150cc or 250cc moped gas scooter? And, how to take a training course with no license?

Hello everyone, I posted this query yesterday: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110630005826AAcAKTV and received some very good answers. Thanks! But such good answers gave way for more questions... hah... so... this is a post in sequel to that one. First, recap of me and my environment: 117lb,... show more Hello everyone,

I posted this query yesterday: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110630005826AAcAKTV and received some very good answers. Thanks! But such good answers gave way for more questions... hah... so... this is a post in sequel to that one.

First, recap of me and my environment:
117lb, 5'4"
Average round trip: 15 miles
Average city speed: 45mph
Speed looking for: 45-60mph (do not mind if highway inaccessible)
Budget: $2,000 or less
I live in a middle-sized city. Mostly flat with slight inclines. Few half-considerable hills that take a few seconds to master at around ~35-45 degree inclines.
This vehicle for me would be primarily for work: making meetings, social calls in and around the city... I just need to keep up with in-town traffic.

Here's what I gleaned from the previous answers:
-- Avoid 50cc ANYTHING (weak, slow)
-- Have a proper helmet (check, from Pro Caliber, white)
-- Buy a noticeable color (oh indeed, I'm thinking white/silver of whatever I buy)
-- Have proper clothing (In-progress. Waterproof, durable jacket + gloves check. Boots and leg gear, hm)
-- 150cc is decent, maybe slows a little uphill though not too slow (non highway legal from what I gather).
-- 250cc is optimal+highway legal if I can get it (on my budget)
-- Avoid Asian brands because of cheap parts (are there any reliable Asian brands, or am I looking at USA-only manufactured?)
-- Check the papers and Craig's List for used deals (Thanks. I have been on a regular basis =])

I know I'm interested in gas-powered moped scooters 150cc to 250cc like these:
http://www.extreme-scooters.com/metroDuo.htm
http://www.extreme-scooters.com/roketa-Bali-150scooter.htm
http://www.extreme-scooters.com/roketaMC54-250cc.htm
(How do I know if it's half-reliable just because it's in the USA? Are the parts from untrustworthy sources?)

For my city conditions, I'm thinking 150cc is good to start with. I really do wish to keep driving it simple (clutch please, no foot brakes) and mopeds seem to offer that.
Is a 150cc moped a decent idea for me right now?
What under 2k 150cc brands are economical for repair and buying parts in the USA?

I'm checking into motorcycle courses though they seem to require a driver's license and that the owner have a vehicle already.
I do not have a driver's license. Just a state ID card.
And I do not own a good moped yet... how do I go about doing this? Buy the moped first, then go to a training course without a license?

There are not many motor vehicle shops where I live. Pro Caliber is one... is it a good idea to check their inventory to gauge sizes of mopeds? I'm leery of that store since, at least for me, when I go in, the sales reps are *incredibly* interested to make a sale than to simply aid a customer.

Oh and one last Q for curiosity's sake -- what do people use pocket bikes / super pocket bikes for, if they're not street legal? Back-road fun?
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