Would a 4-stroke engine of a scooter be able to handle an incline?

Question by sassygurlforever: Would a 4-stroke engine of a scooter be able to handle an incline?
I have a bit of a twisty incline to get to work, and I mostly want have a scooter for work and school….I wanted to have the 4-stroke because all you need is gas, unlike the 2-stroke that I hear you need to add oil so that it will mix and lube the engine. Please let me know anything you might know. Thank you.

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Answer by Geoff the skier
In these days of global warming you have to favour the 4 stroke over the 2 really because burning oil can’t be good for the environment. Having said that and being a child of the 50s REAL scooters are two strokes with white walls, blue smoke (and red eyes). Remember the home of these machines is Italy which is mountain country – any modern scooter will handle twisty inclines with ease (don’t expect to do 70 miles an hour uphill though).

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    Hormazd Irani May 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

    2 stroke machines have been banned from sale in many countries because they have been deemed as “polluting” or machines which cannot meet the ever increasingly stringent pollution control norms. That leaves you with no choice except with a 4 stroke machine.

    Let me put your mind at rest. 4 strokes are very capable machines and driven with the right choice of gear, they can tackle any incline. Just don’t expect miracles. If you slow down or stop, do not hesitate to use the 1st gear. Sometimes you may have to use 1st gear all the way on a particularly steep incline. It’s OK. If conditions demand, please use it. That is why it has been provided.

    I am telling you this because some people feel that the minimum gear they should be using is 2nd which is untrue especially so when they have a pillion rider on board.

    The bigger the displacement of the engine, the more easily you can tackle inclines. The smaller the engine, the greater the wear and tear and the more patient you will have to be; when tackling an incline. An autogear (belt-drive) transmission as on most modern day scooters will automatically choose the lowest ratio (which has the most lugging power) to adapt to an incline. So your work becomes easier. The down side is that you consume a little more fuel and have no engine braking when going down the slope. The choice is yours. Manual transmission or automatic.

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    dirtytricksracing@sbcglobal.net May 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Modern scooters will handle the twisty inclines with out a problem.

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    Paul S May 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Correction, You will have engine braking.

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    ScootMagApril May 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

    You shouldn’t have a problem. I’ve ridden a 171cc SYM HD 200 in the mountains and never had an issue. The point of riding a manual shift vs. automatic scooter is valid. You will rely more on your brakes when slowing down than if you downshifted. It just takes caution and practice as you get used to the scooter and riding it on your commute.
    Good luck!

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    Ash G May 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Well, How many CC’s are you looking at??

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    XYZ May 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

    The 4 stroke would pull it better than a 2 stroke, more torque.

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