2011 Tomos Nitro Review


Tomos builds scooters made for today's urban rider who needs reliable, low-cost transportation that doesn't compromise on comfort. The latest rendition, the 2011 Tomos Nitro scooter, sees several upgrades, nearly all of which are aimed towards improving rider comfort. Riders will notice the larger seat, larger footpad, sleeker, more aerodynamic design, and more cushioned ride in the new Nitro. Improvements in engine design will mean more reliability and easier maintenance as well.

The styling of the 2011 Tomos Nitro follows this trend, aiming towards a balance between a unique, somewhat futuristic look and sleek aerodynamics for smoother movement in headwinds. With formed tail lamp and mirror bezels, well-positioned safety lighting, and the large illuminating headlamps, style is integrated with safety. Little touches like the high performance tip added to the exhaust and the carbon fiber appearing plastic on the dashboard make the Nitro stand out from the usual crowd in this market segment.

Performance is also a priority and for its small displacement, the 49-cc engine in the 2011 Tomos Nitro puts out plenty of power with a strong, but comfortable speed gain off the line at lights and stop signs. The larger 150-cc option has a powerfully sporty feel and much more aggressive exhaust note to accentuate the larger engine's abilities. Riders will notice that at about 30 miles per hour (top speed is about 35 miles per hour) in the Nitro 50, it is a quiet machine that allows the rider to enjoy the ride. The four-stroke engine means no oil mixing at fill ups and electric start means easy operation.

New For 2011

  • Larger, 150-cc option for those who want more power out of their scooter (specifications here are for standard 50 model)
  • Larger, thicker tires for a more comfortable ride and better all-weather handling
  • A bigger, more ergonomic seat that easily accommodates two without compromising rider comfort and safety. Longer distances are much more comfortable on this seat's design
  • Two more color options, bringing the total number of Nitro color availability to five: silver, blue, black, yellow and red
  • Bigger headlamps for better visibility in low-light conditions and improved safety, while accentuating the aerodynamic beauty of the Nitro's new front end
  • A wider foot perch and deck for added safety and comfort, no matter the rider's height

2011 Tomos Nitro Specs

  • Model: Nitro
  • Engine Type: Single-cylinder, 49-cc four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: N/A
  • Compression ratio: 11.8:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam (SOHC)
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.35 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 75 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 51 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 30 inches
  • Curb Weight: 250 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 12-inch
  • Tires (Rear): 120/70 12-inch


  • Matching full-face helmets to accessorize with the Nitro's five factory color options in black, red, yellow, blue, or two-tone silver
  • Premium, heavy tarpaulin cover for safe storage indoors or out. Optional dust cover for indoor parking also available
  • Rear storage box or bag to replace handle for added storage capacity
  • Helmet locks for safe helmet storage while parked
  • Easy-engage front wheel lock for added security when parked or stored
  • Form fitted, rubberized plastic storage compartment liner to make the under-seat storage easier to clean – just pull, wash, and replace

Key Competitors For The 2011 Tomos Nitro

  • Kymco Super 8 50
  • Kymco People 50
  • QLINK Hawk 50
  • Peirspeed Key West49cc
  • Genuine Scooter Co Roughhouse R50