QLINK introduced the Sting scooter in 2009. Known for its stylish design, the Sting is QLINK’s affordable entry-level scooter. Although not quite a household name in the U.S., QLINK vehicles can be found worldwide, from Brazil, to Hungary, to China. QLINK aims to provide riders with high-quality, fun products that are specifically meant for working-class individuals.
QLINK lives up to its reputation for creative styling on its scooters and motorcycles when it comes to the Sting. The 2009 QLINK Sting has sleek exterior lines, reminiscent of a racing bike. The attention to modern exterior styling draws many customers' eyes right to the QLINK Sting, and many of those same customers have reported the exterior styling as being a principal factor in their decision to purchase a Sting.
The 2009 QLINK Sting comes in two models, the Sting 50 and the Sting 150. Both the Sting 50 and the Sting 150 come equipped with a kick starter, as well as an electric starter, which can be useful in case one starter option fails. Both models ride on 13-inch aluminum wheels with a 54.7-inch wheelbase. The tire size of 130/60 is a good size for a scooter, enabling the 2009 QLINK Sting to traverse typical city streets with plenty of stability.
The 2009 QLINK Sting 50 comes equipped with a 50cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine. 50cc engines are the smallest engine size for scooters. Because of this, the Sting 50 is only qualified for city street use. Before purchasing a 50cc scooter like the QLINK Sting 50, it is important to assess your specific needs for transportation. Potential riders should understand that a 50cc scooter is more limited than a 150cc scooter. The Sting 50 is best suited for new scooter riders who live in flat areas, and those who do not intend to go faster than 30 mph.
The 2009 QLINK Sting 150 may be a more suitable choice for many customers with broader transportation needs than the smaller Sting 50. The QLINK Sting 150 definitely qualifies as a large scooter. Powered by a 149.5cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, DOHC engine, the 2009 QLINK Sting 150 accommodates a wide variety of city usage options. The Sting 150, like the Sting 50, uses a carburetor for fuel injection. With a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of only $200 more than the Sting 50, this model appeals to experienced scooter riders, or any rider who intends to travel over 30 mph. The Sting 150 travels comfortably from 45 to 55 mph, making it the model of choice for most city commuters.
Suspension is provided by a telescopic fork on the front wheel and a single-sided swing arm on the rear wheel. Like most scooters this size, the 2009 QLINK Sting uses an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Sting’s CVT is a belt-driven rear drive, which makes it easy for a younger rider or beginner who may not yet be comfortable with a motorcycle’s manual transmission. Hydraulic disc brakes on the front wheel and drum brakes on the rear wheel ensure reliable slowing and plenty of stopping ability.
Both 2009 QLINK Sting models have two seats, so riders can comfortably take along a passenger. The fuel tank is 1.6 gallons, with fuel economy reported as very good by customers. As a final benefit for commuters, scooters with 50cc or 150cc engines typically get more than 100 mpg, which is better than even the most efficient hybrid cars.