FAQs

If there’s a question that you still have, feel free to contact us through our web site or give us a call.

Gear

What should I budget for when I buy a scooter or motorcycle?

When looking into purchasing a scooter or motorcycle there are additional costs that need to be factored in.  Such costs include: motorcycle insurance, protective gear (e.g., helmet, jacket, gloves), a chain/lock for your bike, and other accessories you might want.

What kind of gear do I need?

In addition to wearing a helmet because it's required by law, we recommend getting a pair of gloves and a riding jacket.  Riding gloves are specially designed to give you a better grip on the handles as well as protect you from callouses.  They also protect your hands if you were to fall off your bike.  Riding jackets offer you protection from the elements (wind, road debris, rain, etc.) and falls, but they also offer you added protection in the shoulders, elbows, and back.

Laws

What if I live in Maryland and have a 50cc scooter, where I don’t need a helmet, motorcycle license or tags, can I ride my scooter into DC?

If you are a Maryland resident and ride into DC on your scooter, you need to have a helmet and insurance, which is required by DC law.

Safety

Where can I learn how to ride?

For those looking to learn how to ride we recommend taking a safety course.  Some of the most popular courses are offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  They offer classes at some local community colleges in Virginia and Maryland.  There is also a private school called Apex.  For those looking for more hands-on instruction, you can also contact JW Coe at Premier Cycles.  He can be reached at 240-508-5350.  JW is a customer, former MSF instructor, and a Maryland Park Police officer.

Scooters

Do you have any 49cc scooters?

We don't actively stock 49cc scooters.  However, sometimes we might carry one or two that's on consignment sale and we can special order one if a customer absolutely wants one.  The way the laws are structured in Washington, DC, there's no real benefit to owning a 49cc scooter - you still have to have a motorcycle license, insurance, and tags for it. At that point, you might as well buy a scooter with better power (like a 125cc scooter) to get around town. Complete details on the motorcycle laws in DC, check out the Department of Motor Vehicles site.

Should I buy a scooter off the Internet?

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Security

How should I secure my scooter on the street?

It is extremely important to secure properly secure your scooter.  Improperly secured scooters are more likely to be targets of theft.   We recommend a chain/lock system specifically designed for scooters/motorbikes.  It's important that you lock your scooter smartly.  Many people think securing your scooter through the front wheel is ideal.  However, a thief can easily undo the bolt to your front wheel and walk off with your scooter.  We strongly recommend that you secure your scooter through the rear wheel.  It takes far more effort for a thief to remove the rear wheel to steal your bike because it's connected to much more.  Also, when you can, lock your steering column as an added deterrent.

What kind of lock should I buy?

We encourage our customers to secure their scooter with a chain/lock system specifically designed for scooters/motorbikes.  These chain/lock systems are made of highly tamper-resistant metals making it very difficult to cut through (unlike a regular metal chain, which can be  cut with bolt cutters).

Do I need to buy a lock for my scooter?

Yes.  It is important to lock your scooter with a chain/lock system, especially if you leave your bike in the city.  While buying a decent lock might be pricey, it's a worthy investment that can save you the hassle and heartache of a stolen scooter.

What’s the deal with parking?

Parking is an issue for scooters and motorcycles in Washington, DC.  Mayor Eric has a great primer on motorcycle parking in DC.  As for parking elsewhere, it is ultimately up to parking enforcement officers to determine if your parking activity (for example, parking on the sidewalk) is punishable (by a $100 or more ticket).  Do remember when parking your scooters and motorcycles that theft is a major issue in the greater DC area - that means that using a good lock and key.  We like to tell people that their bikes either should be being ridden or should be locked up.

Who We Are

Modern Classics is a full-service scooter and motorcycle shop located in Washington, DC. We carry new Genuine scooters including the unbeatable Buddy 125 and 170i, the new Stella 4-Stroke, and a varied selection of used and consignment scooters and motorcycles. We also feature riding gear from Rev’It!, AGV, Alpinestars, Icon, Z1R, and GoGo Gear.

Modern Classics services a wide variety of vintage and modern motorcycles and scooters. We are also an authorized service center for Ural motorcycles.

Visit Us!

We are located at:
955 V St., NE
Washington, DC 20018

We are open:
T-F 10-6; Sa 9-5
Closed Sunday and Monday (Starting 11/20/2017)