such excellent fuel economy, the Beamer’s 1.7-gallon fuel tank makes it possible to travel over 100 miles without needing to stop and refuel. With a sleek, modern body design, the Beamer is available in a range of different colors and can be accessorized. The Beamer is also a capable performer for such a small scooter, thanks to its front suspension system, which was designed to be on par with racing specs.
There are two different models of the 2008 E-TON Beamer. The E-TON Beamer III is powered by a 49cc two-stroke engine that comes paired with a CVT (V-Belt) transmission. It features a telescopic front fork suspension as well as a unit swing arm rear suspension. The Beamer’s front brakes are hydraulic disc while the rear brakes are drum. The 2008 E-TON Beamer has a 49.6-inch wheelbase and overall dimensions of 72 inches in length, 25.6 inches in width, and 43.3 inches in height. Apart from its efficient two-stroke engine, the 2008 Beamer owes much of its excellent fuel economy to its lightness, with a curb weight of just 181 lbs. The 2008 E-TON Beamer is available in four different color choices: red, yellow, blue, and black. Like all E-TON scooters, the 2008 Beamer is available with a range of different accessories including scooter luggage boxes, a matrix luggage box kit, rear racks, insulated seat covers, and windshields. There is also a 2008 E-TON Beamer R4. The R4 is a larger scooter style bike that’s powered by a 149cc air/oil-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke engine. The R4’s engine is paired with a Continuously Variable (CVT) Transmission. It comes equipped with a telescopic fork front suspension and a rear suspension that consists of twin sided swing arm. The 2008 E-TON Beamer R4 is heavier than the Beamer III, weighing 286 lbs. It has 6.2 inches of ground clearance.
While the 2008 E-TON Beamer is indeed a capable and fuel-efficient scooter, there have been problems with it in the past. Specifically, there was a 2011 recall, in which E-TON recalled 25,176 scooters, including Beamer I, Beamer II, and Beamer III models released between 1999 and 2010. The scooters were recalled due to control locations having been reversed. According to E-TON, the on/off switch should have been located on the right-side handlebar and the high/low beam switch should’ve been located on the left side, in order to remain in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements. The reason behind the recall was the concern that if riders were to get confused while using these switches, there could be the potential for a crash. According to the terms of the recall, E-TON scooter dealers will repair the scooters, reversing the location of the switches at no charge to the owners. Despite the recall, the E-TON Beamer remains a reasonably good option for anyone who’s looking for an affordable and reliable scooter for getting around town on. The Beamer’s excellent fuel economy and decent record for reliability make it an ideal choice for college students or anyone else who wants a decent scooter for low-impact riding around town.